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The Romanov Prophecy (2004)

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After the Russian people vote to bring back a tsar, attorney Miles Lord was hired to dig through the Moscow archives and find out information on Romanovs. Through diligent searches, he uncovers much more than he expected, documents that lend credit to the rumors that two of the Romanov children survived the massacre. When others begin realizing what he has found, he is hunted down by a secret group, determined to influence the choice of the tsar.

I thought this book was fairly well written. The plot seemed to move quickly, but it seemed that everything was just too easy for Miles. He was always one step ahead, or miraculously escaping the hit men hired to take him out. Overall, not something I would re-read. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Nov 17, 2014 |
An enjoyable Dan Smith style historical yarn.

Appears well researched and would tempt me to try another of the authors books. ( )
  mancmilhist | Aug 28, 2014 |
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 |
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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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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’s 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’s 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’ 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’ 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–most important, what really happened to the family of Russia’s 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’ story . . . and that someone might even have survived the massacre. The prophecy’s implications are earth-shattering–not 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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