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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I received this book as an advanced reader book. I offer an honest review.

One of the nice things about being able to read eBooks is that I can look at a lot of different types. When I was much younger I read a lot of different types of books. As I got older with less time to read, most of what I read was for school or work. I am now coming around to reading a variety of books. Rasputin's Legacy was a book that looked interesting so I picked it up.

Our hero, with the interesting name Atcho, has done a service to the Russian/US relationships during the Regan era that took place during the first book in this series. To the authors credit, this not one of those books that you have to read the rest of the series to understand this one. What little you have to know is conveyed in a quick and concise style as it is needed.

Because of his service to both countries from the first book, when a man claims to be a descendant of both the czars of Russia and Rasputin, a mystic to the last of the czars, Atcho is chosen to try to stop him. Why? Because in the first book, Atcho had killed him, or so he thought. Also, the CIA and the KGB can not act openly, so things have to be done rather secretively. And, by the way, the man happens to have a nuclear bomb.

With the backdrop of the cold war, our hero and his team, some willing but not all, try to make there way to stop the takeover of Russia.

Stay till the end. Some people are not whom they seem to be in this story.

Writing is clean, and true to the characters. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good suspense story. Except for the violence, it is one that I could recommend to most people I know. Of course, a cold war era book has to have some violence so that is to be expected if you pick it up.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
tracy owens
You are transported back to the early 80's in Rasputin's Legacy when Ronald Reagan, and Mikhail Gorbachev where in power, now whilst these men are very real the story is very much not! Lee Jackson has created a spy thriller that reminded me of the early Bond movies, set in the Cold War era with Russia and America pitied against each other, though in this case they are both joining forces to help thwart a plot to overthrow the Soviet Government.

Atcho is our American Agent, and whilst reading I discovered that a lot has happened to him in a previous book which I didn't realise when starting this one, it did not hinder this story though there were a few moments where reading the previous book would have been helpful to get a better picture of Atcho and his nemesis Yermolov.

What initially drew me to the book was the aspect of Rasputin - the Tsars and the mad monk have fascinated me along with Russian History for a long time, and throw into the mix a great spy novel interwoven around the idea of Rasputin's bloodline and religious sect just made me want to read it even more.

If you love spy, action thrillers then this is for you.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
g i goodrich
If you have been following my books reviews for a while, then you'll be very aware how much I love stories set in Russia, in the post-tsar era. So it shouldn't be a suprise when I say that I really liked this novel, even if it's set in 1988. The protagonist, Atcho Xiquez is a resourceful person, with a profound sense of duty towards the country that helped him and his daughter to escape from Cuba. The story spreads from Washington D.C., to Paris, Romania and finally Russia, to prevent Borya Yermolov's coup to take power over the URSS and to make the Cold War hotter than ever. Yermolov is Rasputin's descendent and so he managed to get money and help from a sect of his loyalists in order to make his plan a success.

This novel is filled with suspance, plot twists and remorseless characters, whom are ready to do anything to reach their goals.

If you like Cold War thrillers, this is a must read; thanks to the flowing writing style and the vivid descriptions, you'll find yourself in Paris, chasing a Rasputin sect, or in the snowy Novosibirsk, trying to stop the only person who would love to start another World War...

The characters are interesting, with particular backgrounds and it's a gender equality novel, since Atcho's fiancée, Sofia, isn't just a secondary character, but a woman who knows what she wants and how to get it.

To sum it up, if you want action, conspiracies, half globe travels and a life threatening mission, with very low chances of success, well...Rasputin's Legacy is what you need to read!
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★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jennifer phillips
The author has devised an excellent plot around the Cold War. The mystique of political figure heads who have shaped the 20th century are brought to life in this novel. One of the most infamous Russian legends Rasputin rears his head as a group of his followers are influenced by a Soviet General who thinks he is a direct descendant and wants to use the group in order to overthrow the present regime. This brings the American President into the conflict and has to employ an undercover agent. The story runs at pace and the political and economic differences are expertly described. The icing on the cake is the fact that people want to follow and worship extraordinary characters from their history in order to keep their spirit and beliefs alive.

