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The Traitor's Emblem

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Based on a true story: A Spanish sea captain rescues four German castaways during a treacherous storm in 1940. He doesn’t know who they are or where they came from, but one of them gives him a mysterious gold-and-diamond emblem before disembarking. Decades later, the captain’s son receives a substantial offer for it and is told an astounding story behind the object: it hol ...more
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Published July 19th 2011 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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May 22, 2011 DebbieSanders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spanish journalist turned author Juan Gomez-Jurado is going places, winner of the impressive sounding 'Premio de Novela Ciudad de Torrevieja' (even more impressive when you learn the prize was a half million US$), the rights to his first book (God's Spy) have been sold in 42 countries, his first two books claim 3 million readers and his third and latest 'The Traitors Emblem' is being translated into 40 languages.

'Traitors Emblem' is set in post world war one Germany against the background of po
May 26, 2011 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as part of the Amazon Vine Program. I was attracted to this novel by its setting - Munich during the time of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazis.
I won't give a blow-by-blow account of the plot;I don`t like to give away too much as it spoils the enjoyment for the reader. The tale is set in motion by the mystery of a strange medal-like object which a Spanish captain passes on to his son; only in 2002 is the origin of the emblem finally explained.
Gómez-Jurado skilfull
May 26, 2011 Tess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband is a blogger, and he recived the Advance Reading Copy of this novel. This book is set mainly in the period leading up to WW11, most of the events taking place in Munich. It concerns two boys as they grow into men. Jürgen, the son of a baron, is a nasty piece of work who becomes a dedicated follower of Adolf Hitler. He ends up in the SS working under Reinhard Heydrich with Adolf Eichmann as a colleague. He is violent by nature and so well suited to his role in the SS, where he is given ...more
Robert Ashbacher
May 27, 2011 Robert Ashbacher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Other reviews go into more details, but here is my own quick response to The Traitor's Emblem. Once I started reading, I simply could not put it down. This was a true page-turner, as it was very well developed, and structured as a novel. Also, there is no doubt a tremendous amount of research was conducted by Gomez Jurado, with a lot of information around which to frame a story. One of the best historical novels I've ever read. It's disguised as a thriller, but when you think about it this is th ...more
May 26, 2011 Librarian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a well crafted novel with nicely defined, believable characters. The main action is set in the years before the Second World War during a time of political upheaval in Germany.

The story is of dark family secrets and the rivalry and bitterness between Paul and Jurgen involving the liberated young woman, Alys. Slowly these turn to hatred and the need for revenge.

Finally the family secrets and the creation and meaning of the 'emblem' are revealed.

This novel has plenty of action and intrigue
Jun 23, 2011 Entertainmentfocus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The Traitor’s Emblem is the latest novel from Spanish writer Juan Gómez-Jurado. The setting is a different European country, as the story follows the lives of two closely-related but feuding German families through the twin horrors of the World Wars.

The book opens with a tantalising prologue of a storm at sea in 1940, from which four enigmatic Germans are rescued from drowning. One of the saved – a man with only one eye – imparts a departing gift to their valiant Spanish savi
María  Sanz
Feb 08, 2012 María Sanz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hace un par de horas que he terminado de leer "El Emblema del Traidor" y aún estoy conmocionada y emocionada con esta novela, sin ninguna duda, la mejor de las publicadas hasta ahora por Juan Gómez Jurado.

Soy una lectora compulsiva, unos libros me gustan más, otros menos, pero a veces, me cuesta encontrar un libro que me toque de verdad el corazón. Hacía muchos meses que no encontraba un libro que me entusiasmara de verdad. Pues bien, este lo ha hecho, y tardaré bastante en olvidarlo.

Es una hist
Laurie Evans
May 27, 2011 Laurie Evans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that has you on the edge of your seat for the entire storyline. Gomez Jurado does a wonderful job connecting historical facts with fiction. The love story plot it was good, but not perfect. All in all, The Traitor's Emblem is a great novel.
This had all the potential to be a very good book. Unfortunately, it ended up being merely OK. The story begins with the captain of a Spanish boat rescuing a group of Germans lashed to a raft in a howling storm. In return for saving their lives, the leader of the group gives him an unusual medal that appears to combine Masonic symbols with things definitely unMasonic. The rest of the book is the tale of how that medal came to be and how the German man got it. It is the story of a Munich family i ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

THE TRAITOR’S EMBLEM begins in the Straits of Gibraltar in March, 1940. In the midst of a terrible storm, the crew of the Spanish naval vessel, Esperanza, rescues four German sailors from a life boat. The rescue could have cost Captain Manuel Gonzalez Pereira his life but he couldn’t leave the Germans to die. Agreeing to alter his course, Captain Gonzalez takes the Germans to a point near the coast of Portugal. As a token of his gratitude, the German officer, a man with one eye, leading the grou
Aug 05, 2011 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love, revenge, family secrets…what more could you want in a book? “The Traitor’s Emblem” was a delight to read. Set in the period between WWI and WWII, Juan Gómez-Jurado's knows exactly what it takes to keep you turning the pages of his book...and wondering if there are going to be answers and solutions to the puzzles and difficult situations that you encounter from the very first page.

