Tnatashahe Romanov Prophecy by Steve Berry; 2005; $9.99; 429 pages; Ballantine Books, New York, NY; 978-0-345-50439-5; purchased from; 5/13/15-5/16/15

Russia has decided to put a tsar back on the throne, but the process is corrupt and being manipulated by the Russian military, aristocracy, mafiya and an American lawyer.  Into the mix is thrown young African American lawyer Miles Lord, who has been fascinated by the country since he was young and speaks fluent Russian.  He discovers in the Archives that there may be some with a claim to the throne, other than the corrupt one his boss is pushing. He and his accomplice, a gymnast from the Russian circus, are chased all over Russia and then to an unexpected part of the United States seeking answers to the riddles left decades ago.  Ultimately good wins out and those who attempted to manipulate the system are dealt with appropriately.

Grade A

Did I enjoy it?  Yes, it was a good action story with a hero who had to rely on his wits, not on formerly being a Army ranger or special agent.

What is with the title of the review? Miles Lord, a lawyer from Atlanta gets drawn into a international conspiracy and has to survive on his wits.  He is not trained in any kind of combat or martial arts, he just goes with his instincts.

Why did I pick this up?  Because I like the way Steve Berry mixes history with modern day current events.