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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books; First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451611862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451611861
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #719,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Full of conspiracies, torture, misplaced loyalty, and longing, it will be hard to separate fact from fiction. Many of the participants were real people, and Mr. Meade has done a stupendous job in tracing their footsteps through one of the bloodiest times in Russian history. . . . So if you find yourself sitting on a quiet stretch of sand, or relaxing after mowing that thick, green lawn, pick up The Romanov Conspiracy and get ready to spend the rest of your week reading a story that is impossible to put down." (Book Hog)

About the Author

Glenn Meade was born in Finglas, Dublin, in 1957. Nearly all his novels have been international bestsellers, translated into over twenty languages, and have enjoyed both critical and commercial success. He worked in the field of pilot training for Aer Lingus for many years and as a journalist for the Irish Times.

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Glenn Meade was born into a working-class family in Dublin, Ireland. After finishing secondary school he had a tough time choosing between studying theology or engineering, but eventually engineering won out and he studied telecommunications. Soon after graduating, he lived and worked in New Hampshire. He worked as a specialist in the field of pilot training--having had a life-long interest in aviation--and has also been a journalist for the Irish Times and the Independent.

While living in New Hampshire, he persistently tried to interview the famously reclusive author of CATCHER IN THE RYE, J.D. Salinger, an effort that only served to vex Salinger, who set his dogs on Meade, who luckily managed to outrun Salinger's hounds and survive.
He began writing in earnest in the late eighties, when he wrote and directed his own plays, mostly for the Strand Theatre in Dublin, but Meade decided to turn his efforts to thriller writing in the mid-nineties.

His novels to date--SNOW WOLF, BRANDENBURG, THE SANDS OF SAKKARA, RESURRECTION DAY, WEB OF DECEIT, THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE, THE SECOND MESSIAH--have been translated into twenty-six languages, and have enjoyed critical and commercial success.

His first novel, BRANDENBURG, about a neo-Nazi resurgence in present-day Europe, came about when he travelled to Germany to write an article for the Times on the billions in Nazi gold that went missing at the end of the Second World War. Quite by accident, he met an elderly former SS officer who told him a remarkable and highly personal tale about his part in keeping a disturbing war-time secret. That story became the inspiration for BRANDENBURG.

Several of his novels were also inspired by his journalistic work but inspiration only takes you so far and Meade claims that to produce anything of worth it always comes down to the same three constants: hard work, prayer, and putting your imagination through the wringer.

Critics have compared the standard of his work to that of Frederick Forsyth, John le Carre, and Tom Clancy, and his stories have tended to be a tantalising blend of fact and fiction. SNOW WOLF won the prestigious thriller of the year award by the Japanese Writer's Guild (second place went to Stephen King's THE GREEN MILE).

He has also worked on several Hollywood scripts but Meade confesses that employment in Tinsletown was not a pleasant experience and he has learned to stick to the golden rule for novelists whose work is bought by Hollywood--gratefully accept the pay check, walk away and just pray that they don't turn your treasured story into a musical.

Meade has earned a reputation for meticulously researched stories and has travelled extensively--to Russia, the Middle East, Europe--to research his novels. For RESURRECTION DAY, a highly realistic thriller about a dramatic attack on the US capital by an Al Qaeda terror group armed with a chemical weapon of mass destruction, and completed three weeks before the events of September 11th, he spent many months in Washington DC. He interviewed senior White House staff, former Secret Service agents, US Federal emergency planners, and senior FBI terrorist experts, some of whom were later involved in the hunt for Al Qaeda terrorist suspects on US soil. One former senior FBI source, John O'Neill, who helped Meade, was killed in the September 11th attacks, having resigned from the bureau only months prior to taking up a new post--as head of security at the Twin Towers.

