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The assassination of Rasputin, the Murder of the Russian Imperial family and the reasons preventing King George V from rescuing his cousin Nicholas 11 of Russia have fascinated historians for the past century. The true accounts of deaths of the Imperial Family and Rasputin have been covered up and frozen for some eighty years. The first by the Communists, the second by the British intelligence service MI6. With the passage of time and particularly GLASNOST in Russia much new information has released including hitherto concealed documents. This book uses much of this newly revealed history which makes it an important source of learning useful to historian,schools and universities. The inclusion of a fictitious romantic take, woven within the accurate history makes the history attractive to a wider audience and easy to learn. The main story takes place between 1913 and 1922. The author has planned a sequel that takes the story forward through, WWII to 1986. The purpose of the book is to tell a wonderful romantic tale in order to make the reading the newly revealed history more attractive to younger generations and to a wider mature audience.
The author was raised on a family farm near Bath in England, served in the Grenadier guards. He was a pilot and a parachutist and retired as a major. A soldier, investment banker, politician, writer, historian and lecturer the author graduated from Malvern College; The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; Cranfield Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School. He became an investment banker in New York and London and a Member of Parliament for over 12 years including all the 'Thatcher Years'. In December 1985, he was appointed as liaison to Mr.Michail Gorbachev and was the first to brief Prime Minister Thatcher that he felt Gorbachev would become the nextleader of the Soviet Union. His briefings inspired Thatcher to make her seminal statement that, "I think I can do business with this man [Gorbachev]" This statement opened the door to the historic meetings with President Ronald Reagan who I briefed and which which ended the Cold War. More recently, the Author has been and op-ed columnist in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review (a major regional newspaper), writer and broadcaster on six major TV stations for Euro Pacific Capital, a New York investment bank. Currently, he is a Partner in Frazier, Browne and Mayer LLC, an independent economic and financial research provider.
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John, I was your dinner partner at the Johnsons when we heard the incredible pianist Shelley Berg. I was intrigued with your story of writing your book so I purchased it and just finished. I have to say, I was devastated to finish the book having become completely entranced with the characters, the history and the story. Bravo….I am in awe of your knowledge of history and your ability to weave an incredibly interesting tale. Thank you for providing me many hours of pure enjoyment. --- LM
I have just finished your book - what a work! The joining of truth and fiction was so well done. The whole book seemed like true history. I just didn't like the ending because, unless I missed something, we never found out what finally happened to Sasha. I also wish you hadn't killed off Alex, but that made the book all the more realistic. You know in a way, the book reminded me of "Dr. Zhivago". It was that good! --- RA
Just finished your book and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it -- and learned a lot about that period of time. Must admit that I struggled in the beginning (maybe first 200 pages) with all the details, etc. Then - at about that time Marty called to talk to Christine about some family matters -- and I got on the phone -- and both Marty and Jan convinced me to stay with the book. WELL -- from the point of Alex in the service and flying with Ball --- I could not put the book down. Then on to Rasputin, and the Emperors' family and the developing story of Alex and Sasha -- those damn Checka -- riveting and interesting stuff. Thanks for entertaining me for several nights! --- TM