Book Review: Visions Of The Revolution by Jeffrey Minucci

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Solstice Publishing

Publish Date: December 12, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon

Synopsis: Ivan is a destitute, orphaned boy who witnessed the murder of his parents at the hands of a mysterious cult. Yet he is gifted with a rare genius and a keen sense of intuition. He has visions, seeing disturbing things that elude others.

After a chance encounter with the Tsar’s cousin, Ivan is propelled into the world of Tsarist Russia on the brink of a catastrophic event - the Russian Revolution.

Soon he must deal with his sudden fame and rise in the Imperial order, as well as the suffering of his people.

As revolution erupts and creates chaos everywhere, Ivan is faced with a stark, possibly irredeemable choice…

Review: ‘Visions of the Revolution’ is a book set during the time of the last Tsar and told through the eyes of Ivan, a boy who was orphaned when his family (and almost the whole village) was killed by cultists. When Ivan comes to St. Petersburg, he has one of his visions which saves the Grand Duke who is cousin to the Tsar. The Grand Duke adopts Ivan and he is now part of the royal family. He receives formal education along with Tsaritsa Anastasia, who he falls madly in love with. As Ivan grows up he is not only a celebrated musician, but he becomes involved in politics at his family’s urging. Yet, he doesn’t always agree with the Tsar and soon sees the plight of the ordinary Russian citizen as his own. Communism is spreading and Ivan is now thrust into the midst of the Russian Revolution. Ivan’s visions plague him again once Rasputin has come to town, holding heavy influence over the Tsarina. Will Ivan be able to live with the choices he has to make?

I enjoyed ‘Visions of the Revolution’ very much. I found Ivan’s viewpoint as an outsider who became part of the Tsar’s family to be unique. With only a basic knowledge of this time period, I found myself drawn into the inner workings of Tsarist Russia and able to see both the Tsar’s and the Russian people’s side of the issues. The relationship between Anastasia and Ivan was touching and heartbreaking at times. Even though they were both teenagers, in this time period, especially in the roles they played they had to grow up quickly. The author really has a knack of bringing the characters and events to life before your eyes!


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