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  1. ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ says:

    DNF Well During the Civil War there were no do goodies My great grand aunt's 1st husband was killed by White Army cause he wanted no part in that War her 2nd husband was shot by Red Army for the same pacifist reason her 3d husband died in Soviet prison he stole smth to feed the family and she herself was killed by fellow habitants of the village she grew up in cause she resisted 'nationalisaion' of her clothes and some cutlery; their 4 or 5 kids went to orphans' home and promptly disappeared during the WW2 While the father of this great grand aunt was outseas having not returned yet from the fronts of the WW1 due to severe crippling wounds her mother was beaten half to death by surprise an outpost of White Army because she refused to hand over to them some very valuable horses And it was no single ocasion when a family was punished by every imaginable combatant The Civil War was a free for all there were no Warriors of Light there no matter what their colors of choice were White Red or Green Yes there were Greens as well in there And they also had nice slogans and did crazy terrible stuff I'm sure I'll invest time in the future to finish it but it's an extremely naive and underresearched try at alternative history to put it mildly Though it's a good thing the author demonstrates their understanding that the USSR did not appear out of nowhere on an empty space They do realise there was a terrible Civil War which took lots of lives That deserves a couple of stars of the ratingThe fact that there were foreign hands involved in the Revolution and the Civil War is undisputable however Financing of Revolution foreign ideology none of those were of Russian origins Funny huh how Europe and its outposts have first helped to install the Soviets in the first place and now keep screaming how bad the communists have been Very much like some other international threats 'treatment' that we see with our own eyes And the approach is always the same Step 1 'you motivate finanse organise them' Step 2 'you declare them a threat' Step 3 'you fight against them as ineffectually as possible' Is that some kind of money laundering scheme underway? It's certifiably easier to obtain illicit profits during times of unrest And it's easier to govern over people scared of some incomprehensible outer threat Which is once again done via repressing the information about Russia its history and development Really some people have asked me in the past why I think Russia is Christian Weird uestion huh? Very illustrative of their knowledge about what Russian history actually is Others right away admit they haven't been taught anything at any educational institutions about Russia Why is that? Why is the World history being kept from the mass audience?TBC I'll finish this fairy tale later


  2. Stacy Stacy says:

     War no matter the countries or people involved is always bad There are always those among the troops on both sides having wicked hearts and use the excuse of a weapon in their hands to do the evil in their hearts Then there are those that don't want to kill anyone enemy or not but are unwillingly compelled to do their duty Like many other books about a war this one focuses on a handful of characters and how the war impacted them on a personal level It tells of honest patriotism betrayal corruption love jealousy and hate basic human emotions that everyone in the world feels Though Maid of Baikal is speculative fiction many of the characters did indeed exist photos of them included in book The Maid however is fictional The book spins a tale asking what if Russia had had its own Joan of Arc during the Russian Revolution and would the outcome have been different? The Maid of Baikal or Zhanna Stepanovna Dorokhina fulfills that role She is just a young schoolgirl from a rural northern outpost in Siberia while at prayer hears a voice that tells her she has a mission to save her country and people from the cruel tyranny of the Bolsheviks As days go by angels and saints appear to her guiding her and revealing of her destiny and telling her of things that have happened that she could not possibly know otherwise More and people are convinced and she develops a following and troops of demoralized disappointed soldiers are given hope by her message After numerous victories liberating towns that amaze the military hierarchy tragedy developsMaid of Baikal is a fine drama portraying those with pure hearts wanting only good for others and those who have hidden agendas for their own careers and willing to stoop to any evil deed to further that as well as protect the corruption they are involved in It recounts the involvement of foreign nations bankrolling the war Bolshevik and the White troops as well with the aim being solely economic Maybe I am much too an emotional person but chapter 22 and into 23 had me weeping Such betrayal Such deceit The author included a playlist one song for each chapter which I downloaded and listened to while reading the book to gain the full experience the author wished to impart That in itself was a minor education in a small way of Russian classical music and composers I did enjoy the book very much and wish to thank the author for a copy of it in exchange for an honest review thank you 