RESURRECTION DAY was published internationally but Meade's then New York publisher considered it too raw a subject for the US, coming so soon after 9/11, and they parted company. However, the work garnered rave reviews and much media attention in Europe.
Having read the book, Newt Gingrich, then a member of the Hart-Rudd commission (set up post 9/11 by President George Bush with responsibility for determining future likely terrorist threats against the US) was so impressed that he contacted Meade and kindly offered him an unsolicited rave review on Gingrich's website, urging all Americans to read the book. (See remarks below)

Glenn Meade spends some of his free time in the American south. Some years ago at the tail end of a book tour he decided to linger in the south for a while. 'I loved the scenery, the courtesy and the kindness of the people, their innate sense of fairness and strong-rooted belief, garnished with just a genteel touch of rebel wackiness.'


Praise for Glenn Meade's Books

'Meade's research is so extensive yet unobtrusive...that it is often easy to forget you're reading fiction and not history. This is a completely riveting thriller in the tradition of the Day of the Jackal. A white knuckler!'
THE WASHINGTON POST

'One twisting, breathless chase...'
NEW YORK TIMES

'Meade's scintillating characterization and brilliant plot has you bound to your armchair. Be assured you will loose sleep--this book is extremely unputdownable. It is reassuring to know there is a worthy successor to Forsyth and Ludlum.'
TIME OUT

'A tremendous sense of dramatic action and page-turning excitement culminating in a riveting, thought-provoking climax.'
THE SUNDAY TIMES

'Glenn Meade writes scenes as though they were shot from a gun, and the impact as you turn each page is often just as powerful.'
FLORIDA TIMES

'A writer of powerfully built and skilfully executed plots. Immerse yourself in his intricately woven intrigue and explosive action, and enjoy them thoroughly!'
OLEG KALUGIN, former head of the KGB's First Directorate.

'Fast, sly and slick, his thrillers deliver the goods--tension, action, plot twists--until the smoke finally clears.'
BOOKLIST

'A heart-stopping thriller, part fact, part fiction, with a strong, passionate heroine at its center.'
COSMOPOLITAN

'Meade writes with a silken pen. A literate, memorable story that will freeze readers' attention and chill their blood.'
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

'Completely gripping!'
CLEAVELAND PLAIN DEALER

'Chilling--another literate and suspenseful thriller from an estimable storyteller.'
KIRKUS REVIEWS

'A riveting story...incredibly well researched. I urge every American to read this book.'
NEWT GINGRICH, on RESURRECTION DAY

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Beth Milinski on August 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Romanov Conspiracy is the first novel by Glenn Meade I have had the pleasure of reading. The Romanov Conspiracy is a fiction story with many historically accurate facts. Dr. Laura Pavlov finds perfectly preserved remains in Ekaterinburg in Russia where the Romanov Family was executed. Dr Pavlov finds herself in Ireland to find out who this woman was, why she was buried there, and how this man in Ireland knows all these facts. He takes Dr Pavlov back to 1918 with his story of how a group of people executed a plan to save the Romanov Family.

The Romanov Conspiracy is a fast paced thriller that takes you back to 1918 Ekaterinburg during the war and the overthrow of the Romanovs. It is apparent that Glenn Meade has extensive knowledge of The Romanov family, the world at that time; especially Russia, archaeology, and the history behind this whole time period in our history. The characters in this story are fascinating in their convictions, their way of life, and the different political alliances that bring them all together. Glenn Meade's writing makes you feel like you are right there watching it all unfold. The Romanov Conspiracy is very well written and Glenn Meade grabs readers from the start and keeps you guessing until the very end. I personally learned a lot of history of The Romanov's that I didn't know, but never felt bogged down by historical facts. This story is a wonderful balance of fiction and fact. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Thrillers. You won't be disappointed. I look forward to reading more from Glenn Meade.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Danica Page on August 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an arc of this book from the publisher, Howard Books (a division of Simon and Schuster) in exchange for my honest opinion.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: Wow! Just wow! That's all I really need to say about this book. I adored everything about this book. It is easily one of my favorites of the year.

