Well researched, realistic story about the final days in czarist Russia. A real page turner.
This book though interesting was not as good as "The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander. So much time is spent on Rasputin's "sinfulness", popularity, and those who plot against him; we really just gather glimpses of his daughter, Maria. It is a good read and does provide insight more to Rasputin through his daughter's eyes - not only as to what kind of father he was, but what kind of man he really was. If you enjoy historical fiction I would definitely put this book on your reading list.
Excellent fictionalized account of the life of the infamous Rasputin whose death preceded the dethrowning and murder of the Russian royal family. Told from the perspective of his daughter, this was an excellent, intriguing and engaging read.
This was an interesting read.
Easily one of the worst books I've ever read, Alexander's take on Rasputin is drawn nearly exclusively from the 500 pages of testimony given by those closest to him to the Thirteenth Section in the months after his murder. The author's near abandonment of the revolution, despite it being a major player in the lives of all characters involved is a disappointment, not to mention that none of his characters show themselves in any sort of multi-dimentional way. The "shock" at the end is embarassingly contrived and the narrative overly simple. Overall, the book is miserably plebian, its pages better served as a table leveler or fire kindling. For a book worth reading, read its source material in Edvard Radzinsky's 'The Rasputin Files.'