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The Romanov Cross

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,964 Ratings  ·  206 Reviews
Nearly one hundred years ago, a desperate young woman crawled ashore on a desolate arctic island, carrying a terrible secret and a mysterious, emerald-encrusted cross. A century later, acts of man, nature, and history converge on that same forbidding shore with a power sufficient to shatter civilization as we know it.

Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is facing a court-marti
Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2013)
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Libby In 1997, samples of the spanish flu virus were taken from the body of an Alaskan native Inuit woman. One of the samples contained viable genetic…moreIn 1997, samples of the spanish flu virus were taken from the body of an Alaskan native Inuit woman. One of the samples contained viable genetic material. The body had been buried for eight decades in the permafrost near Brevig Mission, Alaska. I think being buried in the deep freeze of the permafrost is what preserves the virus.
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Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When last have you read a book where the ending…no, the entire story, left you floating on an exhilarating high? When last have you read something that made you feel breathless from all the adrenaline shooting through your body after experiencing scene after scene of explosive, nail-biting action? If your answer is “not for some time”, then go get your copy of The Romanov Cross by Robert Masello and settle in for the long haul. Boys and girls, this book will keep you lost in its pages for hours! ...more
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always made an effort to avoid this sort of books, you know, the action adventure with some history and maybe a conspiracy thrown in. This book might make me rethink that stance. I tried it because the premise was really intriguing and the history, particularly the tragic fate of Romanovs has always been of interest to me. Revisiting the popular premise of Grand Duchess Anastasia's survival, the author utilizes it to create her a fate quite possibly as terrible as being murdered with her fa ...more
Patrice Hoffman
The Romanov Cross by Robert Masello is an interesting read that kept my attention the whole way through. A recently disgraced epidemiologist Dr. Frank Slater is tasked with leading his crew on a job that no one wants. This job leads him to the Alaska where an extremely severe health risk has surfaced with the discovery of a grave from a colony that was wiped out by Spanish flu. For those of you who are history buffs, the Spanish flu of 1918 killed millions of people and was one of the deadliest ...more
The fate of the Romanov family in the hands of Russian rebels has always been shrouded in mystery an intrigue. Robert Masello has put his own, masterful spin on what happened to young Anastasia Romanov, the Grand Duchess of All the Russias while weaving a tale of plague, scientific discovery and greed.

The story switches between the fate of Anastasia almost one hundred years ago and the acts of man, nature, and history in modern times, all coming together on a secluded and frigid island in Alaska
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite type of book. “The Romanvo Cross” by Robert Masello is an excellent read worth a rich story line filled with historical references, believable science and likable characters.

This book is split between two times: present day Alaska and 1910’s Russia. The two times intertwine, and I think Robert Masello did a marvelous job keeping both stories separate, but linked.

The main character of the book was Frank Slater, an epidemiologist who has worked in some of the harshest locatio
Sonja Arlow

This was a fast paced historic thriller with a good dose of Russian history and a pinch of the supernatural. Just think Dan Brown meets Indiana Jones.

I know nothing about the Romanov family and even less about Rasputin – clearly I slept through every history class during my school years and this book definitely peaked my interest in reading more Russian history.

The story not only carries the history of the start of the Russian Revolution but also a bit of Alaskan folklore and information about
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Margaret Wilkening
From the time Anastasia Romanov stumbles upon the rocky shore of a remote Alaskan island, beset by wolves, I was hooked on The Romanov Cross by Robert Masello. In a scientific thriller that ties the history of the failing Russian imperial Tsar with modern epidemiology, Masello does a masterful job of writing an exciting page turner. The plot of the The Romanov Cross interplays between the story of how Anastasia receives the cross, then journeys to Alaska in the 1910s, and the race to discover if ...more
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
One of the best thrillers I have ever read - an excellent blend of history, current events, germ theory, and not the best choice to read when a friend is under flu quarantine, it made me question every throat clearing. If all of Masello's books are on this par, I will keep an eye out for others.
I forced myself to make it to the end but this was a disappointing book. I don't mind speculative history but appears the author did very little homework on the Russian Church or piety. The science stuff was interesting but seemed forced and often left me incredulous of its veracity. And, once again, we have the tiresome theme that goes: Native religion = good and noble. Christianity = bad. Wow, I never seen that one before (/sarcasm off). I found myself doing a lot of eye-rolling at the end. On ...more
Lyn (Readinghearts)
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Dan Brown, Steve Berry, and Brad Meltzer
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Netgalley
Ever since the DaVinci Code came out, and I saw the movie National Treasure, I have been fascinated by stories that blend action/suspense with a strong historical base. The Romanov Cross by Robert Masello takes this even a bit further and actually tells two distinct stories. The first is the story of government epidemiologist Frank Slater, who has been tasked through out his career with doing research in the worst places that the U.S. Government can send him. His current assignment is no differe ...more
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I liked about this book is that even though there are some “supernatural” parts to the story, the rest seems realistic. People and their actions sound real which is usually something I find lacking in novels taking place in the real world. And the fact that it deals with the possible outbreak of the Spanish flu only makes it even more interesting in my mind.

