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Rasputin's Shadow

Format:  Hardcover,

406 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Oct 2013

ISBN-13: 9780525953135

ISBN-10: 0525953132

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An ingenious, fast-paced historical thriller from the author of the "New York Times" bestseller "The Last Templar"
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 attache 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.
Packed with the twists, intrigue, and excitement that Khoury's many fans have come to expect, "Rasputin's Shadow" will keep readers turning pages long into the night.

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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Oct 2013
ISBN-13: 9780525953135
ISBN-10: 0525953132
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 406
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.25 x 1.25

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2013-08-01)

Returning to a narrative format that shifts between time periods, Khoury (The Devil's Elixir; The Last Templar) reunites us with FBI agent Sean Reilly in this thrilling historical mystery. Just as Reilly is undertaking a furtive manhunt for the CIA agent he believes harmed his son, he's called to the scene of a potential crime: a Russian embassy attache has plunged to his death from an apartment window. The apartment's owners are missing, and it soon becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems.

Reilly partners with a female Russian FSB agent to uncover the truth before decades of big lies converge with a small, mysterious device to yield devastating consequences. Somehow a Russian emigre, Russian mobsters, Korean gang members, and Rasputin are all connected, and Reilly and company had better figure out how-quickly.

Verdict: Readers unfamiliar with Khoury's "Templar" series featuring Sean Reilly can jump in here without feeling lost. The author provides enough contextual backstory for new readers without risking vexing loyal fans. His ample cultural references are fresh, and most should withstand the test of time. History, mystery, suspense, and action-Khoury knows the recipe for a good read.

[See Prepub Alert, 4/22/13.] - Laura Cifelli, Fort Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL

(c). Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

An ingenious, fast-paced historical thriller from the author of the New York Times bestseller The Last Templar

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.

Packed with the twists, intrigue, and excitement that Khoury’s many fans have come to expect, Rasputin’s Shadow will keep readers turning pages long into the night.

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