Customer Reviews for

Rasputin's Shadow

Average Rating 3.5
( 16 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(9)

3 Star

(2)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(2)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 16 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted October 16, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    A strange beginning occurs when a group of miners in Russia afte

    A strange beginning occurs when a group of miners in Russia after hearing an explosion start to violently attack each other to the death. It is 1916 and the people are extremely unhappy with the famous Tsar Alexander and his family. Then the notorious Grigor Efimovich Rasputin appears with his close companion, Misha, announcing that salvation is coming to the land.  These two men meet in a monastery where both are seeking God for the redemption of their sinful souls.  When Rasputin learns what his friend has invented, the die is cast. Rasputin realizes that his vision of purification is about to unfold through Misha’s secret creation.
    The scene then shifts to America to a physicist Sokolov who is a quiet man, deeply in love with his wife.  They live a simple life which is about to spin totally out of control.  For Sokolov has made a grievous error in joining a protest outside the Soviet embassy in New York, not realizing the cameras are turned on and recording the face of every protestor. A Russian diplomat is found dead, having committed suicide or been murdered by being thrown through a high-rise window. Then Sokolov’s wife is kidnapped; but there’s no request for a ransom, and Sokolov knows it is he the criminals are after!
    The story switches back and forth between the past when Rasputin was able to establish himself as a healer and set about to heal the son of the Tsar.  Later he will be killed by the Bolsheviks, but his friend Misha’s invention will not die with him.  For his grandson, Sokolov found Misha’s journals which led to a long study of science and the realization of what his grandfather had done.  Sokolov, before he met his wife, set himself to replicating the weapon that will bring chaos to the streets of Brooklyn, New York and have the potential to leash the same upon anyone, anywhere, in the world.  The question is who will find Sokolov first, now that he has gone into hiding!
    The police, an FBI agent Sean Reilly, a Korean drug dealer, a Russian mobster, and a Russian agent are all in the race to capture Sokolov.  Dead bodies and shootout scenes abound, with car chases, secretive phone calls and more.  For this machine, which is really what everyone wants – and most aren’t really sure what the key is to this Sokolov character – has the power to alter the personalities of anyone individually or in a crowd, with devastating, bizarre, and savage results.
    Rasputin’s Shadow: A Novel is a tautly plotted, intense thriller/mystery and historical novel to rivet every reader’s attention. It certainly would make a phenomenal movie as well but most of all it’s a well-crafted story with several different but interconnected plots.  It’s a tale of evil genius creating a tool that in the wrong hands could actually end the world as we know it.  Superb job, Raymond Khoury!  Highly recommended and worthy of a wide audience!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 23, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    RASPUTIN'S SHADOW by Raymond Khoury is a thrill ride of a Histor

    RASPUTIN'S SHADOW by Raymond Khoury is a thrill ride of a Historical Thriller set in 1916 Russia and present day Queen's, New York. Featuring FBI agent Sean Reilly and Russian FBI agent Larisa Tchoumitcheva and based on one of the most controversial and infamous figures in Russian history, Grigory Efimovich Rasputin. Who was the healer and spiritual adviser to the famous Romanov family in Russia.
    While,slow in the beginning it picks up nicely. Filled with secrets, murder, the Cold War of Russia, danger,political intrigue, and a very intense thriller. It will keep you on the edge of your seat with twists and turns, as Mr. Khoury infuses historical facts with mystery, suspense, and intrigue. This was turbulent times for the Romanov dynasty and Russia, in the years prior to our story. Rasputin was a cunning man who used and exploited not only women, but anyone who was gullible or superstitious. He basically used people for his own purposes. With this said "Rasputin's Shadow" is a very intriguing and interesting tale of intrigue, murder, and mystery.
    If you enjoy fast paced, action packed thrillers, Russian history,intrigue, the Romanov dynasty, than "Rasputin's Shadow" is the story for you to pick up. It will leave you breathless, as well as in awe, at the complexity of "Rasputin's Shadow". Well written with in depth details and interesting characters.
    Received for an honest review from the publisher and/or publicist.
    RATING: 4.5
    HEAT RATING: MILD
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More



    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 15, 2013

    Known for Historically fact based fiction, Raymond Khoury is [ph

    Known for Historically fact based fiction, Raymond Khoury is [phenomenal with his latest novel, " Rasputin's Shadow". The first person narrative of Sean Reilly sends you on a mind bending, breath taking adventure, with a touch of " Old World Russia", combined with real life drama. Rasputin's Shadow is a riveting thriller. A must read for all

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 8, 2013

    Rasputin¿s Shadow is the first Raymond Khory book I¿ve read and

    Rasputin’s Shadow is the first Raymond Khory book I’ve read and what a treat! Some history of Rasputin and the Royal Family before the Revolution, mixed with present day information on the Russian and Asian “mafias” in the United States, and likeable characters racing to save the world from an invention that lands in the wrong hands makes for a thrilling read. If you like Steve Berry, you will love Raymond Khoury. I received a complimentary copy of this book through Penguin Firstreads.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 12, 2013

    I received this book from Book Tribe  to give an honest review.

