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The Romanov Prophecy

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Ekaterinburg, Russia: July 16, 1918. Ten months have passed since Nicholas II’s reign was cut short by revolutionaries. Tonight, the White Army advances on the town where the Tsar and his family are being held captive by the Bolsheviks. Nicholas dares to hope for salvation. Instead, the Romanovs are coldly and methodically executed.

Moscow: Present Day. Atlanta lawyer Miles
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published August 31st 2004)
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Stef There is some true history in this book; however, I would consider this more of an alternate history/historical fiction. I did a lot of fact checking…moreThere is some true history in this book; however, I would consider this more of an alternate history/historical fiction. I did a lot of fact checking along the way, since I am not very familiar with the history of Russia. (less)
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Michelle S
May 12, 2008 Michelle S rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Any ideas on why books aren't rated for language/content? Anyway, the story line was interesting enough but I stopped reading the book because of the language. Note to authors; "F-bombs" really aren't necessary to add emphasis to a situation, it just creates characters who lack the capacity to express themselves with any degree of intellegence
Mandy
Mar 04, 2009 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I choose this book to read because it was about the Romanovs. There was brief time in my life where I was interested in the last czar's family so the title caught my eye. I'm still interested in the topic, just not to the same degree.

The action never stops in this book. I think that's something that appeals to lots of readers. I don't always like the fast pace, but I have to admit, it does encourage you to continue reading.

Even though I've done my own research into the Romanovs, I have no idea
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Pam
Jan 26, 2008 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading friends on goodreads reviews. I am also a Russian history nut and have traveled to St Petersburg and the Peter and Paul Fortress. This was such a fast paced intriging book that I read it in a couple of days. I think the mystery surrounding the missing children's bodys will never be solved. So, we have our wonderful imaginations to keep us interested.

By the way, I found the Amber room not as exciting. I have seen the real Amber room and and the privilege to speak with a Russian
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Meann
Jan 04, 2011 Meann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Like Dan Brown, Steve Berry is a guilty pleasure kind of read for me. And for the record, I don’t care much about historical accuracy (or inaccuracy, in Brown’s case,) I just like alternate history and the way these authors spin their stories.

I’ve read only 2 other books by Berry so far: The Amber Room and The Venetian Betrayal. I’ve come to like Cotton Malone as a protagonist in Venetian, so it took a while to adjust to someone different, like Miles Lord here in The Romanov Prophecy.

I got used
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Nikki
Didn't really like this book at all. The only reason I kept reading was because I found some of the story that was actually about the Romanovs fairly interesting. If a book has either the Romanovs, Cesare Borgia, ancient Greece/Rome, or Arthurian legend, chances are...I'll like it. So it is saying a lot that I didn't like this book.

If you like formulaic conspiracy books (a la Da Vinci Code) it is possible you might like it. But I hate those kinds of books. Small people caught up in something bi
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Amber
Mar 25, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fantastical what-if story that really kept the pages turning quickly. I love that Steve Berry incorporates a lot of factual history and traditions into his storylines. He is a quality writer with a keen imagination.

I still feel sorry for the Tsar and his family every time I read an account about thier last days in the House of Special Purpose.
Gerald Kubicki
The book was a recap of the demise of the Russian Imperial family during the Russian revolution of communism. I learned more than I knew about the event and the author put his own unique twist to the event. The book dragged in a few places and I did not connect with the characters very well.
Cameron
Dec 01, 2008 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Ekaterinburg, Russia: July 16, 1918. Ten months have passed since Nicholas II’s reign was cut short by revolutionaries. Tonight, the White Army advances on the town where the Tsar and his family are being held captive by the Bolsheviks. Nicholas dares to hope for salvation. Instead, the Romanovs are coldly and methodically executed.

Moscow: Present Day. Atlanta lawyer Miles Lord, fluent in Russian and well versed in the country’s history, is thrilled to be in Moscow on the eve of such a momentous
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Ned
Aug 31, 2013 Ned rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I continue my illogical and inexplicable fascination with Russian history with this historical novel based on The Romanov dynasty. In the last decade, I have read dozens of books, novels and historical texts about Russia and the Soviet Union -- with a bizarre emphasis on the early secretive Soviet Space program. I have no clue how I developed this passion.

