Dusk at Dawn
By David J Oldman
In the late summer of 1918 the war on the western front is grinding out its final months.
The German army’s offensive has stalled; the Austro-Hungarian empire is on its knees; the Russian monarchy has fallen. The new Bolshevik government of Russia, beleaguered on all sides, has signed a separate peace with the Central Powers. In the south, White Russian forces have begun a rebellion and the allies have landed at Archangel. A force of Czechs and Slovaks have seized the Trans-Siberian Railway. Into this maelstrom, Paul Ross, a young army captain, is sent by the head of the fledgling SIS, Mansfield Cumming, to assist in organising the anti-Bolshevik front.
Regarded as ideal for the job by virtue of his Russian birth, Ross must first find his cousin, Mikhail Rostov, who has connections with the old regime, and then make contact with the Czechoslovak Legion. But in Petrograd, Paul finds Mikhail has disappeared, having left behind his half-starved sister, Sofya. Now, with Sofya in tow, he must somehow contact the Czech Legion, strung out as they are across a vast land in growing turmoil where life, as he soon discovers, is held to be even cheaper than on the western front.
Born into the austerity of post-war Britain, David J Oldman began writing in his early twenties. Frequently humorous, and often moving, his books are an examination of ordinary people caught up in life-changing events beyond their control. He presently lives with his wife in the New Forest in the south of England pursuing his deep interest in history, writers and writing. Also published by Endeavour Media is the sequel to The Unquiet Grave, Harry Tennant’s next mystery, Requiem for a Patriot.