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Los fieles creen que las reliquias tienen el poder de curar. Sin embargo, todos aquellos que entran en contacto con la mano empiezan a morir. Kindle Editionpages. Middle Valley, Pennsylvania United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I don’t remember how I heard about The Rasputin Relic but I ordered it and, once I started reading it I had a very hard time time putting it down.

This is one of those books that, as a novel has some flaws, but as story-telling is just flat mesmerizing – appropriately so considering the subject matter. The story begins in a Pennsylvania town that has slipped into decline since the closing of the mines that once made the entire area prosperous and attracted thousands of immigrants,largely Eastern I don’t remember how I heard about The Rasputin Relic but I ordered it and, once I started reading it I had a very hard time time putting it down.

The story begins in a Pennsylvania town that has slipped into decline since the closing of the mines that once made the entire area prosperous and attracted thousands of immigrants,largely Eastern European and Russian to work in those mines.

Since I grew up not far from there I heard stories about the hundreds of miles of mining shafts under towns where fires burned for years, noxious raputin were emitted, and sudden collapses and cave-ins shook the entire town.

Because many of the immigrants were Eastern Orthodox the skylines of these towns were punctuated with onion-dome steeples and I have lots of memories of looking at reoiquia skylines and being intrigued by those exotic-looking churches throughout the Lackawana River Valley.

The Rasputin Relic by William M. Valtos

The story opens in Raspuyin Valley, Pennsylvania where Viktor Rhostok, a third generation Russian-American, is the acting chief of police. An old man named Vanya has died under tasputin mysterious circumstances – he was confined to the locked ward of a psychiatric hospital – and, though the coroner rules it an accident, Rhostok has his doubts about an 80 year old man managing to crush all the bones in his right hand before falling off the roof of the hospital.


The old man, it turns out, is one of three old men who have died in different parts of the country, all with destroyed right hands – and, Rhostok discovers, all veterans of the WWII era Airborne all of whom were part of Operation Overlord, the preparation for D-Day. Rhostok knows one thing for sure, they might have been old men, but they ras;utin not weak, easily intimidated old men.

I want to add that, as the story progressed, I could not rasputinn but be reminded of Chekov’s play, Uncle Vanya, the theme of which was unhappy people and wasted lives. Two months later another strange death occurs. Vanya’s something son reoiquia from Las Vegas with a stunningly beautiful young wife and, within a few weeks, laa while making love to his bride. The young widow, still in shock, discovers a key to a safety deposit box that her father-in-law rented in and which has rwsputin been opened since.

When the box is finally opened it is found to contain a huge male hand, still plump and bloody and fresh. Within hours the game is a-foot and all the people present at the opening of the box begin to die – all of them bleeding to death. Rhostok, who was taught to read an ancient and arcane form of Russian, is the only one present who recognizes the writing on the paper in which the relic is wrapped.

It is the name Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin, the Mad Monk of Russia who beguiled the Tsarina Alexandra and was credited with saving the life of her young hemophiliac son, Alexi. It is up to Rhostok to find out what is going on, why all these people are dying, and reliqia do it all while keeping it quiet lest unwanted publicity erupt into religious hysteria. The book is just plain fascinating.

La Reliquia de Rasputín by William M. Valtos

The writing is straight-forward and never intrusive and raspurin author, William M. Valtos, has done a tremendous amount of research. In the past I have criticized books for containing long passages of speeches and explanations – a fictional form that seems to be growing in popularity since The Da Vinci Code: The plot involves phenomenal amounts of Russian history, culture, mythology, religious mysticism, and medical anomalies.

There is discussion of the phenomena of the “incorruptibles”, the role of the st Airborne, and contemporary biological warfare. And some of the characters are just great. Rhostok is delicious, as are the two women he is forced to deal with, the widow Nicole whose life has been traumatized by years of sexual abuse and slavery, and a news reporter, Robyn, who is only too willing to use her sexuality to get what she laa.


There are mad scientists and another equally mad Russian priest as well as a pantheon of really nasty bad guys. If you are intrigued by Russian history and willing to suspend disbelief, this is a delicious read.

I’ve ordered Valtos’ novel La Magdalena: A Theo Nikonos Mystery and if it is as good as this one I’ll be thrilled. View all 4 comments. I hated the female characters of this book. Read it because I’m very intrigued by Rasputin and thought would have more info on him. However the story was very well researched and I liked the way it was told, so I kept reading it.

I didn’t love it but it wasn’t terrible.

Mar 11, Oscar Rolando rated it liked it Shelves: I loved this book!!!!! It’s great, I always had a great interest about Rasputin’s story and this book impelled me to know more about Rasputin’s life. On the other hand, it’s a great thriller, very intriguing, good from the very first page until the ending! I couldn’t finish this book because his female characters were ridiculous. The story was OK, but didn’t keep me entertain enough to finish.

Jul 11, juan bonilla rated it it was amazing. Tiene una forma de ser relatada que te introduce en todo el misticismo que conlleva su lectura. Uma escrita rica em enredo e personagens, adorei!

A fast moving mystery that will keep you at the edge of your seat until its finished. It is a mixture of real history and some almost believable fiction. All in all a pleasure to read.

Sofy Valdez rated it it was amazing Sep 17, Jeanna rated it liked it Jan reliuqia, Dodgemon rated it really liked it Jul 30, Daniel Velazquez rated it it was ok Jun 08, Rosa Branca rated it liked it Nov 30, Lembit rated it liked it Sep 09, John rated it liked it Sep 24, Matias rated it liked it Feb 11, Ingrid rated it it was ok Sep 16, Cira rated it liked it Mar 02, Beatriz Lagarto rated it it was ok Jul 24, Justin Swanstrom rated it really liked it Feb 07, Maggie rated it really liked it May 04, Pedro Ribeiro rated it liked it Dec 08, Valtos 6 51 Feb 09, Books by William M.

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