  3. Michael Michael says:

    Weird book


  4. Sunhawk Sunhawk says:

    This is a well rendered story that takes a very unexpected turn leading me to speculate about the influence a single person with the right skill set can have if they're in exactly the right place at the right time The Maid of this story a sort of latter day Joan of Arc effects dramatic changes in the course of Russian history leading to an end to Bolshevism and the triumph of the White forces How might such a thing happen especially if the change was precipitated by a young woman? The characterizations are detailed and believable especially the story's narrator Most of the story is told through the eyes of an American on military assignment with the Russian Railroad Authority a mere cover for his intelligence activities From a story telling perspective I was bothered that at times my hero narrator was excluded from a meeting but the narrative continued to tell me what happened behind closed doors it's always better if an author can avoid that kind of hanky panky The author's knowledge of the times and events surrounding post WW1 Siberia and the back and forth warfare between the Reds and the Whites far exceeded mine and had verisimilitude and so I was very surprised when the Whites prevailed


  5. Aimee Ann Aimee Ann says:

    Maid of Baikal A Novel of the Russian Civil War is an alternative history book that will take the reader to Russia between the years of 1914 to 1918 Maid of Baikal is uniue for many reasons but the core reason it is uniue is thanks to the uniue but immersive look at the Russian Civil War I have struggled to discover a novel that does just this but Preston Fleming the incredible author of Maid of Baikal has provided just this and has put a fantastic and entertaining twist on history If you are a reader who adores to read a comprehensive book that is detailed but also incredibly entertaining full of many characters who are well developed then Maid of Baikal should be your next read as it is genuinely brilliantMaid of Baikal is a dense novel just over five hundred pages long which follows many plot avenues however the core focus of the story is the Russian Civil War The reader early on in the story will be introduced to a young American captain in Russia on his journey to uncover intelligence that will be crucial for Allies Along the way the captain will encounter many core characters however one of these is a young maiden called Zhanna and she is no ordinary maiden or woman because she hears voices from God and these voices she hears instruct her to help the Civil War The reader will follow the American captain and Zhanna on their journey across Russia in their fight and this book lovers is the premise of the unforgettable Maid of BaikalThe story of Maid of Baikal is an intriguing one for many reasons such as the history explored the enigmatic and notable characters as well as the incredible detailed military strategies laced throughout the book If you are a military buff like me who adores knowing of military tactics and strategic plans then you will love Maid of Baikal because plenty of this is explored throughout the book The reader will get a real sense of what military tactics were like at the beginning of the 19th century and how these plans unfolded and whether they were in fact successful I believe the inclusion of this by Preston Fleming was a phenomenal plot device because it not only entertains the reader but informs them so much so that the reader will be able to take away knowledge from the book and discuss it with their friendsThe story is not only brilliant for the in depth military descriptions but the book is also great thanks to the wealth of information explored I should mention at this point that Maid of Baikal is fiction it is however inspired by real historical events and people throughout history In the book Zhanna could be compared to Joan of Ark so if you have an interest in Joan of Ark or similar people throughout history then Maid of Baikal will be your dream novelPreston Fleming is the author of Maid of Baikal and I admit that I am gutted I have not discovered his work sooner I have always dreamed of reading such a book because I love history but sadly I have not encountered a great historical book in a while When I read the description of Maid of Baikal I knew instantly that I would adore the story and now that I have finished the book I can honestly write that I loved it and this is all thanks to FlemingPreston Fleming has managed to accomplish the almost impossible he has managed to write a historical fiction novel entertainingly I have read a lot of historical fiction novels that end up becoming history books full of too much information but Fleming has mastered the balance between history and entertainment and has weaved the two perfectly together and so I applaud him for this and his talentAs Maid of Baikal is a uniue and refreshing book that will delight and excite its readers from page one I of course have to award the sensational book five stars So if you are looking for the next best historical fiction book then Maid of Baikal is it But do not take my word for it Go read the 25 positive reviews on also because they all speak highly of the book also I hope you do give this book a chance book lovers


