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Red Cloth, Yellow Cloth: Stalin's Biggest secret [Paperback]

Ron Tufft
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27 April 2009
'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.

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: G2 Rights (27 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847484646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847484642
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 12.5 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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After many years in quality and production management, working mainly in the Middle East, RON TUFFT now teaches English in western Poland, where he lives with his family.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and classy.. 5 Aug 2009
By Pal
Dense with fact and atmosphere and touches the imagination in a brooding but powerful way, and remains super glued to the hand until the final page. Special mention should be made regarding characterisation, which should be the basis of any good novel, and this book excels. Kamo (the main character) is appealing, and the gay Dubrovin menacing. Best of all though, in my opinion, is the wily old ex-premier, Goryemkin, conniving and underhand.
More importantly, I absorbed more about Stalin reading this than I think I ever could flicking through history books and films.
Important and fascinating. A taut page-turner and highly recommended!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, well written.. 1 Aug 2009
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!!!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I was very impressed with the way Stalin is portrayed, his character and personality. I knew this was an evil man, but this book literally put me inside his head. I saw the real Stalin; the Stalin that smelt, had advanced gum disease, slept in his clothes...
History books throw statistics at us, 20, maybe 40 million dead. Everything's `maybe'... but not in `Red Cloth, Yellow Cloth'; here we see clearly Stalin's cruelty, cunning and objectives - a book to be treasured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In love with a terrorist 28 July 2009
To be honest, before I brought myself to read this book, I was sure I wouldn't like it- just not my kind of read. But I totally fell in love with a terrorist - Kamo's a crazy, cruel, unpredictable, CHARMING bandit.
In one word: very-good-amusing-although-often-brutal-book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Red Cloth Yellow Cloth: Stalin's Biggest Secret 25 Nov 2009
Tufft weaves a compelling tale in his debut offering. It is part historical fiction and part thriller. The characters are skillfully woven together through a changing timeline that draws the reader into the most thrilling parts of early Soviet History. The lines between hero and villain are constantly shifting as the reader becomes closer and closer to the central characters. It's even more masterful once the realization comes that the characters, although fictionalized for this story, were actual people that played the grand dance that was the birth of the Soviet Union. I can't give enough praise to the author for this work. I kept imagining scene after scene as the story played out. In fact, I would not be surprised to see this story on the silver screen in the near future. It has blockbuster written all over it. Well done Mr. Tufft. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Usually 16 Sep 2009
By Doc
Usually, I'm less than interested in Russian history, but I read this book with a curious interest. The writers imagination, skill and ability has allowed him to produce the perfect fictional book based on fact, crammed choc-a-block full of absorbing characters. This world of pre-revolution terrorism and secret police is spellbinding. To begin with the dates gave me trouble as the book moves back and forth in time, but once I got the drift of the writing style - previous events (that I'd already read) took on a deeper meaning. Things add to things, it's a strange book in that respect. The bank robbery hits you like an earthquake - the Tbilisi hoist, Baku hideout attack and assassination attempt are masterpieces of storytelling; doling out pace, tension, horror and unexpected twists of plot in constant doses. This is bloody good material for a film, Hollywood directors take note!
My favourite character was Kamo (how could he not be?) Appalling, determined and ready to die for his single belief. No wonder the revolution succeeded! However, I hated Stalin with a passion after reading this, and I hadn't really thought about him previously - a monster, horrific, evil...
This is a captivating story leaving me drooling for the next installment; please tell what happened to Kamo next???
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