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The Black Sun by James Twining
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Apr 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2010, thriller

Now this is how you do an action-adventure thriller! "The Black Sun" is a furiously addictive read that plows forward towards an exciting conclusion full of double crosses, plot twists, and page after page of escapes and narrow misses. So much fun.

The main thrust of the story is the search for the Amber Room which supposedly vanished at the end of World War II as the Nazis were trying to hide a train filled with stolen items from Jewish concentration camp prisoners. The book by James Twining involves a race across Europe and Russia involving Neo-Nazis; shadowy, mysterious organizations which the reader is never sure which side each group is on or what their motives are; and puzzles and clues scattered throughout churches, paintings, and hidden vaults. The characters, former art thieves, gangsters, and government officals, are complex and, at times, you aren't sure where their allegiances lie.

What I really liked about the book are the many twists and surprises throughout the story. And these surprises aren't just there and come out of nowhere - they are organic and make sense. Plus, they are fun when they happen and they make the story even more enjoyable to read. To constantly be guessing as the story unfolds is what made the story so addictive to read. The book is also well-written, descriptive, and well researched.

I liked this book a great deal and am really glad I discovered this author.
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Reading Progress

April 24, 2010 – Started Reading
April 24, 2010 – Shelved
April 24, 2010 – Shelved as: read-in-2010
April 24, 2010 – Shelved as: thriller
April 25, 2010 –
page 19
April 25, 2010 –
page 32
April 26, 2010 –
page 55
April 27, 2010 –
page 88
April 27, 2010 –
page 103
April 29, 2010 –
page 137
May 1, 2010 –
page 186
May 2, 2010 –
page 235
May 5, 2010 –
page 270
May 6, 2010 –
page 306
May 7, 2010 –
page 337
May 8, 2010 – Finished Reading

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