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The Romanov Conspiracy

Title:  The Romanov Conspiracy: A thriller
Author:  Glenn Meade
Year:  2012
Pages:  528
Publisher:  Howard Books
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988
Get your mind ready for an intriguing adventure that includes spies, espionage, archeology, mystery, murder, mayhem, and more!  The reader is greeted with the setting of a mystery that has grown in increasing proportions as a varied team of people seek to solve the mystery in Ekaterinburg, Russia.  The teams of scientists are made of men and women from differing sciences, headed by a woman archeologist, Dr Laura Pavlov.  She has a family history that includes memories of the Tsar Romanov Royal Family.  The plan, if possible, is to find irrefutable evidence of what happened to the Tsar’s family when they fled from Lenin’s gaining grasp on Russia to avoid execution.  However, the Reds found them and the whole royal family was slain.  Now, Dr. Pavlov isn’t as sure as the rumors that a daughter, Anastasia and her brother may have escaped, avoiding execution.  The archeologist’s team uncovers a body completely mummified, holding a locket that bears the crest of the royal family.  Dr. Pavlov orders tests to be done on the remains and then seeks to contact an elderly gentleman who had been giving her information about the Romanov family.  When she lands finally in Ireland and meets this man, the story he begins to tell is one he claims has never been told.
                Next, the reader is thrown into the past.  The time is January 1918, when the Reds are seeking to take over Russia as well as other parties.  Russia Civil War is enmeshed somehow in the family mystery.  All the while, the people of the land either swear allegiance or face a certain death.  Here, the reader is introduced to a young boy trying to care for his pregnant mother since his father ran off to America.  The doctor cares not just for the mother, but for the young boy as well.  The doctor’s son is introduced to this young man.  This meeting turns out to be the beginning of a deep friendship that is tested when they choose different sides in the civil war.
                In the second part, the reader continues the thriller in May 1918, with the American Ambassador meeting with Britain’s King over an immediate situation.  What causes President Truman to have the ambassador meet with the king in the middle of the night?  The king is told of the Romanov’s captivity and loss of power.  Somehow Russia’s gold is being kept within two separate nations for safety.  What do America, Britain’s King, and the gold have to do with what is occurring in another nation?
                Intricately entwined in this masterpiece are fates of peoples and nations.  There are relationships put to the test during the war, whether they are marital relationships or friendships.  Who can be trusted?  There are people of Irish descent gun running, making sure they have what they need should the British or Russians decide to attack them as well.  Spies, traitors, poverty, wealth, life or death are issues different characters face in a host of complex scenes.  There are seven parts to this maze of a thriller, and then the reader is brought back to the present.  The storyteller has woven a great story that has plots, subplots, twists and turns that will keep you reading until the end!
                If I say much more, I might spoil the work of fiction for you so I won’t reveal anymore of the book.  I highly recommend this thrilling novel.  You will find yourself reading page after page because the story is spellbinding all the way to the end!
My rating 5 stars.
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