Review: The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry

Review: The Romanov Prophecy by Steve BerryThe Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry
Published by Random House LLC on 2007-11
Pages: 429
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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. From the Hardcover edition.

Oh man, this book was great. I’ve always been fascinated by the Romanovs. I remember watching Anastasia when I was younger and wondering if she were really out there, living in secret because her family was so hated after the revolution. What was great about this book (and what I love about Steve Berry) is the way he takes a historical event and turns it into such a fast paced mystery that you just HAVE to stay awake so you find out what happens next.

I find the race dynamic really intriguing. Miles Lord is a black man and faces quite the prejudice in Russia. It’s something I’ve never really thought about. I think we all tend to think about race in the US and Europe, but very little in Russia. But, I don’t think I was supposed to be thinking about that when I was reading. My graduate school brain does not turn off sometimes.

I can’t write too much about the plot because it would give it all away, but rest assured that it is fast paced, full of twists and turns, and just highly enjoyable all together. I recommend it to those who love history, the Romanovs, and suspenseful stories that keep you wanting more until the last page.


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