In 1917, Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, was executed by revolutionaries. Now, in response to the collapse of the country's economy, the people have voted to instate a new Tsar, one who will be chosen from the descendents of Nicholas II. But a powerful group of Western businessmen want to make sure he is a candidate they can control, and hire African-American lawyer Miles Lord, with his knowledge of Russian language and history, to check the background of their chosen man. Miles is thrilled with his assignment...until he becomes the target of an assassination attempt and must run for his life, guided by a cryptic phrase penned by Rasputin, and a bizarre prophecy that the Tsar will return to the throne and that Miles himself will see to it.More
"Berry uses Russia, past and present, to excellent effect and makes sharp observations about the contemporary Russian scene....A solid tale." (
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I enjoyed the book. I wouldn't rate it as highly as Berry's work with Ctton malone, but it was very good nonetheless.
Interesting plot line, some interesting characters, and a nice chase across the globe - with a bit of cryptic mystery thrown in.
Paul Michael performs admirably once again. He's certainly a close second to Scott Brick in my opinion. Both are very 'listenable' and really get into character.
On the whole, a very enjoyable book, typical Steve Berry, and well worth a listen.