Book Review: The Romanov Prophesy By Steve Berry

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What is the 4TH Rome? Well Steve Berry discovered it while on a trip to Russia and it became an exciting muse for this book.

The Romanov Prophesy In A Nutshell

while on a trip to Russia, Steve Berry dreamt up this story which is quite interesting, the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the Romanovs is heartbreaking yet the details are sketchy even mysterious to say the least and Berry uses it fully to capture our attention in this book.

In regards to the color of his skin, our hero in the person of Miles Lord was an unlikely character, yet it was pleasant and refreshing. THE ROMANOV PROPHECY tells the tale of how Miles Lord is albeit entwined either by:

Truth: Miles was brought to Russia by his firm, who supported a candidate that was deemed likely to be the closest blood relative, to Nicholas II and his job was to research on anything that would impede, as well as promote their clients easy ascension to the throne but of cos like most mysteries go, Miles was too dedicated to his job and he unwittingly discovered the truth.

Fate: The prophecy of Rasputin, predicted that the Romanovs would one day ascend the throne again by the aid of the Eagle and the Raven, the color of the Raven is black which ultimately means Miles since he is African American.

Uneasy lies the road for Miles on his quest for truth and justice, as we see him being chased by the deadly Russian Mafia, all through Europe and back to the United States, where his search surprisingly ends, for he does meet the surviving decendants of Alexei and Anastasia Romanov but then his unexpected enemy shows up and that seals it all.

Would Nicholas II 's grandson finally ascend the throne of his forbears or would Miles even live to tell tale.... Well you have to find out in THE ROMANOV PROPHECY.

My Thoughts

I enjoyed this book from the unlikely hero to the tale itself, the tragedy of the Romanovs would always catch one's attention, remember the "Anastasia" animated cartoon ...., the enjoyable and memorable soundtracks especially the one by the late Aaliyah, the search through the many fake Anastasias, the romance ... then the mystery of the undead Rasputin.

Anyway back to Steve Berry, how Miles manages to escape each and everytime from the russian mafia in many near death scrapes was hair raising and yet almost quite unbelieveable, I guess Rasputin's centuries old prophecy must have being shielding him, especially in the zoo scene where the Gorilla helps out and even helps with the next clue.

There was always a neat tie to each twists with the prophecy but I had an issue with always addressing Miles as Lord, I mean his surname was Lord .... Mr Lord? His issues with his father seemed real to life, also I expected more from Akilina and Miles, one moment it was heated the next it was flat, guess fulfilling the prophecy was more important than romance but then it could have happened at the end?

Our antagonist to me was okay but not so surprising, for I felt that Miles should have known even from the beginning or could have even caught onto him fast, since the evidence of betrayal was all laid out, another irony was that Yussopov was the architect to the murder of Rasputin, yet he eventually became the architect to the fulfillment of Rasputin's prophecy, albeit with a sense of justice attached.

Droopy was lightening fast in the attack of the borzoi at Thorn's house but not so when it attacked him in the woods. I mean there was just that fraction of a secound of the dog's appearance and for goodness sake Droopy had a gun and he just watched the dog attacking Orleg!

One wonders if it was too dark for him to see, or was the dog just faster than him, or was it just Rasputin's prophecies again? To tighten up the suspense Droopy should've shot the dog, so that there would have seemed to be no hope for Thorn and Akilina. pg 366

Also Hayes shouldn't have let the dogs out when he'd heard of their attack at Thorn's house, killing the dog and not sending it out would have made that scene more better because it was obvious that the borzoi would want to come back and protect its master.

Rasputin's prophecies would have made much sense if a a bear had just lunged out of the woods, or maybe a deer or even a rabbit had taken the shot, these most unseemingly animals would have being better to have come to the aid of the Romanov decendant.

The Disconnects

(left to right) Marie, Queen Alexandra, Czar Nicholas II, Anastasia, Alexei (front), and standing (left to right), Olga and Tatiana.

There were some disconnects in The Romanov Prophesy such as after the Borzoi's attack on the deputy on the highway, there were no police pursuits, I mean he wasn't hurt just shaken, he could've called for back up and since there was no change of cars, the police would've easily caught up with them or would have even known where they were headed.

Besides they should've known at that moment that Thorn wasn't being kidnapped in the first place because his dogs would have attacked the would be kidnappers instead of the hapless Deputy that was trying to save him.

It should've being the police that could've foiled that last attack but I guess Berry just wanted to tie it with the Rasputin's prophecy, that it would be "The innocence of beasts that would stand guard to lead the way" for the Romanov decendants.

Another disconnect was that for two chapters, Hayes was supposed to be on the hunt for Miles, his last meeting with his cohorts showed the urgency for Miles to be caught, yet we just read about Hayes only attending the Tsarist Commission meetings. pg 228.

Akilina's english was faulted many times, her comprehension of the language was deemed little, yet when she heard Haye's threats over the phone, she knew Miles was in danger, well maybe threats carry more weight in whatever language over the phone, but I think Hayes should've spoken Russian to have convinced me in the scene.

Editing Errors:
I noticed some grammatical blips in page 1 and page 95.

