It is 1917, the United States is still neutral and Russia is collapsing from within. King George V is desparate to save his cousin Nicholas II from the Russian Revolutionaries, and hires an American naval attache to sneak into Germany with the objective of convincing Kaiser Wilhelm (a mutual cousin of George V and Nicholas II) to help him rescue "Cousin Nicky and his family"..despite the fact that England and Germany are at war!! From Germany, our hero sneaks into Russia, and manages to infiltrate the Romanovs. Meanwhile a Leninist terrorist is stalking the Romanovs to get them out of Moscow and into Siberia. There are exciting chase scenes through St Petersburgh, Moscow and the Russian forests,with trains, rattly trucks and a spectacular episode with an ice boat on the Gulf of Finland. A nice romantic subplot involves the Naval officer, the Leninist spy and a Bolshoi ballerina. This book will hold you to the edge of your seat, so have plenty of time available when you start it!
This report prepared by Claire Wood