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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Romanov Prophecy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michelle S

    Any ideas on why books aren't rated for language/content? Anyway, the story line was interesting enough but I stopped reading the book because of the language. Note to authors; "F-bombs" really aren't necessary to add emphasis to a situation, it just creates characters who lack the capacity to express themselves with any degree of intellegence Any ideas on why books aren't rated for language/content? Anyway, the story line was interesting enough but I stopped reading the book because of the language. Note to authors; "F-bombs" really aren't necessary to add emphasis to a situation, it just creates characters who lack the capacity to express themselves with any degree of intellegence

  2. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    I enjoyed reading friends on goodreads reviews. I am also a Russian history nut and have traveled to St Petersburg and the Peter and Paul Fortress. This was such a fast paced intriging book that I read it in a couple of days. I think the mystery surrounding the missing children's bodys will never be solved. So, we have our wonderful imaginations to keep us interested. By the way, I found the Amber room not as exciting. I have seen the real Amber room and and the privilege to speak with a Russian I enjoyed reading friends on goodreads reviews. I am also a Russian history nut and have traveled to St Petersburg and the Peter and Paul Fortress. This was such a fast paced intriging book that I read it in a couple of days. I think the mystery surrounding the missing children's bodys will never be solved. So, we have our wonderful imaginations to keep us interested. By the way, I found the Amber room not as exciting. I have seen the real Amber room and and the privilege to speak with a Russian about its tragic history.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    I choose this book to read because it was about the Romanovs. There was brief time in my life where I was interested in the last czar's family so the title caught my eye. I'm still interested in the topic, just not to the same degree. The action never stops in this book. I think that's something that appeals to lots of readers. I don't always like the fast pace, but I have to admit, it does encourage you to continue reading. Even though I've done my own research into the Romanovs, I have no idea I choose this book to read because it was about the Romanovs. There was brief time in my life where I was interested in the last czar's family so the title caught my eye. I'm still interested in the topic, just not to the same degree. The action never stops in this book. I think that's something that appeals to lots of readers. I don't always like the fast pace, but I have to admit, it does encourage you to continue reading. Even though I've done my own research into the Romanovs, I have no idea how historically accurate the story was. And it's been some time since I read it anyway. But there was nothing that stuck out like a red thumb to me, so I'd say the author did his research. If the story is good enough, I can forgive some historical inaccuracies. Of course there are some blatant ones given that a lot of historians believe none of the family survived, but damn it makes a good story to ignore that fact.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ivana Books Are Magic

    What I didn't like about this novel? Pretty much everything. I disliked the writing style (to put it mildly), I couldn't relate to the characters and I found the plot extremely dull. The whole thing seemed like a Hollywood blockbuster. A very dull and crazy unrealistic Hollywood blockbuster. I kept rolling my eyes. Lord (the protagonist) pretends he doesn't speak Russian (often for no particular reason) and this magically saves his life all the time. Nobody suspects he might indeed speak the lan What I didn't like about this novel? Pretty much everything. I disliked the writing style (to put it mildly), I couldn't relate to the characters and I found the plot extremely dull. The whole thing seemed like a Hollywood blockbuster. A very dull and crazy unrealistic Hollywood blockbuster. I kept rolling my eyes. Lord (the protagonist) pretends he doesn't speak Russian (often for no particular reason) and this magically saves his life all the time. Nobody suspects he might indeed speak the language, even after Lord repeatedly stresses that he is researching Russian history and the Romanov with the permission of the Russian government. There is this scene where a corrupt police speaks (on the phone) about planning to kill Lorn in front of him, and doesn't suspect Lord might understand him, despite the fact that Lord told him ten seconds ago that he is in Russia to do the kind of work that demands at least elementary knowledge of Russian language. Then Lord pushes him over and magically escapes from the police station (we don't learn how) into the street, easily mingling with other people and disappearing- despite the fact that the whole novel stresses the fact how Lord stands out everywhere because he is, in fact- African American. That makes no sense! Nothing makes any sense, I'm afraid. The protagonist of this book is, as I said, an African American man. I'm going to take a wild guess and say that the author of this book is white. Did he make Lord black only to win some politically correct points? I can't say for sure, and I certainly can't speak for African American community, but I did cringe a few times. Yes, I had some issues with the way Lord was being described, and not just the odd Uncle Sam references that felt a bit racist. There was also that time when Lord's skin is being compared to a river- and it came of as offensive to me, even if it was done by a woman that was supposed to be attracted to him? And what is with saying that all Russian have yellowish skin? I found that offensive as well. There were other things I found offensive, but it would take me forever to list them all, so I'll just stop myself here. I feel like I actually lost IQ points reading this novel. It is a shame because it could have been a good thriller. I mean the premise is pretty interesting, isn't it? But the book was such a disappointment. To conclude, The Romanov Prophecy is one of the worst thrillers (and books in general) that I have ever read. I can't believe I actually bought it! I think I'll even have to insert sad face emoticons, something I don't usually do but here it goes- :( :( :(

