The Romanov Conspiracy by Glenn Meade
Digital Audiobook narrated by Kate Reading
Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc. on August 7th 2012
Genres: Cultural, Historical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Russia, Thriller
Length: 515 pages or 17 hours, 12 minutes
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Sometimes mysteries are never solved. Sometimes there are no answers. But Dr. Laura Pavlov, an American forensic archaeologist, is about to unravel a mystery that promises to solve one of the twentieth century's greatest enigmas.
Dr. Pavlov is a member of an international team digging on the outskirts of the present-day Russian city of Ekaterinburg, where the Romanov royal family was executed by their captors in July 1918. When Pavlov discovers two bodies perfectly preserved in permafrost in a disused mine shaft, they offer dramatic new clues to the disappearance of the Romanovs and, in particular, their famous daughter, Princess Anastasia, whose murder has always been shrouded in doubt. What Pavlov discovers is about to change the accepted course of world history and hurl her back into the past—and into a maelstrom of deceit, secrets, and lies.
Based in part on historical fact, The Romanov Conspiracy is a high-tension story of trust and betrayal, of a fight between good and evil, and of love and friendship thwarted by war, all set against one of the most bloody and brutal revolutions in world history.
Sorry guys, this is a DNF @ 10%.
This wasn’t the book I was looking for.
I’m going to be honest – I was hoping this book would have a lot more to do with the history and the archaeology aspects. The beginning was promising. By 10% into the book, which is where I quit it, it became excruciatingly clear this is a thriller.
Rasputin was mentioned, and I paused, for a moment. I thought perhaps, for a second, things were going to be interesting. Unfortunately, this book appeals to a different audience. I imagine it to be the sort of book you find in airport bookshops. The thrills so feel shallow, just like all the characters. I’m sure someone else will be drawn into this book and wrapped up. Just not me.
Some technical complaints?
Meade’s writing is at some moments beautiful, and in others rambling. Eventually the beautiful is squashed out by the rambling. He uses every possible detail in each sentence. Brand names, a minimum of two adjectives for every noun. This is a pet peeve, but there are a few different times when he uses multiple adverbs in the sentence. Every time we meet someone, we get to learn where they came from, and precisely what they are wearing. I know this style works for a lot of people. I know a lot of people LOVE this type of intricate detail. Frankly, I got bored.
I also have issues in thrillers where the author writes a smart, talented, sharp female character and instead of letting her stand on her own feet, she falls to bits. Instead of letting her be strong, she regresses and requires a man to explain things to her and give her advice. I am not impressed.
I have some criticisms of this narrator. While she does alright in dialogue, the protagonist’s voice frustrates me. As read by Kate Reading, every sentence ends in something between a question and a sigh. It makes it a bit dreary to listen for too long.