Another brilliantly novel from Lee Jackson who enthralls and excites his readers. Just goes to show that waiting for authors books are well worth the wait.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Review first posted at Girl Who Reads. A free copy of the book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

While I don't always turn to a political/spy thriller type of novel as a way to relax (too much tension!) I got hooked in quickly and lost track of time.

During the Cold War, a rogue Russian agent wants to overthrow the USSR's government and control their military arsenal. The US sends the covert operator Eduardo Xiquez (Code named Atcho) to Siberia, but he is followed by a reporter convinced that he was involved in an assassination attempt and his fiancee, a former CIA agent, who is determined to save him.

The book opens with a dossier of information that the CIA has, including information on Atcho. For readers like me that haven't read the first book, this is a great way to infodump in a natural kind of setting. We're given an outline of the political situation with the end of the Cold War as Atcho's being briefed on the situation he's being called in to help, and then it's full speed ahead.

It seemed a little far fetched for the reporter to link disparate events to Atcho and fly all over to track him down, but it definitely fills in the blanks for some of the plot. I'm sure I'm missing some of the nuance in the relationships by not having read the first book, but I'm still drawn to the action and the ways that the past history is subtly pointed to. It's very cinematic, and the tension in the chases are tautly written. There's also a helpful note in the back outlining the actual historical facts of the period, as well as a glossary for those young enough not to remember the events as actual news.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
andrew thompson
I originally was interested in this book because of the mention of Rasputin and the Romanovs. While that was a part of all the intrigue, I found the full plot of the book to be even more thrilling than I expected. We are treated to "appearances" by both Reagan and Gorbachev....and there is a surprise identity "reveal" at the end of the book as well.

While this is a novel, it is based on actual events and the main character is based on a real person (there is information about that at the end of the book). It tends to be a little over the top at times, reminiscent of a James Bond movie. In spite of that, or maybe because of it, I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. I couldn't wait to see how various people or groups of people were going to get out of their situations and complete the mission.

Overall, this is a well-written book with lots of action and surprising twists. I would highly recommend it to fans of thrillers, spy stories, and/or political thrillers.

I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
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ahmad shnewer
For full enjoyment this is the kind of book you should expect to read in a short amount of time--no reading a chapter here and there over a week or more of time. The author has meticulously set up a scenario that could have happened and felt real. You'll be willingly sucked in so expect to devote the time to dig in! The book blurb describes the action and related history so I won't repeat a synopsis, but if you like thrillers, especially of the espionage and world-saving variety, you'll love Rasputin's Legacy. Very Ludlum-esque (ala Jason Bourne) with a compelling mission, a great H/h pairing with a twist that draws them together in their mission efforts, a practical/cynical perspective and a truly thrilling sequence of events. Not to gush too much but you're gonna love this one! I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book.
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graham fortije
This book is historic fiction at it's best, based on actual events I lived through, read about and watched on television news broadcasts! It is the cold war that keep many nervous about possible global instabilities around the world, particularly the Soviet Union. This book has it all from action packed world wide chases to murder with a small nuclear device thrown in for a fail safe scenario. President Ronald Regan authorizes a very capable individual he trusts to recapture a deep rooted double agent who fooled the American Air Force for 30 years who is on the run back to mother Russia to gather support for a coup to replace the current Chairman... Mikhail Gorbachev! You will find this spy thriller difficult to put down! The question is...can one man purported to be linked genetically to Rasputin and to the last Tsar's family the Romanov's convince the murderous chairman of the feared KGB and his generals that he is the man to lead them! this exciting tale and find out!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
aiysha duncan
One doesn't often find Cold War thrillers that reach the heights of a Le Carrè, Deighton or Clancy, but Rasputin's Legacy by Lee Jackson has done so with ease.