  6. Copperfield Review Copperfield Review says:

    Maid of Baikal by Preston Fleming is a speculative historical novel as it states in the book’s title Fans of traditional historical fiction should be warned that this is a “What if?” novel based on the uestion “What if the White Russian army won the Russian civil war?”The story of Maid of Baikal centers around Zhanna Dorokhina a romanticized version of Joan of Arc who strives to beat back the Bolsheviks through military force Like Joan of Arc Zhanna believes she is on a divine mission as she leads her army in this case the White Russian army against the Bolsheviks The battle scenes were well written and compelling and I found myself rooting for Zhanna to win I felt as though I was there in Russia since the descriptions were so vivid and specificAs an avid reader of historical fiction I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did Normally I don’t care for alternative historical fiction because it defies the reason I like to read historical fiction which is that I get to learn about the past Even though some of the details presented in Maid of Baikal are the result of imagination there is still a lot of history to learn here about the Bolsheviks the Russian civil war and Russia itselfCreating a Tolstoy like epic Fleming shares a realistic vivid world within the Russian civil war with rich multi dimensional characters that reveal various aspects of humanity as seen in war time all made fascinating by the uestion “What if?” If you love historical fiction and you’re open to speculative circumstances different to that of historical facts then you will enjoy Maid of Baikal by Preston Fleming Readers with an interest in Russia and Russian history will also enjoy this novel


  7. Kay Kay says:

    I read an advance copy of this book and am glad to finally be able to share how much I enjoyed this novel It's an alternate history setting the story of Joan of Arc in Siberia during the Russian Civil War I'm not a fan of Joan of Arc but was drawn in to this tale which centers on a young military man Ned Du Pont sent as an adviser but who is actually gathering intelligence for his country Ned gets drawn in to the conflict and people in ways he did not expect I myself only have a general knowledge of Russian history at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution and none of Siberia This increased my interest in this part of the world Siberia has a much vibrant culture and history than being a place simply for Russia to send its political prisoners One of things I liked best about this book is the interplay between all of the various countries and their representatives in the Russian Civil War I find this extremely relevant today as this shows the difficulties of foreign 'advisers' and their real interests Ned and the others he meets have differing goals that were often different from what they were telling each other This book is epic in scope and successfully focuses on fully developed characters with their own motivations strengths and weaknesses It's a great read


  8. Allie Bock Allie Bock says:

    To be honest I don't remember learning much about Russian history in high school How about you?Maid of Baikal by Preston Fleming is a historical fiction based on the Russian civil war It follows a young American captain Ned du Pont on his journey through Russia from 1918 to 1919 He is there under the cover of getting communications established for the Whites; all the while he is gaining intelligence for the Allies Along his travels he meets a maiden named Zhanna Zhanna is not just any maiden She hears Voices from God and these Voices instruct her to help with the civil war The story goes on to describe Ned's and Zhanna's trials and tribulations in fighting against the Bolsheviks Preston Fleming put his heart and soul into this work and the reader can tell He uses beautiful prose to describe the landscape of Russia It almost feels like you could be there The dialogue is engaging If you enjoy many tactical discussions and theories this is the story for you The characters discuss strategy and military movements throughout the book Since the story is a historical fiction he includes a list of all the character both real and fictional to help the reader He also includes maps of Russia and a list of musical themes to be listened to while reading


  9. Irene Adam Irene Adam says:

    I received a free advance review ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review ‘The Maid of Baikal’ gives the reader an interesting take on the 1918 1920 Russian Civil War with an alternative ending one in which the Whites Siberians win the war contrary to recorded history The Maid of Baikal is a very likable young woman who has many similarities to Joan of Arc This book starts at a slow pace as the author backgrounds the story and develops each character fully I found the map of 1918 Russia and the map of the 1919 Urals Front to be very helpful in orienting me to place as I read This is uite a long read but I found myself always hurrying to come back in order to find out what was going to happen next This is a well written novel with a well developed plot There is prejudice discontent espionage brutality political machination and tragedy The author portrays war with all its violence hardships and pain ‘Maid of Baikal’ is a look at what could have been I found this novel very interesting and well worth the read