Memorable Quotes

Russia is a country withan unpredictable past. pg 46

Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. pg 91

It is better to arrest locust on the landscapeof society. pg 104

To know a person you have to eat salt together. pg 137.

Stars & Credits

It was an enjoyable read and a good mix of fact and fiction, I would give it 7stars. So if yyou like some dash of Romance, Suspence, Historical fact and fiction, Adventure and some Mafia Action, then you would enjoy THE ROMANOV PROPHECY.

A million thanks to the Library Of Congress and Robert Huffstutter for their photos. check this other book review.



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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
4th Nov 2013 (#)

Excellent book review.

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author avatar joyalariwo
4th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Mark for your kind words, but I must say that I'd enjoy reading it and well thank you for the star.

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author avatar Anonymous
4th Nov 2013 (#)

Rasputin was murdered during the night December 16/17, 1916, at a residence on the Moika. The Grande Duke Nikolai Mikhailovich was present to witness the killing, being a co-conspirator of the deed. He entered the following into his personal diary of the events on this night:

"...Below, in the dining room (of the younger Yusupovs) a cold dinner was served there with drinks, where Rasputin and Yusupov sat together. Here they spent almost 3 hrs together until Grishka became intoxicated. Pouring him (Rasputin) wine in which there was poison (a solution of potasium cyanide). To Ysupov' s amazement it had no effect on Rasputin... he left him alone... and himself ran upstairs to the conspirators and ... said... 'Can't understand it: The poison is ineffective. Give me a revolver, it seems he must be finished with a shot.'

“Dmitri Pavlovich had a revolver, and he did not want to hand it over for a long time, but he (Yusupov) stood his ground.

"Returning to the dining room, Yusupow sat very close to Rasputin and chatted with him (and) fired a shot almost at point-blank range. The bullet touched part of the lung and passed through the liver, and Rasputin fell to the floor losing consciousness with all the signs of death...

"Rasputin continued to lie on the floor without any movement, with closed eyes. Here something extraordinary occurred:... pulse... the deceased began to open his left eye, then the right... Rasputin rose to full height, and like a ferocious animal threw himself at Yusupov (at that point the revolver had been left upstairs).

“Yusupow yelled and with Rasputin headed to the winding staircase where he was able to kick away Grishka who fell down the stairs... and on all fours... with foam from his mouth cried out, raising himself up the stairs.

“They found that Rasputin had run toward the internal exit.. and opened the unlocked door into the yeard. Purishkevich caught up with him, fired twice: one bullet entered the occiput (back of his head), the other into the leg, and Rasputin fell on the ground in the yard... Here Yusupov besieged him with the stick and began to beat him until his sacrifice stopped breathing.

”... And the doctor from nervousness, who had to drive, started the car, collapsed and lost consciousness. Then Dmitri Pavlovich was forced to take the wheel...

“Before they had sent away the body, he was taken inside the house, and here something unexplainable occurred with Yusupov: Taking the stick he began to beat Rasputin’s corpse... with all his strength, smashed his nose, disfigured his face... They dragged him from the corpse and lay him on the sofa... The other 4 departed.

“Both the kamerdiner, seeing their master covered in blood, became frightened, brought back to consciousness, and took steps outside where there was considerable blood. All this was done and the clothes were burnt, except the boots... Then the floor in the dining room had to be washed, and everything had to be finished by night.

”...Don’t remember when the gorodovoi appeared who ran toward the shots coming from the Moika embankment, but he was advised to be silent... and that Dmitri Pavlovich killed the dog for joke.

“The place for the burial of the corpse was selected on the previous day by Yusupov and Sukhotin, that is, on Petrovsky Bridge. The solution (of potassium cyanide) was too weak... All this is difficult to write..”

(End of Duke Nikolai Mikailovich’s diary entry. Excerpt taken from “The Murder of Grigorii Rasputin” by Margarita Nelipa, page 145/146)

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author avatar joyalariwo
4th Nov 2013 (#)

What a way to kill a man and for what you might ask?

Thank you so much whoever you are, it was very interesting and a nice touch to my review. Thank you

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author avatar Michelle Stanley
4th Nov 2013 (#)

Wow! I enjoyed reading your book review, as well as the comments made by "Anonymous". Steve Berry is one of my favourite authors but I have not gotten the chance to read this book. Well done. Michelle

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author avatar joyalariwo
5th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks Michelle, Steve Berry has grown to be one of my favorite authors too.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
6th Nov 2013 (#)

I like reading about the Romanovs and Rasputin. But I also like the Rasputin song by Barney. Though so little is know for sure, there are so many facts hidden in all the fiction -- historical or otherwise. Nice review.

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author avatar joyalariwo
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Thank you Phyl, I also liked the Rasputin song by Bonny M

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
6th Nov 2013 (#)

Good morning, joyalariwo, I also enjoyed this book and the points you make about inconsistencies are accurate; however, it did not detract from the overall enjoyment for me. Good review. ~Marilyn

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author avatar joyalariwo
9th Nov 2013 (#)

Thanks Maryln it was an enjoyable read 4me too.

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