Rasputin's Bastards

Rasputin's Bastards

by David Nickle
     
 

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They were the beautiful dreamers. From a hidden city deep in the Ural mountains, they walked the world as the coldest of Cold Warriors, under the command of the Kremlin and under the power of their own expansive minds. They slipped into the minds of Russia's enemies with diabolical ease, and drove their human puppets to murder, and worse. They moved as Gods. And as

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They were the beautiful dreamers. From a hidden city deep in the Ural mountains, they walked the world as the coldest of Cold Warriors, under the command of the Kremlin and under the power of their own expansive minds. They slipped into the minds of Russia's enemies with diabolical ease, and drove their human puppets to murder, and worse. They moved as Gods. And as Gods, they might have remade the world. But like the mad holy man Rasputin, who destroyed Russia through his own powerful influence . . . in the end, the psychic spies for the Motherland were only in it for themselves.

It is the 1990s. The Cold War is long finished. In a remote Labrador fishing village, an old woman known only as Babushka foresees her ending through the harbour ice, in the giant eye of a dying kraken–and vows to have none of it. Beaten insensible and cast adrift in a life raft, ex-KGB agent Alexei Kilodovich is dragged to the deck of a ship full of criminals, and with them he will embark on a journey that will change everything he knows about himself. And from a suite in an unseen hotel in the heart of Manhattan, an old warrior named Kolyokov sets out with an open heart, to gather together the youngest members of his immense, and immensely talented, family. They are more beautiful, and more terrible, than any who came before them. They are Rasputin's bastards. And they will remake the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This fantasy novel about cold war psychic spies and their controllers is written in the tradition of the great Russian novels: it’s very long, it’s got an enormously unwieldy cast, and a casual reader will often have no idea what’s going on. The “bastards” in question are children who can “dream-walk” and control the minds of others. They end up in the hands of an exploitive American ex-spy and are rescued by a Chinese dream-walker and a Russian bodyguard before getting mixed up in another dream-walker’s attempt to take over the world. While clever chapter titles give useful hints, it’s hard to keep everyone straight, given that at any point, a character may or may not be inhabited and controlled by another character or group of characters, and it isn’t necessarily clear whether any of their surroundings are real. There are many brilliant moments in this genuinely inventive book, but they’re too often separated by fanciful digressions and heavy-handed evocations of classic literature. Agent: Monica Pacheco, Anne McDermid Associates. (July)
Library Journal
KGB agent Alexei Kilodovich is rescued from drowning by a ship helmed by Holden Gibson. Gibson is a fraud artist who, in trying to connect with the Russian crime syndicate, finds something much larger and darker. In Labrador, an old woman foresees her death and the nightmare that will follow, and, in New York City, an old soldier seeks to bring together a psychic army of young people trained in the secret City 512, deep in the Urals. These are descendents from the powerful line of Rasputin, and their destiny is to rule the world. Bram Stoker Award winner Nickle's (Eutopia) latest novel tells a complex story of supernatural horror and psychological suspense crafted with the somber foreboding of a Russian novel and the genre-breaking freedom of magical realism. VERDICT This novel is supernatural eeriness at its best, with intriguing characters, no clear heroes, and a dark passion at its heart. Horror aficionados and fans of Stephen King's larger novels should appreciate this macabre look at the aftermath of the Cold War.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781926851662
Publisher:
ChiZine
Publication date:
06/15/2012
Sold by:
Trajectory
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
500
Sales rank:
1,250,360
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
15 Years

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