  10. Sandra Sandra says:

    I really enjoyed this story Not far into it I kept thinking of it as a parallel to Joan of Arc I don't know that much about her or about Russian history but this was uite a compelling story Nice smooth engaging flow Kept my interest from start to finish Favorite characters were Zhanna strong yet innocent Ned wasn't sure what to do about Zhanna except follow her when he could and least favorite Lebedev a good portrayal of a villain It took a while with the various battles and scenes and trying to keep them straight in my head but well worth the read All of the basic elements of the story were uite believable engaging and compelling for me Liked the point of view throughout the story OUTSTANDING historical fiction Highly recommend I received this from the author in exchange for an honest review Have read other books by this author and am following him


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Maid of Baikal ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Maid of Baikal By Preston Fleming ❤ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk What if a Siberian Joan of Arc had rescued the White Armies at a critical point of the Russian Civil War in 1919 MAID OF BAIKAL offers an alternative outcome to that war through the intervention of Zh What if a Siberian Joan of Arc had rescued the White Armies at a critical point of the Russian Civil War in Maid of Baikal offers an alternative outcome to that war through the intervention of Zhanna Dorokhina a young woman from the shores Maid of PDF/EPUB or of Siberia’s Lake Baikal Like the historical Maid of Orleans in medieval France better known as Joan of Arc Zhanna displays a charisma and military prowess that win her command of an army to defend her homeland against the Bolshevik Terror Maid of Baikal is a richly imagined speculation on the Russian Civil War that vividly portrays its violence bitterness and hardship while telling the inspirational story of a determined young woman who perseveres in the face of overwhelming obstacles and who dies for her beliefs not knowing whether her dreams will be realized SYNOPSIS In a uiet town near Siberia’s Lake Baikal Zhanna Dorokhina turns eighteen as the Russian Civil War rages She is a bright headstrong girl with normal hopes and dreams but for years she has heard inner voices The voices tell her to be virtuous study well and nurture her faith for a great task lies ahead Lately however the voices have turned ominous foretelling Russia’s doom if the White Armies fail to crush the Bolshevik usurpers in Moscow They direct Zhanna to travel to Omsk to alert the Siberian dictator Admiral Kolchak and to seek command of an army to besiege Moscow When Zhanna informs her father he thinks her mad But a young American intelligence officer and his Russian counterpart help win her an audience with the Admiral and the two young men become her wartime companions Though Zhanna and the American officer harbor tender feelings for one another Zhanna must put those feelings aside because her voices demand that she remain pure During the coming months Zhanna persists despite relentless opposition Displaying remarkable charisma and military aptitude she leads her army across vast expanses of untamed forest and steppe where suffering violence and treachery await at every turn But over time Zhanna’s obsession with victory arouses powerful enemies Defying a ceasefire Zhanna wins her greatest battle only to ride into a Bolshevik ambush soon after Held captive she must endure a vengeful show trial and face the verdict alone without knowing whether her prophecies will be fulfilled.

10 thoughts on “Maid of Baikal

  1. ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣ says:

    DNF Well During the Civil War there were no do goodies My great grand aunt's 1st husband was killed by White Army cause he wanted no part in that War her 2nd husband was shot by Red Army for the same pacifist reason her 3d husband died in Soviet prison he stole smth to feed the family and she herself was killed by fellow habitants of the village she grew up in cause she resisted 'nationalisaion' of her clothes and some cutlery; their 4 or 5 kids went to orphans' home and promptly disappeared during the WW2 While the father of this great grand aunt was outseas having not returned yet from the fronts of the WW1 due to severe crippling wounds her mother was beaten half to death by surprise an outpost of White Army because she refused to hand over to them some very valuable horses And it was no single ocasion when a family was punished by every imaginable combatant The Civil War was a free for all there were no Warriors of Light there no matter what their colors of choice were White Red or Green Yes there were Greens as well in there And they also had nice slogans and did crazy terrible stuff I'm sure I'll invest time in the future to finish it but it's an extremely naive and underresearched try at alternative history to put it mildly Though it's a good thing the author demonstrates their understanding that the USSR did not appear out of nowhere on an empty space They do realise there was a terrible Civil War which took lots of lives That deserves a couple of stars of the ratingThe fact that there were foreign hands involved in the Revolution and the Civil War is undisputable however Financing of Revolution foreign ideology none of those were of Russian origins Funny huh how Europe and its outposts have first helped to install the Soviets in the first place and now keep screaming how bad the communists have been Very much like some other international threats 'treatment' that we see with our own eyes And the approach is always the same Step 1 'you motivate finanse organise them' Step 2 'you declare them a threat' Step 3 'you fight against them as ineffectually as possible' Is that some kind of money laundering scheme underway? It's certifiably easier to obtain illicit profits during times of unrest And it's easier to govern over people scared of some incomprehensible outer threat Which is once again done via repressing the information about Russia its history and development Really some people have asked me in the past why I think Russia is Christian Weird uestion huh? Very illustrative of their knowledge about what Russian history actually is Others right away admit they haven't been taught anything at any educational institutions about Russia Why is that? Why is the World history being kept from the mass audience?TBC I'll finish this fairy tale later

  2. Stacy Stacy says:

     War no matter the countries or people involved is always bad There are always those among the troops on both sides having wicked hearts and use the excuse of a weapon in their hands to do the evil in their hearts Then there are those that don't want to kill anyone enemy or not but are unwillingly compelled to do their duty Like many other books about a war this one focuses on a handful of characters and how the war impacted them on a personal level It tells of honest patriotism betrayal corruption love jealousy and hate basic human emotions that everyone in the world feels Though Maid of Baikal is speculative fiction many of the characters did indeed exist photos of them included in book The Maid however is fictional The book spins a tale asking what if Russia had had its own Joan of Arc during the Russian Revolution and would the outcome have been different? The Maid of Baikal or Zhanna Stepanovna Dorokhina fulfills that role She is just a young schoolgirl from a rural northern outpost in Siberia while at prayer hears a voice that tells her she has a mission to save her country and people from the cruel tyranny of the Bolsheviks As days go by angels and saints appear to her guiding her and revealing of her destiny and telling her of things that have happened that she could not possibly know otherwise More and people are convinced and she develops a following and troops of demoralized disappointed soldiers are given hope by her message After numerous victories liberating towns that amaze the military hierarchy tragedy developsMaid of Baikal is a fine drama portraying those with pure hearts wanting only good for others and those who have hidden agendas for their own careers and willing to stoop to any evil deed to further that as well as protect the corruption they are involved in It recounts the involvement of foreign nations bankrolling the war Bolshevik and the White troops as well with the aim being solely economic Maybe I am much too an emotional person but chapter 22 and into 23 had me weeping Such betrayal Such deceit The author included a playlist one song for each chapter which I downloaded and listened to while reading the book to gain the full experience the author wished to impart That in itself was a minor education in a small way of Russian classical music and composers I did enjoy the book very much and wish to thank the author for a copy of it in exchange for an honest review thank you 

  3. Michael Michael says:

    Weird book

  4. Sunhawk Sunhawk says:

    This is a well rendered story that takes a very unexpected turn leading me to speculate about the influence a single person with the right skill set can have if they're in exactly the right place at the right time The Maid of this story a sort of latter day Joan of Arc effects dramatic changes in the course of Russian history leading to an end to Bolshevism and the triumph of the White forces How might such a thing happen especially if the change was precipitated by a young woman? The characterizations are detailed and believable especially the story's narrator Most of the story is told through the eyes of an American on military assignment with the Russian Railroad Authority a mere cover for his intelligence activities From a story telling perspective I was bothered that at times my hero narrator was excluded from a meeting but the narrative continued to tell me what happened behind closed doors it's always better if an author can avoid that kind of hanky panky The author's knowledge of the times and events surrounding post WW1 Siberia and the back and forth warfare between the Reds and the Whites far exceeded mine and had verisimilitude and so I was very surprised when the Whites prevailed