    I received this book from Book Tribe  to give an honest review. The rating is 4 1/2 stars.
    I am not a big fan of spy novels as sometimes it doesn't catch my interest as much. But with this book just by reading the blurb I knew I had to give this book a try and I am glad I did. The author kept me engage night after night. I kept going are they going to capture the bad guy, who is on our side in this and who is on the other side. 
    The only problem I had with the book hence why I gave it a 4 1/2 star rating as one of the main characters FBI Agent Sean Reilly kept bringing up his son and something happened to Alex. What it was never really clearly made out so I do not know if there is maybe another book that has Sean in it and tells what happened or not. 

    Other than that problem with the book for me it was a great story. FBI Agent Sean Reilly is searching for a couple who has gone missing but the teacher is more than just a teacher! Agent Sean starts getting answers as to what really happened to him and the man that fell out of his window. What he finds out is more bizarre than you would imagine  Now the the hunt is on to find the device (which scares me as I wonder if it could really be built) that Leo has built and it all comes down to the wire. 
    It is a fast pace, you go back and forth (though not too much) between the present and the journals. 
    The bodies are starting to pile up and it is going to take some brains to figure out where Koschey is going to take this machine and hit next. 
    If you want to read a good spy novel that will have you wondering what is going to happen next you have to pick this book up. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 1, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 29, 2013

    It's okay to be fooled into thinking RASPUTIN'S SHADOW is a hist

    It's okay to be fooled into thinking RASPUTIN'S SHADOW is a historical account into crazed mind of Rasputin, the man who infamously lead to the downfall of the Russian royal family. About twenty percent of the novel is a fictitious account from Rasputin's partner that has snagged enough loopholes in history to be both plausible and chilling. Truthfully, the historical part of the novel was my favorite part. I was (and still am) entranced by the magic behind Rasputin.

    The other eighty percent is a modern day thriller with Cold War ethics. It's Russian vs United States and the body count is so high that some of the narrators don't survive for more than a few chapters. In the earliest chapters, the narrative switches are somewhat confusing due to an overuse of "he" instead of the narrator's name. By a quarter of the way through, the voices of the narrators are different enough (and the pronouns less) that there is no confusing.

    For having an abundance of characters, Raymond Khoury still manages to breath life into his male narrators in the span of mere paragraphs. Each character, no matter how minor their role in the story, establishes a life history, personality, and agenda without ever detouring from the fast-pace plot.

    There are only a handful of female characters in the story and unfortunately none of them stood out. The believable chemistry between Daphne and Sokolov was enough to salvage her character for me, though Larisa's character had no male counterpart to enhance her plot role. In fact, her storyline was the only one that felt incomplete and sloppy. There simply was not enough development between her introduction and the ending to justify her importance to the plot.

    But what sells the story is the author's ability to transform facts about both historic and modern Russia into a thriller that raises as many questions as DA VINCI CODE. Could the events in RASPUTIN'S SHADOW come true? How did Rasputin's magic really work? RASPUTIN'S SHADOW is enough of a genre-bender to attract fans of magical realism and historical fiction, while still captivating enough for those who crave government conspiracies, fast-pace action, and a hero worth routing for.

    (I received a copy of Rasputin's Shadow from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Stay with It -- the ending is great

    This book starts slowly and it is made more difficult by the flashback style and assortment of current and historical characters. Stick to it as the ending is pretty exciting.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Excellent novel.   It certainly begs the question as to whether

    Excellent novel.   It certainly begs the question as to whether radio waves have had a detrimental effect on our thought -process and sub-conscious behavior. Although this novel is fictional, there is sufficient elements of fact (historical and scientific) to give it a realistic feel.  The several page description of how animal behavior can be affected by microwaves (both intentional and unintentional) is chilling, and puts into question whether microwave technology (cell phones) might affect the human subconscious behavior.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 10, 2014

    Recommended, good read

    Good story. Did not know , much about Rasputin. What a scoundrel. Kept my interest throughout.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Erica

    Yea

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2014

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 16 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1