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Didn't really like this book at all. The only reason I kept reading was because I found some of the story that was actually about the Romanovs fairly interesting. If a book has either the Romanovs, Cesare Borgia, ancient Greece/Rome, or Arthurian legend, chances are...I'll like it. So it is saying a lot that I didn't like this book. If you like formulaic conspiracy books (a la Da Vinci Code) it is possible you might like it. But I hate those kinds of books. Small people caught up in something bi Didn't really like this book at all. The only reason I kept reading was because I found some of the story that was actually about the Romanovs fairly interesting. If a book has either the Romanovs, Cesare Borgia, ancient Greece/Rome, or Arthurian legend, chances are...I'll like it. So it is saying a lot that I didn't like this book. If you like formulaic conspiracy books (a la Da Vinci Code) it is possible you might like it. But I hate those kinds of books. Small people caught up in something bigger than them, always a man and a woman and some pathetic attempt at sexual tension, people out to kill them to keep the secret, old pretentious men who give unrealistic monologues full of information that they have spent their entire lives doing nothing but researching, following ridiculous clues around the world, and always ending up successful with dues ex machina moments in which the characters learn all the historical information is contrary to the facts that most people believe and cause all the pieces of the puzzle to neatly fall into place. Sorry if I ruined the book (and every other conspiracy book out there) for you ;) You start right in the middle of the action. I get the purpose of this, to bring the reader in, but I had absolutely no connection to the character and that feeling continued throughout the book. Things about the lives of the characters (I guess to help you relate? unsuccessful) are thrown in via the characters thoughts and are forced and so loosely related to what is happening in the story that you wonder why the character would have chosen that particular moment to think about it. Or any moment at all since the back stories are not relevant to the story and are very poor attempts at character development. It was also a little hard to relate to Russia electing to turn back into a tsarist nation. So. That's that.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This was a fantastical what-if story that really kept the pages turning quickly. I love that Steve Berry incorporates a lot of factual history and traditions into his storylines. He is a quality writer with a keen imagination. I still feel sorry for the Tsar and his family every time I read an account about thier last days in the House of Special Purpose.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Natasa

     This is a good read. It’s fun, with all the detail and history you expect from a Steve Berry thriller. The pacing is excellent, if not a little forced at times. Overall, it’s a great read and makes for a solid book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ned

    I continue my illogical and inexplicable fascination with Russian history with this historical novel based on The Romanov dynasty. In the last decade, I have read dozens of books, novels and historical texts about Russia and the Soviet Union -- with a bizarre emphasis on the early secretive Soviet Space program. I have no clue how I developed this passion. This is one of Steve Berry's early novels. His writing has since improved but the story here is quite good, once you cut him some slack about I continue my illogical and inexplicable fascination with Russian history with this historical novel based on The Romanov dynasty. In the last decade, I have read dozens of books, novels and historical texts about Russia and the Soviet Union -- with a bizarre emphasis on the early secretive Soviet Space program. I have no clue how I developed this passion. This is one of Steve Berry's early novels. His writing has since improved but the story here is quite good, once you cut him some slack about an unlikely premise -- a prophecy by Rasputin that for some reason must be followed to the letter almost 100 years later. Like his other books, I have read, this is a novel based on some good and fascinating history --The Romanovs and the execution of the entire royal family. There is a very similar book I read last year, The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade -- which caused me some confusion until I realized they were two different books. I gave that book five stars instead of four. I liked it more. But this was still a good book that I devoured in two days. I think I have read almost all of Steve Berry's novels now, and I must say he is consistently good. Unlike some other authors I read a lot. Steve Berry is Dan Brown without Brown's nonsense.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michael Otto

