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Dr. Laura Pavlov, an American forensic archaeologist, is about to unravel a mystery that promises to shed light on one of the twentieth century's greatest enigmas. Digging on the outskirts of the present-day Russian city of Ekaterin-burg, where the Romanov royal family was executed in July 1918, Pavlov discovers a body perfectly preserved in the permafrost of a disused mine shaft.

The remains offer dramatic new clues to the disappearance of the Romanovs, and in particular their famous daughter, Princess Anastasia, whose murder has always been in question. Pavlov's discovery sets her on an unlikely journey to Ireland, where a carefully hidden account of a years-old covert mis-sion is about to change the accepted course of world history and hurl her back into the past-into a maelstrom of deceit, secrets, and lies.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 544
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 X 8.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1451669453
ISBN-13: 9781451669459
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SOMETIMES MYSTERIES ARE NEVER SOLVED. SOMETIMES THERE ARE NO ANSWERS.

DR. LAURA PAVLOV, an American forensic archaeologist, is about to unravel a mystery that promises to shed light on one of the twentieth century’s greatest enigmas. Digging on the outskirts of the present-day Russian city of Ekaterin­burg, where the Romanov royal family was executed in July 1918, Pavlov discovers a body perfectly preserved in the permafrost of a disused mine shaft.

The remains offer dramatic new clues to the disappearance of the Romanovs, and in particular their famous daughter, Princess Anastasia, whose murder has always been in question. Pavlov’s discovery sets her on an unlikely journey to Ireland, where a carefully hidden account of a years-old covert mis­sion is about to change the accepted course of world history and hurl her back into the past—into a maelstrom of deceit, secrets, and lies.

Drawn from historical fact, The Romanov Conspiracy is a page-turning story of love and friendship tested by war, and a desperate battle between revenge and redemption, set against one of the most bloody and brutal revolu­tions in world history.

Author Bio

Glenn Meade was born in 1957 in Finglas, Dublin. Several of his novels have been international bestsellers, translated into more than twenty languages, and have enjoyed both critical and commercial success.

Editorial Reviews

"The Romanov Conspiracy is a book that affirms our essential goodness as human beings and our capacity for forgiveness. . . . it reveals our potential for tenacity, bravery and resilience, even when we're faced with overwhelming odds."
". . . puts a fresh spin on the mystery surrounding the deaths of the Romanovs, in particular the possible escape of princess Anastasia."
"A writer of powerfully built and skillfully executed plots. Immerse yourself in his intricately woven intrigue and explosive action, and enjoy them thoroughly!"
"This a fascinating work of historic fiction, spanning countries and generations. . . . The characters are well-drawn, and the story holds the readers to its inevitable end."
"The Irish-born author (Snow Wolf) teeters on the edge of genius and sacrilege with this thriller about a subject known since the time of Christ. When archeologist Jack Cane discovers ancient documents that point to the existence of another messiah, he also quickly finds out that both Israeli and Catholic authorities have reason to possess, or suppress, such documents. Racked with the pain of personal loss, he meets up with an old friend, Lela, who is part of an Israeli police team investigating multiple crimes, including a cold case involving the possible murder of Cane's parents—also archeologists—20 years earlier. Some who have avoided Christian fiction or only dipped in will find this departure from the mold refreshing, even while some regular readers of Christian fiction may find certain passages revolting. Fans of Davis Bunn or Dan Brown won't bat an eye at Meade's unblinking look at the Vatican and the religious secrecy that fuels such novels. With a plot that screams, a controversial edge, and characters with attitude and something to prove, this has all the makings to be the next Da Vinci Code."
“Dan Brown meets Tom Clancy—Glenn Meade sure knows how to get your pulse racing. I was gripped from page one. Whether The Second Messiah is fact or fiction is up for debate, but one thing’s for sure—it’s one heck of a thriller. You know you’re in safe hands with Glenn Meade—The Second Messiah is a rollercoaster of a thriller that lifts the lid on the inner workings of the Vatican and leaves you wondering just how much of the fiction is actually fact."
“A thrill a minute. A cross between Indiana Jones and Dan Brown. Thriller readers will love this book.”
"Reading similarly to both a Thoene novel and The Da Vinci Code, bestselling author Meade’s The Second Messiah will keep readers on the edge of their proverbial seats . . . The Second Messiah reads quickly and will hold the reader’s attention with its many plot twists. In the story, Meade also addresses the problem of suffering in an insightful comment from the pope. Fans of fiction tied to news headlines will enjoy this geopolitical thriller. Recommended for readers of Joel C. Rosenberg."
"Written in the mold of The Da Vinci Code—sans all the erroneous claims (thankfully)—bestselling author Glenn Meade’s latest geographical thriller, The Second Messiah, keeps readers on the edge of their proverbial seats with multiple plot twists."
"Meade knows how to entangle, and untangle, an exciting array of characters and plots guaranteed to keep the reader hooked . . . a talented storyteller, he sets the scene quickly before taking off on a rollicking ride that keeps the pages turning. It’s a hard book to put down."
“Meade's second foray into international intrigue imagines that Nazis biding time in South America hatch a viable plot to take over contemporary Germany. The novel opens with a splendidly tantalizing episode of eavesdropping by a Paraguayan reporter who, before he's caught and killed, hides a tell-tale tape recording. . . . Fast, sly, and slick, this thriller delivers the goods—tension, action, plot twists—until the smoke clears on the last page.”
Praise for Glenn Meade's other work:

