A novel of Civil War Russia

In book one of the Anna Sokolova series, the year is 1918, and the nascent Russian Republic is fighting to retain power against domestic and foreign enemies.

In Moscow, Anna Sokolova is a young revolutionary working for the newly formed CHEKA state security agency to hunt down a British agent Sidney Reilly. Meanwhile, a young emissary of Wall Street William Arden sets sail from New York on a mission to Russia that is not what it appears to be, and the true purpose of which even he may not yet fully comprehend.

Their paths cross in Petrograd (now St. Petersburg), and they become unlikely allies. As they race against the clock to stop Reilly through the ravages of civil war and the rapidly turning political tide in Russia, Anna must decide the price she is willing to pay to save her country and not lose herself in the process.

Based on real events, Commissar is meticulously researched and explores the little-known history of US and British intervention in the Russian Civil War (1918-22).

5 Stars! Highly Recommended!

Commissar deserves a place alongside the best in early 20th c. Russian historical fiction. Will appeal to lovers of historical fiction and spy thrillers alike." – Chanticleer Reviews

A taut mystery and espionage story.

Not only is Commissar an exciting read, it’s also an excellent introduction to the struggles of the nascent Soviet Union."  – Seattle Book Review

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