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The Amber Room (2003)

av Steve Berry

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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 fathe''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.… (mer)
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Looked for some time to find this book as over the years have become a Steve Berry fan and a real sucker for historical based adventures/thrillers. When I did find it was thrilled as it was a Signed first edition in fine condition. Enough of that foolishness.

This is the first book published by Steve Berry so was not sure what to expect. The reviews on Good Reads were all over the place from a very strong I Hated It to oh my god it was fabulous!! And all points in between. One thing I have learned about books of this nature 'modern day adventures based upon historical events or items', people either love them to hate them. Me, I really enjoy them as anything history related I find very fascinating (sucker for history).

Being his first book wasn't sure what to expect. Well (spoiler) there was no Cotton Malone no Cassiopeia. Then what did I expect! I didn't know. Was expecting the usually smooth writing with an intriguing story line about some arcane historical item or event (or both) that leads the reader on an interesting adventure with a little obscure history thrown in to keep it as real as possible. Well the writing was not quite as good as his later works but the story plot was very interesting. The characters were not as well fleshed out as in his later writings and, it really irritated me, there were so many bone headed stupid decisions made by the principal characters. The level of stupidity exhibited by the two main characters almost spoiled the book. I realize that for the story to work they had to have no comprehension of what a really bad situation they were in. Most 10 year olds could have thought circles around them; yes, bazaar decisions were key to the story flow. Really irritating. Ignoring that one point it was a good story. The pace was not smooth and the dialogue so so, neither really got in the way of making it an enjoyable story.

Again, I am really happy I finally found this book and it is a good bench mark to see how Steve Berry has grown and matured as both a writer and story teller. While there were points of some disappointment with the book (probably due to comparing it to his later work - human nature at work) overall I found it a solid fun book and would recommend it for anyone who enjoys there history based adventures. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
I think this is Steve Berry's first book (I've read some of his newer ones). It is not a compelling read, it starts slowly and drags a good bit. The premise is interesting. The ending not a surprise at all. ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
It's a decent enough thriller - it's not going to shock you but you'll read it all and that's fine - and you may learn a few things about art on the way. ( )
  expatscot | Jun 26, 2020 |
Good mystery about Nazi-stolen art and people who are still searching for it. ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
Not Steve Berry's best, but as it was his first novel we can forgive him that. Otherwise a great jaunt with plenty of action and twists and turns. I enjoy books like this, based around real historical events - you can learn something along the way. ( )
  adam.currey | May 5, 2019 |
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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.
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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.
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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 fathe''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.

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