, is now published in the UK. American, Russian and other foreign editions will appear in 2014. It is available here.
Russian Roulette tells the unknown story of a group of British spies smuggled into Soviet Russia on an undercover mission of vital importance.
They were tasked with thwarting Lenin’s Bolshevik-Islamic plot to topple British India and the Western democracies.
The British spies were self taught and well versed in dirty tricks. Over the next three years, they would be involved in murder, deception and duplicity on a grand scale. Living in disguise - and constantly switching identities - they would infiltrate Soviet commissariats, the Red Army and Cheka (secret police), and would come within a whisker of assassinating Lenin. The pinnacle of their achievement was to unpick Lenin’s plot for global revolution. Their work was to have an unexpected consequence, one that continues to influence our lives today.
Drawn from previously unknown secret documents held in the Indian Political Intelligence archives, Giles Milton gives a remarkable insight into the murky world of espionage, murder and deception that took place inside post-revolutionary Russia.
'Milton has synthesised and filleted a mass of material - old memoirs, official archives and newly released intelligence files - to produce a rollicking tale... which explains the long war against Russia with verve, wit and colour. It reads like fiction, but it is, astonishingly, history.' Michael Binyon, The Times.
Josh Glancy writing in The Sunday Times compared the book to 'the very best of Fleming and Le Carre' and said: 'This gripping history of derring-do and invisible ink brings to life the exploits of the British spies who waged war against Russia during the Cold War.'
Nigel Jones writing in History Today said: 'Milton’s team of spies survived their missions [and] his chronicle of their secret war reads not only like a nail-biting thriller, but a success story… he’s helped by a cast of colourful characters whose real-life exploits are a Bond novel beyond Ian Fleming’s wildest dreams.'
The Daily Express said of Russian Roulette: 'Milton is a compulsive storyteller whose rattling style ensures this is the antithesis of a dry treatise on espionage. And unlike 007, it's all true.'
'Milton has a rare ability - a talent for sifting fine pearls from faraway sands and transmuting the merely arcane into little literary gems.' Simon Winchester, The Boston Globe.