The Amber Room

The Amber Room

Book - 2003
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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 Roomis a classic tale of suspense--and the debut of a strong new voice in the world of the international thriller.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345460035
Branch Call Number: FIC/BERRY
Characteristics: 389 p. ; 24 cm.


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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...

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.

Sep 18, 2011

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


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