The combination of the allure of Rasputin still casting his dubious influence decades after his death, combined with the presence of Atcho, the West Point graduate and Cuban resistance fighter first found in Jackson's Curse the Moon was too great to resist.

Meticulous research together with the intricate interweaving of historical fact and ingeniously devised fiction almost had me double-checking my memory at times just to reassure myself that this was indeed a fictional rendering of the events leading up to the attempted putsch and ousting of Mikhail Gorbachov in 1991. That's the brilliance of this tale, the plausibility.

Can't recommend this sequence of books highly enough and eagerly await the next.

(An the purchase)
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ailar s
I must start by saying that I do not read many thrillers, but I very much enjoy books set within an historical context. As a Russian Studies major many years ago, I was intrigued by the storyline and particularly by the presence of Rasputin. The story was not what I expected but was very enjoyable nevertheless: fast moving and edge of your seat fare with a nice surprise at the end.
Although it is not necessary to have read the first book in the series, I wish that I had read it first. I felt like this book almost started in the middle of things.
One piece to the story that nagged at me was the hint of Rasputin fathering a child by one of the Romanov Grand Duchesses, specifically Anastasia. Highly unlikely and even if it was possible, a marriage would never have taken place. Anastasia was only 15 years old at the time of Rasputin's death!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I am a fan of Lee Jackson. I have read a few of his other books and they are different from other books – deeper, more thorough.

Rasputin’s Legacy reminds me of my favorite crime television shows wrapped in a book – crime, corruption, darkness – something you would expect to be on your screen, not in your hands.

I didn’t feel like I was missing a ton – not enough to detract me from this book – but I do wish I would have read the first book so that I could have more of the background on Atcho. It is definitely a book I will be grabbing to read so I can follow more of Atcho and get background on what he had gone through previous to this journey.

This is definitely a must read if you enjoy more of the past/historical reads that keep you on the edge of your seat.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I loved this sequel to the author's "Curse the Moon". It brilliantly continued the story of a Cuban turned West Pointer, freedom fighter, and international hero. In this book, our protagonist Atcho rediscovers a Cold War villain and an eerie link back to the early 1900s Russian madman Rasputin. Equally important, Atcho constantly relives the strong bonds of family and friends. I found this tale to be a page burner with well-researched detail of CIA and KGB operations, weaponry and tactics. While the endgame is somewhat predictable [based on history], the journey there is packed with unlikely twists and turns. If you're a Cold War buff, particularly the 1991 Soviet Putsch, this book is a nail biter. I'm looking forward to a Book 3, hopefully involving Atcho's daughter and son-in-law.

Disclosure: I received an ARC under no obligation to review. I do so freely and unbiased.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
dustin witmer
Rasputin’s Legacy by Lee Jackson is set in the Cold War era and is centred around a rogue Russian general attempting to stage a coup and covert operator Atcho who goes deep inside Siberia to stop him.

I have a bit of a lame reason for wanting to read this book. I saw ‘Rasputin’ in the title and my fascination with his story attracted me. Rasputin’s Legacy doesn’t revolve around the man himself as much as I thought or would have liked, but by no means am I disappointed by what I read.

The prologue sets the book up for great things, which continue right through until the very end. There is no end to the twists and turns in this book and it is rather heavily based in the political sphere, the CIA and the KGB. However, there wasn’t a time when I felt lost or in over my head with the language used. Jackson is actually a retired Infantry Officer in the US Army and it really shows in his writing – he must have experience explaining complex matters in layman’s terms. However, my favourite aspect of Jackson’s writing is how well he was able to blend fact and fiction together. Sometimes I needed to pause and check if what he described actually happened in reality!

Every character in this book, whether likeable or not, was very smart and extremely well-written. However, there were two in particular that stood out to me. Tony Collins, the Washington Post journalist was a breath of fresh air amongst a cast almost solely working in governmental roles. He was also a great example of just how influential the media can be. However, it is Sophia who is my favourite. The only female character in the book, it seemed at first she would simply play the role of Atcho’s fiancée. How excited was I when she became a former CIA operative who goes rogue to save him. Jackson brought to the forefront a strong, independent female character who could hold her own in a male-dominated area and I applaud him for that.

