James Moen says
12th March 2013 at 5:20 am
Have always been a big fan of Martin Cruz Smith. Now I can add William Ryan to that list. Looking forward to reading the Twelth department. Thank you Mr. Ryan
William Ryan says
12th March 2013 at 12:17 pm
Thanks James – much appreciated. I hope you enjoy it …
James Carney says
20th July 2013 at 3:25 pm
love your novels/character Korolev. Allows one to understand the shifting sands on which virtually everyone lived in Stalin’s Russia. Anyone who’s ever worked in a large corporation is familiar with the self-service of out of touch ego-maniacs but when you can’t escape it when you go home and don’t have the option to quit other than to quit living, what a nightmare. Hope you’re busy with your next one.
21st July 2013 at 2:57 pm
Thanks for getting in touch and I’m very pleased you like the books. And yes, work’s well under way with the next book – it’s not a Korolev novel but I think it should come out well. The next Korolev novel won’t be out until 2015, I think.
Nigel York says
12th May 2014 at 6:37 pm
Like one of the previous contributors, I discovered your books after reading, and enjoying, Martin Cruz Smith’s Renko novels. I am now hooked. Along with invoking what I imagine to be the tense, secretive and fearful atmosphere of the time, the characterisations are wonderful and the story lines complex yet tense. Whilst I enjoyed the first two Korolev books, ‘The Twelfth Department’, is the best yet. I am really looking forward to your next novel and am pleased to hear that you are also planning another Korolev mystery for 2015.
12th May 2014 at 8:51 pm
Thanks for the kind words – and good call on The Twelfth Department. I think it’s the most complete of the books and the one I’m proudest of.
And also delighted to hear from another Martin Cruz Smith fan – he really is a superb writer.
All the best
frank johnson says
22nd July 2014 at 11:12 pm
I first visited Soviet Russia for the 1964 October Revolution celebrations on a Intourist Tour as well as visiting East Germany, Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia in a van with two other Australians, a Canadian and a New Zealander. In 2007 my wife and I had an extended journey in 2007 including a memorable stay at the Sovietsky Hotel in Moscow; what a place to illustrate the inequality of the worker’s paradise that was Soviet Russia!
I have found your books not only entertaining but also thought provoking and I, from my albeit limited exposure to Russia relevant to today’s world.
I look forward to further Korolev books and many thanks for the books thus far.
I have read and reread the three Korolev books with relish
23rd July 2014 at 11:53 am
That must have been a very interesting time (1964) to visit Russia – I’m a little bit jealous! Thanks for getting in touch and thanks for enjoying the books. I’m delighted they stand up to re-reading.
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