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Richard Hoyt: Sonja's Run

Sonja's Run From the Publisher
At the 1852 Christmas party hosted by Tsar Nicholas I, the plucky half-Chinese, half-Russian poet Sonja Sankova decks Peter "Colonel Cut" Koslov, who is infamous for his necklace of ears taken from serfs and Jews. In London that same night, American Jack Sandt conspires with Karl Marx to con the Tsar into letting him take daguerreotype images inside Russia. So begins this wildest of romantic wild rides, an odyssey of two lovers fleeing for their lives through the vast reaches of the Russian empire. With Koslov and his special unit, the Wolfpack, in hot pursuit, Sonja and Jack flee St. Petersburg, cross European Russia, and go down the Urals, there risking their lives on a turbulent mountain river. Taking turns telling their story, Sonja and Jack fall in love and marry in a Siberian chapel. In a narrow escape, Jack shoots Koslov. A sadistic Kyrghyz nomad grabs Sonja and spirits her away. Jack and a Cossack pursue the nomad and his men across the Asian steppe, but Koslov gets to him first. Koslov takes Sonja to a fabled mountain near lake Baikal where he is to retrieve rubies destined for a new Romanov throne. He waits for Jack, vowing revenge. Jack rescues his wife, and with their lives and a fortune of rubies at stake - and real wolves howling in a blizzard - Sonja and Jack face down Colonel Cut and the Wolfpack.

Richard Hoyt: Sonja's Run. Colonel Cut and the Romanov Rubies. Forge, ISBN: 0765306158 (March, 2005), 352 p., $24.95



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