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A history based thriller, very thought-provoking about the mysteries of the Russian royal Romanov family who were supposedly executed by the Bolsheviks. Their mass grave was uncovered in the 1980's and it was revealed that, just like rumor had suggested , the remains of the bodies of Alexi and Anatasia were not there. What was their fate?
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'.
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.