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