  5. Aimee Ann Aimee Ann says:

    Maid of Baikal A Novel of the Russian Civil War is an alternative history book that will take the reader to Russia between the years of 1914 to 1918 Maid of Baikal is uniue for many reasons but the core reason it is uniue is thanks to the uniue but immersive look at the Russian Civil War I have struggled to discover a novel that does just this but Preston Fleming the incredible author of Maid of Baikal has provided just this and has put a fantastic and entertaining twist on history If you are a reader who adores to read a comprehensive book that is detailed but also incredibly entertaining full of many characters who are well developed then Maid of Baikal should be your next read as it is genuinely brilliantMaid of Baikal is a dense novel just over five hundred pages long which follows many plot avenues however the core focus of the story is the Russian Civil War The reader early on in the story will be introduced to a young American captain in Russia on his journey to uncover intelligence that will be crucial for Allies Along the way the captain will encounter many core characters however one of these is a young maiden called Zhanna and she is no ordinary maiden or woman because she hears voices from God and these voices she hears instruct her to help the Civil War The reader will follow the American captain and Zhanna on their journey across Russia in their fight and this book lovers is the premise of the unforgettable Maid of BaikalThe story of Maid of Baikal is an intriguing one for many reasons such as the history explored the enigmatic and notable characters as well as the incredible detailed military strategies laced throughout the book If you are a military buff like me who adores knowing of military tactics and strategic plans then you will love Maid of Baikal because plenty of this is explored throughout the book The reader will get a real sense of what military tactics were like at the beginning of the 19th century and how these plans unfolded and whether they were in fact successful I believe the inclusion of this by Preston Fleming was a phenomenal plot device because it not only entertains the reader but informs them so much so that the reader will be able to take away knowledge from the book and discuss it with their friendsThe story is not only brilliant for the in depth military descriptions but the book is also great thanks to the wealth of information explored I should mention at this point that Maid of Baikal is fiction it is however inspired by real historical events and people throughout history In the book Zhanna could be compared to Joan of Ark so if you have an interest in Joan of Ark or similar people throughout history then Maid of Baikal will be your dream novelPreston Fleming is the author of Maid of Baikal and I admit that I am gutted I have not discovered his work sooner I have always dreamed of reading such a book because I love history but sadly I have not encountered a great historical book in a while When I read the description of Maid of Baikal I knew instantly that I would adore the story and now that I have finished the book I can honestly write that I loved it and this is all thanks to FlemingPreston Fleming has managed to accomplish the almost impossible he has managed to write a historical fiction novel entertainingly I have read a lot of historical fiction novels that end up becoming history books full of too much information but Fleming has mastered the balance between history and entertainment and has weaved the two perfectly together and so I applaud him for this and his talentAs Maid of Baikal is a uniue and refreshing book that will delight and excite its readers from page one I of course have to award the sensational book five stars So if you are looking for the next best historical fiction book then Maid of Baikal is it But do not take my word for it Go read the 25 positive reviews on also because they all speak highly of the book also I hope you do give this book a chance book lovers

  6. Copperfield Review Copperfield Review says:

    Maid of Baikal by Preston Fleming is a speculative historical novel as it states in the book’s title Fans of traditional historical fiction should be warned that this is a “What if?” novel based on the uestion “What if the White Russian army won the Russian civil war?”The story of Maid of Baikal centers around Zhanna Dorokhina a romanticized version of Joan of Arc who strives to beat back the Bolsheviks through military force Like Joan of Arc Zhanna believes she is on a divine mission as she leads her army in this case the White Russian army against the Bolsheviks The battle scenes were well written and compelling and I found myself rooting for Zhanna to win I felt as though I was there in Russia since the descriptions were so vivid and specificAs an avid reader of historical fiction I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did Normally I don’t care for alternative historical fiction because it defies the reason I like to read historical fiction which is that I get to learn about the past Even though some of the details presented in Maid of Baikal are the result of imagination there is still a lot of history to learn here about the Bolsheviks the Russian civil war and Russia itselfCreating a Tolstoy like epic Fleming shares a realistic vivid world within the Russian civil war with rich multi dimensional characters that reveal various aspects of humanity as seen in war time all made fascinating by the uestion “What if?” If you love historical fiction and you’re open to speculative circumstances different to that of historical facts then you will enjoy Maid of Baikal by Preston Fleming Readers with an interest in Russia and Russian history will also enjoy this novel

