Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Review: Rasputin's Legacy by Troy Matthew Carnes

What if the two most ruthless mass murderers in history wanted you dead?

Giorgi Lazarov is only a young boy, but he can predict the future. Until recently, only one person on earth knew that Giorgi's remarkable gift was passed down from his famous grandfather Grigori Rasputin. But now the two most dangerous men in the world know of his special power.Adolf Hitler learns of him through SS Reichsf├╝hrer Heinrich Himmler's most gifted witch, and Joseph Stalin finds out when an insane prostitute languishing in an asylum claims to have borne Rasputin's child. She is in fact Giorgi's grandmother.

Now,as the Nazi war machine invades the Soviet Union, launching the bloodiest conflict in human history, both Hitler and Stalin want him desperately. They send their most capable assassins to find the boy and either claim his power for their cause or make certain that he does not live to be used against them.When the Germans capture his village, Giorgi is separated from his parents, and he finds himself in a world of madness and utter evil where it seems there are only killers and corpses.

The people of the Ukraine can see no hope for salvation, but Giorgi can see everything...

Received from the author for review.

I've always been fascinating by czarist Russia and I enjoy historical fiction so this immediately intrigued me and I was not disappointed!

This one gets four stars.  It was beautifully written and draws you right in and keeps you engrossed.  I kept thinking "Just one more chapter!" and looking up a hour and many chapters later as if no time had passed at all.  The entire story felt very real, with an almost non-fiction quality to it.  You could almost believe that it might have happened.   Although the text is incredibly densely packed in this 425 page tome - think Stephen King's The Stand - it is well worth the time investment.  The Russian names were a bit difficult and distracting at first, and the German names a bit more familiar, but you quickly adjust as you are drawn into the story.  I was surprised that this beautifully written, detail rich story was the author's first book.  It is a wonderful read and I am certainly looking forward to the author's future works.  This is definitely highly recommended!

★★★★ = Really Liked It


Elpidio said...

the author of this book present the reader a mind-blowing tale of historical fiction.

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