Monday, March 23, 2020

#GIVEAWAY The Leonardo Gulag by Kevin Doherty

Today on the blog we're heading to an Artic Russian Gulag where there's a whole lot of forging going on. Plus Oceanview is sponsoring a #Giveaway details below.

Publisher: Oceanview

Release Date: 3-3-2020




The Leonardo Gulag

By: Kevin Doherty

Perfect for fans who love the artistry of Daniel Silva and the passion of Greg Iles

Stalin’s Russia, 1950. Brilliant young artist Pasha Kalmenov is arrested and sent without trial to a forced-labor camp in the Arctic gulag. This is a camp like no other. Although conditions are harsh and degrading, the prisoners are not to be worked to death in a coal mine or on a construction project. Their task is to forge the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. There is a high price to be paid for failing to reach the required standard of perfection; particularly as the camp commandant has his own secret agenda. When the executions begin, Pasha realizes that only his artistic talent can protect him. But for how long? Worse horrors are to come—if he survives them, will life still be worth living?

The Leonardo Gulag journeys to the sinister heart of Stalin’s regime of terror, where paranoia reigns and no one is safe, and in which the whims of one man determine the fate of millions. Ultimately, the novel presents a moving portrait of the indomitability of the human spirit.

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On a freezing winter night in 1950, in a small town north of Moscow, 20-year-old artist Pasha Kalmenov, the hero of this grim thriller from British author Doherty (Patriots), and his mother are awakened by a group of rifle-wielding soldiers, who barge into their apartment, confiscate Pasha’s identity papers, and hustle him out to a waiting truck. Along with others with specific artistic skills, Pasha is bundled onto a train to one of Stalin’s camps in the Arctic gulag. Their orders are to copy with precision the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. Those who don’t measure up are executed. Three years into his ordeal, Pasha realizes that his only option is to escape. Escape he does, and heads to England. A subplot involving Sir Anthony Blunt, Surveyor of the King’s Pictures and Soviet spy, adds to the intrigue. This relentless tale of cruelty and survival provides a sobering look at Stalin’s Russia. Fans of Kafkaesque historical fiction will be satisfied. Agent: Leslie Gardner, Artellus (U.K.). (Mar.)

Publishers Weekly
[The Leonardo Gulag is] vivid, fresh, gripping, clever. This historical thriller set in a gulag in Stalin’s Russia thoroughly propelled me. With appearances from Stalin himself and Soviet spy Anthony Blunt, it feels authentic on every page. I felt I was there.” — David MorrellNew York Times best-selling author

“[The Leonardo Gulag is] an extraordinary novel with a fresh and unique premise—one that draws the reader into a world that’s both clever and imaginative. Bravo. Bravo.” — Steve BerryNew York Times best-selling author

The Leonardo Gulagis a bold, bracing, and brilliant take on the human side and costs of [the Cold War]. Kevin Doherty’s starkly original tale of prisoners forced to forge da Vinci masterpieces lives up to pop culture classics like Stalag 17 and The Great Escape, not to mention the best of Leon Uris and the Louis L’Amour classic Last of the Breed. This is a historical thriller of the highest order; smart, savvy, and sensational.” — Jon LandUSA Today best-selling author

“This relentless tale of cruelty and survival provides a sobering look at Stalin’s Russia. Fans of Kafkaesque historical fiction will be satisfied.” — Publishers Weekly

“[The Leonardo Gulag is] a cracking read with authentic characters, excellent descriptive prose, and an absorbing storyline. It also provides a fascinating and dramatic insight into the era of Joseph Stalin's vile forced-labor camps.” — J.P. Carter, author of At Your Door

From the Publisher

About the author:
Kevin Doherty grew up in Northern Ireland, graduated from Queen’s University Belfast, and lives in England, near Windsor Castle, with his wife, Roz. His professional background is advertising and marketing. He has worked for a number of U.K. and international companies and has advised business and government agencies in Britain and Europe. He now writes full time and The Leonardo Gulag is his fourth novel.

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  1. Thanks so much for the chance to win Debbie! Hope you are staying well!

    1. You're welcome Ali thanks we're sequestering. stay well!

  2. The Leonardo Gulag sounds captivating, fascinating and unforgettable. The story and characters are compelling. What a fabulous feature and giveaway.

  3. Whoa! That would be one intense story. I'm already cheering for Pasha just from the blurb.

  4. It certainly sounds like it will be an intriguing read.

  5. Super cool premise to this story. I dig it.

  6. This sounds like an interesting read that will keep you on the edge of your seat Debbie! Thanks for sharing :)

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  7. Sounds fascinating. Thanks for the chance.