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5.00 out of 5 based on 9 customer ratings


R H Auslander has woven an interesting tale of Sevastopol in late February 2014. The author’s extensive knowledge of the tactics and protocol of both the Russian and NATO side of the event becomes clear as the story unfolds, as does his knowledge of Russian culture.

The fate in early March of the NATO forces stationed in Fiodosya on the south coast of Krimea is known, but what happened to the NATO enclave in Sevastopol in February? The US Marines in the enclave, located on Ulitsya Simonka in Rahdio Gorka Region on north side of the harbor, had been ordered at dawn on 23 February by the Sevastopol government to leave the city in two days, which they refused to do. They were gone from Sevastopol and Krimea by sunrise of 24 February.

In Soviet times, readers of the news were adept at reading the news and finding the nuggets of truth. That skill is useful when reading this tale. Is this story true? Only the author, and those who may or may not have been involved in an event that may or may not have happened, know for sure.




9 reviews for An Incident On Simonka – a novel by R H Auslander – PDF ed.

  1. Auslander
    5 out of 5


    I have read ‘Incident On Simonka’ from beginning to end in one go.
    During the read I had pictures from the ‘Crimea. Way back Home.’
    documentary in my mind. Even your book is fiction; in reality it is more
    than that: Your book is a reality tour de force on steroids in helping
    to understand the Russian World. The minute details laid out through
    your writing have not left my mind. Well done, Auslander!

    In my former life I had a German Government security clearance. I know
    one or two things how US/NATO operates in Germany.

    Nough said.

  2. Auslander
    5 out of 5


    Babushka in Oz
    Skillful waeving of facts into fiction
    April 30, 2016
    Auslander has skilfully woven the facts of recent events in Crimea and Sevastopol (following the coup in Kiev) into a fast paced fiction. In Soviet times listeners of the news became very adept at reading between the lines and sifting out the hidden nuggets of truth. The same craft is required in reading Auslander’s short story. I was engaged and enthralled and with family living in Sevastopol, the story was particularly relevant. I look forward to more revealing ‘incidents’. I love the characters – they are ‘so Russian’.

  3. Auslander
    5 out of 5


    good suspense story
    September 28, 2016
    Verified Purchase
    Short, good suspense story.

  4. Auslander
    5 out of 5


    Fun as well as informative!
    August 12, 2017
    Verified Purchase
    Great story line with excellent insight into probable events in Crimea during the coup d’etat in Kiev!

  5. Auslander
    5 out of 5


    Five Stars
    June 4, 2016
    Verified Purchase
    Auslander is a regular poster on the Saker blog and reports on Crimea.

  6. Auslander
    5 out of 5


    Highly recommended.
    December 8, 2017
    Verified Purchase
    A page turner. Highly recommended.

  7. Auslander
    5 out of 5


    Don’t read this book!
    September 25, 2017
    Don’t read this book!
    If you do, then you will find it necessary to read the full story, “Never the Last One” by the same author. When you start reading it, you can’t put it down, so it may have a serious impact on your life! Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

    You see, I did this, I started with “An Incident…” and found it so engaging and interested that I had to continue. Lots of good info in both these books for those who are not brain-washed into being “anti Russian”.

  8. Auslander
    5 out of 5


    A Tantalizing Introduction to Auslander’s Second Book
    April 29, 2016
    An Incident at Simonka

    What a pleasure to be back with these characters we first met in “Never the Last One”. That being a full length book, the characters had plenty of space to develop and many of them were indelibly drawn: very unique, unfailingly interesting, and some seemingly bigger than life. Readers who have not read the first book will still enjoy a good read, but will not have the back story on the characters. The characters who are new with this book are very real. The ones who are arrayed against the Russians are not depicted as evil or nasty, but rather as people who are on the opposing side. They are treated with a soldier’s respect for his opponents, who are simply following their orders, too. But they are each distinct personalities. I felt glad to meet them and hear what they had to say.

    Well, for readers of the first book, our old friends are back, all summoned to respond to a crisis in their shared and beloved city of Sevastopol. This being a very short book, they each get less exposure, but all my favorites take part in the action.

    And action we get into right away. With only a day’s notice they must plan, practice, and execute a very dangerous mission to save their home city, and maybe a big chunk of Russia, from falling into enemy hands.

    The author is a skilled story teller with a sure hand in directing action scenes, and plotting a very plausible story. Very plausible and quite relevant. This reviewer believes that something along the lines of this story actually happened – or maybe almost happened.

    The story line is well structured, with roughly a chapter each presenting (1) the assault and capture operation itself, (2) the careful business of returning captured soldiers to a US Navy ship standing offshore, (3) the after the event analysis on-board the Navy ship – which reveals to the reader many interesting things, and (4) various personal impacts, mainly centering on a young, pretty, and foolish Russian girl who was living with one of the coup plotters, and also managed to fall in love with a handsome young Russian naval officer. Action, romance, individual people participating in large scale historical events. You are not missing anything, except the rest of the book.

  9. Auslander
    5 out of 5


    April 30, 2018. Via email.
    I read Incident On Simonka from a copy sent to me by Auslander. I can’t put this review on amazon, we don’t have it here, but I give it top marks. Here is my take on this book.

    This is not an ordinary book or story, neither is it told in an ordinary fashion. And it isn’t a book about ordinary circumstances either. The events described in the book have a close resemblance to actual events that did go down. For someone who was briefly associated with the events in Crimea, it fells like a stroll down memory lane. The book doesn’t unfold like a book but rather like an experience. I am very glad Auslander was kind enough to give me a copy to read.

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