If you’re wondering where do the Romanovs feature in the Spanish flu outbreak, I am not going to tell you, and you will never guess eit
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Judy by: Amazon
The Romanov Cross is the latest thriller by Robert Masello. I will say right off the bat, I am not much of a fan of this genre. I picked it up because I hoped to learn life on Bering Sea islands.

What I liked:

The settings & culture: Although St. Peter's Island is fictional, it gives a peek at Alaskan Indian folklore, tradition and Russian influence on life bordering the Bering Strait. The story begins for Major Frank Slater (the good guy) in Afghanistan. (Personally, I thought this was the be
Jonathan Tomes
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-fiction
The Romanov Cross by Robert Masello is one of the top five books that I have read as far as entertainment value in the last couple of years. Masello wrote another of my recent favorites, Blood and Ice, to which I gave five stars. Both are supernatural thrillers. Masello is almost unmatched in his ability to combine history, science, and the supernatural into a compelling tale. In this one, he manages to combine into a can’t-put-down thriller the death of the Romanovs except for Anastasia, the yo ...more
Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I've read by Robert Masello,and I thoroughly enjoyed the blend of treasure hunting and historical fiction. The story also weaves in the Russian Romanov dynasty and the devastation of the Spanish flu.

The story lines converge when U.S. soldier is sent to Alaska to exhume the bodies of Spanish flu victims to determine whether the virus is, in fact, extinct. At the same time, a group of treasure hunters is also determined to get to the bodies, convinced that one of them holds
Rick F.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished The Romanov Cross and absolutely loved it!!
It mixes three genres, thriller, historical fiction and supernatural drama..perfectly!! While most of the action takes place in modern day Alaska, there is a story within a story dealing with the Grand Dutchess Anastasia which is both facinating and moving. The supernatural elements are also perfected weaved in and add a great deal to a most brilliantly researched plot. This was a very worthwhile read!!

I very highly recommend this fantas
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Romanov Cross' by Robert Masello is a strong showing in the adventure thriller genre. Masello also shows his writing prowess by writing strong characters like protagonist Dr. Frank Slater, an Army Major in Afghanistan at the novel's beginning. We know exactly how strong our character is when he defies the latest orders for medical runs for military casualties only, by calling for emergency assistance for a snake bitten Afghan girl. The action lands him stripped of his rank and dismissed dis ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I've read all year! The story goes back and forth between the last days of the Romanov royal family and current day medical research team looking for the frozen flu virus that overtook the world in 1918. I never EVER would have put these two subjects together.. and omg.. what a story!

If you've not discovered Robert Masello.. I highly encourage you to get at least one book.. and like potato chips.. you'll soon find that you must devour them ALL!!
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3.5 stars great alternate Romanov angle!
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, ebook, thriller
There is something endlessly fascinating about the Romanovs. Last Tsar of Russia, Alexie the son with the crippling illness, Rasputin the mad monk, the exile and brutal murder of the royal family, and the rumors of a survivor along with the mystery of the missing Romanov jewels. This is just part of the backdrop of The Romanov Cross by Robert Masello.

When a ship off the coast of Alaska sinks in the Bering Strait and a survivor clings to the lid of a coffin his fishing boat has caught, the army
Viv Ross
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-have
First off, I won my copy of this book in a giveaway hosted by Goodreads.

