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The Romanov Prophecy | [Steve Berry]

The Romanov Prophecy

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.
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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, and a bizarre prophecy that the Tsar will return to the throne and that Miles himself will see to it.

©2004 Steve Berry; (P)2004 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Berry uses Russia, past and present, to excellent effect and makes sharp observations about the contemporary Russian scene....A solid tale." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Christopher Waxahachie, TX, USA 09-29-04
    Christopher Waxahachie, TX, USA 09-29-04
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    "This was well worth it."

    Let me start off by saying the narrator is awesome. I cant count how many times a good book is ruined by bad narration. This guy takes a blow away story and makes it real. The book itself is very well put togather.The very beginning gets off to a thrilling jump. I had trouble turning off my big rig because I had to hear the next turn in the story. I actually bought a Ipod because of audio books like these. Now I can unload my truck and listen to great books like this one.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. John K. Smith Fayetteville, PA 12-29-04
    Dr. John K. Smith Fayetteville, PA 12-29-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Action in the Russia of today and yesterday..."

    If you love a good plot and a way to understand modern Russia...this is a book you'll want to listen to. I say "listen to" rather than "read" because I'm reviewing this book as an audio file. I find some books great to read but hard to follow in audible form. I listen while exercising, and can pay pretty close attention, but some I find myself getting lost or doing lots of "rewinding" with some books. Not this one. Though lots of action and plot turns, this was a joy to listen to. As a person who goes to Russia frequently, I found its description of Russian places and customs accurate. It combines a good knowledge of current Russian culture and thought with a good bit of Russian history from the beginning of the 20th century. I hated to see my exercise work outs come to an end because I wanted to know what happened next. This one will keep you listening.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    06-05-09
    06-05-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Satisfying Fiction"

    This is obviously fiction , but, fiction at it's best...a great story and history lesson combined. Enjoy !

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Sanjay Piscataway, NJ, USA 12-24-04
    Sanjay Piscataway, NJ, USA 12-24-04 Member Since 2000
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    "Awesom plot and excellent narration"

    This book is an audiobook listener's delight. The plot is captivating and the narrator is excellent. The one thing I liked about the plot is the fact that the main characters in the book are common folks like us. Often you read a book where the main characters is depicted to have this uncommon abilities and can do things rest of us can't do. Steve Berry has done an excellent job of keeping the character honest and keeping Miles a common man who happens to get caught unknowingly in Tsar mess. Only one thing that I felt that Steve Berry lacked is to properly develop romance between the characters. He used cheesy lines like "you can kiss me now".But other than that, I truely enjoyed the book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Houston mom Bellaire, TX, United States 10-06-07
    Houston mom Bellaire, TX, United States 10-06-07 Member Since 2005

    I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.

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    "Good action mixed with history"

    Like all the Steve Berry books, this starts out with a bang and never stops. You learn interesting details about past historical events (in this case the Russion revolution) but also come to know and care for the characters. The action is fast paced but never gorey and the ending good but not predictable. Not quite as gripping as Templar Legacy, but still a great 'read'.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Li Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-30-05
    Li Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 05-30-05 Member Since 2001
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    "Great!"

    Its been a while since I found a book I could not 'put down'. Had a week off and thought this would occupy my time.. finished it in a day! Have heard the other book "The Amber Room" is just as good.. pity Audible does not carry it as yet.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Janice LODI, CA, United States 09-10-11
    Janice LODI, CA, United States 09-10-11
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    "Great Read..."

    The Romanov Prophecy takes the reader on an exciting whirlwind escapade that travels from Russia to the U.S. in a Bourne-esque fashion. I have always been fascinated by the tragedy of the Romanov assasination and the hope that two of the children survived - and this novel played on that interest with a plot reminiscent of the Da Vinci Code. There are many twists and turns, an age-old prophecy, cryptic messages, and a secret society.

    The characters are well-formed and believable. The language is easy to read and flows nicely. The narrator is excellent. He does a great Russian accent and easily transitions from that to the southern accent. He has the perfect voice for a historical thriller with a government conspiracy thrown in. I never became bored or had a hard time following along. This is an excellent audio that I highly recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen Lake Forest, CA, USA 04-23-05
    Colleen Lake Forest, CA, USA 04-23-05
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    "Terrific Reading"

    This is an excellent historical thriller, and the narration was fantastic. I had to budget my listening to times I was doing chores around the house, otherwise I would have sat all day listenting... couldn't put it down.

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    Michael Ada, MI, United States 12-04-10
    Michael Ada, MI, United States 12-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent - including the narrator"

    This is a superb Steve Berry title, and Paul Michael, the narrator, does an equally superb job with accents and pacing. This author/narrator combination is strikingly different from the abysmal narration of another (otherwise equally superb) Steve Berry book, the Alexandria Link, narrated by Scott Brick. In the future, I will buy anything with Steve Berry and Paul Michael, but will never waste money on any Steve Berry book if narrated by Scott Brick.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Red Deer, AB, Canada 11-24-04
    Rob Red Deer, AB, Canada 11-24-04
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    "Amazing"

    keeps you up all night. The history and intrigue is great. Makes you feel like you are right there in Russia.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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