Someone Else's War: A Novel of Russia and America

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In December 1993, Pentagon weapons designer and engineer Doctor Olivia Tolchin attends a Washington, DC arms show. She is accomplished, professionally stymied and personally drifting. Then the senior Russian military intelligence officer in America, Major General Getmanov, approaches her and makes her an offer she can't refuse. A love, politics, and war story set in Russia in the 1990s. More
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About Erin Solaro

Erin Solaro is the author of Women in the Line of Fire (Seal, 2006), based on her experiences as a journalist and researcher embedded with combat troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her work has appeared everywhere from the Marine Corps Gazette and the US Naval Institute’s Proceedings to the Seattle Weekly, Christian Science Monitor, and Baltimore Sun. She writes The Woman Citizen blog for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Erin was raised in the American Midwest and has lived in Malaysia. She received her B.A. in History from Indiana University and her M.A. in Military Science and Diplomacy from Norwich University. She has been a reserve lieutenant in the US Army, a professional dog trainer, a secretary, an insurance agent, and a program director for an international post-graduate management institute.

Erin lives with her husband, writer Philip Gold.

Erin is best reached by email at or She can also be found on Facebook.


Review by: Richard Underwood on July 25, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book. The author first thought of the characters of the book as a teenager, and she's got to know them well in the intervening years. The book starts off slowly building up the characters, but once you start to care about the participants it builds in tempo and excitement from the half-way point to a thrilling but satisfying ending.

Well written and enjoyable.
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Review by: Shosh Meged on April 20, 2013 :
Someone Elses War takes the reader into the heart and mind of Olivia Tolchin who has made life altering choices that shape her destiny as an American woman living and working in Russia during the 1990's. A compelling story rich with political history, intrigue and romance, It took me to another world and I could not put it down!
Shosh Meged
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Review by: Jonathan Magidovitch on April 20, 2013 : (no rating)
They terrorized Boston. They've been around a long time. We've acted like this was someone else's war. It's ours because this week, in Boston, it came home to us.

Erin Solaro's novel, "Someone Else's War" is a piece of the back story to the recent Boston Marathon bombings. Solaro, a published military historian, here gives us fictionalized entree to the interplay among the Chechen insurgency, Russia and the U.S.

"Someone Else's War" has intrigue, love, sex, violence, a cast of engaging characters and a story line with compelling authenticity that comes from Solaro's military and political expertise.

Yosef Meged, principal
Yosef Meged Consulting
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