By Robert Masello
Nearly 100 years in the past, a determined younger girl crawled ashore on a desolate arctic island, wearing a bad mystery and a mysterious, emerald-encrusted go. A century later, acts of guy, nature, and heritage converge on that very same forbidding shore with an influence enough to shatter civilization as we all know it.
Army epidemiologist Frank Slater is dealing with a court-martial, yet after his punishment is mysteriously lifted, Slater is accessible a role not anyone else wants—to commute to a small island off the coast of Alaska and examine a possibly deadly phenomenon: The permafrost has all started to soften, exposing our bodies from a colony that used to be burnt up by means of the scary Spanish flu of 1918. Frank needs to verify if the thawed is still nonetheless hold the lethal virus of their frozen flesh and, if that is so, make sure that it doesn’t get back to life.
Frank and his handpicked group arrive via helicopter, loaded down with high-tech instruments, ready to exhume background. The colony, it transpires, used to be settled through a sect dedicated to the mad Russian monk Rasputin, yet there's much more hiding long ago than Frank’s group knows. Any wish of good fortune hinges on their willingness to simply accept the truth that even their state of the art technology has its limits—and that the traditional knowledge of the Inuit those that as soon as inhabited this eerie land is as crucial as any serum. by the point Frank discovers that his project has been compromised—crashed via a gang of reckless treasure hunters—he might be in a brutal race opposed to time. With a tender, strong-willed Inuit girl via his aspect, Frank needs to placed a perilous genie again within the bottle ahead of all of humanity can pay the price.
The Romanov Cross is without delay another tackle one in all history’s so much profound mysteries, a love tale as not going because it is inevitable, and a mystery of heart-stopping, supernatural suspense. together with his signature mix of interesting historical past and great mind's eye, seriously acclaimed writer Robert Masello has once more crafted a terrifying tale of prior occasions coming again to hang-out the current day . . . and of darkish deeds aching to be unearthed.
Praise for The Romanov Cross
“In this attention-grabbing, humorous, and scary supernatural mystery, [Robert] Masello skillfully weaves jointly the tale of the deaths of the Russian royal kin with the potential for a brand new around the world influenza pandemic. . . . Toss in a pack of slavering wolves, the undead, and a chilling finishing, and the result's an awesome, can’t-put-it-down learn. effective prose and plotting support solidify Masello’s place on the most sensible of this crowded subgenre.”—Publishers Weekly
“A former military epidemiologist contends with grasping locals and the cruel Alaskan terrain which will hinder the recurrence of a perilous pandemic. . . . Masello weaves a number of disparate genres—medical mystery, old novel, ghost story—into a coherent complete. A scrumptious experience of creeping dread permeates the 1st act, enormously more advantageous via its surroundings within the stark yet appealing panorama of northwestern Alaska. . . . demanding, taut and very unlikely to place down.”—Kirkus experiences (starred assessment)