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The Amber Room (2003)

by Steve Berry

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A mystery that gives good historial background about amber, the amber room and the possible fate of the room. ( )
  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
I found this book to be a very entertaining read. Lots of interesting historical facts mixed in with well-developed characters and action-packed plot. Steve Berry did a lot of research and it shows. Lots of information about the lost Amber Room, World War II and the search for lost treasure. I am also looking forward to reading my next Steve Berry novel. ( )
  eadieburke | Jan 19, 2016 |
This is how historical fiction is supposed to be done. Take a subject in history that is shrouded in mystery, and insert a thriller into it. This book was very, very good. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
The Amber Room were panels embedded on the walls of a single room in the Catherine Palace, eventually covering 55 square meters of wall space 6 tons of golden amber brought together in jigsaw fashion to create a stunning interior. Then towards the end of World War II, the interior was looted by the Nazis and brought to Königsberg where it was never seen again. Searches focused on the tunnels of Harz Mountains in Germany. It is rumored that the Amber Room didn’t get destroyed during the Allied bombings of Königsberg, fuelling belief that the panels survived. But where are they now?

The Amber Room by Steve Berry is a wild, intriguing scavenger hunt through America and Europe. Judge Rachel Cutler’s father has what he believes are clues as to the location of the Amber Room. When he dies unexpectedly, the secrets he has kept are made known. Cutler doesn't believe for a moment that her father's death was due to natural causes, so she and her ex-husband, Paul, go to Germany in search of answers. Little do they know that they're not alone in their quest. Others seek to discover the whereabouts of the Amber Room, including two unscrupulous collectors who compete to find lost or stolen pieces of art.

This was a very action packed thriller and I enjoyed it quite a bit. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
The Amber Room was a treasure looted by the Nazis and lost during the end of WWII. Steve Berry's debut novel is a thriller based around the story. While there are similarities to the many types of book dealing with lost treasures, it was refreshing and interesting to have the WWII elements. Yes, we do have a couple involved and ruthless killers, but this is actually well written and well researched. The "suddenly, as rare things will, it vanished" is a quote from Browning and is used during the book, it's an apt and appropriate quote.

A US Judge follows the trail of the Amber Room once her father is killed and she discovers he was involved in the search for the room at the back end of the war. It appears he had a secret that he kept until his death. Rachel's estranged husband joins her as they follow the trail through the types of adventures and close calls that we have now come to expect of these books. Well written and quite good fun if you like these kind of things. ( )
  Hanneri | Feb 17, 2015 |
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For whatever cause a country is ravaged, we ought to spare those edifices which do honor to human society, and do not contribute to increase an enemy's strength-such as temples, tombs, public buildings, and all works of remarkable beauty. . . . It is declaring one's self to be an enemy of mankind, thus wantonly to deprive them of these wonders of art.
-Emmerich De Vattel, The Law of Nations, 1758
I have studied in detail the state of the historic monuments in Peterhof, Tsarskoe, and Pavlovsk, and in all three towns I have witnessed monstrous outrages against the integrity of these monuments. Moreover, the damage caused-a full inventory of which would be extremely difficult to give because it is so extensive-bears the marks of premeditation.
-Testimony of Iosif Orbeli, director of the Hermitage, before the Nurnberg tribunal, February 22, 1946
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For my father, who unknowingly kindled the fire decades ago, and for my mother, who taught me the discipline to sustain the blaze
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345504380, Mass Market Paperback)

The Amber Room is one of the greatest treasures ever made by man: an entire room forged of exquisite amber, from its four massive walls to its finely crafted furniture. But it is also the subject of one of history’s most intriguing mysteries. Originally commissioned in 1701 by Frederick I of Prussia, the Room was later perfected Tsarskoe Selo, the Russian imperial city. In 1941, German troops invaded the Soviet Union, looting everything in their wake and seizing the Amber Room. When the Allies began the bombing of Germany in August 1944, the Room was hidden. And despite the best efforts of treasure hunters and art collectors from around the world, it has never been seen again.

Now, two powerful men have set their best operatives loose in pursuit, and the hunt has begun once more. . . .

Life is good for Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler. She loves her job, loves her kids, and remains civil to her ex-husband, Paul. But everything changes when her father, a man who survived the horrors of World War II, dies under strange circumstances—and leaves behind clues to a secret he kept his entire life . . . a secret about something called the Amber Room.

Desperate to know the truth about her father’s suspicious dealings, Rachel takes off for Germany, with Paul close behind. Shortly after arriving, they find themselves involved with a cast of shadowy characters who all claim to share their quest. But as they learn more about the history of the treasure they seek, Rachel and Paul realize they’re in way over their heads. Locked in a treacherous game with ruthless professional killers and embroiled in a treasure hunt of epic proportions, Rachel and Paul suddenly find themselves on a collision course with the forces of power, evil, and history itself.

A brilliant adventure and a scintillating tale of intrigue, deception, art, and murder, The Amber Room is a classic tale of suspense—and the debut of a strong new voice in the world of the international thriller.


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Forged of the exquisite gem, the Amber Room is one of the greatest treasures ever made by manb6sand the subject of one of historyb2ss 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, theyb2sre 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.… (more)

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