The Romanov Conspiracy: A Thriller

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SOMETIMES MYSTERIES ARE NEVER SOLVED. SOMETIMES THERE ARE NO ANSWERS.

DR. LAURA PAVLOV, an American forensic archaeologist, is about to unravel a mystery that promises to shed light on one of the twentieth century’s greatest enigmas. Digging on the outskirts of the present-day Russian city of Ekaterin­burg, where the Romanov royal family was executed in July 1918, Pavlov discovers a body perfectly preserved in the permafrost of a disused mine ...

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Overview

SOMETIMES MYSTERIES ARE NEVER SOLVED. SOMETIMES THERE ARE NO ANSWERS.

DR. LAURA PAVLOV, an American forensic archaeologist, is about to unravel a mystery that promises to shed light on one of the twentieth century’s greatest enigmas. Digging on the outskirts of the present-day Russian city of Ekaterin­burg, where the Romanov royal family was executed in July 1918, Pavlov discovers a body perfectly preserved in the permafrost of a disused mine shaft.

The remains offer dramatic new clues to the disappearance of the Romanovs, and in particular their famous daughter, Princess Anastasia, whose murder has always been in question. Pavlov’s discovery sets her on an unlikely journey to Ireland, where a carefully hidden account of a years-old covert mis­sion is about to change the accepted course of world history and hurl her back into the past—into a maelstrom of deceit, secrets, and lies.

Drawn from historical fact, The Romanov Conspiracy is a page-turning story of love and friendship tested by war, and a desperate battle between revenge and redemption, set against one of the most bloody and brutal revolu­tions in world history.

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Editorial Reviews

Book Hog

"Full of conspiracies, torture, misplaced loyalty, and longing, it will be hard to separate fact from fiction. Many of the participants were real people, and Mr. Meade has done a stupendous job in tracing their footsteps through one of the bloodiest times in Russian history. . . . So if you find yourself sitting on a quiet stretch of sand, or relaxing after mowing that thick, green lawn, pick up The Romanov Conspiracy and get ready to spend the rest of your week reading a story that is impossible to put down."
Christian Retailing
"Reading similarly to both a Thoene novel and The Da Vinci Code, bestselling author Meade’s The Second Messiah will keep readers on the edge of their proverbial seats . . . The Second Messiah reads quickly and will hold the reader’s attention with its many plot twists. In the story, Meade also addresses the problem of suffering in an insightful comment from the pope. Fans of fiction tied to news headlines will enjoy this geopolitical thriller. Recommended for readers of Joel C. Rosenberg."
Stephen Leather
“Dan Brown meets Tom Clancy—Glenn Meade sure knows how to get your pulse racing. I was gripped from page one. Whether The Second Messiah is fact or fiction is up for debate, but one thing’s for sure—it’s one heck of a thriller. You know you’re in safe hands with Glenn Meade—The Second Messiah is a rollercoaster of a thriller that lifts the lid on the inner workings of the Vatican and leaves you wondering just how much of the fiction is actually fact."
Midwest Book Review
“A thrill a minute. A cross between Indiana Jones and Dan Brown. Thriller readers will love this book.”
Charisma
"Written in the mold of The Da Vinci Code—sans all the erroneous claims (thankfully)—bestselling author Glenn Meade’s latest geographical thriller, The Second Messiah, keeps readers on the edge of their proverbial seats with multiple plot twists."
Crosswalk.com
"Meade knows how to entangle, and untangle, an exciting array of characters and plots guaranteed to keep the reader hooked . . . a talented storyteller, he sets the scene quickly before taking off on a rollicking ride that keeps the pages turning. It’s a hard book to put down."
Booklist
“Meade's second foray into international intrigue imagines that Nazis biding time in South America hatch a viable plot to take over contemporary Germany. The novel opens with a splendidly tantalizing episode of eavesdropping by a Paraguayan reporter who, before he's caught and killed, hides a tell-tale tape recording. . . . Fast, sly, and slick, this thriller delivers the goods—tension, action, plot twists—until the smoke clears on the last page.”
The Washington Post
Praise for Glenn Meade's other work:

"Meade's research is so extensive yet unobtrusive . . . that it is often easy to forget you're reading fiction and not history. This a completely riveting thriller in the tradition of the Day of the Jackal. A white knuckler!"

From the Publisher
"The Romanov Conspiracy is a book that affirms our essential goodness as human beings and our capacity for forgiveness. . . . it reveals our potential for tenacity, bravery and resilience, even when we're faced with overwhelming odds."

". . . puts a fresh spin on the mystery surrounding the deaths of the Romanovs, in particular the possible escape of princess Anastasia."

"The Irish-born author (Snow Wolf) teeters on the edge of genius and sacrilege with this thriller about a subject known since the time of Christ. When archeologist Jack Cane discovers ancient documents that point to the existence of another messiah, he also quickly finds out that both Israeli and Catholic authorities have reason to possess, or suppress, such documents. Racked with the pain of personal loss, he meets up with an old friend, Lela, who is part of an Israeli police team investigating multiple crimes, including a cold case involving the possible murder of Cane's parents—also archeologists—20 years earlier. Some who have avoided Christian fiction or only dipped in will find this departure from the mold refreshing, even while some regular readers of Christian fiction may find certain passages revolting. Fans of Davis Bunn or Dan Brown won't bat an eye at Meade's unblinking look at the Vatican and the religious secrecy that fuels such novels. With a plot that screams, a controversial edge, and characters with attitude and something to prove, this has all the makings to be the next Da Vinci Code."

