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5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings


Sevastopol, The Third Defense, 2013-2014: A Premonition, The Move South

Book I


R H Auslander has used his considerable knowledge of Russian culture and Russian Armed Forces to skillfully weave a tale of people, places and happenings in to a fictional story of the world shaking events of late 2013 through early 2014 in Sevastopol and Krimea which led to the Russian Spring of late February, 2014.

The narrative starts with the bucolic retirement life near Odessa of the veterans of 317 Spetznaz Regiment from the author’s epic novel Never The Last One, and their realization that there is trouble on the horizon. The reader will recognize many of the characters from the novel and their story is woven in to the fabric of this narrative with a deft hand.

New characters appear as the story progresses, their back stories quite believable and blending in to the fabric of this story seamlessly as the veterans settle in to a new life in a small village in Sevastopol Region, all the while knowing they will be called back to service as the storm clouds gather.

With real events, real locations and real actions placed in front of the reader, some readers have asked the question of is this story fictional or true. 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.

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Weight .5 kg
Dimensions 21 × 14.8 × .95 cm
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3 reviews for Sevastopol, The Third Defense, 2013-2014 – Book I

  1. amarynth
    5 out of 5


    Frederick 29.04.18
    I have finished Never The Last One and I have just read Sevastopol, The Third Defense. Thank you for sending me the copies of both books. I can honestly say these are some of the most beautifully crafted semi-fictional accounts concerning Russia, primarily written in English, that I have had the pleasure to read. Your understanding of the culture of Russia and Sevastopol could only come from someone who’s heart is close to them. Your love of the canine companion is also a recurring theme, which, having grown up with dogs all my life, I perfectly understand.
    You also managed to convey the historical roots of Russia and the peninsula and the understanding of the ethnic Russian population has of this history very well, and it is clearly interwoven through both pieces of literature. This is especially important I think for an outsider looking in, as it really helps develop an understanding for tragic (and wonderful) events of 2014, and generally shoots the Western narratives about Russia full of holes.
    Your clear understanding of military procedures raises some interesting questions about your past in my mind. That, or you have some truly extraordinary friends. Either way, I am not intending to pry (especially with today’s internet, straight out of 1984), although I do think you would be an interesting individual to meet.
    All in all, it has been and is a pleasure to read your literature, Auslander. Don’t stop! If I could put this on amazon I’d give both books the full load, five stars.

  2. amarynth
    5 out of 5


    Vladisov 17 October 2018
    What an amazing story! How much is true and how much is fantasy? My wife and I know from your other books that a lot of what you write is true, you write it so it looks like fantasy.
    The story is very good and hard to stop reading. You have a great understanding of our culture and it shows in your books. Your description of village life and our army is perfect, exactly as it is, and all the new characters in this book are true to life in our country. The events and action continue in a very understandable way and I like very much the two old Partisan ladies from The Great Patriotic War, their stories are very believable and speak of life like it was in Sevastopol during the war. My wife and I like the ending very much and we know someone with the same gift that Annya Dmitrovna has.
    I thank you for giving this book to (our son) to send to us. He and (son’s commanding officer) have read it and liked the story very much. You have given him permission to give the book to his friends and I think in a week half the officers in (Fleet and VDV) will have read this good story. Be ready for some good conversations at the memorial service Saturday at Battery!
    Saratov, Russia Translated by CEE

  3. amarynth
    5 out of 5


    In returning to the story of Roma and Annya and their compatriots (from Never the Last One), Auslander weaves a merry tale of intrigue and portending drama, about to unfold in Sevastopol, Crimea.

    The interplay between the author’s imagination and the raw facts is one of the most fascination aspects of this novel. Set against a backdrop of real events and real places, the reader is left to filter fact from fiction. Just when the reader thinks they have solved that riddle, then a new character appears adding more mystery. It’s like a matryoshka (babushka) doll- remove one piece and another one appears with their secrets. And then another.

    Right on cue, two aging babushka’s, with frail limbs but minds like steel traps, appear as heroes – magnificent. Oh how I love those two feisty 90 year old Russian partisans.

    I had goosebumps so many times reading this captivating little fairy tale. But, then ‘truth can be stranger than fiction.’

    The teaser at the end makes sure we come back for the next instalment.

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