Ever since the Romanovs were executed in 1918, we've had endless conspiracy theories about who survived (if anyone) and I am surprised it's taken until now for a major author to produce a novel about it. "The Romanov Prophecy" is actually quite a good piece of work, well researched and well written, although you know how it is going to end. I would have liked to have seen one of the Romanov's still alive in 2007 (now there would have been a shocker of an ending!) but I guess that would have been too much of a stretch and mathematically implausible.
Despite the all-too predictable ending, this is a great book to read if you like this historical period.
A new Romanov Czar on the throne of Russia..... well sometimes one wonders whether that would be indeed a good idea if one takes into account what the "so-called red Czars" and the "so-called democratic Czars" make out of Russia. Steven Berry based his thriller on the present state of Russia, the actual disputes in the Romananov family over the question of the headship of the House, the prophecies of Rasputin and most of all on the eternal mystery what has happend to the last Imperial Family. All this is a perfect background for this action filled thriller which indeed grabs the readers attention right from the start. The story develops quickly, the personalities are convincing and the plot intriguing. It was a page turner for me and I wanted to know what happens next. So never a dull moment.
I agree with the previous reviewer that the chases were a bit too much. I feel that certain aspects a bit far fetched. That he turned Prince Felix Juppussov into the "hero" who engeneered the long-term survival of the the Imperial Famnily was a bit difficult to stomach but it was cleverly done.
All in all, a book I enjoyed reading as it stimulates one' s phantasy
I enjoyed reading The ROMANOV PROPHECY very much. It is a novel with true parts in it. Every page something happening which you could not think of before. After a few pages where Berry gives the reader the introduction to the whole story it gets exited. Following an american lawyer to try to find a new tsar, who is thought to rule Russia after the Communists failed. The journey brings you to important places in the history of Russia and also to the US.
To tell you more about the plot is not necessary. Read it, I am sure you will be delighted.