  7. Kay Kay says:

    I read an advance copy of this book and am glad to finally be able to share how much I enjoyed this novel It's an alternate history setting the story of Joan of Arc in Siberia during the Russian Civil War I'm not a fan of Joan of Arc but was drawn in to this tale which centers on a young military man Ned Du Pont sent as an adviser but who is actually gathering intelligence for his country Ned gets drawn in to the conflict and people in ways he did not expect I myself only have a general knowledge of Russian history at the time of the Bolshevik Revolution and none of Siberia This increased my interest in this part of the world Siberia has a much vibrant culture and history than being a place simply for Russia to send its political prisoners One of things I liked best about this book is the interplay between all of the various countries and their representatives in the Russian Civil War I find this extremely relevant today as this shows the difficulties of foreign 'advisers' and their real interests Ned and the others he meets have differing goals that were often different from what they were telling each other This book is epic in scope and successfully focuses on fully developed characters with their own motivations strengths and weaknesses It's a great read

  8. Allie Bock Allie Bock says:

    To be honest I don't remember learning much about Russian history in high school How about you?Maid of Baikal by Preston Fleming is a historical fiction based on the Russian civil war It follows a young American captain Ned du Pont on his journey through Russia from 1918 to 1919 He is there under the cover of getting communications established for the Whites; all the while he is gaining intelligence for the Allies Along his travels he meets a maiden named Zhanna Zhanna is not just any maiden She hears Voices from God and these Voices instruct her to help with the civil war The story goes on to describe Ned's and Zhanna's trials and tribulations in fighting against the Bolsheviks Preston Fleming put his heart and soul into this work and the reader can tell He uses beautiful prose to describe the landscape of Russia It almost feels like you could be there The dialogue is engaging If you enjoy many tactical discussions and theories this is the story for you The characters discuss strategy and military movements throughout the book Since the story is a historical fiction he includes a list of all the character both real and fictional to help the reader He also includes maps of Russia and a list of musical themes to be listened to while reading

  9. Irene Adam Irene Adam says:

    I received a free advance review ecopy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review ‘The Maid of Baikal’ gives the reader an interesting take on the 1918 1920 Russian Civil War with an alternative ending one in which the Whites Siberians win the war contrary to recorded history The Maid of Baikal is a very likable young woman who has many similarities to Joan of Arc This book starts at a slow pace as the author backgrounds the story and develops each character fully I found the map of 1918 Russia and the map of the 1919 Urals Front to be very helpful in orienting me to place as I read This is uite a long read but I found myself always hurrying to come back in order to find out what was going to happen next This is a well written novel with a well developed plot There is prejudice discontent espionage brutality political machination and tragedy The author portrays war with all its violence hardships and pain ‘Maid of Baikal’ is a look at what could have been I found this novel very interesting and well worth the read

  10. Sandra Sandra says:

    I really enjoyed this story Not far into it I kept thinking of it as a parallel to Joan of Arc I don't know that much about her or about Russian history but this was uite a compelling story Nice smooth engaging flow Kept my interest from start to finish Favorite characters were Zhanna strong yet innocent Ned wasn't sure what to do about Zhanna except follow her when he could and least favorite Lebedev a good portrayal of a villain It took a while with the various battles and scenes and trying to keep them straight in my head but well worth the read All of the basic elements of the story were uite believable engaging and compelling for me Liked the point of view throughout the story OUTSTANDING historical fiction Highly recommend I received this from the author in exchange for an honest review Have read other books by this author and am following him

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