Review – The Romanov Cross by Robert Masello

The Romanov CrossThe Romanov Cross is the story of Frank Slater, an epidemiologist, who is dishonorably discharged from the Army (for doing something honorable) and then hired by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology as a civilian.  His assignment is to go to Alaska and investigate an old graveyard that may hold active Spanish Flu cells.  (The Romanov Cross is buried in one of the graves.)  This graveyard is starting to shift and AFIP is concerned that the flu could somehow get out and cause another pandemic.

The underlying story is interesting and I like the movements back and forth in time.  While Frank’s story is current, the Romanov Cross originally belonged to Anastasia of Russia (given to her by Rasputin) so we travel back to learn her story in the early 1900s.  There are also several supporting characters in Alaska.

But, it took me a while to read this book.  It’s a bit convoluted at times.  People survive events and shouldn’t.  There are magical wolves on the Alaskan island.  And, then there is Anastasia’s story.  I won’t spoil anything here because I am recommending the book.  You may have to suspend belief in spots but overall it is an enjoyable read.

3.5/5 stars.  Thank you to Random House for providing me an e-book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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