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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Amor
  • Canton, CT, USA
  • 08-01-07

Fascinating

Steve Berry did it again. This is a "cant put down" book and its truly worth your time if you are interested in history. Though it is fictional, the the way the characters were portrayed are almost factual. You could feel the agony and defeat of the Romanovs, you can almost feel the coldness of earth, the stickiness of blood, and the smell of the mortally wounded, detest the callousness of the people in power and rally for the Last Romanov for the betterment of mother Russia.

So far, Steve Berry's vivid imagination intertwined with historical flavor elevates him among the distinguished writers of our time. I read/listened to all his previous books and am eagerly awaiting for the next one.

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  • William
  • Bowdoinham, ME, USA
  • 07-08-07

A great listen!

There are two parts when you think about how you liked an audio book. A great book can be taken to the depths by a bad narration. I am pleased to say that the narrator was a delight. As I was riding in the car, the narrator melted away and the book came to the forefront. Bravo! Now to the book itself, the plot was intriguing. It successfully intertwined history with fiction. Berry is a very good writer that keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting more. There were several times I sat in my car, in the parking lot at work, wishing I did not have to turn off my iPod and go into work. Yes, it was that good. If you want a very good listen, this is it!

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  • Michael
  • Riverview, FL, USA
  • 04-22-07

The reviews were right!

I was hesitant to read this book based on the concept. However, after reading the reviews, I took the chance and I am glad I did! This was an excellent book and was well read by an excellent reader who brought the characters alive. My only criticism would be the idea of an African-American laywer being the main character in a position of power in a Russian society as strange. However, this did fit the final prophetic meanings. Very entertaining and Steve Berry fans will not be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Ludlum-esque historical suspense

The narrative alternates between the last days of Russia's last Romanov Tsar and an alternate "present day" Russia about to resurrect the line of the Tsar. It's an interesting premise with a very "Ludlum-esque" plot and pacing. Although I did very much enjoy the story, like many of Ludlum's, it can be quite unbelievable at times. The political view of Russia espoused also seem greatly oversimplified, however much it had to be for the plot to work. In spite of these small failings, I'd still recommend it. It certainly kept me listening, and even inspired me to do some more research on Rasputin and the Romanovs.

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Almost 5 stars

I loved the story, even with some of the discrepancies. For instance, the bodies were burned in the woods, not buried in a muddy road. And the main character was an idiot. How could he not have figured out he was being betrayed sooner? The performance was wonderful, as always. Paul Michael is one of my favorites. He blends into the background, so to speak, in a way that enhances the experience without overshadowing the story.

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  • DR
  • 08-17-17

Very well written adventure. Worth it!

An amazing romp with three dimensional characters at an astonishing pace that keeps attentions peaked and alert. Miles Lord was written heroically intent but beautifully flawed. A must read for any adventure lover!

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Great read

Would you listen to The Romanov Prophecy again? Why?

Yes I will listen to it again

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was great. I always like the plots in Steve berry books plus I am always interested in finding out the fact vs fiction in his books

What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

Consistent

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

I miss the Fact VS Fiction and travel information at the end of the book from Steve Berry

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For the Myster Lover or the Historian

If you could sum up The Romanov Prophecy in three words, what would they be?

Great Story Line

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes

Which scene was your favorite?

the last two chapters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

each chapter built to the final climax

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book as a relaxing mystery intertwined with a little history thrown in for good measure.

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One of my Favorites

I enjoyed most all Steve Berry books including the Cotton Malone series. Here we have a new protagonist with all the integrity guts and tenacity as Cotton.

I'm not going to recap the book. Just to say it's a fiction book that could be true. Kept me engaged the entire time. The reader did an excellent job. Very entertaining.

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Excellent as usual.

Fantastic read. Now I must look up the history of the Romanovs. Great story. Adventuresome. Cross continental. Exciting. Worth reading.