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Library Journal
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Returning to a narrative format that shifts between time periods, Khoury (The Devil's Elixir; The Last Templar) reunites us with FBI agent Sean Reilly in this thrilling historical mystery. Just as Reilly is undertaking a furtive manhunt for the CIA agent he believes harmed his son, he's called to the scene of a potential crime: a Russian embassy attache has plunged to his death from an apartment window. The apartment's owners are missing, and it soon becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems. Reilly partners with a female Russian FSB agent to uncover the truth before decades of big lies converge with a small, mysterious device to yield devastating consequences. Somehow a Russian emigre, Russian mobsters, Korean gang members, and Rasputin are all connected, and Reilly and company had better figure out how-quickly. VERDICT Readers unfamiliar with Khoury's "Templar" series featuring Sean Reilly can jump in here without feeling lost. The author provides enough contextual backstory for new readers without risking vexing loyal fans. His ample cultural references are fresh, and most should withstand the test of time. History, mystery, suspense, and action-Khoury knows the recipe for a good read. [See Prepub Alert, 4/22/13.]-Laura Cifelli, Fort Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Library Journal
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Returning to a narrative format that shifts between time periods, Khoury (The Devil's Elixir; The Last Templar) reunites us with FBI agent Sean Reilly in this thrilling historical mystery. Just as Reilly is undertaking a furtive manhunt for the CIA agent he believes harmed his son, he's called to the scene of a potential crime: a Russian embassy attache has plunged to his death from an apartment window. The apartment's owners are missing, and it soon becomes apparent that nothing is as it seems. Reilly partners with a female Russian FSB agent to uncover the truth before decades of big lies converge with a small, mysterious device to yield devastating consequences. Somehow a Russian emigre, Russian mobsters, Korean gang members, and Rasputin are all connected, and Reilly and company had better figure out how-quickly. VERDICT Readers unfamiliar with Khoury's "Templar" series featuring Sean Reilly can jump in here without feeling lost. The author provides enough contextual backstory for new readers without risking vexing loyal fans. His ample cultural references are fresh, and most should withstand the test of time. History, mystery, suspense, and action-Khoury knows the recipe for a good read. [See Prepub Alert, 4/22/13.]-Laura Cifelli, Fort Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publishers Weekly
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In the prologue to bestseller Khoury's lively, if conventional, fourth Templar thriller (after 2011's The Devil's Elixir), some Ural Mountain miners go berserk one day in 1916 and start killing each other until an explosion puts them all out of their misery. At the mine entrance, mystic Grigory Rasputin assures his companion, an unnamed man of science, that "we've just ensured the salvation of our people" by blowing up the mine. Flash forward to present-day New York City. FBI special agent Sean Reilly looks into the case of a Russian embassy official who's been thrown to his death from his high-rise apartment building in Queens. Reilly also investigates the disappearance of high school physics teacher Leo Sokolov, a descendant of a member of Rasputin's inner circle of advisers, who has developed a device that uses microwaves to alter human behavior. Reilly sometimes lets his enthusiasm get in the way of his better judgment in this predictable tale of a weapon with world-devastating potential. Agent: Jay Mandel, WME. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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If you've ever wondered how Grigory Rasputin (1869-1916) made the transition from peasant to confidante of the Russian royal family, Khoury has an answer; but accepting it may require some suspension of disbelief. The latest Sean Reilly thriller finds the FBI agent still desperately searching for Reed Corrigan, the CIA operative who brainwashed Reilly's son (The Devil's Elixir, 2011). But the death of a Russian diplomat, who took a plunge from the window of a New York City apartment owned by a Russian physics teacher who has mysteriously vanished, takes Reilly away from his personal quest. More bodies begin to stack up before Reilly discovers the shocking truth about the missing teacher, a truth that has staggering ramifications both historically and in the present day. As usual, Khoury blends real-life people and events with fictional characters. His solution to the mystery of Rasputin is clever and believable (if you're willing to think way outside the box), and there's a solid emotional payoff for Reilly at the book's end. Fine action, an engaging historical mystery with modern-day implications, and a cast of engaging characters all in all, a thoroughly entertaining genre-bender.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist