Human Cargo: Ghost Trains

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"HUMAN CARGO," a historical novel in the tradition of the Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago. A journey of young lovers in the most turbulent times in Russian history through the bloody revolution, unspeakable human cruelty and love no weapon can destroy and their triumphant survival.
In WW I, Russian army on the eastern front is collapsed by the Central Powers. Captain Alexander (Sasha) Vasilievich retreats with tens of thousands of wounded and hungry soldiers. He returns to Irina, his fiancée and his family in ...
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Overview

"HUMAN CARGO," a historical novel in the tradition of the Boris Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago. A journey of young lovers in the most turbulent times in Russian history through the bloody revolution, unspeakable human cruelty and love no weapon can destroy and their triumphant survival.
In WW I, Russian army on the eastern front is collapsed by the Central Powers. Captain Alexander (Sasha) Vasilievich retreats with tens of thousands of wounded and hungry soldiers. He returns to Irina, his fiancée and his family in his hometown in east Siberia. While visiting his hometown, a tragic event happens to Irina: she is violated by the most villainous Cossack general in east Siberia. Sasha retaliates but with little success. In the west, the October Revolution erupts in St. Petersburg that sweeps the nation into chaos.
Sasha joins the Red Army and serves as a military intelligence officer to spy on the Allied forces in the Far East that assist the White Army in their battle against the Bolshevik revolution. After Sasha and Irina tied the knot, another tragedy strikes them. The Cossacks return to their hometown to avenge the deaths of their comrades. They set their homes on fire, and Irina sustains severe burns to her face and part of her body in the fire. On the fateful night, in a different city, Sasha is betrayed by a Bolshevik who sold him to the White Army. He escapes wounded. He returns home only to witness the utter destruction. He spends the next three years looking for his wife.
When they reunite, they move to a human habitat to build a new life. As they strive to build a better life, his country betrays him. In 1937 Stalin begins the bloody persecution against Soviet minorities and deports Soviet-Koreans to central Asia, the first ethnic cleansing in USSR. Sasha, who was born between his Korean father and Russian mother, is among the 180.000 deportees. On the way to Central Asia, tens of thousands die of diseases and hunger, on frigid cattle trains without bathrooms or medicine. After four weeks, the cattle train arrives at its destination and ditches the human cargo, in the middle of the snowy steppe of Kazakhstan. Resolved to survive and rise again from the human cruelty, Sasha and Irina spend the first winter in dirt dug-outs living on barks, weeds, and winter desert animals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461104131
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Pages: 382
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    A rare family oriented love story in an historical war setting

    This book is centered around a family and their neighbors and their many trials as their country and way of life are being taken from them.
    I enjoyed how the author brought you into the various characters' inner feelings and showed the different sides of their personalities. In some of the characters, at one point you saw the bad side of them and later you found you were wishing them happiness. The book shows family togetherness, human thoughtfulness and the true meaning of love and how it helps overcome the bad occurances.
    The book can be compared to Dr. Zhivago, being, in the hardships of the Bolshevik revolution and a love story.
    I recommend this as a great Christmas gift to someone who likes to read.

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