The Romanov Cross

The Romanov Cross

A Novel

Book - 2013
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"Nearly one hundred years ago, a desperate young woman crawled ashore on a desolate arctic island, carrying a terrible secret and a mysterious, emerald-encrusted cross. A century later, acts of man, nature, and history converge on that same forbidding shore with a power sufficient to shatter civilization as we know it. 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. Frank and his handpicked team arrive by helicopter, loaded down with high-tech tools, prepared to exhume history. 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. Any hope of success hinges on their willingness to accept the fact that even their cutting-edge science has its limits--and that the ancient wisdom of the Inuit people who once inhabited this eerie land is as essential as any serum. By the time Frank discovers that his mission has been compromised--crashed by a gang of reckless treasure hunters--he will be in a brutal race against time. With a young, strong-willed Inuit woman by his side, Frank must put a deadly genie back in the bottle before all of humanity pays the price."--Publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, c2013.
ISBN: 9780553807806
Call Number: MYSTERY
Characteristics: 495 p. ; 25 cm
Subjects: Antiquities -- Collection and preservation -- Fiction.
Adventure fiction.
Paranormal fiction.


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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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