I feel like the synopsis accurately describes maybe 18% of the novel if not less. In the first thirty pages, Dr. Pavlov does discover two bodies perfectly preserved in permafrost that leads to her discovery of the Romanov conspiracy; however, most of the novel is told as if the characters from 1918 were telling the story themselves.

The first thirty pages were great, but not spectacular. The rest of the novel was mind-blowing.

I absolutely adored the story that Meade created because it was gripping, compelling, and addicting. I didn't just devour this book, the novel consumed me. I couldn't think of anything else. I read for hours and then realized I hadn't eaten all day. However, I couldn't stop reading.

I loved all of the characters in this novel. I won't take the time to list them. But they all seemed so realistic. They didn't all get the happy ending I wanted them to have either, which made Meade's novel more realistic and also more heart-breaking.

I could gush about this book for hours. But I'm just going to say I adored this book. Don't just read this one, buy this one. You will absolutely adore it. I love mystery, thriller, action books and this book ranks among the best I've ever read.

In Summary: I can't find the words to adequately express how truly incredible this book is. This book consumed me. I couldn't think of anything else.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By john on January 21, 2013
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The gist of the story line was very interesting but there were many times in the book where the author used what I would term, page filling trivia in an attempt to lengthen the book! I also felt that some of the action items in the book were not even close to what could ever happen in the real life which is not like Glenn in his other stories! Reaching would be my best guess!
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42 of 54 people found the following review helpful By dennis on June 29, 2013
Format: Paperback
I had difficulty reading this novel after the author has Russians leaving their revolt to settle in Ireland in the middle of another revolt. I never heard of the author, and decided to read because of my interest in the Russian revolution, and the many theories about what happened to Anastasia. One of the leading imposters lived about 30 miles from me, and DNA testing did her in. As for the merits of the writing, I began to suspect that the writer sat down and wrote a novel without rewriting a single sentence. Judging by the amount of work the author has produced, I doubt he had much time to change any of his first efforts. Although my critic differs from most others, I do not find the characters with any defined character, nor any wit evident.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Hayes on September 30, 2012
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Loved the intricate plot. Beguiled by the dynamic characters. And oh so thankful that I was not born into Russia, 1918. In the same way that Charles Dickens brought alive the misery of London in his day, Glenn Meade has used plot and characters to make real the utter desperation of living under the depraved oppression of Lenin and Trotsky. For me, that is the subject of this book, while the fate of the Romanov family is the exclamation point.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Edwards on August 7, 2012
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The Russian Revolution was certainly a bloody affair. Fear and chaos abounded. It turned an entire nation upside down. And in the center of it all was the brutal assignation of the Tsar and his family. A murder surrounded in a mystery, which became legendary. Did the daughter of the Russian royal family survive?

Glenn Meades' latest novel, The Romanov Conspiracy hits the ground running with a gritty and harrowing account of an attempted rescue of the Tsar and his family during the final days of the Russian revolution.

In the center of the story are Uri Andrev and Leonid Yakov. Friends since childhood, they find themselves on opposite sides of the revolution. Bitterness and anger rooted in betrayal and fueled by events spinning wildly out of control cause both men to seek to undo the other. But even war can't totally unravel the cords of deep friendship Uri and Leonid had woven over a lifetime.

Paramount to the plot is the Romanov family - the Tsar, his wife and children - including the willful Anastasia, held captive by Lenin's men and soon to be murdered. But help is coming in the form of a headstrong Irish gunner runner, Lydia Ryan, and Joe Boyle, a man of mystery who has been on more than one death defying mission. Together with Uri Andrev they infiltrate Russia, making their way through the chaotic blood-soaked countryside, hoping to free the imprisoned Tsar and his family before it's too late.

Meades' novel is taut, historically rich, and replete with complex characters. It will quickly draw you into the horrifying upheaval that was the Russian Revolution and leave you breathless.
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