This was an intriguing book.
as we know it today but slightly skewed.
The Russian people have set up a commission to decide who will be
brought back as Tsar. The decades of
Communist rule have failed and the hope is that a return to an autocratic
monarch will inspire the people and save Russia.
The author makes liberal use of the prophecies of Rasputin. In the afterword he notes that they may have been made or fabricated by his (Rasputin's) daughter. An American attorney is identified as the Raven and a Russian circus performer is identified as the Eagle. These two are prophesied to bring the Romanov's back to the throne.
The author puts a wealth of action and a fair number of history lessons in the book. The plot is intricate but not confusing. The book provides an answer to the mystery of the murder of the Romanov's at the beginning of the Bolshevik revolution, or at least the author's fictional answer.
I recommend the book.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.