The Amber Room

The Amber Room

Book - 2007
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Forged of the exquisite gem, the Amber Room is one of the greatest treasures ever made by man--and the subject of one of history's most intriguing mysteries. German troops invading the Soviet Union seized the Room in 1941. When the Allies bombed, the Room was hidden, and it has never been seen since. But now, the hunt has begun once more. Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler loves her job and her kids, and remains civil to her ex-husband, Paul. But everything changes when her father dies under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind clues to a secret about something called the Amber Room. Desperate for the truth, Rachel takes off for Germany with Paul close behind. Before long, they're in over their heads. Locked into a treacherous game with professional killers, Rachel and Paul find themselves on a collision course with the forces of greed, power, and history itself.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2007.
Edition: 1st mass market ed.
ISBN: 9780345504388
0345504380
Branch Call Number: FIC BERR
Characteristics: 449 pages ; 18 cm

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new_orleansguy
Jul 29, 2015

I could not help but think the people who have read this and not loved it must have read a different book with the same title. This is quite possibly the best novel I have ever read. The lead female character is very strong, not the usual screamer or damsel-in-distress one usually find in badly-written fiction, and the story is quite possibly the most interesting combination of secret societies/stolen works of arts (the Amber Room, look it up...) and daring do's ever. It is ***not*** Dan Brown territory, no, this is well-written and interesting and clever. The first book by Steve Berry, it is also, with THE ROMANOV PROPHECY, his second book, his best book. This is an author who takes history very seriously and who doesn't build up outlandish and ridiculous tales a la Da Vinci's Code. If you like historical fiction, good ones, with awesome characters, great villains, books who will intrigue you enough to look up more of the real stories Berry's books are about, this is for you. The James Bond comparaison, as written by some reviewers, probably concerns one of the character from several of Berry's recent books (but he is not in this one...), a former American agent, now retired and operating a used bookstore in Copehagen, Cotton Malone, who's past always end up resurfacing... In fact, one of my favorite quote ever is spoken by Malone, he says "Booksellers don't kill people"... ahahahah...

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BlueHippo
Dec 15, 2014

Yes, the plot is unbelievable-like a James Bond or Indiana Jones or Dan Brown book. But's it's a fun read and an interesting subject. The author has taken time to do his homework so the historical facts are pretty accurate.

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rahmmie
Sep 18, 2011

Didn't like it very much. The plot was way too unbelievable

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