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The Kitchen Boy by Robert Alexander
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Jun 30, 2010

it was amazing

The last days of Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family are still a mystery that fascinates us. Discovery of their bodies in 1990 answered some questions and raised others. Alexander takes a very real but forgotten possible witness, Leonka the kitchen boy, and tells the story of the Romanov’s last days and execution from his viewpoint. The story is packed with authentic historical information including verbatim letters and notes written during the exile in Siberia and statements of the Bolshevik officer who was in charge of the executions. Leonka keeps his secrets until he is an old man ready to die. The surprise ending is pure fantasy but is an intriguing “what if”theory. The depiction of the royal family and the times in which they lived is “spot on.” A thoroughly enjoyable read for a history-phile like me.

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