Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith Review and GIVEAWAY

The following book will be given to TWO AWESOME readers! 

*Mandatory: Give me a comment at the end of this review with the following information (Pay attention. It gets tricky) 

1. Your name and email address.
2. Make sure you're smiling while you're typing.

I'm not much into making myself or anybody else a walking or typing commercial but if you DO happen to post about giveaway on twitter, facebook, or your own blog, tell me you did in a separate comment. 

I just like giveaways because they validate my existence. I like comments because they validate me more. I love books because they are an addiction.

Enough about me, what about "The Secret Speech"?

The beginning of the book finds Leo Demidov doing his duty which is to seek out political dissidents and extract confessions at all costs. Leo works for the secret police under Stalin's regime. He is a man of duty rather than sentiment.

Fast forward 7 years and Leo is now living a world of domestic tranquility. His conscience, at one time or another, nagged him and he quit the business of tattle tale and began a new career path as homicide detective. His goal is to find and punish the guilty rather than the innocent he sent to the Gulags.

Leo finds himself investigating suicides of former colleagues and the recipient of a secret speech by the new president of Russia, denouncing Stalin and the crimes of those who worked under him (including the secret police). The story takes some unexpected twists and turns as it introduces characters whose ultimate goal is revenge and power.

The book kept me engaged and never expecting the next story shift but appreciating it, nonetheless. Very enjoyable read.

This book was provided by Valerie at Hatchette. For Reader Group Guide, see: 

So, what's up with you?


Ginia said...

Virginia Bell

I'm smiling.
I love giveaways. And I'm addicted to books too. Check out my goodreads list on my blog if you want. Happy Reading!

CountessLaurie said...

Hi Ho.
I am smiling, because I love to read and was just updating my goodreads...

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Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

I am a follower, I"m smiling.

Bill ;-)

billsmith2003 (at) gmail (dot) com

Hope you'll check out my book giveaway:

jewelknits said...

Julie Smith

jewell330 at aim dot com

I am smiling, because it was VERY tricky!

Yours is the second very good review I've read on this book, so definitely need to read it!

Judylynn said...

I'd love to read this book. I've heard so much good about it!

Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!


I am a follower (and I am smiling)!

skkorman said...

I'm smiling because it's a beautiful day and I have the opportunity to win a wonderful book!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Bookventures said...

: )

Thanks for the great giveaway. This book sounds great. Please enter me

bookventuresbookclub AT gmail DOT com

Mystee said...

Mystee majik.of.mystee(at)

I'm smiling...I've had the most wonderful weeks with my new found time to go back to reading and reviewing :)

Margie said...

I'm a new follower and I am smiling too! Thanks for the giveaway.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Dakota said...
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Elise said...

I smiled before, during, and after typing this post!!! I'm a happy smiley follower too! :)

caliblue7 at gmail dot com

Diana said...

Thanks for the review, it made me smile! And I was also smiling while I was typing. Thanks!
dianarod23 at gmail dot com

Dakota said...

I'm a GFC Follower. Thanks for the giveaway and review.
I'm smiling!


dakotasky55 at gmail dot com

Diana said...

Oops, I forgot to leave my name in my earlier post and it was mandatory. So here it is. Just use this post as my entry instead of the other one. Thanks. I'm smiling.

dianarod23 at gmail dot com

Johnny said...

Lucky I'm a smiler by nature. Thanks. I'm smiling.

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Stella (Ex Libris) said...

Hi! :-)

Please enter me too. I smile a lot in real life and that's why I also use a lot of smilies in my posts to convey that :-)

Thank you for this giveaway! :-)


stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Ashley said...

Sounds really good.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

sharon54220 said...

I'm always smiling whether it's on the outside or inside.

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I'd love to read this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

Shared the giveaway on Facebook

Barb said...

I am very much smiling as I fill out this form. Life is fun and trying to win books adds to that pleasure.

Please enter me in the giveaway.


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