THE GOLDEN SABRE by Jon Cleary

THE GOLDEN SABRE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An all-action, all-nonsense escape thriller--covering a lot of ground (geographically speaking) during the Russian Revolution. Matthew Martin Cabell, an American drilling for off in Siberia, is caught up in the Revolution and, in escaping the piggish General Bronevich, he flees to the country--where he encounters tempting Eden Penfold, English governess to Frederick and Olga Gorshkov (children of a departed soldier-aristocrat). But when pursuing Bronevich attempts to rape Eden, Matt kills him. . . and so begins his 1000-mile cross-country drive to Tiflis in the Gorshkovs' Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce, with Eden, the kids, and effeminate servant Nikolai as passengers. They are constantly chased by misshapen dwarf Major Peregrine Pemenov, Bronevich's nephew; in a small village they are nearly executed by revolutionary miners but saved by a lively, white-bearded 100-year-old man (who dies to ensure their escape); in the next town they buy a magnificent painted sabre (with hopes of making a man of Nikolai); they fall in with a band of marauding White Cossacks who are amassing train-loads of the Tsar's treasure; they join a caravan of refugee Jews bound for Palestine; at the Caspian Sea they are treated royally by Lady Vanessa Mamoulian and her homosexual son Caspar (whom Nikolai kills with the sabre when he tries to rape young Frederick). And finally there's a showdown battle between White Russian troops and some mad Mohammedans . . . as Matt runs the ever-pursuing dwarf through with the sabre (which turns out to be a revered Moslem relic). Popcorn-adventure entertainment overall--lively, familiar, and mindless.

Pub Date: July 15th, 1981
Publisher: Morrow