Red Sky at Noon by Simon Sebag Montefiore
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...in its vivid depiction of “horsemen riding across sunbaked grasslands in times of unrelenting cruelty” – 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.
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Synopsis

The stunning new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanovs and Jerusalem, set during an epic cavalry ride across the hot grasslands outside Stalingrad during the darkest times of World War II. 


“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 enrolls in the Russian cavalry, and on a hot summer day in July 1942, he and his band of brothers are sent on a suicide mission behind enemy lines—but is there a traitor among them? The only thing Benya can truly trust is his horse, Silver Socks, and that he will find no mercy in onslaught of Hitler’s troops as they push East.


Spanning ten epic days, between Benya’s war on the grasslands of southern Russia and Stalin’s intrigues in the Kremlin, between Benya’s intense affair with an Italian nurse and a romance between Stalin’s daughter and a war correspondent, this is a sweeping story of passion, bravery, and survival—where betrayal is a constant companion, death just a heartbeat away, and love, however fleeting, offers a glimmer of redemption. 

 

About Simon Sebag Montefiore

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Simon Sebag Montefiore read history at Cambridge University. His books have been published in more than thirty-five languages. Potemkin: Catherine the Great's Imperial Partner was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper and Marsh Biography prizes in Britain. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar was awarded the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards. Young Stalin won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography, the Costa Biography Award (U.K.), le Grand Prix de la biographie politique (France) and the Bruno Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Montefiore lives in London with his wife, the novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.
 
Published January 2, 2018 by Pegasus Books. 416 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on Sep 28 2017

A novel this ambitious could use a little more moral nuance, as the characters are either all good or (in most cases) all evil. Yet the gritty war scenes and the lovers’ pursuit keep the pages turning.

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Good
Reviewed by Anita Sethi on Jun 25 2017

...in its vivid depiction of “horsemen riding across sunbaked grasslands in times of unrelenting cruelty” – 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.

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