Finally, I just want to state that this is the second book in the series but can certainly be read as a standalone book. At the beginning, like me, you might feel like there is a gap missing in the story but don’t fear, all the information you need is provided to truly enjoy Rasputin’s Legacy.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
If ever there is one you do not want to put down, this is it! A follow on from Curse The Moon Eduardo Xiquez Rodriguez de Arciniega (better known as Atcho) and Sofia Stahl reappear in a successful effort to capture the Russian Colonel General Borya Yermolov who spent years in America as an undercover Russian spy posing as Lieutenant Paul Cleary. Yermolov is Rasputin’s Legacy! He is out to lead a coup in Russia to unseat Gorbachev and the story is full of deals and counter deals that reportedly went on in Russia in the era when this book is set.
Well developed characters and many twists and turns make this a book that is a great read with the good guys coming out on top by the skin of their nose! Read it. You will enjoy it like I did and find it difficult to put down, always wondering where it will go next.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Quite a bit of this book is true--part of it is fiction. It is based on the life of a man called Achoo. It will take you through a period of history that very few of us in the United States were ever told about-The Cold War era. The ending may give you chills as it shows how someone present day and much in the news came into power!!

This book will captivate history lovers as well as those who love thrillers.

I really don't want to say more or I might give up the story--all I can say is read it--and be sure to read all the pages in the back where you will be told what is fact and what is fiction!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is a thriller that will keep you in suspense from page one to the unexpected kick at the end. You can feel cold of the Siberian wasteland as a purloined bomb is transported to the hold of a giant new aircraft at a KGB facility. The characters are well-defined and appropriate to the role they are playing. Part of the suspense involves a female agent using covert methods to locate and join her lover, Atcho, the man called upon to thwart the scheme to wipe out Russia and America by triggering a nuclear war. Some very interesting personalities are displayed on both sides of the conflict. The style of writing is rich and clear, and draws the reader in emotionally as the story continues.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
farzana doctor
I spent a lot of time trying to find the right words to express how I feel about this book. It makes you feel like you're right in the midst of a cold war action thriller, but not in a cheesy-over-the-top Hollywood effects way. More of a gritty, seat-of-your-pants, heart pounding, spy versus spy. This adds a new dimension to the cold war, as the reader races with Atcho and team against the clock to stop a psychotic spy who's back from the dead, and who isn't afraid to pick up some revenge on his way to fulfilling his destiny, as leader of the world.

received for free from author as a gift
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
thomas kohnstamm
Lee Jackson has written another superb novel. I read his first book, "Curse the Moon", and thought it was top notch. He has succeeded again with this follow-up piece of work which is based on the first. The background to the plot takes place in the 1980's Cold War era with all the appropriate political, military and diplomatic characters from the US and USSR. I like books that are hard to put down and this is one of them. Lots of action, suspense and twists that keeps the reader on high alert. I especially like that he keeps the plot, language and events "clean". Lee Jackson clearly has the talent to write and his latest will not disappoint. I highly recommend this book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
laura motta
I had posted this before, but it evidently did not go through, so I am doing it again. This book is well worth it. This is an excellent book. Well written and well plotted. I read a lot, sometimes as much as 5 books a week. This is among the best I've read.. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to anyone. It is a conspiracy/spy/cold war type book, very well done. If you have not read the first book in the series, you should read that too. I think the author has a good knowledge of history, as well as being a good writer.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This is the first book I've read by Mr. Jackson and it won't be the last! I was so impressed with obvious research that went into making this super detailed thriller. The characters are incredibly well developed, the background is layed out flawlessly and this story grabs you and won't let go. This era is not usually my cup of tea, but now I find myself craving more! I can't wait to read more about these characters and this time in history!
ARC that I volunteered to honestly review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
reid griffith
"Rasputin's Legacy" was an amazing follow-up to "Curse the Moon", the first book in this Cold War thriller series. I had been eagerly awaiting its release and I wasn't disappointed. Jackson's writing style is reminiscent of Robert Ludlum and Ken Follett, and he has definitely been added to my list of must-read authors. An intricate plot with a clever blend of fact and fiction, and believable characters. I simply couldn't put it down once I started reading!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
sha narah
A well written book with a tightly woven, intricate plot and well developed, intriguing characters who play off one another beautifully. Jackson moves his story through history from the time of the Russian revolution and Rasputin to the cold war to the time of Ronald Reagan and pulls the threads from these disparate times to produce an entertaining read.