This is one of Steve Berry's early novels. His writing has since improved but the story here is quite good, once you cut him some slack about
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Billy
Jul 04, 2012 Billy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Let me just say that I know nothing about Russia (except what I wrote in a report for 4th grade), yet this book was wonderful.
Even with all the history, the backstory, the politics, Steve Berry pulls off a wonderful thriller.
I have become very interested in the history of the Romanovs and Russia since finishing this book a few weeks ago. I have become a permanent fan of Steve Berry; I have read his 2 of his other works (3rd Secret, Templar Legacy) and can't wait to read The Amber Room.
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Travis Smith
Dec 29, 2010 Travis Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have become a huge Steve Berry fan after reading all of his Cotton Malone books. So I decided that I would go back and read his earlier works. At first I wasn’t to sure weather or not I would like them simply because Cotton Malone wasn’t the main character. However that wasn’t the case with this book. I enjoyed this book just as much as the Malone ones. It was interesting to read the same writing style as that series but with a different character, it was almost refreshing. I thought the main ...more
Amanda
Jun 24, 2008 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: History Buffs
A decent entry in the historical action/adventure genre. The plot line was, for the most part predictable, but there were a few twists (Berry took a completely different direction by the book's end than I thought he was going to take, which I appreciated) . The characters were one dimensional (as they tend to be in such books--the interest comes from the quest, not the people involved in it). However, the history of the Romanovs and Berry's unique take on the prophecies of Rasputin were fascinat ...more
Randall Christopher
This was my first Steve Berry book I have read. It was a Christmas gift from my wife, and she knew I liked books such as this. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres. Throw in action, great characters, and a thrill a minute and you definitely have my attention. This book was obviously about the Romanov family who was executed. This book delves into the notion that not all of the Romanovs were killed. It is intriguing, yet probably not likely. The Russian history was interesting and the ...more
C.J.
Jul 12, 2009 C.J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers, book-club
This was the first Steve Berry novel I've read and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot is fast moving and contains a significant amount of Russian history and culture considering this is a thriller.

Some people might find the plot a bit straightforward. For those needing a complex plot to analyze, this probably isn't the right book. But the book moves along quickly through a DaVinci Code like search for clues to an ancient mystery. The author also weaves a plausible and compelling
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Suzi
Nov 14, 2016 Suzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finish, kupljeno
uh knjiga je dobra ali cisto sumnjam da bi se dopala prosjecnom rusu, povratak carske obitelji na vlast u rusiji, rusenje lenjinovog mauzoleja, mislim da ne bi islo.... malo me zasmetalo predstavljanje rusije kao zatucane i zaostale i prikazivanje amerike kao superiornije bar sto godina naprednije ali OK masta pisca ali isplati se procitati :)
Koorihime-sama
Checked out from the library.

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5 out of 5


After the Russian citizens votes to bring back the monarchy, it is up to Miles Lord, a lawyer from Atlanta, to make sure there is nothing in his client’s, Stefan Baklanov, background that will take the throne away from him. It was just an ordinary assignment until gunmen try to kill him on the city plaza, and now, he has to figure out why they are after him. He does some research and through reading Rasputin’s writings, he discovers that there
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Kaycee ❤️
SHOCKING. WONDERFULLY WRITTEN. AND ENTHRALLING.

This is the first book by Steve Berry that I've ever read. Being somewhat of a history buff, I enjoyed this book. And knowing that this book is about what happened to the Romanovs got me really interested.

Over the years, Imperial Russia has intrigued the entire Nation about the ruthless execution of the royal family, about the sole survivor; it’s really mind boggling that the masterful Steve Berry unravels for his readers.