"Meade's research is so extensive yet unobtrusive . . . that it is often easy to forget you're reading fiction and not history. This a completely riveting thriller in the tradition of the Day of the Jackal. A white knuckler!"

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  1. Fredericktown, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Gift
    November 24, 2014
    Timbo
    Fredericktown, MO
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Romanov Conspiracy.
    This was purchased as a Gift for someone who is well versed in Romanov's. The person receiving this Gift was so pleased.

    Thank you!
  2. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    History, Mystery, Conspiracy, Adventure Thriller
    November 5, 2012
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Romanov Conspiracy.
    Glenn Meade in his new book, "The Romanov Conspiracy" published by Howard Books gives us a global conspiracy thriller.

    From the inside Jacket flap: Glenn Meade's electrifying latest novel combines the epic sweep and drama of a heroic quest, the passion and tragedy of Doctor Zhivago, and a majestic cast of characters that will stay with you long after the final pages have been turned. . . .

    SOMETIMES MYSTERIES ARE NEVER SOLVED. SOMETIMES THERE ARE NO ANSWERS.

    Dr. Laura Pavlov, an American forensic archaeologist, is about to unravel a mystery that promises to shed light on one of the 20th century's greatest enigmas.

    A member of an international team digging on the outskirts of the present-day Russian city of Ekaterinburg, where the Romanov royal family was executed in July 1918, Pavlov discovers a body perfectly preserved in the permafrost of a disused mine shaft.

    The remains offer dramatic new clues to the disappearance of the Romanovs, and in particular their famous daughter, Princess Anastasia, whose murder has always been in question. Pavlov's discovery sets her on an unlikely journey to Ireland, where a carefully hidden account of a years-old covert mission is about to change the accepted course of world history and hurl her back into the past—into a maelstrom of deceit, secrets, and lies.

    Drawn from historical fact, The Romanov Conspiracy is a high-tension story of love and friendship tested by war, and a desperate battle between revenge and redemption, set against one of the most bloody and brutal revolutions in world history.