Let me start by saying that history is not my favorite subject. Unless you're trying to teach me about ancient Celtic tribes or some other culture so old that there is no recorded interest of it, I will likely have not a single iota of interest in it. There are, however, a few exceptions to this quirk of mine. Scotland, in general and throughout time, is one. Egypt is another. The Romanovs, unsurprisingly I'm sure, are one m
Michael Mallory
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The notion that the Grand Duchess Anastasia survived the slaughter of the Romanov family is hardly a new one, but Robert Masello gives it a whole new spin in "The Romanov Cross." Masello has all but cornered the market on this kind of driving action thriller with semi-supernatural overtones, though unlike so many other thrillers, this one does not sacrifice character. All the characters here are extremely well drawn, particularly a pair of entertainingly vile, wastrel brothers who, as another ch ...more
Janett Wawrzyniak
Anastasia supernatural in legend to some, is present through the mists and dangers of time. Once again criminal minds think of her wealth the royal treasure; when they gain knowledge of the scientist’s mission. Their actions leave them without protection as terrifying dangers evolve from the cunning guardian wolves.
Kozak and Slater fellow scientist’s research in Alaska, a world saturated with a deadly virus. Vicious wolves appear and scientists fight for their own lives. They are caught in the
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing writer!!!
This book is present day with a lot of historical fiction built into the background. Obviously the Romanov's of Russia are brought into the book but also the Spanish Flu of 1918. I love historical fiction and this book is very accurate with the historical facts.
I literally could not put this book down and was blown away by this writer. I can not believe I had never read a book by him before but he definitely will be on my favorites list from now on. This book really ha
Peter Charleston
A stimulating story I found enjoyable to read. Some of the supernatural mixed in with a mission to save humans and a touch of love. As with most missions, Dr. Frank Slater and his team throw away the playbook when the mission begins. Murphy’s Law applies throughout this novel. Robert Masello is an exceptional author who has a vivid imagination. Thanks to Random House, Goodreads and Mr. Masello for providing myself the opportunity to read his works. I will be adding him to my list of authors.
Deb Novack
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
This is a story within a story, it begins in 1918 with the arrival of Grand Duchess Anastasia on St Peter Island in Alaska unknowingly carrying a disease that would eventually kill all. It then continues to present day with Dr Frank Slater and his teams trying to determine if the Spanish Flu is still viable. This is a story filled with history,chaos,paranormal,death,investigation and of course a little romance.
I enjoyed this book immensely.
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not my favorite type of genre delving into the supernatural. But I did enjoy the historical fiction of the Romanov era in Russian history, and also enjoyed the adventures of Frank Slater as an epideomologist in different parts of the world. The setting of the tough Alaska wilderness and the culture of the Inuits and Alaskan Americans made for an incredible story.
I'd give this another half star, if goodreads let me. The ending was a bit of a let down, because one of the characters just didn't get a sufficient ending. This book also suffers from the obvious syndrome: Gas tanks in the car?, of course the idiot with the gun is going to shot one and cause an explosion.
Kathryn Scott
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Masello is one of the best historical thriller writers. I always love his books, and that goes for his latest. His research is immaculate and he weaves a rich, wonderful story that is intricate and gripping. One of my favorite books this year!
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't able to reconcile the supernatural/historical fiction/Anastasia in one novel. Why is it *always* Anastasia that survives? Why not Tatiana or Olga? Stories about her survival are too numerous. Her body was found about 8 years ago, and DNA confirmed it was her.
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Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, TV writer, and the bestselling author of many novels and nonfiction books. His most recent thriller, entitled THE EINSTEIN PROPHECY (47 North), hit the # 1 spot in the Amazon Kindle store. Previous books include BLOOD AND ICE, THE MEDUSA AMULET, and THE ROMANOV CROSS, all published by Bantam/Random House.
He is also the author of two popular studies
“ROBERT MASELLO is the author of many previous works of fiction and nonfiction, most recently the novels Blood and Ice and The Medusa Amulet. A native of Evanston, Illinois, he studied writing under the novelists Robert Stone and Geoffrey Wolff at Princeton, and has since taught and lectured at many leading universities. For six years, he was the visiting lecturer in literature at Claremont McKenna College. He now lives and works in Santa Monica,” 2 likes
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