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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  12,216 ratings  ·  675 reviews
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Steve Berry’s The Emperor’s Tomb.

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 Prus...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 26th 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published 2003)
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Ann
Jun 12, 2008 Ann rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People that want to punish themselves
Oh Amber Room, how did I hate thee? Let me count the ways...

- Every German says "und" (instead of "and") even as they're speaking English.

- Women say "Damn you" to the man they're about to sleep with.

-"Damn" used in every other sentence: "The trail was easy to follow. Too damn easy."

-How much needless, random sex do you need in a book?

-Every cliche possible is used - my favorite: The greedy American treasure hunter is named McCoy and calls women "little lady". ARE YOU KIDDING ME????

-Crazy long p...more
Bonnie
Jun 03, 2011 Bonnie rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love awesome first chapters followed by 45 horrible ones
Recommended to Bonnie by: the prospect of a 5 hour busride without something to read
I have one word that sums up my feelings for this book, and unfortunately, 90% of The Amber Room's dialogue content: "Hardly."

Defined:
1.Only just; almost not; barely: We had hardly reached the lake when it started raining. hardly any; hardly ever.
2. not at all; scarcely: That report is hardly surprising.
3. with little likelihood: He will hardly come now.

A few samples:
"They didn't have forklifts?"
"Hardly."

She motioned to the art. "A connoisseur?"
"Hardly."

"I'm waiting," the female voice said.
"An...more
Andy
A mediocre novel at best. If you're looking for a reasonably entertaining book for a long airplane ride then this might do the trick. Otherwise, I think there are much better books of this genre out there. While the concept of recovering lost art treasures that were looted by the Nazis in WWII is a fascinating one, and the historical info about the actual Amber Room is also quite interesting, the author just can't put it all together into a compelling story. One of the biggest problems is that t...more
Amy
with such a fascinating (and real) historical subject, it's hard to put into words just how horrifyingly awful berry's execution of this story is. i noted that a lot of people like this. gave it 4 stars even. how is this possible?

i am tempted though, to read more of berry's work. it's almost inspiring. you too, people of the world, can write. and apparently become a best seller.
Rob
I chose the book because I have been following Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series, and I wanted to see what's going to be my reaction to his stand-alone novels. My two stars should not be misinterpreted. It was a well-researched book. My only complaint are the illogical actions of Judge Cutler and her ex-husband, Paul as they go following the clues behind the death of Rachel's father. During the war, Rachel's father was a POW in a Nazi camp, and he witnessed the interrogation and murder of sever...more
Kristy Lin Billuni
I didn't much like DaVinci Code, but since I met Steve Berry and liked what he had to say about writing, I thought I'd give this one a try. I may now be in love with the genre. It combines what I love about historical fiction--history lessons--with another area of learning--learning about art--and Berry's novel is a much better, more satisfying read than Dan Brown's.
Nick Brett
The Amber Room was a treasure looted by the Nazis and lost during the end of WW2. Worth an on-line search to understand the background, it's quite interesting.
And 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 WW2 elements and for it not to be the usual search for Jesus' sandal, Hercules lunch box or the lost MacDonald's of Atlantis. Yep, we do have a...more
E Wilson
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Mjohnson
I gave this book an extra star because of the research put in to it, but I really didn't like it. The father is the best-written character, for whom the reader feels most connection to, but he gets killed off right away. The next-best written characters? The bad guys. And not best-written bad guys. Nope, more interest is paid to them and their relationships than the protagonists, even when they're just killing people indiscriminately. They're written with far more sympathy than the actual protag...more
Ithlilian
Unfortunately, an interesting idea does not make a good novel. People who try to look for panels of amber that were once located in a Russian palace turn up dead. The main character's father may know more than he is telling his daughter, but he is murdered. So begins the hunt for the amber room with 2 crazy killers, some old men, and a divorced couple. That may sound a little cynical, but after sitting through this novel I'm a little annoyed.

The history behind the amber room is interesting. The...more
Leah
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I've mentioned time and time again that I adore Berry. I think he's simply fantastic. His books are always so interesting and the pacing is perfect.

