At last a book about the so-called “Mad Monk” of Imperial Russia that lays to rest the myths and reveals the truth about one of the most controversial characters in human history while exploring the impact his murder had on a dynasty, a people, and a country.
Written in three parts, KILLING RASPUTIN begins with a biography that describes how a simple unkempt “holy man” from the wilds of Siberia became a friend of Emperor Nicholas II and his empress, Alexandra, at the most crucial moment in Russian history. Part Two examines the infamous murder of Rasputin through the lens of a “cold case” homicide investigation. And lastly, the book considers the connection between a cold-blooded assassination and the revolution that followed; a revolution that led to civil war and the rise of the Soviet Union. ~Goodreads Blurb
This is not a light read. It's no War & Peace but you will need time to finish this book. To understand and appreciate the sheer amount of work that author Margarita Nelipa had to sift through to form this book. With over 500 pages and over 3 times as many footnotes, this is an informative read. Though at times, it was difficult to find the story line through all additional facts. This is not her first book and yet she seems to fall into a rather common trait shared by first time nonfiction writers. She took all that time to find and fact check all of her information and has crammed all of it into one book.
That is not to say that it wasn't an enjoyable read. I was able to walk away with more of an understanding of the man and the times. The mythos of Rasputin is one that the world has taken great joy in painting as a villain and I feel as though Nelipa has taken a different stance from the usual to explain him and at times to defend what we know of him. Well written and well worth the time it will take you to read through it. I would recommend this to those who enjoy reading about Russian history and I think True Crime readers will also get a kick out of this book.
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Laura's worst fears have been realized: Kindle has been taken into custody and she is once again on the run. The noose awaits her in New York, but Laura is realizing that there are some things worse than death. Finally running out of places to hide, it may be time for Dr. Catherine Bennett to face her past. ~Goodreads Blurb
One of the first reviews that Badlands posts above its blurb says "Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in the conclusion to Melissa Lenhardt's fast-paced historical series." Not to shatter anyone's bubble or harm their ego but I don't think this a very good way to describe this series. Yes, both have strong women who are more than a damsel in distress, both have medical training and both have to make the best of a new world they've been thrust into. Outlander is strong fantasy with a nice time-travel aspect to it, where as I would classify the Sawbones Series as simply Western Romance. So if you picked up the series looking for time-travel, realize now that it's the strong women and vivid danger that the stories share.
Now that I have all that out of the way, the entire Sawbones Series has been a joy to read and this latest one has been no different. Not only does it continue the story from the first two books, it gives me one of the things I cherish these days, a complete story arc with a great ending. Great story and well placed plot points had me racing through the series and left me well satisfied at the end. Author Melissa Lenhardt doesn't need the Outlander name to carry her series as it is quite strong all on its own.
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A man and a woman revisit memories of their love affair on a utopian Earth while they are trapped in the vast void of space with only ninety minutes of oxygen left.
After the catastrophic destruction of the Middle East and the United States, Europe has become a utopia and, every three years, the European population must rotate into different multicultural communities, living as individuals responsible for their own actions. While living in this paradise, Max meets Carys and immediately feels a spark of attraction. He quickly realizes, however, that Carys is someone he might want to stay with long-term, which is impossible in this new world.
As their relationship plays out, the connections between their time on Earth and their present dilemma in space become clear. When their air ticks dangerously low, one is offered the chance of salvation—but who will take it? An original and daring exploration of the impact of first love and how the choices we make can change the fate of everyone around us, this is an unforgettable read.~Goodreads Blurb
Straight into this book, and I have to say that I was expecting more sci-fi than romance from this book. I'm not sorry at all that I kept reading though as I need to be open to more books. If you enjoy your sci-fi with minimum romance, than this book might not be the best bet for you. I would encourage you to give it at least a try though as I was pleasantly surprised at the sheer world building work put into this romance. If you are willing to read outside your comfort genres though, I would send this your way. Author Katie Khan has definitely done her homework on this world building. She has created an Utopian world that has a not so great restriction on love amongst its younger members. This is the real problem for our young protagonists. Well, that and the fact that they are running out of air.
I really enjoyed the way that even with this Utopian society, not everything was perfect. Let’s be honest human beings are a mess and even in literature things don’t always go the way we want them to. I was with Khan right up until the last part of the story. I understand why she went the path she chose but as a reader I feel like I’ve been cheated of something though it’s difficult to say just what. The sci-fi parts were well thought out and her world building deserves at least a prequel to let her fully describe her world and how it all came to be. The romance works in ways I didn’t think it would and I’m happy that I took the time to finish it before posting a review.
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