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Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore Narrator: Simon Bubb Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Moscow Trilogy Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781538507186
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The stunning new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Romanovs and Jerusalem, set during an epic cavalry ride across the hot grasslands outside Stalingrad during the darkest times of World War II

“The black earth was already baking and the sun was just rising when they mounted their horses and rode across the grasslands towards the horizon on fire …”

Imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, Benya Golden joins a penal battalion made up of Cossacks and convicts to fight the Nazis. He enrolls in the Russian cavalry, and on a hot summer day in July 1942, he and his band of brothers are sent on a suicide mission behind enemy lines―but is there a traitor among them? The only thing Benya can truly trust is his horse, Silver Socks, and that he will find no mercy in the onslaught of Hitler’s troops as they push east.

Spanning ten epic days, between Benya’s war on the grasslands of southern Russia and Stalin’s intrigues in the Kremlin, between Benya’s intense affair with an Italian nurse and a romance between Stalin’s daughter and a war correspondent, this is a sweeping story of passion, bravery, and survival―where betrayal is a constant companion, death just a heartbeat away, and love, however fleeting, offers a glimmer of redemption.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Intensely moving, with an unforgettable climax that will touch the hardest heart.”

    Jung Chang, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Simon Sebag Montefiore paints a Russian Western under the Red Sky at Noon."

    Vanity Fair

  • “A dispatch from the days of blood and thunder. Benya’s struggle to keep his humanity is the memorable spine of the book.”

    Times (London)

  • “Keeps readers turning pages…A gripping adventure, a compelling history, and a work that adds humanity to stories we thought we already knew.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Montefiore is a natural storyteller who brings his encyclopedic knowledge of Russian history to life in language that glitters.”

    Washington Post

  • “A searing tale of love and war. A homage to the author’s favorite Russian writers and the Western masterpieces of Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, and Elmore Leonard. Such influences pervade this atmospheric tale told in the author’s own distinct voice.”

    Observer (London)

  • “It’s Lonesome Dove meets Stalingrad…Montefiore has brought his understand of Russian history to life here with great gusto traversing Gulags, battlefields, and Kremlin.”

    Women’s Weekly (Australia)

  • “A stunning World War II story…Montefiore’s immersive portrayal of the Eastern Front makes this a gripping, convincing tale.

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Offering historical accuracy, a fine empathy for his characters, and a story that illuminates the operatic tragedy of Stalin’s rule, Red Sky at Noon is brilliant on multiple levels.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Montefiore has legions of fans for his histories, but his Moscow Trilogy opens the floodgates to the imaginative re-creation of archival facts…Benya’s story animates a ten-day, desperate struggle in Stalin’s huge gamble against the Nazi war machine. World War II fiction aficionados will want to read this.”

    Library Journal

  • “Pursued as a Jew by the Nazis and as a defector by the Allies, Golden must choose between losing his love and endangering her life…The gritty war scenes and the lovers’ pursuit keep the pages turning.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A London Times Pick of the month
  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
  • A Vanity Fair Hot Type Pick of What to Read in February

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About the Author

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a historian specializing in Russia. Born in 1965, he read history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. The author of several novels and a presenter of television documentaries, he is married with two children and lives in London.

About the Narrator

Simon Bubb is an audiobook narrator known for his subtlety, nuanced tone, and facility with accents as an integral component of his narration, according to AudioFile magazine.