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 pastÃ¢â¬âinto 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.
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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.