    This is a story about Rasputin's alleged prophecy about the famous Russian Romanov royal family. How daughter Anastasia and her brother Alexie might have survived the execution of their family. If so, will there be descendants of them? Find out in this book which I would have given 5 star except for the fact of the f-word being used where it did not need to be since it added nothing the story. This is a story about Rasputin's alleged prophecy about the famous Russian Romanov royal family. How daughter Anastasia and her brother Alexie might have survived the execution of their family. If so, will there be descendants of them? Find out in this book which I would have given 5 star except for the fact of the f-word being used where it did not need to be since it added nothing the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    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 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 themassacre. The prophecy’s implications are earth-shattering–not only for the future of the tsar and mother Russia, but also for Miles himself. I enjoyed this book, it was interesting the mix of history and adventure.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    I enjoyed this suspense/mystery/thriller with a historical bend. These kinds of books are a nice change of pace from what I usually read, so that's probably why I enjoy the few I do read. I have long been fascinated with the Romanov family and the tragedy of their eventual demise, and recently have been listening to /reading a nonfiction book on the family & Russia itself at that time. I got so interested in it, that I went through my book shelves and pulled a few fictional stories about them to I enjoyed this suspense/mystery/thriller with a historical bend. These kinds of books are a nice change of pace from what I usually read, so that's probably why I enjoy the few I do read. I have long been fascinated with the Romanov family and the tragedy of their eventual demise, and recently have been listening to /reading a nonfiction book on the family & Russia itself at that time. I got so interested in it, that I went through my book shelves and pulled a few fictional stories about them to read while I was "in the mood." This was my first choice. It was very fast paced, and it was obvious a lot of research went in to it. Real accounts & testimony was used for the flashbacks, making them as accurate as possible with the exception of the storyline addition. Romanov Prophecy was written priority to 2007, when the "missing" 2 bodies were found and positively identified as Romanov children. That being said, this story might never had been written if this has happened earlier. I knew all of this going in, and yet i still enjoyed the idea and story he put forth. Definitely worth a read for Romanov junkies.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Piyangie

    This book is a stand alone novel by Steve Berry. What grabbed my attention towards this book was the title. Having always entertained a fascination for Russian history and knowing Berry's skill on good research, I was very much interested in reading it. As the case with all Berry books, this too is a combination of history and fiction. I enjoyed reading history, although I feel he could have avoided the gruesome details on the massacre of the Imperial family. I also enjoyed the story based on th This book is a stand alone novel by Steve Berry. What grabbed my attention towards this book was the title. Having always entertained a fascination for Russian history and knowing Berry's skill on good research, I was very much interested in reading it. As the case with all Berry books, this too is a combination of history and fiction. I enjoyed reading history, although I feel he could have avoided the gruesome details on the massacre of the Imperial family. I also enjoyed the story based on that history, even though it is a little far fetched. A good set of characters ranging from good to bad to worse were employed. The standard Berry features - quick pace, suspense and adventure, coupled with some additional Brownish trend to resort to clues and resolving puzzles made the reading all the more engaging. Overall, a good and enjoyable read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I've been a big fan of Steve Berry's thrillers for more than 10 years now. I especially like the historical mysteries as much as the action in the stories. I have been keeping up with his main series about Cotton Malone. This one, published in 2004, is one of the earlier books that Berry wrote, and is not in the Cotton Malone series. The protagonist is a lawyer named Miles Lord and the setting at the beginning and in much of the book is Russia. It seems that the Russian people have voted to ret I've been a big fan of Steve Berry's thrillers for more than 10 years now. I especially like the historical mysteries as much as the action in the stories. I have been keeping up with his main series about Cotton Malone. This one, published in 2004, is one of the earlier books that Berry wrote, and is not in the Cotton Malone series. The protagonist is a lawyer named Miles Lord and the setting at the beginning and in much of the book is Russia. It seems that the Russian people have voted to return the Romanov royal family back into power (this is before Putin tightened his hold on power in Russia!). Lord has the job to do background checks on the candidates to find the person with the strongest link back to Russia's last tsar, Nicholas II. We get into a lot of Russian history in this one, which I enjoyed, especially as we go back to the last days of Nicholas and his family, who were executed (martyred?) by the Bolsheviks in 1918. As Lord is nearly killed in Moscow, he begins to realize there's a lot more at stake than he knew. And before the "true" Romanov can be found, Lord has to learn what really happened to the Romanovs-- and find out the meaning of a prophecy made by the "mad monk" Rasputin. I give this thriller a 3 which may be a little harsh, but I still prefer the stories that feature Cotton Malone!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lance Charnes

