Rasputin’s Bastards

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. 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!

Praise for Rasputin’s Bastards

“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.”
-Library Journal

 Rasputin’s Bastards is an utterly unique novel;

I’ve never read anything quite like it before. It’s a mind-blowing blend of science fiction, political thriller, and understated horror.”
Paul Goat Allen

Rasputin’s Bastards is a testament to the fact Nickle can write anything.”

Chadwick Ginther
The Winnipeg Review

“A plot so dissected is not easy to get right,

but Nickle juggles it incredibly well. And it’s just the right kind of style for this book.”
Newstalk 1010

Rasputin’s Bastards is a book with such a vast canvas and sweep,

handled with such command and care by Nickle, that it is a must-read for anyone who wants to know what amazing things can be done with dark historical fantasy.”
Tony Burgess
author of Pontypool Changes Everything

“To read David Nickle is to be reminded what the best storytellers can do,

and to glory in unbridled imagination released on the page. David’s achievements in Rasputin’s Bastards are innumerable. He reminds me of no one so much than maestro Dan Simmons, another writer unconstrained by the limits of genre. When it comes to narrative, David dances where others plod, and dares where others play it safe. This is all to say, David Nickle takes no prisoners, and leaves a magnificent bruise as a reminder of the encounter.”
Corey Redekop
Author of Husk

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