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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
Paperback, 387 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Ballantine Books (first published August 31st 2004)
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Francesca Y What concerns the facts / threads from the Soviet period, they are partly true, but exaggerated. E.g. you did not need a party recommendation to go to…moreWhat concerns the facts / threads from the Soviet period, they are partly true, but exaggerated. E.g. you did not need a party recommendation to go to a university, but some were elite and inaccessible for a common person. But to become a student of a medical faculty you only needed to have a normal school graduation and to pass the qualifying examination. Therefore the history of that period as told is rather alternative.(less)

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Michelle S
May 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Bueno, por fin he acabado la lectura, que se me ha hecho un poco pesada, si es verdad que al final se hace más amena pero aún así se me ha hecho un libro demasiado largo. Supongo que esperaba algo más al tratarse del misterio de los Romanov.
En mi opinión, la historia está ligada demasiado fácil, el propio protagonista guía a los enemigos hasta ellos, una y otra vez, y tiene una fe ciega en otros seres humanos aunque intenten asesinarlo varias veces.
En resumen, no ha merecido el tiempo dedicado
Ana M. Román
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reto
Profecía + Romanov = Ahí que voy yo de cabeza
Sin embargo, no ha llenado todas mis expectativas. Tiene un ritmo muy bueno, nada más empezar tenemos un tiroteo y una persecución. Y eso también elevó mis expectativas, menudo comienzo!

Sin embargo acabó resultando que la profecía era lo más patético que se puede inventar. Esperaba que hiciera alusión a los personajes por alguna carácteristica que resultara clave y que los definiera y estas características acabaron siendo el color de piel y el nombr
Mar 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
This book is a stand alone novel by Steve Berry. What grabbed my attention towards this book was the title. Having always entertained a fascination for Russian history and knowing Berry's skill on good research, I was very much interested in reading it.
As the case with all Berry books, this too is a combination of history and fiction. I enjoyed reading history, although I feel he could have avoided the gruesome details on the massacre of the Imperial family. I also enjoyed the story based on th
Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Apr 15, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it

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
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 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
Jun 24, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, thrillers
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
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kupljeno, finish
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 :)
Sep 10, 2017 rated it liked it
A bit naive but still lot of fun. 😀
Checked out from the library.


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
Kaycee ❤️
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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
Randall Christopher
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Emma Care
Mar 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este thriller me llamó la atención por todo lo referente a la historia de Nicolás II, el último zar de Rusia y sobre todo, a la leyenda que se generó en la figura de su hija Anastasia y su hijo, Alexis. El autor maneja bastante bien el suspense, mezclado con todo ese halo de misterio. Aunque el final no es muy sorpresivo, es una lectura entretenida y más si te gusta la historia alrededor de la figura de Anastasia.
Es bastante recomendable.
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
May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
David Lucero
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was 4th book by the author I read and enjoyed it very much because it focuses on the Romanov legacy. His recurring character in his other books is not in this one, which I thought strange, and I thought it to be a good touch that the main character is a black man, fluent in Russian and well-educated. You don't find many books where African-Americans are thrust in the role of hero.

It's full of suspense, action, and leaves you wondering if the Romanov generation is alive and well.

With the fa
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 21, 2013 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.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Steve Berry has written a book about a Russia that has requested the return of a czar - a czar who is the closest relative, by blood, to Nicholas II. The main character, Miles Lord, is an African American lawyer working on the commission that will select the new ruler. Mr. Berry occasionally flashes back to the last days of the Romanov family.

Above is a rough frame of the novel but I have to say that this is one-edge-of-your-seat, exciting, don't-relax-for-a-moment sort of book. The drama starts
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