    Given the general strangeness that goes on in modern-day Russia, the notion of restoring the tsar's throne is one of the less daffy ideas floating around out there. It could, of course, be argued they already have a tsar, though only a de facto one. Nonetheless, say the Russians decided an absolute monarchy with all the trimmings is the way to go. How might that turn out? Steve Berry gave that scenario a whirl, and The Romanov Prophecy is the result. In an unspecified time that looks like the midd Given the general strangeness that goes on in modern-day Russia, the notion of restoring the tsar's throne is one of the less daffy ideas floating around out there. It could, of course, be argued they already have a tsar, though only a de facto one. Nonetheless, say the Russians decided an absolute monarchy with all the trimmings is the way to go. How might that turn out? Steve Berry gave that scenario a whirl, and The Romanov Prophecy is the result. In an unspecified time that looks like the middle years of Boris Yeltsin's chaotic presidency, the Russian people have decided they want to go back to the future. An official commission begins to work out how to restore the Romanov dynasty. High-priced Atlanta attorney and Russian-history geek Miles Lord ends up in Moscow researching one of the candidates to become the first Tsar of All Russia since Nicholas II went the way of all things during the Revolution. However, he turns over the wrong rocks and ends up the target for every malign force in Russia. They can't quite manage to get rid of Lord, though, who flees most of the way around the world tracking down obscure clues to a century-old conspiracy that may upend the commission's work and foil the malign forces that want the new tsar in their collective pocket. Yes, it's a Dan Brown novel, only better-written and not about the Vatican. Miles Lord is okay company on this journey. His backstory is a bit convoluted and he has a set of interests that are at best unlikely in someone of his background. As a person, though, he's bright but not brilliant, resourceful but not omnipotent, and humanly fallible when it suits -- in short, as regular a guy as you're likely to find in this kind of story. His suspension of disbelief comes as hard as ours does; he's just trying to do his job, not become a true believer (until the end). It's not hard to root for him when he faces regular mortal peril. The puzzle in this plot centers around whether any of the Romanov children survived their family's slaughter at the hands of the Bolsheviks in 1918. Lord has to pick up shreds of arcana across Russia and in America while on the run, aided by the inevitable secret society dedicated to preserving the Russian crown and pursued by the equally inevitable cabal of shadowy people who want to pull strings behind the scenes. The author wrote this novel before The Da Vinci Code exploded on the world but follows the same basic template. The story works in this case because Lord isn't called on to make any near-miraculous leaps of deduction or otherwise display superhuman cognition or memory. You may, however, find the secret society's sheer perversity in hiding the clues to be a bit much to swallow. Berry's supporting characters are mostly plot devices rather than fleshed-out personalities. Akilina, the pretty Russian circus gymnast (!) who ends up dropping her life to follow Lord around, has a few too many useful talents to be entirely believable. The bad guys are bad mostly because they can be; the authorities are useless because they can be; and so on. Everything happens in the service of the plot, not for the characters' moral or personal growth. The saving grace here is -- as it often is in these kinds of books -- sheer speed. The author knows how to push a plot along smartly, how to end a chapter so you want to read just one more, and when to cut off the exposition right when you're about to say "enough, already." (This last talent gets a thorough workout with the bales of real history the author has to bolt onto his fictional history.) I got through the 416 pages in two sittings. The speed helps you overlook that the lawyer is awfully lucky, the baddies can't shoot straight, and money and travel time don't seem to be the problems for Our Heroes that they are for the rest of us. Berry wrote this book before The Amber Room (which I liked a bit) but published it second; if you want to see his growth as an author, read this one first. Those two, along with The Third Secret and The Columbus Affair , are all standalones that lead up to the author's mainstay Cotton Malone series, an acquired taste I have yet to acquire. The Romanov Prophecy sits firmly in the thriller subgenre dominated by The Da Vinci Code , but without (most of) the metaphysics and with a more relatable protagonist. It's got first-novel problems that it paves over with a sprinting narrative and great dollops of tragi-history surrounding one of the world's favorite conspiracy theories. Fun? Sure. You won't come out with a net loss of neurons. Take it for what it is (a good distraction from sitting in coach on a transatlantic flight) and you'll have a good time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Meann

