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Friday, August 23, 2013

The Amber Room

The book was published in 2003. I missed it having lost my fascination with the mystery thrillers of the 80’s.   Never wanting to be caught short of having several books in hand to read and waiting for my spouse to pick me up after a haircut, I ventured next door to the Goodwill Store and picked up several at bargain price. One was titled The Amber Room by Steven Berry.

“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 in 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."

With that brief historical background we’re introduced to some powerfully evil rich art collectors who will stop at nothing.  There killer operatives on the hunt for a long lost treasure and some innocent Americans innocently trapped in a maze of danger and deceit.

The Americans “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, they suddenly find themselves on a collision course with the forces of power, evil, and history itself.

Of course hackneyed and farfetched as it all is you are drawn into the story.  It’s why these kind of books are so popular. I can't believe I ate, I mean I read,  the WHOLE thing…..


Ms Sparrow said...

I had heard of the fabulous amber room looted by the Nazis. I wonder if it was sold off piece-meal or if it exists intact somewhere in the secret chambers of a wealthy man.
Here's hoping that he will donate it to a museum some day so the world can see its glory!

David Oliver said...

I had never heard of the amber room. I'm learning a lot in the blogosphere. This book sounds like just the thing when you are having to wait or you just want to kick back on the couch with a good book.

Montanagirl said...

I hadn't heard of the Amber Room either. It sounds like an intriguing read!

NCmountainwoman said...

Well, I learn something new every day. How could I not have known about the mysterious Amber Room? Forget the novel; the history of the room is fascinating by itself.

Linda said...

I hadn't heard of the Amber Room. This sounds fascinating!