Book Review – The Romanov Ransom (Clive Cussler & Robin Burcell)

Genre: Suspense, Adventure Fiction
Pace: Fast
Rating: 3½ out of 5 stars
Would I recommend it: Yes

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The story (Romanov Ransom Summary)
In 1947 in Buenos Aires, 12-year-old Klaus accompanies his uncle Ludwig, a Nazi prison camp commander, on a trip in exchange for money his family desperately needs. However, the aeroplane they travel on, crashes.

In present day, a host of people – including Sam and Remi Fargo (multimillionaires, treasure-hunters and adventurists), Rolfe Wernher (a German businessman) and Tatiana Petrov (a Russian businesswoman) – are searching for the Romanov Ransom. This valuable treasure of which the contents are unknown, was stolen by the Nazis during WWII, and the goal is to retrieve the treasure, at any cost.

The review
This was my first book by Clive Cussler, who is described as “the world’s no.1 adventure writer”. The story develops at a fast pace, thanks to short chapters, most of them ending on cliffhangers.

The novel has many characters (a mix of likeable and unlikeable ones), at times making it hard to keep track of who’s who in the treasure-hunting zoo. They travel Morocco, Kaliningrad (Russia), Poland, Germany and Argentina, and I had to actively keep track of where the action was taking place.

I think Clive Cussler’s The Romanov Ransom is well-written, as the author managed to keep the suspense from beginning to end. The obstacles the protagonists face, made me feel frustrated and on edge, both good emotions for a suspense novel to evoke.

To sum up
I recommend this book if you’re looking for a read filled with action-packed adventure.

3½ out of 5 stars

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK
Year: 2017 | Pages: 388
ISBN: 978-0-718-18469-8

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