©2004 Steve Berry; (P)2004 Books on Tape
"Berry uses Russia, past and present, to excellent effect and makes sharp observations about the contemporary Russian scene....A solid tale." (Publishers Weekly)
This has to have been one of the most frustrating and annoying books I have ever listened to. I cannot believe a supposedly intelligent lawyer (hero) and his Russian Acrobat girlfriend (heroine) can be so continually thick as they are thrown from one assasination attempt to the next with the obvious villians turning up again and again as if invited. Each time the hero and heroine walk straight into the trap oblivious of doing exactly the same thing last time and the time before and of course miraculously escape with their lives (though I am not fortelling the ending). The only mitigating factor is the fascinating history around which the plot has been woven. Berry would have been better to have focus on that topic. The other factor making it bearable was that it was well read.
If you are looking for a well constructed, clever and twisting plot, forget this book. If you are looking for a relatively fast paced entirely predictable read, well, you may be able to get through it.
This was a bit different from other Steve Berry books I have listened to, but was very enjoyable. Kept my interest and had good pace. Good "read"!
Another fantastic story from Steve Berry, a nice mixture of history of the Russian monarchy and fiction suggesting a fascinating possibility what could have been. The narration was very good.
I'm a big history fan so anytime I can get some historical detail in a book I'm happy!
Be sure to read them both!
The concept for Berry's "Romanov Prophecy" is an interesting one: what if Russia, after years of corruption in its failed attempt at democracy, decided to put its monarchy back in place? Those in power behind the scenes don't want to have anyone but a puppet in place, while the people want the real heir - but given that the reign of Nicholas the Second ended with bloodshed and what might have been an urban legend: did two heirs survive?
Enter Miles, a black lawyer from Atlanta, who is hired to ensure that the currently chosen heir is legitimate. But when he's nearly killed, Miles starts to realize there's more going on, and is quickly on the run in a country where he sticks out like a sore thumb, trying to stay one step ahead of those trying to kill him, and get to the truth before it's too late.
Read wonderfully, I listened to this going to and home from work. The pacing is excellent, and the characters are good. In a way, it reminded me of Dan Brown's "Angels and Demons," in that it had a same frenetic pace, and a good historical background.
My computer died awhile back and its' been long enough that I don't remember the finer points of this novel. I was sorry to have it end and thought that Berry put an unusual twist to the usual lost Romanov heir stories. I learned quite a bit about that period in history and ended up checking out some non-fiction about the last czar and his family.
I have read / listened to 7 of Steve Berry's novels and enjoy them all. The Romanov Prophecy is one of my favorite because of the richness of detail and the blending of historical facts and believable fiction. Steve Berry serves as an exquisite tour guide as he brings characters to life and provides a rich framework where we can explore both historical and current Russian politics and culture. The anticipated climax is satisfying and ties up most of the lose ends created throughout the story.
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This was the second Steve Berry novel I've listened to and I enjoyed it. The plot is a little far-fetched but it was a good, entertaining story and I liked the historical perspective it was written in, in fact, it's why I chose it, some Russian history sounded good. I'm sure I'll listen to more Berry. I could even see this one being a movie but I'm not really sure what moviemakers look for when deciding what works.
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