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Prologue Opened in 1870, the railway station in Iaşi was inspired by the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, Italy. The original station was 439 feet long, had 113 rooms, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Monuments. It is one of the oldest stations in Romania.

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Railway station in Iaşi, Romania (circa 1900)

Prologue (cont.) The Romanian 20-lei gold coin of 1868 was minted in very small numbers. Government reports vary, but it is believed that less than 200 coins were ever produced. Prince Carol I, who is featured on the front, gave many of these coins as gifts to his friends and relatives.

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20-lei gold coin (front)

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20-lei gold coin (rear)

Chapter 1
― Brighton Beach (marked in orange) is located near the southern tip of Brooklyn. The neighborhood is nicknamed “Little Odessa” because of its huge population of Ukrainians (and former Soviets). To accommodate them, many of the signs are written in Cyrillic.

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Location of Brighton Beach

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Brighton Beach (Brooklyn, NY)

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Cyrillic/English sign in neighborhood

Chapter 10 ― The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the world. In case you’re confused, the “Hollywood” referenced in the airport’s name is Hollywood, FL, not the movie capital in California. Believe it or not, some tourists don’t realize the difference until they’ve landed in Florida. But don’t worry: local cab drivers will happily drive them to Los Angeles for $20,000 (plus a tip).

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Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Chapter 11
― Known as the “Venice of America” because of its intricate canal system, Fort Lauderdale is a major yachting center with more than a hundred marinas and boatyards and nearly 50,000 local boats. Needless to say, it is a smuggler’s paradise.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Chapter 16 ― Eastern Europe looked very different before World War I.

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Map of Eastern Europe (circa 1914)

Chapter 19 The Leningradsky Terminal was a personal favorite of Andrei Dobrev. It was created by Imperial Russia’s official architect, Konstantin Andreyevich Thon. (He also designed the Grand Kremlin.) This square, spired, terminal was built in 1851. It combined the best of old and new by rejecting Roman neoclassicism in favor of what became known as the Russian Revival style. (Sketch courtesy of the Leningradsky website.)

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Leningradsky Terminal (Moscow, Russia)

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Leningradsky Terminal (Moscow, Russia)

Chapter 21 ― Using the scope on his Soviet-made Snaiperskaya Vintovka Dragunova sniper rifle, McNutt kept a close eye on the events inside of Dobrev’s apartment.

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SVD semi-automatic sniper rifle

Chapter 25 ― Papineau assembled train cars from several sources, including a conference car from the Grand Express. Designed for top-level executives, politicians, and dignitaries, it was equipped with Wi-Fi, LCD TV screens, toilets, showers, and air conditioning. Once Garcia loaded it with computers and hi-tech gear, it was a moving communications center.

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Grand Express (Moscow, Russia)

Chapter 27 Dobrev requested two engines attached back to back in order to power the load. He had the most experience with the old Lugansk 2TE116 locomotive, which he described as the “true beast” of the Russian Railways. It was one-hundred eighteen feet long, twenty feet high, and twelve feet wide. It had a full weight of two hundred and seventy-six metric tons, which is the equivalent of, like, a million elephants…or Adele.)

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Lugansk 2TE116 double diesel locomotive

Chapter 31 Gregori Rasputin was a Russian mystic who greatly influenced the decisions of the tsar and tsarina in the final years of the Romanov Dynasty. Although many viewed him as a charlatan, the tsarina was under his charismatic spell. (Of course, it is easy to see why: the “Mad Monk” was Brad-Pitt handsome.)

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Gregori Rasputin (a.k.a. “the Mad Monk”)

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Gregori Rasputin (a.k.a. “the Mad Monk”)

Chapter 31 (cont.) Prince Felix of Russia (formally known as Prince Felix Felixovich Yusupov, Count Sumarokov-Elston) was the brains behind Rasputin’s murder. When the tsarina found out, she placed him under house arrest in his estate outside of Saint Petersburg. Ironically, this saved his life because the rest of the Romanovs were murdered in Moscow.

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Prince Felix of Russia

Chapter 31 (cont.) Some of Rasputin’s most ardent followers claimed he couldn’t be killed. This is because he survived multiple poisonings, stabbings, shootings, and more. This comic strip illustrates his amazing ability to survive just about anything.

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“Rasputin at his doctor’s office.”

Chapter 31 (cont.) However, this infamous photo proves his luck eventually ran out.

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Rasputin’s death photo (1916)

Chapter 39 The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts has the largest collection of art and antiquities in Moscow. Its most famous treasure is the gold that Heinrich Schliemann looted from the legendary city of Troy (which was eventually looted from a German museum by the Russian Army.) To learn more about Schliemann and his exploits, I highly recommend The Lost Throne.

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Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow)

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Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow)

Chapter 39 (cont.) The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow is the tallest Orthodox church in the world. Standing 344 feet tall, the golden domed cathedral can be seen throughout the city. It is located across the street from the Pushkin Museum.

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (Moscow)

Chapter 41 Kazan is the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia. It is a religiously diverse city, which made it the perfect place for the headquarters of the Black Robes.

Spasskaya Tower of the Kazan Kremlin

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Qolşärif Mosque inside the Kazan Kremlin

Chapter 46 Cossacks are not a figment of McNutt’s imagination. They are still prevalent in Russia, Ukraine, and several neighboring countries (particularly in mountainous regions).

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Cossack raider (pictured with a head kebab)

Chapter 64 Designed by Gennai Yanagisawa in the 1980s, the GEN H-4 is the most portable, most versatile, one-man helicopter in the world. (And, yes, I want one.)

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The GEN H-4 helicopter in flight

Chapter 70 Fans of the Payne & Jones series might remember the duo paid a visit to the Hotel Beau-Rivage in The Prophecy. They inflicted so much damage to the lobby that it is still being repaired when Cobb arrives in Geneva. (My books are filled with inside jokes like this. Thus far, there have been 23,017. Can you find them all?)

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Hotel Beau-Rivage (Geneva, Switzerland)

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