I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book. My review is voluntary and the opinions entirely my own.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Very well written Cold War thriller with an excellent plot and realistic characters. The storyline pulls the reader in making the book hard to put down. Many twists and turns exist with plenty of action. Atcho is an excellent main character. I would definitely recommend this book to family and friends who enjoy a great spy thriller.
I received a copy of this book from the author and have not been compensated for this honest review.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
corinda marsh
I bought and read Rasputin's Legacy and Curse the Moon last week. We are old enough to have lived thru the Cuban Missile Crisis and (at least I did) wondered if we were really going to have to wait under our desks for the nuclear bomb wave to turn us to ash or 50 foot tall people. Thankfully I was in Catholic school and the nuns who knew everything told us we were going to be OK. I like the way Lee has tied in history with his charcters and plot lines.

I found both of the books very entertaining. I read the Curse the Moon in a day and a half and Rasputin's Legacy in a day. I really very much liked the characters and found his paralleling plots and their twists to be entertaining and Clancyesque, as is his main character Atcho. I have not read any fiction in years so Clancy is about the last group of novels I got through. My apologies if there are other newer or better reference authors.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This book was pleasantly surprising. I say that because I was expecting just another boring story based on a legendary historical character. But while it did offer some wonderful background information into RASPUTIN'S character it was in no way overpowering. I don't usually tend to be drawn to genres that have a historical perspective. But I'm glad I took a chance on this author. I will now take time to read his other work.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ken white
Provides an excellent insight into "what might have happened" in a mystery-shrouded chapter of pre-Soviet Russian history, woven into a highly speculative (and terrifying) alternative scenario of how the cold war MIGHT have ended. Keeps you guessing, and page-turning, from start to finish. Definitely worth your time and money. Cheers...Ed B.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
david mcgee
What a brilliant mix of plot and historical facts in a book. If you lived through the "Cold War", and like a solid action filled plot, Rasputin's Legacy will leave you yearning to know what happens next. I was genuinely impressed by the author's knowledge of the operations community, and the storyline developed naturally throughout the book. I cannot wait for the third installment of this series and highly recommend reading it.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Not Kindle Unlimited, actually got this one as arc or either here's a free book, hope you enjoy it but also review it, one of my tbr {read} review books, all my own free will, no compensations etc blah blah

When Ronald Reagan asks covert operator and West Point graduate Atcho to execute an impossible assignment, he finds himself on a deadly mission deep in Siberia with no support. His foe is a Soviet general bent on gaining control of the USSR's nuclear weaponry. At the back of Atcho's mind is that the country he is sent to save is the same Superpower that helped enslave Cuba, his beloved birthplace. Out of the gloom surrounding the murders of the brooding mystic Rasputin and the Russian royal family, emerges the evil that survived World War II. It fomented the Cold War and propelled their effects into the modern age on a global scale. Atcho must avert their horrors, yet to be imagined. Will he be able to set aside his personal feelings and help save not only his adopted country, but the world?

Trying to get this to post for second time. I remember doing it, because said something about always liked real people in fictional or possible fictional situations.