Miles Lord, an Afro-America
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Juliet Doubledee
Full of suspense and action, this book is well worth the time it takes to read. Set in post-communist Russia as the citizens rally to re-enstate the Romanoff dynasty to rule them as their Tsar, the book opens with the main character Miles Lord witnessing the murder of his lunch partner. Lord, an Afro-American laywer assigned to do a background check on one of the close relatives of former Tsar Nicholas II, assumes that the Russian lawyer he was lunching with was the target of a mob hit. As the b ...more
Julie
May 25, 2010 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction, romanov
I’ve read all of Barry’s books and this one was a favorite because of the subject matter. I absolutely devour anything relating to the Romanovs, fact and fiction, and this alternate history novel is a fun ride. What if Russia decided to reestablish the monarchy, a commission selecting a Romanov descendant to pick up where Tsar Nicholas II left off almost a century ago? Miles Lord is in Russia to determine whether the frontrunner has a clean slate, but during his research, he discovers a prophecy ...more
Angie
Feb 21, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, suspense
I enjoyed this suspense/mystery/thriller with a historical bend. These kinds of books are a nice change of pace from what I usually read, so that's probably why I enjoy the few I do read. I have long been fascinated with the Romanov family and the tragedy of their eventual demise, and recently have been listening to /reading a nonfiction book on the family & Russia itself at that time. I got so interested in it, that I went through my book shelves and pulled a few fictional stories about the ...more
April
Feb 10, 2009 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia
After realizing that poorly written historical conspiracy thrillers were my guilty pleasure (thanks Dan Brown!) I picked up this novel about the end of the Romanov dynasty and the mystery surrounding the two youngest children whose bodies were not found along with the others in 1979. (This novel - published in 2004 - goes heavily into the 'what if' of Alexie and Anastasia surviving, which would have been more fun for me had I not known all the time that their remains were eventually found in 200 ...more
Eadie
Nov 22, 2016 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
I have always been fascinated by the execution of the Romanovs and was not disappointed in Steve Berry's Romanov Prophecy. He did a great job weaving the historical facts and the prophecy of Rasputin with a bit of his imagination. I found this book to be very captivating as the twists and turns kept me riveted to the story until the very end. The characters were well-developed and the writing was excellent and well researched. I would highly recommend this book to those who love Russian history ...more
Isabel
Dec 21, 2013 Isabel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This isn’t a book. It’s a descriptive american movie script. A + for being generic, and what I mean by generic is following some sort of guideline to write a novel, as if he was taking a test and not writing a book. Which is a shame because the Romanovs are actually fascinating.
William Bentrim
Mar 09, 2017 William Bentrim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry


This was an intriguing book. Russia as we know it today but slightly skewed. The Russian people have set up a commission to decide who will be brought back as Tsar. The decades of Communist rule have failed and the hope is that a return to an autocratic monarch will inspire the people and save Russia.

The author makes liberal use of the prophecies of Rasputin. In the afterword he notes that they may have been made or fabricated by his (Rasputin's) daughter. An A
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Encruzilhadas Literárias
Confesso que a história de Anastasia sempre me atraiu, desde pequena, muito em parte devido à versão fantasiada que deu origem a um filme de animação aqui há uns anos. Depois disso fui vendo vários documentários e reportagens sobre ela e os Romanov, assim como sobre Rasputine. Por isso, quando deitei mãos a este livro, tive de o trazer comigo.

A narrativa é fluída e as acções sucedem-se com uma grande rapidez. Existe um equilíbrio bastante agradável entre factos passados e presentes, com bons ele
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Frank
Jun 09, 2016 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this page-turner from Berry. I have read a few of his Cotton Malone series but as much as I enjoyed those, I liked this one even more.

The book uses a lot of history related to Nicholas and Alexandra and the Romanov's to build a really fascinating story about the possible reinstatement of a tsar in Russia. Lawyer Miles Lord is in Moscow performing a background check on possible candidates to be chosen from the relatives of Nicholas II but when he starts to unearth possible evide
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Rebecca
Sep 05, 2012 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Well, this was...unexpected. I picked it up based solely on the word "Romanov" in the title, but based on all of the Dan Brown comparisons, I didn't expect it to be so...intelligent. (For the record, I think Dan Brown is a vastly overrated author.) While I can't vouch for the authenticity of every description, as a Romanov history junkie, most of felt real and followed what I knew. It's hard to do an intelligent thriller, most authors erring on either one side or the other, but I was really impr ...more
John
Nov 20, 2013 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like my historical fiction to be at least plausible. In The Romanov Prophecy, author Berry steers the reader directly into the realm of crazy. Would the Russian government willingly submit itself to a popular vote to let people restore the monarchy? Could government bureaucrats, warring mafia families, the Orthodox Church, landed and new money oligarchs, and Western companies, really work together – with an American firm no less – as a single council to bribe and cheat their access to a throne ...more
Michael
Aug 30, 2008 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Manu
Sep 29, 2008 Manu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my..What to say abt this.. I had a bad experience with Amber Room..and i approached this with dread.. The first chapter was promising..and i thought Steve Berry learned from his first book..but noo.. There he goes along the same path..

The most annoying this for me was the authors incessant attempt at tarnishing the Russians..I know he is american..but does he have to be so offensive to Russians( i am from India and not Russian).. I stopped reading this midway tired of these attacks..and his o
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