Book Review: Rasputin's Shadow by: Raymond Khoury


Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Publication Date: October 8, 2013

Origins:  From Meryl Moss Media Relations for Review

Format:  Hardcover

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: On a cold, bleak day in 1916, all hell breaks loose in a mining pit in the Ural Mountains. Overcome by a strange paranoia, the miners attack one another, savagely and ferociously. Minutes later, two men—a horrified scientist and Grigory Rasputin, trusted confidant of the tsar—hit a detonator, blowing up the mine to conceal all evidence of the carnage.

In the present day, FBI agent Sean Reilly’s search for Reed Corrigan, the CIA mindcontrol spook who brainwashed Reilly’s son, takes a backseat to a new, disturbing case. A Russian embassy attaché seems to have committed suicide by jumping out of a fourth-floor window in Queens. The apartment’s owners, a retired physics teacher from Russia and his wife, have gone missing, and further investigation reveals that the former may not be who the FBI believe him to be.

Joined by Russian Federal Security Service agent Larisa Tchoumitcheva, Reilly’s investigation of the old man’s identity will uncover a desperate search for a small, mysterious device, with consequences that reach back in time and which, in the wrong hands, could have a devastating impact on the modern world.

Review: ‘Rasputin’s Shadow’ is a mind-blowing adventure through Russian history and science. While FBI agent Sean Reilly is hunting for the operative who brainwashed his son, he gets caught up in an investigation into the death of an attaché from the Russian Embassy. Why was the attaché in the apartment of a high school teacher and why did he take a swan dive out of the window? As the investigation continues, the body count rises and the mystery deepens. Who is Leo Sokolov really and how does Grigory Rasputin play into what is happening in the present? Mr. Khoury has written a well-researched, fast-paced, and exciting novel in ‘Rasputin’s Shadow’ and I was hard-pressed to put it down!

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