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The Amber Room

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  21,007 ratings  ·  976 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 439 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Ballantine Books (first published August 26th 2003)
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May 08, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  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
May 31, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  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."

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?"

She motioned to the art. "A connoisseur?"

"I'm waiting," the female voice said.
Mar 03, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 2007
Author: Steve Berry
Recommended for: fans of mystery and history fiction

This book caught my attention straight away from the cover to the first paragraph. it was a joy to read it. It was fast paced and kept you guessing as to what was going to happen next. I wouldnt say any of it was predictable it had alot of twist and turns in it. I would recommend it for anyone who likes adventure stories and who has an interest in history. It is very well written, and keeps the reader right unt
May 14, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good concept but a weak plot. Couldn't like any of the characters. And too much of swearing really put me off!
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.
Jan 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nick Brett
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Dec 13, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I understand it's still early, but we're five chapters in and nothing is happening. Plus reading other reviews put me off this one. This is likely where Steve Berry and I part ways. Happy trails, sir.

Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lance Charnes
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
E Wilson
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Dan Smith
Dec 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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..
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Been reading World War II novels and, yep, here's another one. Actually, most of the story is set in postwar Europe. The story begins at the end of the war and involves one of WWII's biggest mysteries--what happened to the fabulous treasure of The Amber Room? This was a room with walls made of exquisite amber panels (and including jewels) of the Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg. After the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, they reached the palace (then a Soviet museum) and looted the ...more
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: soft
the quest for lost or stolen art did not quite grab me by the throat, but the ending is (view spoiler)

p47: named changed to karl bates.
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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
Ryan H
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! This caught my attention right from the get go and is definitely a trip through the past. What is not to like war history, mystery, conspiracy, a treasure hunt, priceless heirlooms and characters that are very well-developed. This is a trip through time with a lot of mystery and charm. There's also a lot of action and I felt like I learned a lot while listening to this engaging listen. Although meant for entertainment this is a fictional tale but was really well researched and brought ...more
Powder River Rose
I enjoy listening to Scott Brick narrate and so will always give him a 5 star stellar review.

The Amber Room is a great story of intrigue and thrills but I was very disappointed with the author's use of overt sex and foul language; I realize so many are following this path but having read the Cotton Malone series in its entirety and not finding that debasing form as a means to grab the listener/reader I naturally assumed this book would be similar.

The Amber Room is a heavily fictitious historic
Jonda Beattie
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really got caught up in this book. I already had an interest in the Amber Room and a long time ago had been at the palace where the room had been. There were pictures there of what it had looked like. I liked the way the book took historical facts and then turned them into a suspenseful read. It didn't hurt that I am from Atlanta (where the story starts) and have been to most of the areas that were in the book. It was also fascinating that last Tuesday there was an article in the newspaper about ...more
Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
Not brilliant, but a reasonably entertaining read

The premise is strong - "Acquisitors," who scour the world for rare and stolen art treasures for their wealthy employers, however the delivery is predictable and the characters are not too strong either.

The historical background of the Amber Room is quite interesting, but the story could have been so much better.

A decent holiday read, but not very memorable.
Matt Halpern
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Steve Berry's writing style is very reminiscent of Dan Brown. The difference that I have found with this book though is that Berry's approach is not about the symbols like Brown, but about the story as a whole. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more of his work.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning this book was a tad confusing. So many characters from different parts of the world. Once I understood the characters I couldn’t put this book down. Highly recommend to anyone that enjoys historical fiction.
Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo
A great book to read if your interested in the history based on WWII, German, Historical Treasures or the Soviet Union. This book is based on the Search for the original Amber Room that spanned for more than 50 years. Can you imagine an entire room made from amber, sculptures, wall art, frames, furniture all sculpted by Amber and wood. I've often thought of all the lost and destroyed treasures from WWII and can only begin to imagine the magnificent pieces lost and the lives lost over such treasu ...more
Rachel Jackson
Jan 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of nineteen novels, which include: The Warsaw Protocol , The Malta Exchange, The Bishop’s Pawn, The Lost Order, The 14th Colony, The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor's Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The C
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