The Romanov Cross

The Romanov Cross

Book - 2014
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Almost a century ago, a desperate young woman crawled ashore a desolate Arctic island carrying a mysterious emerald-encrusted cross and a terrible secret. In the present day, Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is facing a court-martial, but after his punishment is mysteriously lifted, Slater is offered a job no one else wants - to travel to a small island off the coast of Alaska and investigate a potentially lethal phenomenon- The permafrost has begun to melt, exposing bodies from a colony that was wiped out by the dreaded Spanish flu of 1918. Frank must determine if the thawed remains still carry the deadly virus in their frozen flesh and, if so, ensure that it doesn't come back to life. The colony, it transpires, was once settled by a sect devoted to the mad Russian monk Rasputin, but there is even more hiding in the past than Frank?s team is aware of. By the time Frank discovers that his mission has been crashed by a gang of reckless treasure hunters he will be in a brutal race against time. With his signature blend of fascinating history and fantastic imagination, critically acclaimed author Robert Masello has once again crafted a terrifying story of past events coming back to haunt the present day . . . and of dark deeds aching to be unearthed.
Publisher: London, [England] : Vintage Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9780099587835
Characteristics: 495 p. ; 20 cm.


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May 20, 2017

Excellent joining of historical fact and fiction. The author combines both in a manner that draws the reader into the story. Difficult to put the book down once started.

Apr 10, 2013

One of the most entertaining books I have read in a long time. Realistic plot, interesting characters and the interweaving of historical events made this a brilliantly written book.

Apr 08, 2013

I found this book very enjoyable. The author used a mix of historical fiction with pandemic suspense to create a good read.


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Jul 06, 2013

And one thing I do know is that God doesn't knock twice.

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