Rasputin's Bastards (Paperback)
"Part BioShock, part X-Files, part Sopranos--and 100%, uncut Nickle . . . a glorious, chaotic delight" from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Volk (Peter Watts, author of Blindsight).
Post-Cold War, a group of Russians bred from childhood to be psychic spies are called from around the globe to achieve their true purpose: world domination. But some of them have flourished in the lives they have carved out for themselves--often in nefarious ways--and they will not give up their freedom without a fight, even as a new generation of telepathic children, the beautiful dreamers, are coming into power . . .
In Rasputin's Bastards, David Nickle--the acclaimed author of Eutopia, Monstrous Affections, and Volk--offers readers "an enormous tale, bewilderingly complex, but with lots of twists and turns that reward close attention. It is grotesque, violent, and exciting, with a supernatural tinge that is his hallmark" (Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing).
"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
"Stiffly compelling. Once you're done, there's no question: the hours spent enfolded in Nickle's imagination are well spent. You won't ever feel the desire to ask for them back." --January Magazine
"A journey from the depths of the sea, the heart of Mother Russia, to the darkest corners of the soul." --K. E. Bergdoll, The Crow's Caw
About the Author
David Nickle is an award-winning Toronto-based author and journalist. He has written several novels and numerous short stories. Nickle's most recent book is Volk: A Novel of Radiant Abomination (2017).