Rasputin's Shadow Hardcover – 21 Nov 2013
|New from||Used from|
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
History, mystery, suspense, and action - Khoury knows the recipe for a good read (LIBRARY JOURNAL)
As hauntings go, this is one to freeze the blood. (NORTHERN ECHO)
From the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling author of THE LAST TEMPLAR comes a gripping, high-concept thriller in the Sean Reilly series.See all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
The plot of this book is scary as hell, the concept of the technology (that i mention due to spoilers) is a terrorist nightmare, a horror that is so easy to envisage, the software and hardware exists, the science is sound, its just not been put together......or has it?
When you read how this technology could be used by a man or a government without a conscience, that's just scary, and its that which is the true skill and power of a Raymond Khoury book, the power to provide horrifyingly realistic visions of what could be.
well worth reading
Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin
1. The Last Templar (2005)
2. The Templar Salvation (2010)
3. The Devil's Elixir (2011)
aka Second Time Around
4. Rasputin's Shadow (2013)
The Sanctuary (2007)
The Sign (2009)
What hits you straight away, is the mystery of why a Russian embassy official has seemingly committed suicide, and the elderly (ish) couple who lives in the flat, mysteriously disappeared? Things just don't add up for Reilly, as he is suspicious about the Russian connection in this case; feeling as if Russian FSB agent, Larisa Sokolova, is not revealing the full truth. It isn't until we learn of an unusual device that can cause people to become so enraged that they turn on everyone around them, that we see a connection back to the early 1900's and of course to the peasant who rose the social hierarchy, gaining the love and respect of the Russian Royal family - Grigory Rasputin.
The plot in Rasputin's Shadow is pretty decent and interesting - I mean, a machine that can be used unknowingly on innocent victims to turn them into savage barbarians is pretty mind-blowing. And addictive! What I really loved, especially early on, is how the reader can see both sides of the plot as it happens. Sokolov (the elderly retired Russian) weaves the tides expertly, trying to save his captured wife, as well as bringing his own plan of action into play.Read more ›
I hadn't read the previous Reilly books, so references to Reilly's son Alex and to his search for amoral CIA agent Reed Corrigan left me scratching my head at first. But once the primary plot concerning the mind control device kicked in, and the stakes and body count began to rise, I found Rasputin's Shadow a page-turner.
Khoury has clearly done extensive research - into the life and times of Rasputin and how microwaves can influence the brain, amongst other things - but he dispenses what he's learned sparingly so it doesn't get in the way of the action. The frequent switching between different characters' points of view may not be to every one's taste, but it illuminates the plot successfully and keeps the pace moving and the tension high. As for Khoury's cheeky rewriting of the exact nature of Rasputin's influence over the Tsar and Tsarina, to take into account the mind-control device, he pulls it off with a magician's flourish.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poorly written with an overly complicated plot and structure rendering it almost entirely free of tension. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
E xcellent read, the twists and turns between characters and story lines kept me wanting more.Published 12 months ago by Satisfied