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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not a Berry fan

Loved this book!

posted by Anonymous on April 9, 2012

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Exciting book

Really disliked his book The Third Secret, but thought this one was good.

posted by 14504300 on July 30, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

    Not a Berry fan

    Loved this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Once again Berry takes a piece of history and fictionalizes it using good vs bad. A wonderful and entertaining read.

    The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry

    Ever since 1991, when the royal remains of the Romanov family were exhumed from their anonymous grave, there has existed a great debate as to which two children's bodies were actually missing. DNA analysis concluded that the bodies missing are those of Alexi and either Maria or Anastasia. Berry chose Anastasia because of the fascination that has developed around her. With this background, our story begins.

    It is present day in Russia and a commission of 15 has been formed to anoint a czar. Tired of the mafia, oligarchy, and absence of rule of law, the Russian people have decided to restore the monarchy.

    At the same time, a secret chancellory is formed: Taylor Hayes partner of the firm Pridgen & Woodworth and his American investors, Dimitri Yakoyley--Stalin--representing the mafia, Georgey Ostanovich--Lenin--representing the military, Maxim Zubarev-- Khrushchev,--representing the military, Vladimir Kulikov--Brezhnev--representing the oligarchy, and Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

    This chancellory has chosen Stefan Baklanov as their candidate to succeed as the next Czar of Russia--a candidate they will manipulate as they desire to guarantee their respective interests. Funded by Hayes, he has brought with him from Atlanta Miles Lord, an African American lawyer fluent in Russian and its history, to investigate any claims any of the other candidates may have with the commission. The commission consists of fifteen elected officials and the final vote must be unanimous. The chancellory intends to buy whatever votes they can't convince.

    In his research, Lord comes with some documents both from Anastasia--about the Rasputin prophecy--and from Lenin itself noting that there are indeed two direct descendants of Czar Nicolas alive. Felix Youssoupov, who killed Rasputin, had a direct involvement in saving two of the children.

    When Lord learns of this possibility, he reports it to Hayes--thus Lord becomes a target. In a train he meets Akilina Petrovna, a circus acrobat , who saves his life. Faced with chasing thugs, Lord takes refuge in the circus where again he is saved by Akilina.

    They meet Seymon Pashenko, Professor of history of the Moscow State University who happens to lead the Holy Band--a society charged with restoring the monarchy as per Rasputin prophecy. The prophecy requires a raven (Lord being black) and an eagle (Aquilina is eagle in Russian) so they embark in a series of steps, a puzzle set in motion many years before, which takes them first to San Francisco, then Genesis, North Carolina, their only guide being a cryptic utterance of Rasputin--implying that the infamous massacre of the Romanov family was not the last chapter of their history. The prophecy's implications are earth-shattering--not only for the future tzar and Mother Russia, but also for Lord and his future.

    Once again Berry takes a piece of history and fictionalizes it using good vs bad. A wonderful and entertaining read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Great book

    Loved this book, didnt think I would like Russian history but this book made it very interesting! Great read

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    Excellent

    A great read. Fast moving and historically sound.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2009

    History comes alive!

    If you are into History -- and want more on the Romanov family and their last days - then this is the book for you. Lots of history tied into a mystery and adventure. Easy reading - don't want to put it down. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2007

    What a way to quicken the pace

    My headline may strike you as odd but if you read my review of the Amber Room, then you know what I mean. Loyd Miles is a black man in Russia and if that's not bad enough everyone in Russia reminds him of that. He is there on assignment with his partner Taylor Hayes to research the background of the next tsar to Russia. The novel opens with a shoot out at a corner cafe in which the guy Loyd is eating with is gunned down, Loyd soon finds out that those bullets where ment for him. But why, and in Russia of all places. Mr. Berry does a outstanding job of mixing fact with fiction in this novel. The excecution of the Romanov family is for lack of a better word graphic. Loyd finds himself fixed in the middle of a prophecy detailed by Rasputin one late night in 1916, what the prophecy reveals will be earth shattering for the country of Russia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2007

    Great Read

    I really enjoyed this book. I've since tried to read another one of Steve Berry's books and I'm just not liking it, but this one is great. I picked it up right after coming down from the Dan Brown buzz, so there were some pretty big shoes to fill, but this was not a disappointment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2007

    Very good

    Although this book was occasionally predictable, it had a great story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    Great Story

    Much better honed than the Amber Room, Berry takes back to Russia and explores the 'what if' of restoring the Romanovs to power. Miles Lord is in Moscow to support in any way possible the candidate his high-powered firm is backing. One thing leads to another and Lord discovers that his client is corrupt and a front for the Russian Mafiya. Searching the Archives for documentation to support his clients' claim he comes across a prophecy made by Rasputin and comes to believe there may be another, more legitimate, heir to the Romanovs and sets out to find him/her. Intrigue, current political issues in Russia and historical facts of the Imperial dynasty make this thriller not only enjoyable but also informative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006

    A fun ride

    This was a fun book not too heavy, but enough history and plot twists to keep me interested. The history of the Romanov family is fascinating, and Berry provides seamless transition between fact and speculation. This is NOT another Da Vinci Code, though. There are no earth-shattering philosophies or theories, and you don't close the book wondering if most of it really IS true. It's a fun story, and a good read. Recommended...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2005

    Good read

    I only bought this book on the recommention of other that reviewed it and I am gald i did. If you like Dan Brown book then you will love this book too. This book is leading me to buy Steve Berry's other book.

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