The sinister heart of Stalin’s regime of terror...
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.
The artistry of Daniel Silva and the passion of Greg Iles...
This is a well written and original thriller that will make you think twice the next time you find yourself at an exhibit of Leonardo DaVinci. —Amazon reviewer
Lots to like here with a captivating trip to Stalin’s Russia in the 50s. A young man and talented artist and the main focus of the book, Pasha gets arrested and transported to Siberia along with a train-load of other artist types. Why? Well its Stalin’s Russia – explanations aren’t immediately forthcoming…I enjoyed both the fictional and real historic characters and events that were woven into the book. I’m not usually a massive fan of historical fiction but more books like this one and I may well be a convert. —Amazon reviewer