AWARD-WINNING
HISTORICAL THRILLER

5 Stars! Highly Recommended!

Commissar deserves a place alongside the best in early 20th century Russian historical fiction."
– Chanticleer Reviews

A bitter, bloody
tour de force

Wrenchingly emotive, deftly written and tremendously powerful."
– Book Viral 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

Commissar

A novel of Civil War Russia

A gripping historical spy thriller based on incredible real events

Moscow, August 1918.

After the 1917 revolution, Russia is teetering on the brink of civil war. When the Soviet head of state Lenin is shot by an assassin, CHEKA agent Anna Sokolova is tasked with hunting down British spy Sidney Reilly who set in motion an audacious plot to alter the course of Russian history. Meanwhile, in New York, an American WWI veteran William Arden sets sail 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, and they become unlikely allies. As a bloody conflict ignites throughout Russia, Anna’s loyalties are tested. Can she save her country and not lose herself in the process?

Meticulously researched, Commissar is a gripping spy thriller based on historical events of the little-known period of US and British intervention in the Russian Civil War (1918-22).

Book 1 of Anna Sokolova series.

Finalist – 2022 Hemingway
International Book Awards

5 Stars
Book Viral Reviews

5 Stars
Chanticleer Book Reviews

5 Stars
Reader Views

Semi-Finalist - Chanticleer International Book Awards

Semi-Finalist – 2020 Goethe
International Book Awards

Bronze Award – 2022
Reader Views Awards

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