It is unfortunate that this so nearly duplicates the material of The Mountains and the Stars by Valentin Tikhonov (Little, Brown -- June 17 -- page 193, May 1st bulletin). That book was the story of two boys and their account of the Cossack-Mongol-Japanese-White Russian regiment led by Baronvon Ungern-Sternberg. This shows the Baron's side of the story, and is biographical fiction, focussing on the fanatical, sadistic White Russian general, who led his army through hell and high water, committing atrocities against all in their path, and turning on his own men when other victims were lacking. Not strictly a novel, but a fairly close account of two years of terror, at the end of which his own men turned against him. He escaped -- ultimately to be shot by the Bolsheviks. The Tikhonov book was shadowy where this seems real, a strange page of modern history.