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The Amber Room by Steve Berry
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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 couple involved (I think that must be in the unofficial rules) and ruthless killers, but this is actually well written and well researched. The "suddenly, as rare things will, it vanished" is a quote from Browning and is used during the book, it's an apt and appropriate quote.


US Judge follows the trail of the Amber Room once her father is killed and she discovers he was involved in the search for the room at the back end of the war. It appears he had a secret that he kept until his death. Judge's estranged husband joins her as they follow the trail through the types of adventures and close calls that we have now come to expect of these books.

Well written and quite good fun if you like these kind of things.
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