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HUMAN CARGO: Ghost Trains [Kindle Edition]

Michael Lee
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Captain Alexander (Sasha) Vasilievich's regiment falls when the Russian Army on the western front collapses. He returns home to visit his family and fiancee Irina Mikhailovna in eastern Siberia. Russia is on the verge of financial collapse. Out of the political unrest and power vacuum rise many factions. While visiting his family, the Bolshevik Revolution breaks out in St. Petersburg. The Bolshevik Revolution and lawlessness catapult the young lovers into the stormy waves of the bloodiest revolution in Russian history. In the most turbulent times, Irina Mikhailovna becomes another rape victim of Grigori Semenov, the Cossack general, the protégé of the allied forces in the Far East and the most fear man in east Siberia. Sasha and local partisans pursue the Cossacks to revenge. After killing handful of Grigori’s bandits, Sasha goes back to Petrograd to join the revolution. Sometime later, Grigori Semenov, the archenemy of Sasha, sends his bandits to destroy Vasilli (Sasha's father) and Irina’s family. They murder Mikhail, Irina’s father, and set the house on fire while Irina is in bed, and she sustains severe burns to her beautiful face and parts of her body. She decides to vanish from the evil world and Sasha for she is no longer a beautiful woman. Sasha looks for Irina for two years from the Far East to St. Petersburg. He finds her on Olkhon Island. As they try to rebuild their lives. their motherland betrays them and their hopes and dreams are cut short by Joseph Stalin's bloody persecution of Soviet minorities. In the winter of 1937, cattle trains haul the first shipment of human cargo containing 180.000 Soviet-Koreans to the lands of exile. Among them are Sasha and Irina. They try to survie in the freezing cattle trains that have no bathrooms or stoves. Thousands of deportees die of diseases and hunger and dead bodies are often thrown off the moving trains. They call them "Ghost Trains." After a month-long ride, the cattle trains dump them in the middle of nowhere in Kazahstan. The deportees sleep in dirt dugouts in the snow-covered steppe. Resolved to survive from the man-made adversity and human cruelty, Irina walks out into the snow to look for something to fill their empty stomachs. Roots, desert animals and weeds.

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  • File Size: 496 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461104130
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O2ZZLI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,044,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing historical novel October 15, 2011
The author has created a masterpiece, Indeed. The story is fresh and his amazing skill in portraying the tragic destruction of human dignity and humanity,denial of human rights, blind patriotism, starvation and the impressive love story through the difficult times has captivated my attention from beginning to last. Breath-taking plots, speedy development of conflicts and his writing style make the history alive. Especially the last scene is stuck in the back of my mind and will stay there for many years to come. It is a tragic history unknown to the west, the first historical novel every published in the west where we take freedom for granted and humger is unknown. Bolshevik Revolution erupted like a dormant volcano out of social injustice, disparity of wealth and corruption. The revolution destroyed freedom and social structure. As the time went on, Russians lost everything they had fought for. Soon they turned on each other. In the absence of freedom they were no better than domesticated pets. The central government controlled with a tight fist, forcing everyone to depend upon it for everything. HUMAN CARGO: Ghost Trains is an unforgettable love story. As I was reading it I felt like watching a big-scale historical movie on a wide screen. The background is the Bolshevik Revolution, the bloodiest civil war in Russian history. Captain Sasha Vasilievich's life was changed when Russian Army eastern front collpased. And then he was swept into the revolution. It was like wild fires spreading over the prairies. He and his wife Irina got separated as the revolution continued. Sash joined the revolution. While waiting for her husband, Irina was raped by the infamous Cossack general Semenov. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unwilling Exodus November 23, 2011
I received this book, Human Cargo:Ghost Trains as a gift and I truly appreciate it.

Michael Lee has plucked an important historical fact from the dark past and brought it into the light of present, through his book, Human
Cargo:Ghost Trains. He has skillfully woven an intricate, powerful masterpiece of
intrigue involving war, the cost of loyalty, the betrayal of country and family
rivalry. Actually, he has created one big, fascinating love story containing many
stories and plots, all tied together with a central theme, that being, the pursuit of love, freedom, peace and security. The author has mastered the art of 'description' to the point that the reader is in on the action and senses the emotions played out by the novel's array of characters. This many layered story will make you laugh and cry. It grabs the heart. You will want to read it again
and will most likely never forget it.

Human Cargo:Ghost Trains is more than a well written novel. It is a tribute to all the Korean men, women and children who lost their lives during this terrible upheaval and to those who, through courage, determination and hard work, did survive.

Michael Lee has proven to be a phenomenal, creative writer. I only hope he receives the recognition he deserves.

Elizabeth Haynes
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By Jayne
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Human Cargo is a fascinating and fast read!
This book is a page-turner filled with alarming details of the chaotic economic and political turmoil lived by people in Russia, in 1917- 1938. Mike Lee reveals the monstrous atrocities done to a Korean family who had embraced the land of Siberia, as much as any native Russian could. Farming was their life: Hard work was their reward: Self sufficiency and honesty was their motto: Siberia, Russia was their homeland. This family would be a benefit to any nation, and yet greedy unsympathetic men followed orders to treat the Korean Russians so cruelly; it is beyond my imagination.

The characters in Human Bondage consists of a family with the perceptions and opinions of 4 generations of Korean Russians. Mike Lee has done an excellent portrayal of the lives of Siberian farmers during this time period. The characters become alive as one travels back in time to Russia 1917.

Human Cargo is not a story that should be shoved under the carpet. It provides information on true historical events that really happend in Russia. ...Yes, Human Cargo is a story of suffering and it is a story of the incredible ability of the human spirit to rise above tragic circumstances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars page turner, tear jerker September 13, 2011
I recently received Human Cargo as a gift...and what a gift this book was to me. I could not put this book down and cried through much of it.

I loved this book and will be gifting it friends and family this holiday season.
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