That said, this book took me over a month to finish. I have no idea what happened. It wasn't bad, but there was something about it that stopped me from plowing through it in a weekend.

Berry always does such in-depth research and The Amber Room is no different. There were times when I was reading where I'd have...more
Lance Charnes
Jan 23, 2013 Lance Charnes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want a Dan Brown story without needing Cliff Notes to understand it
The Amber Room is a much like the kind of tale I write – an international thriller with an everyman protagonist (in this case, an everyman and everywoman) who gets by with whatever native intelligence and wits he/she brings to the party. It was Steve Berry’s first published novel, one of three he wrote before he drifted into Dan Brown territory with his Cotton Malone series, and as such it still has some mooring in the real world.

The Amber Room is the near-legendary Czarist treasure stolen by th...more
Suzanne
Let me just say that this has to be the best Steve Berry novel that I have read to date!

Art historians everywhere would love to know what happened to the Amber Room after it disappeared during WWII. Berry paints a wonderful tale of what might have happened to it in a story that chronicles the adventures of Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler when she travels to Europe to get to the bottom of this mystery after her father Karol Borya, was killed because of what he knew about the Amber Room's whereabouts...more
Billy
Wow! Berry's 1st outing is about as good as his others...,

Being that this was Steve Berry's first book and I read his books out of order, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this was as well-written as his more recent outings. I read Berry's other three books before reading this and the only fault that I can find in this book is that he has outdone himself with each subsequent release. Basically, because he has gotten so good at the thriller genre, he makes his older books seem a little less...more
Dan Smith
This is one of the Best Steve Berry Books written. Not a Cotton Malone book. According to the post notes, there was a lot of research done for this book and there are a lot of truths used.

I think that anyone would enjoy this story..
Rachel Jackson
The Amber Room is an awful book. Just awful. I forced myself to slog my way through to the end, and I was bored and glass-eyed through the whole process. The book is a far cry from the few others of Steve Berry's books I've read, which makes me wonder how he managed to get this one published first.

To sum up, The Amber Room is an overly complicated, arrogant tale about a search for just as the title says: the long-lost Amber Room once held in Russia's Catherine Palace. It was a marvelous treasure...more
The Writer
The first thing I noticed when I read this book was: Bad translation.

Ok, it might not be fair in the first place since I read the Indonesian translation out of the original work in English and most translated books didn’t quite get the original “essence” of the story. This one, it’s just not bad, it’s crap. I wonder how did these book translators / editors work anyway? Were they blind to start with since there were so many misspelled words and unproper translated words in there?
But hey, let’s mo...more
Kara Jorges
While imprisoned in a concentration camp during World War II, Karol Borya first hears reference to the Amber Room, which went missing in 1945. He searched for it as a treasure hunter for Russia’s Extraordinary Commission, but by the time the old man is murdered at the age of 83, his only interest in the missing Russian treasure is a few newspaper articles. Borya’s daughter Rachel is prodded to ignore his advice to stay away from the Amber Room when his “accidental” death seems suspicious, so she...more
Rachaelita
I really enjoyed this book. Berry's writing is clever and his characters are fascinating. Each person stood out with his or her own voice. When a group of people are involved in a mystery/thriller such as this, sometimes it's difficult to distinguish who is who. The author might not always give them defining qualities, however, differentiation was clear in "The Amber Room". None of the characters seemed too much alike. He took care to give each a personality-something I really liked. Also, the c...more
Froglily
Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler and her ex-husband Paul are drawn into a deadly hunt for amber panels looted by the Nazis in World War II.