    I love history and the Romanov's really existed and Princess Anastasia may or may not have died. Lots of conspiracy theories have abounded none of them proven. Glenn Meade has given us a thriller as he practically puts the life of Laura Pavlov in danger from page one. Questions upon questions, deceit and betrayal will keep you guessing and flipping pages as fast as you can read. Adventure, action, and a tinge of romance all packed inside a high octane, roller coaster ride of excitement so buckle yourself in and enjoy it. I recommend this book highly.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Anastasia Returns
    September 17, 2012
    Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Romanov Conspiracy.
    Anastasia was a household name in the mid-50's. But I did not know the legend until Walt Disney produced his animated feature in 1997. I was too young in 1956 to see 20th Century Fox's earlier live-action movie, though not too young to remember the discussion it generated.

    Glenn Meade has renewed the legend by taking bits of history and weaving a story with the parts that are known and the parts that are not. Taking historical figures from the era and mixing in a fair share of fictional characters, he has compiled an exciting tale that moves from London to Washington to Moscow to the rural territories during the initial years of the Soviet Republic, ca. 1918. The result is a readable, exciting, and possible scenario for the "survival" of Anastasia from the horrors of Lenin and the Russian Revolution.

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    This review is based on a free copy of the book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Tragedy, Romance, Romanovs--what's not to love?
    August 16, 2012
    RonieK
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Romanov Conspiracy.
    Oh my word! I've been enthralled with the tragedy of the Romanovs since my early teens, so I anxiously looked forward to MEADE's version of the events of that dark night. I expected adventure, action, and a tinge of romance. And I sure wasn't let down! What I didn't expect was to be on the edge of my seat. I mean--c'mon--we know how this story ends, right? But who wants to read THAT ending (I've done that through numerous history books, etc.)? I started worrying as the book neared its end. Would he go *there*? Would MEADE leave us hanging? Would it be cheesy, or unrealistic?

    I am delighted to say MEADE pulled it off and left me nearly giddy, teary-eyed, and really wanting to read more.

    There were a few detractors to this story for me, but most of them were writerly things. However, there was one element I feel I should mention--and that's the seemingly cavalier attitude about sex outside marriage during wartime. Nothing is on-stage, but more than one character remarked along the lines that "Hey, it's war. It's a natural instinct. It's okay." To me, that was an atrocious justification/excuse.

    THAT SAID--it did not impinge on this story's brilliance. It's poignant and heart-gripping! Very, very well done. I am impressed and satisfied!

    *I received a copy from Howard in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    engaging historical fiction
    August 5, 2012
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for The Romanov Conspiracy.
    Mystery has surrounded the disappearance of the Romanovs in July of 1918. The last Russian Czar and his family were executed in the city of Ekaterinburg but details are lacking. While some bones have been found, none have been identified with the daughter Anastasia.

    Glenn Meade has woven an exciting story surrounding an attempt at rescuing the Romanov family. He begins in the present day when an American forensic archaeologist makes a find near Ekaterinburg. A nearly perfectly preserved body of a woman is found in the permafrost, right where the mysterious Michael Yakov had predicted.

    As the archaeologist questions Yakov, he tells the story of the attempt to save the Romanovs and the action moves back to 1918. The Czar has abdicated the throne. He and his family are being held in captivity as the Red Army knows their immediate execution would cause turmoil. In the meantime, a plan is being developed by an American to rescue the Romanovs.

    Meade's book is a sweeping novel of revolutionary Russia of 1918. We are introduced to the violent officers of the Red Army. We experience the hate and fear the revolutionaries generated. And the death. The godless revolutionaries murder who they will. Yet there are those who would save what is decent and good by working undercover.

    There is lots of violence in this novel as this was a violent time. If a bullet to the forehead is not something you'd like to read about, this novel may be too violent for you. Also, there is extramarital sex as part of the story. While there is no graphic descriptions or anything like that, I found it was included with no moral comment on it.

    There is nothing particularly "Christian" about this novel. None of the characters are Christians, except perhaps the Russian nuns. There is certainly no gospel message or anything like that. It is well written historical fiction about a very turbulent time in Russia's history.

    I received a complimentary galley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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