Strong writing, a fast pace that leaves nothing out, and characters who you immediately like or hate...these a
Lucy Spillmann
May 31, 2011 Lucy Spillmann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Traitor’s Emblem is a thoroughly enjoyable novel. It is written really simply and as a result is not a challenge to read the way some novels can be. I like novels that have any kind of link with the social impact of the two world wars and this covers both wars to a certain extent and was done very interestingly. Initially I was not keen on the opening scene as I felt it gave away the fates of some of the characters but actually it is not as simple as I thought. The final scenes were surprisi ...more
Mason Dixon
May 27, 2011 Mason Dixon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By the time I got to the last 50 pages of The Traitor's Emblem, I was oddly reluctant to read on. Yes, I was eager to find out what happened next. But I didn't want the journey to end. The story is thrilling and believable, kept to a human scale. I wish Gomez-Jurado had spent more time describing Paul's growing realization, and how the search for his father's murderer did it changed him.

The author is deft in bringing even minor characters to life with a few vivid strokes. It is a pleasure to se
Leo C.
En una sola palabra... ¡ESPECTACULAR!
Juan Gómez-Jurado ya me cautivó con "La Leyenda del Ladrón" y esta no se queda atrás ni mucho menos. ¡Qué me ha encantado se queda corto!
Que haya una historia real detrás es lo que más me ha gustado. Si alguien quiere ampliar información:



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José Luis

Son varios los libros que me he leído de Juan Gómez-Jurado, el último reseñado en este mismo blog hace algún tiempo. No soy demasiado amigo de libros que tienen la masonería como parte de la historia, creo que llegó un momento en que me saturé de ese tipo de historias, pero en este caso se trata más bien de una pequeña excusa que nos va a permitir sumergirnos en una época complicada, la Alemania de entreguerras, el ascenso de la Alemania nazi, la llegada d
Almudena Navarro
Increíble! Súper recomendable
J.M. Cornwell
Sep 17, 2011 J.M. Cornwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel of revenge, betrayal, and love, a good heir to Alexandre Dumas.

Paul Reiner and his mother, Ilse, live in Baron von Schroeder’s home in Munich as servants. Ilse is the Baroness Brunhilda’s sister and the Reiner’s are dependent on Brunhilda’s generosity, what little there is of it. There is little of the baron’s fortune left in the wake of his gambling and that does not change the way Paul’s cousin Jürgen treats Ilse and Paul. Jürgen is a petty tyrant and a coward and vents his arrogant s
César Caracuel
Feb 26, 2012 César Caracuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Es el primer libro que leo de este autor, además ha sido éste por sugerencia de él mismo, a través de Twitter. En El emblema del traidor, nos sumergimos en la Alemania entreguerras, el ascenso de la Alemania nazi, cuando Hitler subió al poder, y vivimos la historia de Paul y Alys, dos personas que se enamoran, y que a lo largo de años luchan contra los errores que sus familias cometieron, pero a pesar de todo, acabando juntos. Traiciones, secretos de familia, matrimonios que pretendían ser conce ...more
Sep 26, 2012 Antonio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yo ya sabía de sobra el buen hacer de Gómez-Jurado a la hora de contar historias. Sin embargo, lo que más agradezco por 'El emblema del traidor' es la genial manera de transportarnos a ese momento histórico. Durante los días que he dedicado a este libro he procurado documentarme yo también sobre el tema y he visto un par de documentales sobre Adolf Hitler, he escuchado algunos podcast sobre el nazismo para intentar comprender mejor la situación y tengo en mente leer algunos libros sobre el tema. ...more
May 27, 2012 Crystal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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My final opinion on this book is "meh".

When I read a book, I hope be drawn in to the characters-- to see them molded and feel the depth of their personalities, fears, and motivators. I was sorely disappointed in this area. The characters were cliche, their situation predictable, their outcome mediocre. All sense of moral consciousness was nonexistant. Selfishness was rampant, momentarily forgotten in fits of empassioned love that had seemingly no place.

