Freedom's Hammer Productions
On Sale: June 14, 2019
Featuring: Houdini; Tsar Nicholas II; Rasputin
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While performing before Tsar Nicholas II of Russia, the
worldâ€™s greatest escape artist Harry Houdini becomes pitted
against a formidable foe: Rasputin. A powerful mystic,
Rasputin has made puppets of the Tsar and his wife Alexandra.
To save the nation from ruin, a small band of patriots
recruits Houdini to expose the imperial â€śspiritual advisorâ€ť
as a charlatan. Houdini wages an epic battle of wits and
wills with the charismatic fiend. The American magicianâ€™s
daring and ingenuity are put to the test in an adventure
that takes him from the grand palaces of St. Petersburg to
the frigid wastelands of Siberia.
Along the way, Houdini makes allies and enemies of a host of
real-life figures, including the mischievous imp Princess
Anastasia, the colossal former boxer and royal bodyguard Jim
Hercules, the cross-dressing conspirator Prince Yusupov and
the sinister Black Sisters, practitioners of the occult who
scheme to use Rasputin for their own ends.
Meticulous research brings these people and the Russia of
1911 to life.Rasputin is one of historyâ€™s most fascinating
villains, at once a barely literate Siberian peasant and a
Nietzschean superman, a Christ-figure to his followers and
the Antichrist to his foes, a faith healer and a debaucher
of enormous sexual appetites. He has at his disposal an army
of goons, femme fatales, Gypsies, hypnotized assassins and
fanatical members of the mysterious Khlysty cult.
However, Rasputinâ€™s greatest strength is his own
extraordinary personal magnetism. Gathered around him is a
circle of female devotees known as the Little Ladies. To
help Houdini bring Rasputin down, the magicianâ€™s feisty wife
Bess infiltrates this coven. She falls under Rasputinâ€™s
spell and Harry must rescue her from his clutches.
As in Houdiniâ€™s movie serials, he escapes from one peril
after another: buried alive under six feet of snow; trapped
in a burning barn by Rasputinâ€™s henchmen; chained to a rack
in the medieval torture chamber of Ivan the Terrible. The
pace steadily accelerates until Harryâ€™s final confrontation
with his nemesis on a frozen river. Houdini did in fact
perform for the Tsar and Rasputin did arrive in the capital
that same year.
Many real events are incorporated into this work of fiction.
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