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"Berry uses Russia, past and present, to excellent effect and makes sharp observations about the contemporary Russian scene....A solid tale." (Publishers Weekly)
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.
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.
I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
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'.
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.
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.
The beginning of this book (and sample) were fascinating. I couldn't wait to hear more about the intriguing Rasputin and his antics. But that ended right there, and jumped into the modern era, with murder and mayhem.
There's plenty of suspense and action in this historical thriller, combined with political corruption and assassination which goes on and on, from one scenario to the next.
But the hero, a highly intelligent lawyer, is unable to figure out who is betraying him. He makes assumptions, but never seems to engage his brain and think about it. It requires much suspension of disbelief, as he miraculously escapes each murderous attempt on his life. Nobody in this world would've stayed alive, considering who was trying to kill him. It was totally unrealistic, and therefore frustrating for the listener.
Some redeeming factors are the interesting historical background, and good narration.
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.
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.
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.
I enjoyed the book. I wouldn't rate it as highly as Berry's work with Ctton malone, but it was very good nonetheless.
Interesting plot line, some interesting characters, and a nice chase across the globe - with a bit of cryptic mystery thrown in.
Paul Michael performs admirably once again. He's certainly a close second to Scott Brick in my opinion. Both are very 'listenable' and really get into character.
On the whole, a very enjoyable book, typical Steve Berry, and well worth a listen.
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