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The Romanov Prophecy (2004)

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Though not as good as Berry's excellent "The Third Secret", this was still a good yarn of suspense mixed with real history and contemporary speculation. I do not know if I can say that this book did for the story of the Romanovs what "The Third Secret" did for the Vatican to me, but that may just be because I have had more interest in Papal intrigue than I have in Russia over the years.

It may also have to do with the fact that the characters are not quite as deep, particularly the villains in this novel. But then it must be considered that this was written before the superior "The Third Secret", and the evolution of Berry's craft may take just as much credit for that as does the more interesting setting. (For me.)

If you liked either the Third Secret or the Dan Brown stuff, you would probably get something out of this as well. You will get something extra out of it, certainly, if you are intrigued by the history of Russia. ( )
  TyUnglebower | Jun 28, 2014 |
I'm a fan of both the history of the Romanovs, & of Dan brown, & this book combines history with a mystery, & rolls both into a fast paced thriller based on the Russian government's decision to overthrow communism & resurrect the rule of the tsars. The main character Miles, is sent to Moscow to do a background screening on one of the candidates for the throne, & in his research, comes across a 1918 prophecy by Rasputin himself that implies that the tragic massacre of the royal family may not have been what it was said to be, & that there "may" be a true heir out there somewhere. Someone does not want Miles to find the truth, & tries to kill him at every turn. This book did not disappoint, & the ending was a good resolution as well.

IS there any hope that the rumors of one child surviving that bloody day in history are true? This book gives us hope that there was, even though DNA proof confirms that it didn't happen. ( )
  Lisa.Johnson.James | Apr 10, 2014 |
Berry's not a great writer, and his plots are goofy, but I've been enjoying reading them this summer. He picks a historical mystery (or at least a possibility) and runs with it. This isn't in the Cotton Malone series, so no museums have been blown up yet, but I'm only 1/2 way through. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 21, 2014 |
Loved all of Steve Berry's books. Rich detail makes them so fascinating. ( )
  macoffkilter | Jan 26, 2014 |
### From Publishers Weekly

With this second Russian suspense novel, which focuses on the restoration of the Romanov dynasty, Berry shows he's honed his craft since his somewhat shaky debut, *The Amber Room* (2003). Miles Lord, a workaholic African-American lawyer from Atlanta, is in Moscow to help Stefan Baklanov, the Romanov claimant his high-powered firm is backing. Since the new tsar will reign as an autocrat like his ancestors, both big rubles and big bucks are at stake溶ot to mention access to nuclear weapons. Lord soon discerns that Baklanov is corrupt, a tool of the *mafiya*. While digging through old files on the Russian Revolution, Lord comes to believe Baklanov is the "raven" Rasputin predicted would help save the royal house in 1916. Teaming with a beautiful acrobat, Akilina Petrov of the Moscow Circus, Lord attempts to discover whether any children of Nicholas II escaped Lenin's executioners. A series of exotic clues propel the pair on an international scavenger hunt. Berry uses Russiaテつ用ast and presentテつ葉o excellent effect and makes sharp observations about the contemporary Russian scene, such as the racism Lord encounters throughout the country. The book's villain needs a bit more development, but this doesn't detract much from a solid tale a cut aboveテつ預nd then someテつ洋any thrillers on the market.
Copyright テつゥ Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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**Praise for Steve Berry

_The Romanov Prophecy
_**テつ迭EADERS WHO ENJOY THE BOOKS OF DAN BROWN AND DANIEL SILVA WILL ENJOY *THE ROMANOV PROPHECY*, TOO. This is a wild roller-coaster ride, with explosive action and compelling suspense, delving into one of the great mysteries of our time.テつ
テつ亡HARON KAY PENMAN, author of *Time and Chance*

**_The Amber Room
_**テつ鉄EXY, ILLUMINATING, AND CONFIDENT . . . a globe-trotting treasure hunt packed with exotic locales, sumptuous art, and ruthless villains.
Steve Berry writes with the self-assured style of a veteran.テつ
テつ縫AN BROWN, author of *The Da Vinci Code*

