British master spy Sidney Reilly tries to prevent Lenin from taking power over Russia in 1918. He fails but soon discovers that he was betrayed. After investigating, Reilly goes back to Russia on one final high-stakes gamble-- and disappears forever. Both SIS and KGB are completely stymied and invent "legends" to protect their interests. Private War, based on original research independent of the SIS and KGB, is the first telling of what really happened. Both Robin Lockhart, author of "Reilly: Ace of Spies" and Lev Bezymensky, the Soviet go-to man for information on Reilly, endorsed the book.