Curse The Moon (Cold War Series Book 1)
Rasputin's Legacy: Cold War Series, Book 2
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Great characters in a intricate story. Lots of action and non-stop intrigue as the story winds it's way across the map. Twists and turns straight out of real life and real possibilities. Entertaining and thought provoking.
I received a free advance review copy of this story. The review is my own honest opinion.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Having read "Curse the Moon", I developed great affection for Atcho and I anxiously awaited his next adventure. In "Rasputin's Legacy" we see Atcho embark on a fictional mission so expertly woven into the history of the time that it gives it a definite air of authenticity and realism that brings the Cold War back to life.

I very much enjoyed "Rasputin's Legacy" and heartily recommend it to any fan of historical novels or spy thrillers. However, be prepared. You WILL find it most difficult to put down before you are finished and you WILL be like me, anxiously awaiting Atcho's next adventure!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jenn mckenney
I read Curse the Moon and enjoyed it so much that I was looking forward to the release of Rasputin’s Legacy, and I was not disappointed. As a lover of historical fiction, I appreciate the way the author, Lee Jackson, takes real-to-life characters and merges them into true and familiar settings. His depth of knowledge in the areas of history and military shines as his heroic character, Atcho, embarks on a mission to save the world from nuclear war. I found myself captivated from beginning to end as I read page to page through Rasputin’s Legacy. If you are a person who loves mystery, action, espionage, and novels set in true time and history, you will truly enjoy this novel.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
grace cleofas
Because Lee is such a great personal friend, I was hesitant about reading this book because I didn't think I could separate the Author from the story. On a rainy Saturday morning, I began to casually browse through the first few pages of DoD reports and background info on Atcho, and as soon as I got to the opening narrative, I was spellbound and finished the book that day. Lee's characters are believable; and he mixes history and fiction akin to Clancy and Ludlum without boring the reader with extraneous details. After the few first pages, I was fully engaged in Atcho's world of intrigue, and he developed a wonderful cast of characters, with twists and turns to make the reader anticipate what comes next. Loved it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
I enjoyed the story line because it was true to historical events and could possibly have happened. The culture of the people was evident and the characters were authentic to that culture. Surprises helped the story and kept me guessing on the outcome of the plot. I enjoyed this story very much.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
shannon anderson
Great read, edge of seat suspense. Book was well written, with a great plot. Author did you a great job of pulling you into plot. Had a really good ending of book.
I highly recommend this book to all who like spy novels, a added bonus no language in book!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
As a fan of historical fiction, I enjoyed the premise of the book as to what could have happened. The book was well written, even though you had to suspend credulity on some of the plot. It was a fast read which is perfect for the summer months.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
It has been quite awhile since I read the forerunner for this book, but I was glad to re-discover the characters and learn what they’d been doing since the previous novel ended. There was just the right amount of reminders for me to pick up the threads of their back stories . On the other hand, if I had not read the preceding novel, there was enough explanation of past experiences to help me understand how the characters fit into their latest dilemma.

