The Leonardo Gulag
By Kevin Doherty
A journey into the sinister heart of Stalin’s regime of terror, where paranoia reigns and no one is safe.
Stalin’s Russia, 1950. Brilliant young artist Pasha Kalmenov is arrested and sent without trial to a forced-labour camp in the Arctic gulag. But this is a camp like no other. Although conditions are harsh and degrading, the prisoners are not worked to death mining coal or working on construction projects, as they would be elsewhere. In this place, their task is to forge the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.
The price of failure is high because 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? And as horrific events unfold he asks himself: is survival even worth the effort?
The Leonardo Gulag presents a moving portrait of the indomitability of the human spirit. It is ideal for readers who love the artistry of Daniel Silva and the passion of Greg Iles.