LENGTH/FORMAT: HARDCOVER BOOK WITH DUST JACKET; 373 PAGES
YEAR/EDITION/PUBLISHER: STATED FIRST EDITION SEPTEMBER 2004; BALLANTINE BOOKS
GENRE/SUBJECT: FICTION, THRILLER, HISTORICAL FICTION
PLOT (from the cover): YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA: JULY 16, 1918: TEN MONTHS HAVE PASSED SINCE NICHOLAS II'S REIGN WAS CUT SHORT BY REVOLUTIONARIES. TONIGHT, THE WHITE ARMY ADVANCES ON THE TOWN WHERE THE TSAR AND HIS FAMILY ARE BEING HELD CAPTIVE BY THE BOLSHEVIKS. NICHOLAS DARES TO HOPE FOR SALVATION. INSTEAD, THE ROMANOVS ARE COLDLY AND METHODICALLY EXECUTED.
MOSCOW, PRESENT DAY: ATLANTA LAWYER MILES LORD, FLUENT IN RUSSIAN AND WELL VERSED IN THE COUNTRY'S HISTORY, IS THRILLED TO BE IN MOSCOW ON THE EVE OF SUCH A MOMENTOUS EVENT. AFTER THE FALL OF COMMUNISM AND A SUCCESSION OF WEAK GOVERNMENTS, THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE HAVE VOTED TO BRING BACK THE MONARCHY. THE NEW TSAR WILL BE CHOSEN FROM AMONG THE DISTANT RELATIVES OF NICHOLAS II BY A SPECIFICALLY APPOINTED COMMISSION, AND MILES' JOB IS TO PERFORM A BACKGROUND CHECK ON THE TSARIST CANDIDATE FAVORED BY A POWERFUL GROUP OF WESTERN BUSINESSMEN. BUT RESEARCH QUICKLY BECOMES THE LEAST OF MILES' CONCERNS WHEN HE IS NEARLY KILLED BY GUNMEN ON A CITY PLAZA. SUDDENLY MILES IS RACING ACROSS CONTINENTS, SHADOWED BY NEFARIOUS HENCHMAN. AT FIRST, HIS ONLY QUESTION IS WHY PEOPLE ARE PURSUING HIM. BUT AFTER A STRANGE CONVERSATION WITH A MYSTERIOUS RUSSIAN WHO STEERS HIM TOWARD THE WRITINGS OF RASPUTIN, MILES BECOMES DESPERATE TO KNOW MORE...MOST IMPORTANT, WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO THE FAMILY OF RUSSIA'S LAST TSAR? HIS ONLY COMPANION IS AKILINA PETROVNA, A RUSSIAN CIRCUS PERFORMER SYMPATHETIC TO HIS STRUGGLE, AND HIS ONLY GUIDE IS A CRYPTIC MESSAGE FROM RASPUTIN IMPLYING THAT THE BLOODY NIGHT OF SO LONG AGO IS NOT THE LAST CHAPTER INT HE ROMANOVS' STORY...AND THAT SOMEONE MIGHT EVEN HAVE SURVIVED THE MASSACRE. THE PROPHECY'S IMPLICATIONS ARE EARTH-SHATTERING, NOT ONLY FOR THE FUTURE OF THE TSAR AND MOTHER RUSSIA, BUT ALSO FOR MILES HIMSELF.
THIS IS A SIGNED EDITION ~ THE AUTOGRAPH IS BOLD IN BLUE INK AND SAYS "DEBBIE, HOPE YOU LIKE THIS ONE. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR BUSINESS. STEVE BERRY"
CONDITION: Book is in great condition; pages are crisp and clean; no writing; minor shelf wear to dust jacket; some small staining to the page spine as shown in the picture
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