Red Cloth, Yellow Cloth

Red Cloth, Yellow Cloth

by Ron Tufft


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'An astute mix of fact and fiction. Within this imaginative and exciting adventure story, Stalin's heinous character is revealed in an informative new light.'
Puck Literary Magazine

'Kill him, Commander!'

The Prime Minister's words to Commander Alexander Gerasimov of the Okhrana, or Tsarist secret police, spell death to an Armenian revolutionary called Kamo - Symion Ter-Petrossian - involved in a bank raid in Tbilisi that ended in a bloodbath.

As Kamo paces the streets of Berlin with Gerasimov hard on his heels, it becomes clear that a third party - 'Yellow Cloth,' also called Koba - is vital to the Tsar recovering a hoard of his own gold ingots, stolen in the bank raid and hidden by Koba in the mud caves of the Kura River. Only Kamo knows Yellow Cloth's true identity, therefore the Armenian terrorist has to be killed before he can reveal the secret - in order that the Russian empire may survive.

This superb fictionalised account of Russia's twentieth-century birth pangs is a masterpiece of action, characterisation and horror. Against the relentless march of history appear creatures of such evil that they barely deserve the name of human beings; Koba, or Stalin as he became known, Britain's one-time ally, was one of these monsters. But the author's skill means that we feel sympathy for both hunter and hunted - for Gerasimov and Kamo - right to the end of the saga, and even retain a kind of understanding for the man of steel himself, Comrade Stalin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847484642
Publisher: New Generation Publishing Ltd
Publication date: 05/06/2009
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)

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JANGLY4 More than 1 year ago
This enthralling story starts at a pace (it's important to follow the dates carefully at first as so much is happening) and never slows; the climax is almost heart-stopping!!! The characters are so well painted, Kamo - Gerasimov - Dubrovin, and of course, Stalin; that the reader is either drawn to them or feels quite repelled. Stuffed full of historical reality, the book leans heavily on the author's imagination. Dry facts are expertly fictionalised to capture both the atmosphere and horror of the times without bending the truth. Kamo, a dreadful killer, became almost endearing - even as I was cringing reading about him. Dubrovin is devilishly sinister (but maybe my favourite character) - but more than this, Stalin's evil is explained in a way I've never seen published before. A rewarding book to read! Absorbing, informative, thrilling... the best possible kind of read. FIVE STAR PLUS!!!!