After World War II Karol Borya helped the Soviets recover many treasures looted by the Nazis. One treasure he did not find was the Amber Room, panels of exquisitely carved amber removed from the Soviet Union’s Catherine Palace in 1941. Treasure hunters still search for the Amber Room, 60 years after the war, and long after Borya immigrated to the United States to...more
Jean
This is the first Steve Berry book that I read. He writes historical thrillers that lead the reader all over the world. He bases his main idea for the book in fact, and then takes a few liberties with the facts to make it a more readable story. Then at the end, he tells the reader what is true and what was made up. In this story, there are two sets of art thieves out to find some of the most expensive and beautiful art treasures in the world. Many were looted in WWII. The biggest prize is The Am...more
JoAnne Pulcino
"Sexy, illuminating, and confident. THE AMBER ROOM is my kind of thriller--a globe-trotting treasure hunt packed with exotic locales, sumptuous art, and ruthless villains. Steve Berry writes with the self-assured style of a veteran." --DAN BROWN, Author of The Da Vinci Code

Forged of the exquisite gem, the Amber Room is one of the greatest treasures ever made by man--and the subject of one of history’s most intriguing mysteries. German troops invading the Soviet Union seized the Room in 1941. Whe...more
Susan
First - a bone to pick. This story was written in 2003 and occurs about that time in the story. Thus, it's post-9/11, and no one could have possibly bought a ticket in the United States to anywhere, much less overseas, and boarded the plane all within one hour of departure! Clearly, it made a better story for Berry; however, it annoys me when authors are writing realistic fiction and ignore basic realities of life in the time of the story. This harkens back to Sara Paretsky and her novels about...more
Milly Dunaway
When Rachel's father dies under suspicious circumstances, he leaves his daughter clues to a decades-old secret: the Amber Room, a treasure that was appropriated by the Nazis when they invaded the Soviet Union. Now, to find out why her father died, and who's responsible, Rachel (with her ex-husband, Paul) heads off to Germany, where she hopes to find the truth about the Amber Room.

This was my first time reading a book by Steve Berry and I found this was very interesting and hard to put down. I ha...more
Jerry
Historical fiction about famous room stolen by or hidden from Nazis during WWII...

This tome would probably not usually darkened our "to read" list were it not for the intervention of a friend who enjoyed Berry's pseudo history of the Russian panels destined to be part of the Nazi looting -- we believe the amber panels remain undiscovered to this day. Along the way, we get Americans rambling around Europe trying to solve a loosely connected death, while meantime two arch enemies in the antigue ar...more
Kelsey Hanson
This book sat on my shelf for approximately two years before I forced myself to read it. I tried several times but I never got sucked into it and tended to peter out around the third chapter. Now, I've finally made it all the way through and I still can't really remember much about what I read. On paper it sounds really good, stolen art, Nazi lore, mysterious murder, but it just moves so slowly with bland characters that never really make me care about them. The relationship between Paul and Rac...more
Roxana
I really enjoy this kind of book! A treasure hunting is always something exciting! Specially when the treasure is something real and misterious like The Amber room. Is not the first time I hear about The Amber Room, after starting this book I couldn't help but to look for some update information. The truth is, this Room had never being found, to the point that it had to be recrated based in photographs. Is amazing how something so big can just vanish.
As the story goes, you can almost guess wher...more
Sara
I was told that this author was the new Vince Flynn and when I grabbed a copy, I saw that Dan Brown gave this book high marks. This book is a good mix of Grisham, Follet, Flynn with a little Brown thrown in. At nearly 500 pages, it is not a quick read, but it moves at a great and relatively even pace. The beginning is tough to stomach as the torture of Nazi concentration camps is told in a hauntingly accurate style. The reader is rewarded, however, with a complex plot, regular relief from the co...more
Judie
When Rachel Cutler’s elderly father dies after falling down a flight of stairs, ending up with a broken neck, her ex-husband Paul becomes the executor of his estate. He finds papers in his former father-in-law’s safety deposit box that lead him to information about The Amber Room which was constructed almost entirely of amber over many centuries in Russia and which disappeared after World War II. Visits by some unusual strangers convince Rachel to go Germany to try to discover what her father m...more
Randy Christopher
This book was my first introduction to the historical Amber Room. It was a room in Russia covered in amber and it was stolen by the nazis and lost forever. I eat up this kind of lost artifact, conspiracy-type of novel. This did not disappoint. The characters were well drawn out and the search for the room was like a great big treasure hunt. Everytime I read a Berry book, I learn a little something and I get intrigued by it and want to learn more. This books is one I recommend quite often.
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