A crisply written, fast-paced novel. An imaginative story asking the question that until recently has perplexed many historians - did any Ronanov's, specifically Alexi and/or Alexandra, survive the massacre that claimed their family? Although a work of fiction (considering the recent DNA evidence unearthed in Russia), Berry builds a compelling plot asking the serious question - is there a surviving direct decendent of Czar Nicholas, an heir to the Romanov throne, and what would that mean to present day Russia?
Berry (along with his first novel, The Amber Room) looks into a little understood time and place in the world - Imperial Russia. I found both of these novels highly entertaining as are his subsequent Cotton Malone novels. Intelligent, quick reads that do not get overly bogged down in historical minutia'.
Very good- fast-paced and exciting. There is history and a hot pursuit. Good for anyone who liked 'The DaVinci Code.'
It starts out pretty slowly and I was about to put it down. For anybody thinking about putting it down before the first eighty or so pages, don't! It really picks up speed after a slow start, and you will definately enjoy it then.