Australian Women’s Weekly NZ

RED SKY AT NOON by Simon Sebag Montefiore, Penguin/ Random House.

- LM

They’re a band of outlaws, riding, shooting and fighting for their lives on the sweeping plains. But this motley crew is not battling tribes in America’s wild west – they’re on the vast grasslands of southern Russia, at war with Nazi Germany and its ally Italy. Our hero is a Jewish writer by the name of Benya Golden, a political prisoner whose only hope is to redeem his sins against Stalin “by blood”. Historian Simon Sebag Montefiore brings his understand­ing of Russian history to life here. It’s the third book in a trilogy but it stands alone, seamlessly and with great gusto traversing the gulags, the battlefiel­ds and the Kremlin. Golden is a lover, not a fighter, and his decisions could change history.

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