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Pekkala is pulled out of a lifetime prison sentence in Siberia to help investigate the murder of the Romanov family. At one time he was known as the Emerald Eye and worked as the Tsar's personal assassin. Pekkala finds out that his brother, Anton, who thought to be lost has been working in an elite special forces group since he was kicked out of training. Now Pekkala must work with Anton and a new recruit, Kirov to find out who killed the royal family. As the investigation continues, Pekkala finds out that his past is more important for the current investigation than he realizes.
Sam Eastland tells the story of Pekkala's history in between the investigation of the royal families death. He touches on the human side of Pekkala - falling in love with a local school teacher - as well as the loyalty he had for the Tsar.
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