The Romanov Prophecy Author:Steve Berry 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: Pre... more »sent 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.« less
A history based thriller, very thought-provoking about the mysteries of the Russian royal Romanov family who were supposedly executed by the Bolsheviks. Their mass grave was uncovered in the 1980's and it was revealed that, just like rumor had suggested , the remains of the bodies of Alexi and Anatasia were not there. What was their fate?
A crisply written, fast-paced novel. An imaginative story asking the question that until recently has perplexed many historians - did any Ronanov's, specifically Alexi and/or Alexandra, survive the massacre that claimed their family? Although a work of fiction (considering the recent DNA evidence unearthed in Russia), Berry builds a compelling plot asking the serious question - is there a surviving direct decendent of Czar Nicholas, an heir to the Romanov throne, and what would that mean to present day Russia?
Berry (along with his first novel, The Amber Room) looks into a little understood time and place in the world - Imperial Russia. I found both of these novels highly entertaining as are his subsequent Cotton Malone novels. Intelligent, quick reads that do not get overly bogged down in historical minutia'.
It starts out pretty slowly and I was about to put it down. For anybody thinking about putting it down before the first eighty or so pages, don't! It really picks up speed after a slow start, and you will definately enjoy it then.