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The Red Tide

(The third book in the Russian Saga series)
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Russia, 1911.

The country is still recovering from the disastrous effects of her defeat by Japan six years earlier when the assassination of Prime Minister Peter Stolypin plunges the country into chaos.

Colin's son Alexei is married to Princess Sonia with two children: Colin, named after his grandfather and Anna, named after the formidable Countess Anna.

Meanwhile Duncan and Patricia are in England, far away from the troubles of Russia. But when they hear of the assassination, and Countess Anna is injured in the process, they hurry to her aid with their children Joseph and Jennie.

The men investigating the crime are Feodor Klinski and Michaelin and they can't help but remember Sonia's past associations with a terrorist group...

Sonia and Patricia set out with their children to St Petersburg and to the house of Nathalie and Dagmar, Colin's original family where they meet Father Gregory Rasputin. When their husbands hear about this and knowing Rasputin's notorious reputation, they follow them to the city.

When they learn of the women's relations with Rasputin, Alexei refuses to with Sonia and she is banned from Bolugayen. He quickly finds a new wife in Duncan's niece, Priscilla.

Meanwhile, Trotsky comes to see Sonia, saying he knows her from her days with Patricia in Siberia and Patricia is meeting with Lenin in London.

Are they behind the revolution?

Meanwhile, over the Bolugayevski family looms the sinister shadow of the Monk Rasputin.

When war breaks out between Russia and Germany in August 1914, the old order is torn apart and the Revolution explodes. Alexei goes to fight, leaving pregnant Priscilla at Bolugayen.

Then there are reports that Alexei is dead. Could they be true?

And who is now the rightful Prince? Colin or his new-born son from Priscilla?

Meanwhile the Tsar has abdicated and Sonia is arrested and raped by Klinski and Michaelin. Luckily she is saved...except it is by Rasputin...

Although the Bolugayevskis fight for their existence with all of their courage and tenacity, they know their lives can never be the same again, especially when Sonia, Nathalie, Patricia and Priscilla all come together at Bolugayen and the attacks begin...

'The Red Tide' is the third gripping instalment of Christopher Nicole's The Russian Saga series, depicting the overturn of Russian Society during the hundred years between 1853 and 1953.

Praise for Christopher Nicole:

'... military saga covering the years from the Boer War through WW I. Bosoms still heave and legs still flash, but they're background colour in the story of Murdoch Mackinder and his career in the family regiment' - Kirkus Review [on The Regiment]

'Well-researched... Evocative descriptions of scenery and edifices, and exact period dialogue' - Historical Novels Society

Christopher Nicole (born 1930) was brought up in British Guyana and the West Indies. He was a prolific historical writer, both under his own name and pennames. His books include 'The Command', 'The Regiment' and 'Sword of Fortune'.

Genre: Historical

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Used availability for Christopher Nicole's The Red Tide

Hardback Editions

November 1995 : UK Library Binding

Title: The Red Tide (Russian Quartet)
Author(s): Christopher Nicole
ISBN: 0-7278-4850-X / 978-0-7278-4850-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Severn House Publishers Ltd
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Kindle Editions

February 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Red Tide (Russian Saga Book 3)
Author(s): Christopher Nicole
Publisher: Endeavour Media
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