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The Romanov Prophecy (2004)

by Steve Berry

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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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This was a pretty good speculative historical fiction story. It had two story-lines, one modern and one in the past. The historical story, that of the doomed Romanov family, was not exactly an original premise, but the modern story was one I had not come across before. It made a quick, enjoyable read, one that I finished in under five hours. ( )
  tiasreads | Dec 11, 2019 |
A fairly typical action-thriller-based-on-real-historical-events.

On the positive side, it's a decent ride with plenty of action and intrigue, and I quite like books like this with real-life history as its back story - not just entertaining, but you can learn some history as well. The author includes some information at the back clarifying what details are real non-fiction history, and which are fictional, which I appreciate.

On the negative side, the basic premise - reinstating the Russian royalty - is rather weak, and it feels that the "recount the historical context so the reader knows what's going on" parts take up a bit too much space in the book. I understand the need for it, but it feels a bit verbose and just slightly tedious in this case.

If this sort of thing interests you, I'd suggest checking out Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series, and maybe skip over this one. ( )
  adam.currey | May 18, 2019 |
Interesting reading. I really enjoy Berry's books, they are excellent conspiracy fodder. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
Journal Entry 9 by winggypsysmomwing from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Friday, August 28, 2009

8 out of 10
This is the second Steve Berry book I have read in a short time and I have enjoyed them both. This one deals with the old question of whether there were survivors when the Imperial family of Russia, the Romanovs, were massacred by the Communists. Berry's take on it is interesting and the pace is fast. One small quibble: for a book written in 2004 that supposedly takes place in the present i.e. 2004 there seemed to be remarkably little use of computers or the internet or cell phones. I know Russia was a little further behind than North America but I can't believe these technologies weren't available. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 9, 2017 |
DNF pg. 56

It wasn't exactly bad but it just didn't grab me.
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  Elysianfield | Nov 16, 2016 |
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Michael, PaulNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ostrop, BarbaraÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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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.

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