Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Guest Review of "The Romanov Conspiracy"



Title:  The Romanov Conspiracy
Author:  Glenn Meade
Pages:  515
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Howard Books
                Do you like suspense, intrigue or foreign political agendas?  If so, you will definitely not want to miss this book!  There are also themes of love, sacrifice, and sorrow to name a few.  Glenn Meade has written a truly marvelous story full of thrills and suspense.  The story is set in 1918 in Russia.  There are two main stories that follow the lives of two main characters as well as those their interaction with others.
                A forensic pathologist is made aware of a discovery at one of her dig sites in northern Russia.  Something has been found in an old mining pit.  This discovery, if proven true, could solve a decade’s old, very public mystery.  What does she find?  Can she find the proof to verify her discovery?  To do so, she must take a trip into the past and enter the world of Russian civil war in 1918.
                Uri Andrev grows up as the only child of a doctor and a mother who dies when he is five years old.  He marries his childhood friend, joins the military serving Tsar Nicholas Romanov, and becomes a father.  While serving in the military, fighting the Bolshevik rebels, he and his men are taken prisoners and sent to a prison camp in Siberia.  He tries to escape the prison camp many times and receives severe beatings each time.  On his next attempt, he successfully escapes and returns to his family only to have to them moments later as he is pursued by the Reds.  He leaves the country and settles in England.  He eventually is recruited on a mission to try to rescue the Romanov royal family.  The royal family is being held prisoner and a plot to execute them is discovered.  Uri meets Lydia Ryan as he trains for his mission.  Her story is also told and how she comes to be involved in the mission.  They pose as a married couple and return to Russia.  However, their feelings for one another become more than just acting.  Will their mission be a success?  Can they secretly rescue and hide an entire royal family?
                Leonid Yakov grows up in poverty.  His father has left him and his mother all alone and they can barely make ends meets.  She gets pregnant and needs a doctor, which happens to be Uri’s father.  This is when Leonid and Uri meet for the first time.  Nina is also at this meeting.  She eventually marries Uri, but Leonid falls instantly in love with her.  Leonid and Uri develop a friendship and are like brothers to one another.  Leonid joins the Bolshevik Red Army, so he and Uri are on opposite sides of a civil war.  Leonid eventually is put in charge of the execution plan of the Romanovs.  Can he really go through with killing an entire family, including innocent children?
                There are many characters and their lives that will keep you reading to see how they interact with one another and to see how the author will bring together all of the various pieces of the puzzle.  There are spies on both sides so much so that no one knows who can be trusted and people are afraid to leave their homes or speak to anyone.  The reader gets a real sense of the terror the average person experienced, even if only an inkling.  The author’s creative way of solving the mystery was a new theory to me.  I couldn’t put the book down as there was so much going on; it was engrossing!
                My rating is 5 stars.
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 http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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