Troubador The Two Lives of Grand Duke Michael

Released: 28/04/2018

ISBN: 9781788034517

eISBN: 9781789010664

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Two Lives of Grand Duke Michael


A vivid and well-researched novel about Grand Duke Michael who briefly reigned as the last Tsar of Russia. Fully illustrated to show the assets used and resumé of important political and armed forces leaders of time.

No other books have taken a slice of Russian history and reinterpreted it to reveal a hidden story; one of survival against the odds and adventures that extend from Russia to the UK, Denmark and Estonia.. In The Two Lives of Grand Duke Michael, numerous historical high-ranking figures are set within an audacious plot in a ‘what if’ drama against the backdrop of the First World War and which could have changed 20th Century history.

The allies plan to invade Russia, destroy the Bolshevik Revolution and bring back Russia to war with Germany on the eastern front. Lured by the idea of becoming the Tsar of the reinstated Imperial Rule, Michael is swayed by Lloyd George, Woodrow Wilson and Winston Churchill to bring him out of Bolshevik Russia to the UK. The purpose is to agree terms and incorporate Michael’s ‘Prometheus Accord’ for political renewal and freedom in Russia. The ensuing two-week journey provides high adventure and gripping entertainment as he journeys in exotic cars, battleships, sea planes and secret German submarines, and with the additional intent of secreting a multi-million pound hoard of Romanov treasures on the Yorkshire coast in the UK. It comes to a halting stop when, as history tells us, the Grand Duke Michael’s attempts to defeat the emergence of Bolshevism is thwarted, and he is assassinated whilst under house arrest in Siberia.

Here the story is set for the author’s imagined second chapter for Grand Duke Michael. He carefully crafts, in detail, the revelation of his survival. How he is helped by Sidney Reilly of MI6, and his second life in the UK under a new identity and care of the British Secret Service whilst working at Bletchley Park in World War Two.

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This book was well written. The characters were believable and likable. The author showed incredible attention to detail. I think the problem I faced was knowing the ultimate end of Grand Duke Michael, at least in our reality. Guess what? This is what I call a 'what if' book. What if Michael didn't die. What if he survived and lived on past the Russian Revolution of 1918. This book explores that possibility, and it feels almost 'real'. I could believe that, just perhaps, Michael did in fact survive. Definitely worth reading if you enjoy Russian Imperial history.

by DM Lawrence

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