    Like Dan Brown, Steve Berry is a guilty pleasure kind of read for me. And for the record, I don’t care much about historical accuracy (or inaccuracy, in Brown’s case,) I just like alternate history and the way these authors spin their stories. I’ve read only 2 other books by Berry so far: The Amber Room and The Venetian Betrayal. I’ve come to like Cotton Malone as a protagonist in Venetian, so it took a while to adjust to someone different, like Miles Lord here in The Romanov Prophecy. I got used Like Dan Brown, Steve Berry is a guilty pleasure kind of read for me. And for the record, I don’t care much about historical accuracy (or inaccuracy, in Brown’s case,) I just like alternate history and the way these authors spin their stories. I’ve read only 2 other books by Berry so far: The Amber Room and The Venetian Betrayal. I’ve come to like Cotton Malone as a protagonist in Venetian, so it took a while to adjust to someone different, like Miles Lord here in The Romanov Prophecy. I got used to him alright, but I didn’t really like Miles all that much. The Romanovs, Rasputin, and the other historical side-characters were more interesting, which says a lot, considering most of them are dead throughout most of the book. Miles just seems to serve as a focal point for the plot to move forward, and that’s pretty much it. Heck, even characters who appear only during the last few chapters were more interesting than Miles. (Sorry, Miles. I mean, if you haven’t figured out who was really after you after all those security breaches, then… *shrug*) I also had a problem with the first half of the book, which, although it began with a murder attempt (which is as good a beginning as any,) seemed to drag. Berry got into the more intriguing part of the plot–the “treasure hunt”–only about halfway through. What pushed me to continue reading, though, were my interest in the conspiracy surrounding the alleged survival of Anastasia and Alexei, and several years’ worth of fascination with the Imperial Easter Eggs. Did you say Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs, Steve? Now you have my attention. Ever since high school, when I read about the eggs in Judith Krantz’s Princess Daisy (my mother liked Judith Krantz, and there was a time when I had to rely on her for books to read,) I’ve read up on them and Googled them several times. I like looking at the pictures and reading about the history of each egg and finding out where they are now. In this book, Berry used the Lilies of the Valley egg as a plot point. This egg was given by Tsar Nicholas II to the Tsarina Alexandra on Easter (April 5) 1898. It is made of gold, rose pink and green enamel, diamonds, rubies, and pearls. All the Imperial Eggs have a surprise; this one’s are miniature portraits of the Tsar and their 2 elder daughters painted on ivory, which are revealed by turning a pearl knob. The egg is now part of the collection of The Link of Times Foundation (Russia). And that’s all for today’s Imperial Easter Egg lesson. :P The ending of the book felt a bit rushed. I wanted more of a closure between Miles, Akilina, and the mysterious Semyon Pachenko, who served as the starting point for their quest, as well as some kind of crackdown on the people behind the manipulation of the Tsarist Commission. A royal coronation is well and good as endings go, but I wish Berry provided a few more details to wrap things up.

  16. 5 out of 5

    C.J.

    This was the first Steve Berry novel I've read and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot is fast moving and contains a significant amount of Russian history and culture considering this is a thriller. Some people might find the plot a bit straightforward. For those needing a complex plot to analyze, this probably isn't the right book. But the book moves along quickly through a DaVinci Code like search for clues to an ancient mystery. The author also weaves a plausible and compelling This was the first Steve Berry novel I've read and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot is fast moving and contains a significant amount of Russian history and culture considering this is a thriller. Some people might find the plot a bit straightforward. For those needing a complex plot to analyze, this probably isn't the right book. But the book moves along quickly through a DaVinci Code like search for clues to an ancient mystery. The author also weaves a plausible and compelling scenario with very high stakes for the actors. I would recommend this to friends as a fun read and for thriller writers as a strong example of an engaging read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Koorihime-sama

    Checked out from the library. Review/Rating: 5 out of 5 After the Russian citizens votes to bring back the monarchy, it is up to Miles Lord, a lawyer from Atlanta, to make sure there is nothing in his client’s, Stefan Baklanov, background that will take the throne away from him. It was just an ordinary assignment until gunmen try to kill him on the city plaza, and now, he has to figure out why they are after him. He does some research and through reading Rasputin’s writings, he discovers that there Checked out from the library. Review/Rating: 5 out of 5 After the Russian citizens votes to bring back the monarchy, it is up to Miles Lord, a lawyer from Atlanta, to make sure there is nothing in his client’s, Stefan Baklanov, background that will take the throne away from him. It was just an ordinary assignment until gunmen try to kill him on the city plaza, and now, he has to figure out why they are after him. He does some research and through reading Rasputin’s writings, he discovers that there might be a direct descendant from the last tsar, Nicholas II, which will threaten the plans set by the people, who were sent to kill him. Miles only companion is Akilina Petrovna, and it’s only with these two can the mystery of Nicholas II’s direct descendant be solved, according to Rasputin’s prophecy, but, first, will they be able to survive from the attempts on their lives? In the beginning of The Romanov Prophecy, it starts with violence and some gory details of the scene — yeah, it was a lovely, vivid picture in my mind, and I didn’t like that much detail of gory scenes filled with blood that much. Anyways, it starts with the killing attempts on Miles Lord’s life, but if you’re wondering why he’s in Russia getting killed, you have to either read the summary or wait until later on in the novel — which will explain in great detail as to why he’s there and all those tid-bits that can be boring at times. ;) The idea of the prophecy and combining it with Rasputin, who is usual is viewed as a conman, was very well thought out mixed with some history of Russia — it was pretty interesting reading that Rasputin was a viewed as a good guy in the end of a novel. This is one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book. :) The ending was well thought of and came to an end that was really good, and to get to the great ending, it had great detail of history and description of what happened — which got a little boring at times. Throughout the book there are a lot of politics, violence, racial prejudice, culture and history of Russia, a little bit of mystery, and a lot more politics — bleh! :( Things I liked about the book are the culture and history of Russian that he added in there, the clever idea of Rasputin actually being a good guy and coming up with the prophecy, the mystery whether or not there was a direct descendant of Nicholas II, and also, how it showed that the United States isn’t the only one that has racial problems and how to deal with it. The things I didn’t like about it are the politics and details of the murder/gory scenes. All in all, it was actually a pretty good book, if you can stand the violence, politics, details, and the boring parts.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Juliet Doubledee

