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The Romanov Rescue Kindle Edition
Mankind's history is bound up in the fabric of fate, a strong cloth, tough and closely woven.
It is the beginning of 1918, the last year of the greatest war in human history, to date. All the belligerents stagger on their feet. Starvation is an ever present reality, while disease waits in the wings. In Russia, no longer a belligerent but, instead, rapidly descending into civil war and chaos, a lone family—Father, Mother, four beautiful young girls, and a brave but sickly boy—await their own fate, shivering and hungry in the dark, hoping and praying for salvation.
Their relatives in England have turned their backs. The guards set over them do little but torment them. They look Heavenward, but God doesn't answer. They know they're a threat to the new regime, a threat that will, in time, be eliminated.
But even the strongest fabric has flaws. An escaped prisoner of war, caught, injured, and punished, but still highly capable, might be one. An airship, returned and at loose ends after a failed mission to Africa might be another. A German general, taking a wrong turn on his nightly walk and suddenly coming face to face with the reality of the monster rising in the east, would be a third.
Follow, then, as the general gives the orders, the prisoner of war raises the men from among his fellows, and the airship launches itself forward, to contest fate, to tear the fabric of time, and to effect The Romanov Rescue.
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- ASIN : B09KMG82GY
- Publisher : Baen Books; 1st edition (November 2, 2021)
- Publication date : November 2, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3437 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 683 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #67,202 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The Romanovs are doomed. They are imprisoned in a tiny city guarded by hundreds of Red Guars in a tiny Siberian city awaiting disposal by Lenin and his cronies.
But a German General has personally learned just how vile the forces are that Germany has unleashed in its effort to defeat Russia. Confronted by the unpleasant truth, he has reminded the Kaiser that, whatever their differences, the Romanovs are family.
The Kaiser directs the General to use the vast resources of Imperial Germany to attempt a rescue. And even in a crumbling 1917 Germany those resources ARE vast. Recruiting a talented Russian officer from among the tens of thousands of Russian POWs he turns the effort over to him and lets him run with it.
From there the story is the building of an elite unit from Russian POWs, an epic trek across the lawless landscape of the Russian civil war to find and plot the rescue, the daring assault to free the Romanovs, and the tragedy that strands them all in Siberia.
The book has heroics, triumph, tragedy, romance, and treason, everything a military SF history buff should love. Order it already!
Hopefully there will be many more books and this becomes a series.
A few disclaimers up front. The book has its share of graphic violence and could have done without its profanity and sexual content, in my humble opinion. This is something I’ve come to expect from a lot of authors in the alternate history genre, such as Robert Conroy, but I question whether it is, in fact, an accurate portrayal of the time period; this era was, after all, just a decade or two removed from the end of the Victorian Age, and I feel like the attendant moral code would have retained strong lingering influence over people’s lives and conduct. Just my opinion, and I’m sure there are those who’d disagree.
That being said, this book features an accurate, even-handed treatment of history and the individuals involved, making only a slight divergence that forms the basis of its storyline. I think we need a lot more fiction dealing with the horrors of communism in general and this dark chapter of Russian history in particular. I was glad to see that the author fully portrays the monstrous natures of Lenin, Trotsky, and the Bolsheviks were while also addressing the darker aspects of Czar Nicholas’s reign. Each historical character is well-drawn, vivid, and three-dimensional. The POV scenes of Tatiana and Alexei Romanov were moving almost to the point of tears and fully capture their family’s real-life tragedy. That this was done in a piece of military genre fiction made it even more impressive.
There was a lot of highly technical military content that went over my head, but the parts I understood gave me goosebumps (in a good way). The heroes’ mission drives them to develop their timeline’s version of hostage rescue team tactics. From a storytelling and thematic standpoint, I found that simply beautiful.
At the risk of some spoilers, I found the ending a little disappointing. Not all readers will feel the same, but it seemed a bit too “Honor Harrington”-esque to me. In fairness, my opinion toward it softened on a second reading (the first was at midnight before bed).