A New Age Thriller
Marc J. Seifer
New Novel Focuses on Premonitions and Terrorism in Near Future
Rasputin’s Nephew takes the reader into the not-so-distant future, where psychotronic terrorism threatens the nation and premonition is a reality. Rudy Styne is a reporter for the posh 5th Avenue publication Modern Times Magazine, who wakes one morning from a strange, foreboding dream. Later in the day, the dream comes true, and Rudy is left bewildered. He decides to get to the bottom of these premonitions by doing an article for the magazine on the subject. He travels to Bhutan to meet with an avatar and then interviews Abdullah Manu, a renowned Egyptian super-psychic who can move objects with his mind and read people’s thoughts. Along the way, Rudy uncovers a diabolical plot to murder neuroscientists and topple the West with an army of cybernetic soldiers.
At an international symposium on psychotronics in Italy, Rudy and his girlfriend, Chessie Barnsworth, meet the amiable neurophysicist, Dr. Imo Bern. Rudy and Chessie are shocked to learn that the young doctor is an associate of notorious ex-KGB agent Georgi Boshtov, who they suspect is in charge of the brutal crusade to destroy the West.
It is a race against time and a test of minds as Rudy dashes to stop Boshtov from destroying the western world, but Rudy tumbles deep into trouble when he learns to his horror that he has become their next target.
Seifer has been featured on AP International TV, Coast to Coast Radio and NPR, and in such publications as The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, The Economist, Rhode Island Monthly and The New York Times. A handwriting expert and an authority on inventor Nikola Tesla, Seifer has lectured at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the United Nations, Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic and West Point Military Academy. With articles in Wired, Civilization, Psychiatric Clinics of North America and Cerebrum, his book Wizard: The Life & Times of Nikola Tesla was boxed and starred by Publisher’s Weekly, and is “Highly Recommended” by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Praise for Rasputin’s Nephew
An espionage thriller, (a la Tom Clancy)…. You write with great intelligence and authority. Nicolette Phillips, New Vision.
Like a journey through the Major Arcana [of the Tarot], Rasputin’s Nephew takes the reader into the bizarre and mind-boggling world of the paranormal. I enjoyed Marc Seifer’s book thoroughly. Uri Geller, Paranormalist Extraordinaire.
This is a terrifically original book, with elements of satire as well. Dr. Stanley Krippner, author of Song of the Siren.
Rasputin’s Nephew is so believable that it seems to have its own aura. It frightened me, but not enough to overcome the desire to finish it. Wow! — Prof. R. Vangermeersch, University of RI.
Keywords: Parapsychology, Rasputin, Tarot Cards, Superpsychics, International Thriller, ESP, Historical Fiction
“A fast-paced and dynamic read.”
Here we have a far-reaching and fantastical tale, with more superpowers than an X-Men comic and more twists than a game of Consequences.
In what will make it feel comfortably familiar to many, though — despite having more locations the a James Bond novel — the book is very US-centric, no matter where we find the action, and no matter what culture various characters are from. To this end, I expect it’ll speak more readily to Americans who enjoy that sort of projection, than to the rest of us to whom the US is just another country.
Of course, even in the wildest fiction there is an element of reality, and here there are constant clear and credible echoes to Cold War conflicts, running into today’s own brand of information warfare, running the gamut from email hacking to investigative journalists who clumsily fall from their balconies.
All in all, quite a ride of a book; it’ll definitely appeal to those who like a lot of dynamic action with a smattering of grounding in the real world.