Review: The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry


Book Information:

The Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry
Ballantine Books
Published in 2004
ISBN 0345460057
373 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.


5 out of 5

After the citizens of Russia vote to bring back the monarchy, it is up to Miles Lord, a lawyer from Atlanta, to make sure there is nothing in Stefan Baklanov’s background that will take the throne away from him. It was supposed to be an ordinary assignment until gunmen try to kill him at the city plaza in Moscow, and now he has to figure out why they are after him. After reading Rasputin’s writings, he discovers that there might be a direct descendant from the last tsar, Nicholas II, which will threaten the plans of certain people if word gets out. Miles only companion is Akilina Petrovna, and only these two can solve the mystery of who is Nicholas II’s direct descendant, at least according to Rasputin’s prophecy, but first, will they be able to survive the attempts on their lives?

In the beginning of The Romanov Prophecy, it starts with violence and some gory details of the scene — yeah, it was a lovely, vivid picture in my mind, and I don’t like a lot detail in gory scenes filled with blood that much. Anyways, it starts with the killing attempts on Miles Lord’s life, but if you’re wondering why he’s in Russia and targeted by gunmen, you have to either read the summary or wait until later on in the novel — which will explain in great detail as to why he’s there and some more little tidbits that can be boring at times. ;)

The idea of the prophecy and combining it with Rasputin, who is usual is viewed as a conman, was very well thought out and mixed with some history of Russia — it was pretty interesting reading that Rasputin was a viewed as a good guy at the end of a novel. This was one of the main reasons I wanted to read this book. :)

The ending was well thought of and was really good, and to get to that great ending, it had a lot of history and descriptions of what happened — which got a little boring at times. Throughout the book there are a lot of politics, violence, racial prejudice, culture and history of Russia, a little bit of mystery, and a lot more politics — bleh! :(  Things I liked about the book are the culture and history of Russian that the author added in there, the clever idea of Rasputin actually being a good guy and coming up with the prophecy, the mystery whether or not there was a direct descendant of Nicholas II, and also, how it showed that the United States isn’t the only one that has racial problems. The things I didn’t like about it are the politics and details of the murder/gory scenes. Overall, it was actually a pretty good book, if you can stand the violence, politics, details, and the boring parts.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:



Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

 Steve Berry
Library Thing

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