The storyline was interesting enough, but n
Mar 11, 2012 Marc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Efectivamente se trata del mejor libro, hasta ahora, de Juan Gómez Jurado.
Una novela que, como sus predecesoras, te engancha desde las primeras páginas.
Una historia que ocurre en una de las épocas más interesantes de la historia reciente de Europa, la Alemania de entre guerras.
Con unos personajes brillantes y un protagonista que te conmueve.
A medida que avanza la historia es espeluznante ver de qué manera se hicieron con el poder en Alemania los nazis.
Novela donde encuentras traiciones, enga
John Taddeus
May 31, 2011 John Taddeus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fascinating story deals with life in Germany between the wars following the fortunes of some fundamentally decent people as they struggle with the moral and physical difficulties of survival in a system increasingly distorted by violence, sectarianism and hatred.
The main characters are well drawn and involving; the plot is fast-paced – I thoroughly enjoyed this book and welcomed the peripheral insights into Masonic beliefs and practices. I was surprised by the denouement, I hadn’t expected
Diane S ⛄
Sep 01, 2011 Diane S ⛄ rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, liked the characters of Peter and Aliya. Peter attempts to find out the truth behind his father's death against the backdrop of Germany's terrible economy after World War I and the beginning rise of Hitler and his SS. World history takes the back seat in this novel, though the book is based on the actual fact of the Traitor's Emblem, the main story is Peters. Fast read and a plot that keeps moving makes this book worth reading.
Susan Wood
Jun 01, 2011 Susan Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reads like a literary classic with surprising depth and nuance. And at times, the narrative has a flavor of Ken Follett and maybe Carlos Ruiz Zafon -without all the esoteric mumbo-jumbo-. It's not your simplistic, mindless, summer action plot, but a coming-of-age journey with substance, history, and style. I would give this 4 and 1/2 stars. A deeply satisfying and compulsive page turner.
May 27, 2011 Connors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun to read! A work of fiction that created enough intrigue to make me look up some facts. The writer was able to really paint a visual image of that difficult times - very entertaining!
Teresa Carbajal Ravet
May 22, 2012 Teresa Carbajal Ravet rated it really liked it
In The Traitor’s Emblem, Juan Gómez-Jurado takes the reader through a cultural, historical adventure across land and sea, straddling a sociopolitical border. While depicting a historical perspective of Depression-era Munich and the rise of Nazism, Gómez-Jurado does not fail to portray the battling human condition during a time of social and political struggle. Genuine leadership, betrayal, love, avarice, familial retribution, and the secret society of the Masons, all entwined as readers expect t ...more
Aug 05, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt the book was very much like an Edward Rutherfurd or Follet (in Fall of Giants), in its inter-generational nature. While it took place mainly within Alys and Paul's life, there was some stretch added to the timeline. I enjoyed it, especially with the NIZA Germany backdrop, but would not call it stellar, as the two aforementioned authors tend to have their works labelled.

The story keeps a good interest from start to end. I am used to the usually Hitler is good, rah rah, or Hitler is bad, bo
Sep 28, 2011 Kevin rated it it was amazing
The Straits of Gibraltar, 1940. In the heart of a storm at sea, Captain González rescues a group of German castaways. When the torrent subsides, the leader of the survivors gratefully offers the captain a strange-looking emblem made of gold and diamonds, in exchange for safe passage to the coast of Portugal. Decades later, in 2002, the son of captain González receives a substantial offer for the emblem. He does not sell it, but the buyer reveals an astounding story behind that mysterious object: ...more
I felt like this book was uneven; parts of it were extremely thrilling and kept my interest, while other parts sort of just meandered along. Paul is a young kid in post-WWI Germany, living at his aunt and uncle's house, as they've been afraid to kick Paul and his mom out because of some secret only she knows. After Paul discovers that his dad was not killed in a shipwreck years ago, as he's been led to believe, he and his mom are thrown out and have to start making a future for themselves. Paul' ...more
In 1940, four Germans are rescued by a Spanish sea captain. Before departing, a one-eyed German gives the captain a gold emblem. The story behind the emblem and the Germans is not revealed until sixty years later, to the captain's son.

In 1919, Paul Reiner is a young German boy who knows almost nothing about his dead father. He and his mother, Ilse, live with Baron von Schroeder and his wife, Brunhilda (Ilse's sister). In the Schroeder's house, Paul and his mother are treated like servants, but a
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Juan Gómez-Jurado (December 1977 Madrid, Spain) is an award winning journalist and bestselling author. He is one of the three most successful contemporary Spanish authors along with New York Times bestselling authors Javier Sierra and Carlos Ruiz Zafón. In 2011, Juan celebrated the mark of 4 million readers worldwide.

Juan is the author of three international bestselling novels: GOD’S SPY, THE MOSE
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“Ah, ah. No releas, Paul. Eres muy joven, y aquellos que releen tienden a llenarse de la sabiduría inadecuada antes de tiempo. Ahora tienes que leer, leer todo lo que puedas, lo más heterogéneo posible. Sólo cuando llegas a mis años sabes que aquello que relees no es una pérdida de tiempo.” 4 likes
“La traición y el asesinato van siempre juntos, como dos diablos unidos en un yugo que por el mismo fin trabajan tan groseramente por interés natural que la imaginación no se asombra ante ellos.   Pero a ti, contra todo decoro, te estaba reservado, provocar asombro, al tiempo que traición y asesinato. Sea cual fuere el diablo que ha obrado sobre ti, se ha ganado fama de excelente en el Infierno.” 1 likes
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