`An epic adventure story set against the most awful war in history.
Ridiculously good' Dan Snow 'The black earth was already baking and
the sun was just rising when they mounted their horses and rode
across the grasslands towards the horizon on fire ...' Imprisoned
in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a
penal battalion made up of Cossacks and convicts to fight the
Nazis. He enrols in the Russian cavalry, and on a hot summer day in
July 1942, he and his band of brothers are sent on a desperate
mission behind enemy lines. Switching between Benya's war in the
grasslands of Southern Russia, and Stalin's plans in the Kremlin,
between Benya's intense affair with an Italian nurse and a romance
between Stalin's daughter and a journalist also on the Eastern
Front, this is a sweeping story of passion, bravery and human
survival where personal betrayal is a constant companion, and death
just a heartbeat away. Praise for Red Sky at Noon 'Red Sky at Noon
is an epic adventure story set against the backdrop of the most
awful war in human history. The master historian shape-shifting
into the brilliant novelist. Ridiculously good'. Dan Snow 'The
gripping final instalment of the Moscow Trilogy tells of a man
wrongly imprisoned in the Gulags and his fight for redemption.
Meticulously researched ... In this searing tale of love and war,
most moving is the redemptive relationship between a soldier and a
nurse that blooms amid the brutality. An homage to the author's
favourite Russian writers and the Western masterpieces of Larry
McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy and Elmore Leonard, such influences
pervade this atmospheric tale told in the author's distinct own
voice.' - Observer 'Mythic and murderous violence in Russia...there
are power-drunk Nazis and Soviet traitors, including a particularly
memorable villain ...Written with brio & deep knowledge of its
fascinating subject matter... a deeply satisfying pageturner.' -
Book of the Month, The Times 'In this third volume of The Moscow
Trilogy, the fate of combatants and civilians is often harsh. With
his feel for vivid and immediate drama and impressive research, the
author evokes the extreme turbulence and violence impacting on
individuals. Writing with passion, Montefiore makes the point that,
up against the huge forces of war, the struggle for personal
resolution can be tragic - but never wasted.' - Daily Mail 'The
final instalment of Montefiore's loosely connected Moscow Trilogy:
amidst the killing and the chaos, a group of prisoners are offered
a chance of redemption on a secret mission behind enemy lines on
horseback. Montefiore has a keen sense of place and an eye of
unexpected details. Switching between the frontline on the Russian
steppes and Stalin in the Kremlin, this is an EXCITING FAST-PACED
ADVENTURE AND A LAMENT FOR LOVE IN DARK AND BRUTAL TIMES.' - Mail
on Sunday 'I devoured Red Sky at Noon. A heartstopping,
heartbreaking, technicolour epic. A grand homage to the Russian
masters Babel & Grossman, echoes of Hemingway & Dostoevsky,
and a propulsive delight that is entirely Montefiore's own.
Gripping storytelling allied with intimate, unsqueamish knowledge
of Russian history - a special combination.' - AD Miller, author of
Snowdrops 'A GRIPPING tale ... Montefiore is BRILLIANT at depicting
the BROODING MENACE ... the [penal battalions] are given
increasingly risky missions, it is Benya's journey on horseback
that we follow behind enemy lines in the grasslands of southern
Russia ... An EPIC tale ... The language is arresting ... It's
beautifully done: a WESTERN ON THE EASTERN FRONT.' - Daily
Telegraph 'DISPATCHES FROM THE DAYS OF BLOOD AND THUNDER ... There
are atrocities on all sides and a smidgen of love as Benya falls
for a brave Italian nurse. A subplot follows the ill-starred affair
between Stalin's daughter and a Jewish writer. But Benya's struggle
to keep his humanity is the memorable spine of the book.' - Best of
Summer reading, The Times 'Exhilarated and terrified ... Golden is
plunged into a world where violent death could arrive at any moment
and any pleasures that present themselves (an unexpected affair
with an Italian nurse, for example) must be seized immediately.
Sebag Montefiore PAINTS HIS VERBAL PICTURES of the WAR IN BOLD
PRIMARY COLOURS ... SHEER ENERGY OF STORYTELLING AND GRAND SWEEP OF
NARRATIVE.' - Sunday Times
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