    Full of suspense and action, this book is well worth the time it takes to read. Set in post-communist Russia as the citizens rally to re-enstate the Romanoff dynasty to rule them as their Tsar, the book opens with the main character Miles Lord witnessing the murder of his lunch partner. Lord, an Afro-American laywer assigned to do a background check on one of the close relatives of former Tsar Nicholas II, assumes that the Russian lawyer he was lunching with was the target of a mob hit. As the b Full of suspense and action, this book is well worth the time it takes to read. Set in post-communist Russia as the citizens rally to re-enstate the Romanoff dynasty to rule them as their Tsar, the book opens with the main character Miles Lord witnessing the murder of his lunch partner. Lord, an Afro-American laywer assigned to do a background check on one of the close relatives of former Tsar Nicholas II, assumes that the Russian lawyer he was lunching with was the target of a mob hit. As the book progresses it become obvious that he was the target, rather than his Russian counterpart. Unlike some authors of suspense who make you guess who the villian of the book is, while keeping you glued to the pages looking for clues, this book's author Steve Berry tells you up front who is behind the vicious deeds and creates a story that is filled with historical facts and nerve racking tension as the main character avoids being tracked down and killed. Adding to the tension is the fact that you know who is trying to kill him, but until the end he has no idea who it is or why he is being stalked. What I found the most enjoyable about /i/The Romanov Prophecy/-i/ were the facts about the Tsar and his family, a prophecy made by the "Mad Monk" (Grigori) Rasputin, and passages taken from a diary written by Felix Yusupov (who in 1916 participated in the murder of Rasputin, thinking it would eliminate the power the faith healer had over his wife's uncle, Nicholas II). Much delves into the long-standing legend that one or more of the Russian royal family survived brutal execution in 1918. Even if you’re not familiar with Russian history (and Anastasia), you will find it entertaining as Berry has created a story that travels across Russia and ends in the U.S. with a bang of a conclusion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Billy

    Let me just say that I know nothing about Russia (except what I wrote in a report for 4th grade), yet this book was wonderful. Even with all the history, the backstory, the politics, Steve Berry pulls off a wonderful thriller. I have become very interested in the history of the Romanovs and Russia since finishing this book a few weeks ago. I have become a permanent fan of Steve Berry; I have read his 2 of his other works (3rd Secret, Templar Legacy) and can't wait to read The Amber Room. This book Let me just say that I know nothing about Russia (except what I wrote in a report for 4th grade), yet this book was wonderful. Even with all the history, the backstory, the politics, Steve Berry pulls off a wonderful thriller. I have become very interested in the history of the Romanovs and Russia since finishing this book a few weeks ago. I have become a permanent fan of Steve Berry; I have read his 2 of his other works (3rd Secret, Templar Legacy) and can't wait to read The Amber Room. This book centers on the fate of the heir to the Romanov throne, Czar of Russia. Berry weaves the past and present beautifully. He uses historical fact to create a story of conjecture which results in a work of brilliant historical fiction. The search for the Romanov heir and it's implications on the world, should that person be found, are laid out in a whirlwind journey around the globe. Just as well done as Steve Berry's other offerings. If you like historical thrillers, even if you know nothing about Russia and the Romanovs, READ THIS BOOK!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gerald Kubicki