テつ鼎OMPELLING . . . ADVENTURE-FILLED . . . a fast-moving, globe-hopping tale of long-lost treasure and shadowy bad guys.テつ
テつ棒San Francisco Chronicle_

テつ溺AGNIFICENTLY ENGROSSING, with wonderful characters and a plot that speeds, twists, and turns. Pure intrigue, pure fun.テつ
テつ砲LIVE CUSSLER ( )
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
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Russia -- a country in which things that just don't happen happen.
--Peter the Great
A year shall come of Russia's blackest dread; Then will the crown fall from the royal head, the throne of tsars will perish in the mud, The food of many will be death and blood.
-- Mikhail Lermontov (1830)
Russia: mysterious dark continent, "a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma" in Winston Churchill's phrase, remote, inaccessible to foreigners, inexplicable even to natives. That is the myth, encouraged by Russians themselves, who preferthat no one discover who they really are and how they really live.
--Robert Kaiser, Russia: The People and the Power(1984)
For all its trials, for all its mistakes, the story of Russia at the end of the [twentieth] century must be counted as a kind of revival, a resurrection.
--David Remnick, Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia (1997)
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For Amy and Elizabeth
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Alexandra, Empress of all Russia, turned from her bedside vigil as the door swung open, the first time in hours her gaze had been diverted from the pitiful child lying prone beneath the sheets.
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Ekaterinburg, Russia: July 16, 1918. Ten months have passed since Nicholas II窶冱 reign was cut short by revolutionaries. Tonight, the White Army advances on the town where the Tsar and his family are being held captive by the Bolsheviks. Nicholas dares to hope for salvation. Instead, the Romanovs are coldly and methodically executed.

Moscow: Present Day. Atlanta lawyer Miles Lord, fluent in Russian and well versed in the country窶冱 history, is thrilled to be in Moscow on the eve of such a momentous event. After the fall of Communism and a succession of weak governments, the Russian people have voted to bring back the monarchy. The new tsar will be chosen from the distant relatives of Nicholas II by a specially appointed commission, and Miles窶 job is to perform a background check on the Tsarist candidate favored by a powerful group of Western businessmen. But research quickly becomes the least of Miles窶 concerns when he is nearly killed by gunmen on a city plaza.

Suddenly Miles is racing across continents, shadowed by nefarious henchmen. At first, his only question is why people are pursuing him. But after a strange conversation with a mysterious Russian, who steers Miles toward the writings of Rasputin, he becomes desperate to know more窶杜ost important, what really happened to the family of Russia窶冱 last tsar?

His only companion is Akilina Petrov, a Russian circus performer sympathetic to his struggle, and his only guide is a cryptic message from Rasputin that implies that the bloody night of so long ago is not the last chapter in the Romanovs窶 story . . . and that someone might even have survived the massacre. The prophecy窶冱 implications are earth-shattering窶渡ot only for the future of the tsar and mother Russia, but also for Miles himself.

Steve Berry, national bestselling author of the phenomenal thriller The Amber Room, once again delves into rich historical fact to produce an explosive page-turner. In The Romanov Prophecy, the authentic and the speculative meld into a fascinating and exceptionally suspenseful work of fiction.


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In 1917 Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, was executed by revolutionaries. Now, in response to the collapse of the country's economy, the people have voted to instate a new Tsar, one who will be chosen from the descendents of Nicholas II. But a powerful group of Western businessmen want to make sure he is a candidate they can control, and hire African-American lawyer Miles Lord, with his knowledge of Russian language and history, to check the background of their chosen man. Miles is thrilled with his assignment...until he becomes the target of an assassination attempt, and must run for his life, guided by a cryptic phrase penned by Rasputin, a bizarre prophecy that the Tsar will return to the throne and that Miles himself will see to it.… (more)

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