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5 Stars Out Of 5
History, Mystery, Conspiracy, Adventure Thriller
November 5, 2012
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 pastâ€”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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
A look into history to reveal what really happened
July 14, 2012
I believe that the greatest secrets lie buried and only the dead speak the truth.
And in a way that was how I came to be in the woods that morning when we found the bodies. It was raining in the City of Dead Souls, a heavy downpour that drenched the summer streets. I reviewed the thick clutch of pages, the results of my work for the last three months. This was my first visit to Ekaterinburg and our team came from all over: forensic archaeologists, scientists, and students from America, Britain, Germany and Italy; and of course, our host, Russia. The brief our our cooperative venture was simple - to dig in the forests for evidence of mass executions during the Russian Revolution's Red Terror.
Many thousands perished, not least the Romanovs, the Russian royal family - the tsar and tsarina, and their four pretty daughters and their youngest son, fourteen-year-old Alexei - shot and bayoneted to death, their skulls smashed by rifle butts and their corpses doused in sulfuric acid.
Something else I had counted on that summer's morning as we pulled up beside one of the tents. I came to these resin-scented woods to exhume the ghosts of the past. Yet absolutely nothing could have prepared me for the bizarre secret that I was to stumble upon when the frozen Siberian earth offered up it's dead.
For with the dead came the truth.
And with the truth came the first whispers of the most incredible story I have ever heard." (excerpt pg 1-4)
In the latest novel from Glenn Meade, The Romanov Conspiracy, he once again takes his readers on an explosive investigation and historical fiction into the background of one of the most unsolved cases still haunting the history books today. Based on partial truth mixed with fiction to complete this novel, the answers using long-lost clues may yet reveal an intricate conspiracy, one that may well answer the twentieth century's most enduring mystery. But as to which part is truth and which part is fiction, the author leaves that up to the reader to decide.
I received The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade compliments of Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster for my own personal honest review. This being my second novel from Glenn Meade, the first being The Second Messiah, I knew I would really enjoy this one as well. Glenn is articulate in his fact findings so as to keep his readers as close to the actual events as much as possible. The writing is sound, engaging and guaranteed to keep you turning pages as fast as you can read. I once again rate this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Not knowing much about the Russian history surrounding the disappearances of the Romanov's I found this one an exceptional novel.