“Dan Brown meets Tom Clancy—Glenn Meade sure knows how to get your pulse racing. I was gripped from page one. Whether The Second Messiah is fact or fiction is up for debate, but one thing’s for sure—it’s one heck of a thriller. You know you’re in safe hands with Glenn Meade—The Second Messiah is a rollercoaster of a thriller that lifts the lid on the inner workings of the Vatican and leaves you wondering just how much of the fiction is actually fact."

“A thrill a minute. A cross between Indiana Jones and Dan Brown. Thriller readers will love this book.”

"Reading similarly to both a Thoene novel and The Da Vinci Code, bestselling author Meade’s The Second Messiah will keep readers on the edge of their proverbial seats . . . The Second Messiah reads quickly and will hold the reader’s attention with its many plot twists. In the story, Meade also addresses the problem of suffering in an insightful comment from the pope. Fans of fiction tied to news headlines will enjoy this geopolitical thriller. Recommended for readers of Joel C. Rosenberg."

"Written in the mold of The Da Vinci Code—sans all the erroneous claims (thankfully)—bestselling author Glenn Meade’s latest geographical thriller, The Second Messiah, keeps readers on the edge of their proverbial seats with multiple plot twists."

"Meade knows how to entangle, and untangle, an exciting array of characters and plots guaranteed to keep the reader hooked . . . a talented storyteller, he sets the scene quickly before taking off on a rollicking ride that keeps the pages turning. It’s a hard book to put down."

“Meade's second foray into international intrigue imagines that Nazis biding time in South America hatch a viable plot to take over contemporary Germany. The novel opens with a splendidly tantalizing episode of eavesdropping by a Paraguayan reporter who, before he's caught and killed, hides a tell-tale tape recording. . . . Fast, sly, and slick, this thriller delivers the goods—tension, action, plot twists—until the smoke clears on the last page.”

Praise for Glenn Meade's other work:

"Meade's research is so extensive yet unobtrusive . . . that it is often easy to forget you're reading fiction and not history. This a completely riveting thriller in the tradition of the Day of the Jackal. A white knuckler!"

Oleg Kalugin
"A writer of powerfully built and skillfully executed plots. Immerse yourself in his intricately woven intrigue and explosive action, and enjoy them thoroughly!"
Portland Book Review
"This a fascinating work of historic fiction, spanning countries and generations. . . . The characters are well-drawn, and the story holds the readers to its inevitable end."
Publishers Weekly
A British plot to rescue the imprisoned Nicholas II and his family from the Bolsheviks propels this intriguing if overly long historical from Meade (The Second Messiah). In the present, Dr. Laura Pavlov, while engaged in an archeological dig outside the Russian city of Ekaterinburg, discovers an unidentified female body preserved in the permafrost. In the corpse’s hand is a locket with the seal of the Romanovs that may hold a clue to their fate. Flashback to 1918. The agent in charge of the rescue mission, Irish-Canadian Joe Boyle, enlists Lydia Ryan, an Irish gun runner, and Uri Andrev, an escaped czarist army captain, in what proves to be a wildly complex effort involving scores of characters to save the Russian royal family. While Meade strains at time to dovetail fiction with history, he puts a fresh spin on the mystery surrounding the deaths of the Romanovs, in particular the possible escape of princess Anastasia. Agent: Claudia Cross, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451669459
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 472,472
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Meade was born in 1957 in Finglas, Dublin. Several of his novels have been international bestsellers, translated into more than twenty languages, and have enjoyed both critical and commercial success.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2012

    amazing

    amazing - couldn't put it down.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    The Romanov Conspiracy: A Thriller

    When a modern-day discovery is made in the remote forests of Russia, a cross country journey and an almost century old mystery collide in a riveting collaboration of conspiracies and secrets. The reader is immediately captivated by one narration that spreads seamlessly into the past and resurrects the voices of ghosts of an era drenched in misery and desperation. An era ruled by tradition and opulence fighting for survival against the progression of change and a bloodthirsty movement that ultimately executed the final dynasty of Imperial Russia. Or are history books about to be rewritten? Based on a mystery that has fascinated the rest of the world for 95 years, The Romanov Conspiracy centers on that one question that haunts the back of historians and the alternative minds: what really happened in that cellar?

    With noteworthy historical research that coincides with an entertaining fictional tale of "what if", The Romanov Conspiracy is fast paced adventure that creates hours of enjoyment for the Historical Fiction enthusiast. Whether the potential reader is looking for an absorbing plot that contains palpable tension created by traditional drama populated by dynamic personalities or a collection of well placed research that examines and questions real historical events; these are sure to be found in The Romanov Conspiracy. In the end, I was extremely surprised by my reaction--I really enjoyed this novel. The attention to and explainable research had me applauding Mr. Meade. The positives far outweigh the negatives on this read.

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  • Posted July 6, 2013

    A terrific read.

    A terrific read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Ever hear the term - spoilers???

    It refers to reviews that give away the plot -- like the review just below. :(

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    Very interesting -- almost wish it were true.

    The entanglement of so many people in the affairs of the Trotskyites and the reds during the days of struggle for power when the Romanovs were being held and later murdered is unbelievable. An Irish adventurer goes in against all odds and lives to tell the tale?

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

    excellent

    well written worth the read tecommended

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    I really enjoy Glenn's books and I was not disappointed with thi

    I really enjoy Glenn's books and I was not disappointed with this one. I
    enjoy historical fiction and this is one of the best I've read in a long
    time. Thanks Glenn.

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