Thomas Blubaugh, Night of the Cossack review
c.2011 Bound by Faith Publishers
Blubaugh's novel is based on the imagined life of his Jewish grandfather in the
Ukraine, as a Cossack, before immigrating to the in 1910. United States
Sixteen-year-old Nathan and his younger brother
Israel are wakened by the invasion of their Georgian village, Gagra, near the Caucasus mountains. They feel with their mother, only the clothes on their backs and weapons they can snatch. Kidnapped into a Cossack patrol, Nathan is forced to accept a new name, Stepan Ivanov, and a new faith – Christian Orthodoxy.
For Stepan, learning to become a mercenary extortionist Cossack means full adoption into a new life in their
and even a bit of brainwashing in order to learn the ways of the soldiers. But on the eve of the programs and the Revolution, the Cossacks of Aksay are drafted into the Russian army. Terrible choices, tragedy and betrayal cause Stepan to head west to a different fate. When his past catches up to him, trust doesn’t come easy. village of Aksay
With great sensory details and descriptions that tickle your nose and fancy, Blubaugh’s novel will enrich your library as he takes you back to a time of danger and adventure in a culture far, far away.