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The Stolen by T.S. Learner
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it was amazing
bookshelves: crime-thrillers, euro-fiction, history

The Stolen a brilliant Thriller.

The Stolen by T.S Learner has written a pulsating fast moving yet complex thriller that shines a light in to some parts of European history others would rather forget and uses this as the background to the story. As a reader and a historian it is not often one can flick to the back and find the bibliography as well as who aided in her research in to the writing of this top class thriller. I could easily use all the old clichés in this review and they would all be applicable this is a thrilling page turner!

The book opens in a forest in Ukraine in 1943 when an SS Officer is leading his unit towards a gypsy camp who had to things on his mind, one to eradicate the Untermensch and finding the gypsy gold and in particular a holy relic. SS officer Ulrich Vosshoffner happily murders the gypsies sparing a beautiful girl whom he will rape and her brother manage to survive the war and Buchenwald camp.

What happened would come back to haunt Zurich thirty nine years later when one of those survivors is murdered outside an expensive watch company by an assassin. From here on in we discover the lengths that people will cover things up at the expense of the truth especially when it comes to Switzerland and the famed Nazi gold and finances in their cantons before and during the war. The lengths of those who prospered will go to keep their secrets and who would believe a gypsy?

At the centre of this world is Mathias von Holindt, physicist and widower with a teenage daughter the scion of the famous von Holindt Watch Company and quarrelling son of the owner Christophe. It is the murder of the gypsy that draws Mathias and his daughter in to a very dangerous world and where people he knows and trust will be killed trying to protect the war secrets of eminent Swiss families.

While Mathias is fighting the secret Swiss cabal he finds his real roots and it is those roots that will eventually be his salvation. It will be the gypsies that for once come out as the heroes supporting and aiding Mathias in his search for the truth and giving justice to the gypsy holocaust. It is through his search for the truth her learns more about the shady activities of the Nazis and the Swiss, the rich history of the gypsies and the sacrifices they made.

This is a brilliant thriller that takes you head long in to areas of history that are not well known by many it shines a light in to the darkness. This book is brilliantly researched and that knowledge comes to the fore while reading. This is an exciting fast paced thriller that takes the reader by the throat and you read in the hope that Mathias will survive against the odds. Throughout The Stolen you feel that you just want to carry on reading and have no regrets and there are no regrets whatsoever I just want to read more of what Learner has to offer.
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March 25, 2014 – Shelved
March 25, 2014 – Shelved as: crime-thrillers
March 25, 2014 – Shelved as: euro-fiction
March 25, 2014 – Shelved as: history

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message 1: by Col (last edited Mar 25, 2014 10:03AM) (new)

Col Looks good but I'm kind of put off by the length. Not saying I don't tackle long books at times, but would prefer reading 2 @ 250 long ideally. Maybe more suitable for a period off work.


message 2: by Richard (new)

Richard Hicks Looks like a fascinating and very interesting story. I do hope I get a chance of reading it.


message 3: by Huw (new) - added it

Huw Evans Thanks for the recommendation, Paul.


message 4: by Mj (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mj Thoroughly enjoyed it, but get the impression there is a follow up when will that be available? mj in South Africa


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