The novel was well-written and edited/proofed. I’m impressed when an author is so meticulous in his writing! The plot contained plenty of intrigue, action, and cat-and-mouse games. Without giving any spoilers, some of the plot stretched credulity, even for an action thriller, but all-in-all it was enjoyable.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Just when Russia and Cuba are topical again, Lee Jackson gives us this late-Cold-War thriller that engages us from the first page to the last with the hypersonic speed, geographical range, and wallop of an intercontinental missile. The author masterfully weaves fiction, geopolitics, history, mysticism and treacherous personal ambition into a fast-paced, heart-thumping adventure. All written with an easy-flowing intimacy that, were Tom Clancy still alive, would likely make him envy Jackson's real-life, on-the-ground experience in some of the world's most bad-ass places. Atcho is unforgettable!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
eilish hawes fraser
“Rasputin’s Legacy” is a masterful Cold War thriller. The author continues the story of Cold War intrigue that he began in “Curse The Moon”. While this book stands on its own, I recommend that the reader begin with “Curse The Moon” in order to have a better understanding of Atcho and the other characters. In this installment, the United States and the Soviet Union have joined forces to stop a plot to overthrow the Soviet government. This fast paced story provides a number of plot twists to keep the reader in suspense from start to finish.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dave ahern
Tight action, carefully woven strands of plot, a too-realistic storyline make this a seat-gripping thriller I would NOT want to even suspect in real life! Atcho, a deep operative, is called upon by an old friend, a retired CIA officer, at the request of the President, to stop an international disaster. The President’s trust in Atcho stems from his great skill and his familiarity with the target. His fiancée, Sofia, refuses to stay out of it—after all, she has extensive experience unknown to Atcho. In order to pull off this mission, several people have to align with, double-cross allies, and even doubt friends.
I suspect Lee Jackson is an operative in his own right, but don’t breathe a word of that! Thank you, sir, for a truly exciting book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lisa swanton
Historical events often come alive in the hands of a good writer, and that is indeed the case in Lee Jackson’s latest, Rasputin’s Legacy. As a child, the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the subsequent Cuban Missile Crisis forever linked the USSR and our near neighbor, Cuba, in my generation’s Cold War nightmares. But, the years that followed, perhaps culminating, or at least climaxing, in the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union were murky. Lee Jackson’s tale crafted possible scenarios of those years. Thank you for another compelling Atcho adventure!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
darren m
This is not my usual type read, but I was curious. Lee got me into this suspense with the details of characters and moments, and the twists within the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A definite must read. I added author to my fav list, and will definitely read another book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
leonard pierce
Lee Jackson capitivates the reader in his thrilling story. His descriptive details of the characters brings them to life and after living through the Cold War with Gorbachev and Reagan it brings plausibility to the story line. This book is a page turner, I could not put it down for any extended period of time. The ending was just fantastic and you cannot wait to get there. Absolutely required reading.
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jennifer steding
Ancho is back and again pitted against the spy from Curse the Moon. A very believable plot mixing a fictional event during a factual time. Ancho is a great hero without being a super hero. Lee Jackson does a great job building the story to its suspenseful climax. Totally recommend this book.
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angela parkhurst
One of the more exciting books I have read in a very long time. I truly enjoy the way Lee provides an intriguing fiction book with some facts. I started reading the book and only took breaks for food and mother nature. I did not read the first book but will start it next week. Thank you Lee for sharing a fantastic story. I look forward to Book 3.
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jane caldwell
Very well written historical/political conspiracy thriller. Just my kind of book. Having read Curse of the Moon a while back it was great to be able to see Atcho back in the game. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
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john moylan
I must say, as reluctant as I was to read this book. I decided to read it with an open mind and to my surprise this was an EXCELLENT read. I guess as the old saying goes never listen to somones review until you've reviewed yourself. Looking forward to your next book!!
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jennie hyman
A great read, and a sobering introduction to generations that did not live it - the global games played by the Soviets and their puppets were serious, patient, and deadly. Rasputin's Legacy makes you think about the repercussions that echo even today.
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ashlea bowde
What happens when you take top-shelf historical fiction and blend it carefully with suspenseful Cold War action? Lee Jackson's "Rasputin's Legacy" happens and, once you start it, you won't be able to put it down. Great work, Lee! We're already looking forward to the next one!
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After reading Lee Jackson's Curse the Moon book, I anxiously awaited to reconnect with the adventures of Atcho. Once again Lee did not disappoint. Rasputin's Legacy was intriguing & suspenseful. I could not put it down. Read this book.
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aya aparri
This book has everything I love in a thriller! Fast paced action, twists and unexpected turns, a hero that values service to country, Just don't start it when you don't have much time to will pull you in!
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Great read! Clear your agenda and start reading; you won't want to stop and do anything except start the next chapter. Lee Jackson has created a new literary hero in Atcho. Russians, Cubans, the CIA, oh boy!
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This book is a SICK insight into the workings of a mind that follows Breitbart and Fox news EXCLUSIVELY. I would NEVER pick up a book by this author again. Horrible and boring. Couldn't hold my attention and I love action/mystery/historic fiction.
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