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A major new work of investigative history that will completely change the way in which we see the Romanov story. Finally, here is the truth about the secret plans to rescue Russia’s last imperial family.

On 17 July 1918, the whole of the Russian imperial family was murdered. There were no miraculous escapes. The former Tsar Nicholas, his wife, Alexandra, and their children - Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia and Alexey - were all tragically gunned down in a blaze of bullets. 

On the 100 year anniversary of these brutal murders, historian Helen Rappaport set out to uncover why the Romanovs’ European royal relatives and the Allied governments failed to save them. It was not, ever, a simple case of one British King’s loss of nerve. In this race against time, many other nations and individuals were facing political and personal challenges of the highest order.

In this incredible detective story, Rappaport draws on an unprecedented range of unseen sources, tracking down missing documents, destroyed papers and covert plots to liberate the family by land, sea and even sky. Through countless twists and turns, this revelatory work unpicks many false claims and conspiracies, revealing the fiercest loyalty, bitter rivalries and devastating betrayals as the Romanovs, imprisoned, awaited their fate.

©2018 Helen Rappaport (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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Buy the book not the audio!

It was interesting to hear all the details about the murder of the Russian royal family. In particular it shows the action of King George in a different light

But I didn’t enjoy the audio - some very strange long pauses and it really was a struggle at times

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A Missed Opportunity

.... and not just to save the Romanovs! A thrilling story marred by a poor narrator - disjointed pauses, unnecessary foreign accents when naming locations and mispronounced names.