ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Child 44: An Amazing Character Study of a Man Finding Redemption In a World Of Espionage and Murder

Updated on August 20, 2016

Child 44 By Tom Rob Smith

Child 44 Book Review

There's not much to say about the origin of this book. I was in a thrift store and strolled over to the book section like I do. And they had shelves and shelves of books for fifty cents. And there I found this interesting thriller and I thought I would give it a try. It was called Child 44 and is written by Tom Rob Smith

So what is it about? Mostly it’s about an MGB officer in post-world war II Soviet Union Russia. He is loyal to his country and believes in all of it. He kills men he’s told to kill, torture who he’s told to torture, and do anything else to support his country. He’s a true patriot. That is until his wife is accused of being a spy. One thing then collides into another and ultimately the reality he believes in is shattered. Leo becomes broken and finally realizes all the terrible things he done and decides to do at least one good deed in his life. He decides to kill a murderer who is slaughtering children across the county.

The good? The piece is such an interesting character study. To see someone who is such a terrible person, have such a turnaround was fascinating. The lines of good and bad are blurred together in a beautiful fashion. It poses the question, can bad people do something good? And if they do, do they deserve any sort of redemption? The setting was so interesting adding this constant sense of paranoia and espionage. There’s a lot of good action scenes as well. And the final confrontation was great. Also there are many twists and turn in the story so it’s never boring.

The bad? Only one complaint. This author did not believe in dialogue tags. He instead, for each speaker the dialogue is written in italics with tick marks. It’s hard to get used to. It can be very confusing if there are more than two people in the scene. It’s not something that hurts the story. It was just an odd choice for an author to use.

Overall, this is one of the best thrillers I ever read. It’s up there with Robert Ludlum’s work. I recommend it to everyone.

4 smoothies out of four.

Overall Rating: An Amazing Character Study of a Man Finding Redemption In a World Of Espionage and Murder.

Have You Read This Book?

Share Your Opinion. What Did You Think?

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Cee-Jay Aurinko profile image

      Cee-Jay Aurinko 

      2 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Ooh. Anti-heroes. Yum! Sounds like something I would like. Thanks for this review Samie.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)