    The book was a recap of the demise of the Russian Imperial family during the Russian revolution of communism. I learned more than I knew about the event and the author put his own unique twist to the event. The book dragged in a few places and I did not connect with the characters very well.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I’ve read all of Barry’s books and this one was a favorite because of the subject matter. I absolutely devour anything relating to the Romanovs, fact and fiction, and this alternate history novel is a fun ride. What if Russia decided to reestablish the monarchy, a commission selecting a Romanov descendant to pick up where Tsar Nicholas II left off almost a century ago? Miles Lord is in Russia to determine whether the frontrunner has a clean slate, but during his research, he discovers a prophecy I’ve read all of Barry’s books and this one was a favorite because of the subject matter. I absolutely devour anything relating to the Romanovs, fact and fiction, and this alternate history novel is a fun ride. What if Russia decided to reestablish the monarchy, a commission selecting a Romanov descendant to pick up where Tsar Nicholas II left off almost a century ago? Miles Lord is in Russia to determine whether the frontrunner has a clean slate, but during his research, he discovers a prophecy that Rasputin made prior to his assassination and documents that indicate that there may have been survivors of the 1917 massacre. What ensues is a race against corrupt Russians to find the true heir, a direct descendant of Nicholas II. The first half of the book was bogged down with Lord being chased around Russia. His search eventually leads him and his Russian acrobat companion stateside, where there are more close calls. The action was forgettable, but what made this book deserve 5 stars were the haunting recollections of what occurred to the royal family. Mind you, the flashback narratives stray from the actual history, but this alternate “what if” plotline delivers hope out of this tragedy. The conclusion delivers a satisfying finale and while the premise might not be entirely believable, anyone who enjoys Russian history would get a kick out of this face-paced conspiracy-laden twist on the fate of the Romanovs.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kace | The Booknerd

    SHOCKING. WONDERFULLY WRITTEN. AND ENTHRALLING. This is the first book by Steve Berry that I've ever read. Being somewhat of a history buff, I enjoyed this book. And knowing that this book is about what happened to the Romanovs got me really interested. Over the years, Imperial Russia has intrigued the entire Nation about the ruthless execution of the royal family, about the sole survivor; it’s really mind boggling that the masterful Steve Berry unravels for his readers. Miles Lord, an Afro-America SHOCKING. WONDERFULLY WRITTEN. AND ENTHRALLING. This is the first book by Steve Berry that I've ever read. Being somewhat of a history buff, I enjoyed this book. And knowing that this book is about what happened to the Romanovs got me really interested. Over the years, Imperial Russia has intrigued the entire Nation about the ruthless execution of the royal family, about the sole survivor; it’s really mind boggling that the masterful Steve Berry unravels for his readers. Miles Lord, an Afro-American lawyer assigned to do a background check on one of the close relatives of former Tsar Nicholas II before claiming the throne. And due to some series of attempts against Lord’s life, he decided to further investigate about what really happened. And found that two of the imperial children have survived and that their offspring are out there and just waiting for the right time. I won’t write too much about the plot, but I assured you that it is a fast-past paced, heart-pumping book that hard to put down. So be prepared to get wrapped up in an emotional tale. I extremely loved it. And reading this book reading did give me a greater understanding of who the Romanovs were. And the way Steve Berry wrote this make me felt as if I was there with the Romanovs the entire time. I recommend it to those who love history, the Romanovs, and mind boggling stories that keep you wanting more until the last page.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Travis Smith

    I have become a huge Steve Berry fan after reading all of his Cotton Malone books. So I decided that I would go back and read his earlier works. At first I wasn’t to sure weather or not I would like them simply because Cotton Malone wasn’t the main character. However that wasn’t the case with this book. I enjoyed this book just as much as the Malone ones. It was interesting to read the same writing style as that series but with a different character, it was almost refreshing. I thought the main I have become a huge Steve Berry fan after reading all of his Cotton Malone books. So I decided that I would go back and read his earlier works. At first I wasn’t to sure weather or not I would like them simply because Cotton Malone wasn’t the main character. However that wasn’t the case with this book. I enjoyed this book just as much as the Malone ones. It was interesting to read the same writing style as that series but with a different character, it was almost refreshing. I thought the main character of Miles Lord was very interesting I almost wish he was in another book as I grew very found of him and his love interest Alaika. The story is about an Atlanta laywer who goes to Russia with his law firm in order to appoint the next Tsar of Russia, but everything takes a turn for the worse, and Lord is forced to run for his life. The book is a great read for anyone that enjoys suspense, anyone that likes Steve Berry’s work, or anyone that enjoys a little bit of history.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    A decent entry in the historical action/adventure genre. The plot line was, for the most part predictable, but there were a few twists (Berry took a completely different direction by the book's end than I thought he was going to take, which I appreciated) . The characters were one dimensional (as they tend to be in such books--the interest comes from the quest, not the people involved in it). However, the history of the Romanovs and Berry's unique take on the prophecies of Rasputin were fascinat A decent entry in the historical action/adventure genre. The plot line was, for the most part predictable, but there were a few twists (Berry took a completely different direction by the book's end than I thought he was going to take, which I appreciated) . The characters were one dimensional (as they tend to be in such books--the interest comes from the quest, not the people involved in it). However, the history of the Romanovs and Berry's unique take on the prophecies of Rasputin were fascinating and made the book well-worth the read (although the fact that the missing Romanovs were found in 2007 ruined the fantastic "what if" questions raised as we now know the answers; wish I had read it prior to this discovery). My one main complaint was lots of unnecessary detail about clothing, vehicles, character back stories, etc. Could have easily been 100 pages shorter.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sep

    Steve Berry has written a book about a Russia that has requested the return of a czar - a czar who is the closest relative, by blood, to Nicholas II. The main character, Miles Lord, is an African American lawyer working on the commission that will select the new ruler. Mr. Berry occasionally flashes back to the last days of the Romanov family. Above is a rough frame of the novel but I have to say that this is one-edge-of-your-seat, exciting, don't-relax-for-a-moment sort of book. The drama starts Steve Berry has written a book about a Russia that has requested the return of a czar - a czar who is the closest relative, by blood, to Nicholas II. The main character, Miles Lord, is an African American lawyer working on the commission that will select the new ruler. Mr. Berry occasionally flashes back to the last days of the Romanov family. Above is a rough frame of the novel but I have to say that this is one-edge-of-your-seat, exciting, don't-relax-for-a-moment sort of book. The drama starts on page one and you had better not need to get up the next morning because you will not be able to turn off the light and go to sleep.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eadie

    I have always been fascinated by the execution of the Romanovs and was not disappointed in Steve Berry's Romanov Prophecy. He did a great job weaving the historical facts and the prophecy of Rasputin with a bit of his imagination. I found this book to be very captivating as the twists and turns kept me riveted to the story until the very end. The characters were well-developed and the writing was excellent and well researched. I would highly recommend this book to those who love Russian history I have always been fascinated by the execution of the Romanovs and was not disappointed in Steve Berry's Romanov Prophecy. He did a great job weaving the historical facts and the prophecy of Rasputin with a bit of his imagination. I found this book to be very captivating as the twists and turns kept me riveted to the story until the very end. The characters were well-developed and the writing was excellent and well researched. I would highly recommend this book to those who love Russian history and I look forward to reading more from this author. 4.5 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    volkhova

    This isn’t a book. It’s a descriptive american movie script. A + for being generic, and what I mean by generic is following some sort of guideline to write a novel, as if he was taking a test and not writing a book. Which is a shame because the Romanovs are actually fascinating.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Miloš

    A bit naive but still lot of fun. 😀

  29. 4 out of 5

    April

    After realizing that poorly written historical conspiracy thrillers were my guilty pleasure (thanks Dan Brown!) I picked up this novel about the end of the Romanov dynasty and the mystery surrounding the two youngest children whose bodies were not found along with the others in 1979. (This novel - published in 2004 - goes heavily into the 'what if' of Alexie and Anastasia surviving, which would have been more fun for me had I not known all the time that their remains were eventually found in 200 After realizing that poorly written historical conspiracy thrillers were my guilty pleasure (thanks Dan Brown!) I picked up this novel about the end of the Romanov dynasty and the mystery surrounding the two youngest children whose bodies were not found along with the others in 1979. (This novel - published in 2004 - goes heavily into the 'what if' of Alexie and Anastasia surviving, which would have been more fun for me had I not known all the time that their remains were eventually found in 2008.) Pros: The novel touches a chord on what happened to that family, which was nothing less than tragic, regardless of how you viewed Nicholas as Tsar. To massacre children in that way is atrocious and it makes me sad just to think of what their last moments must have been like. Also, Berry clearly put a lot of research into this and uses real accounts from soldiers and excerpts from letters between the Tsar and Tsarina. Cons: This author makes Dan Brown look like Shakespeare. The leaps of faith readers are required to take are so incredibly ridiculous and poorly constructed that I started out hooked on the novel and by the second half, I was disgusted.

  30. 5 out of 5

    David Lucero

    This was 4th book by the author I read and enjoyed it very much because it focuses on the Romanov legacy. His recurring character in his other books is not in this one, which I thought strange, and I thought it to be a good touch that the main character is a black man, fluent in Russian and well-educated. You don't find many books where African-Americans are thrust in the role of hero. It's full of suspense, action, and leaves you wondering if the Romanov generation is alive and well. With the fa This was 4th book by the author I read and enjoyed it very much because it focuses on the Romanov legacy. His recurring character in his other books is not in this one, which I thought strange, and I thought it to be a good touch that the main character is a black man, fluent in Russian and well-educated. You don't find many books where African-Americans are thrust in the role of hero. It's full of suspense, action, and leaves you wondering if the Romanov generation is alive and well. With the fall of communism the Russian people want the monarchy back. Turns out there may be a descendant, and the powers that be will do all they can to stop this from coming to pass. When an Atlanta-based lawyer finds himself caught in the middle, he begins his most thrilling adventure as he searches for the truth. But he must do this at great cost, and one that will leave him dead if he fails.

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