The Amber Room

The Amber Room BONUS This Edition Contains An Excerpt From Steve Berry S The Columbus Affair 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 By Frederick I Of Prussia, The Room Was Later Perfected Tsarskoe Selo, The Russian Imperial City In , German Troops Invaded The Soviet Union, Looting Everything In Their Wake And Seizing The Amber Room When The Allies Began The Bombing Of Germany In August , The Room Was Hidden And Despite The Best Efforts Of Treasure Hunters And Art Collectors From Around The World, It Has Never Been Seen Again Now, Two Powerful Men Have Set Their Best Operatives Loose In Pursuit, And The Hunt Has Begun Once Life Is Good For Atlanta Judge Rachel Cutler She Loves Her Job, Loves Her Kids, And Remains Civil To Her Ex Husband, Paul But Everything Changes When Her Father, A Man Who Survived The Horrors Of World War II, Dies Under Strange Circumstances And Leaves Behind Clues To A Secret He Kept His Entire Life A Secret About Something Called The Amber Room Desperate To Know The Truth About Her Father S Suspicious Dealings, Rachel Takes Off For Germany, With Paul Close Behind Shortly After Arriving, They Find Themselves Involved With A Cast Of Shadowy Characters Who All Claim To Share Their Quest But As They Learn About The History Of The Treasure They Seek, Rachel And Paul Realize They Re In Way Over Their Heads Locked In A Treacherous Game With Ruthless Professional Killers And Embroiled In A Treasure Hunt Of Epic Proportions, Rachel And Paul Suddenly Find Themselves On A Collision Course With The Forces Of Power, Evil, And History Itself A Brilliant Adventure And A Scintillating Tale Of Intrigue, Deception, Art, And Murder, The Amber Room Is A Classic Tale Of Suspense And The Debut Of A Strong New Voice In The World Of The International Thriller

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 416 pages
  • The Amber Room
  • Steve Berry
  • English
  • 02 August 2017

10 thoughts on “The Amber Room

  1. says:

    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 paragraphs of description of the history behind the Amber Room any competent writer would have been able to put that information in the action without resorting to pages of exposition Or even in shorter exposition The female protagonist is feisty , and her Russian, widowed father lovingly says that she s just like her mother Oh wow, another cliche For the record, the character wasn t feisty she was just bitchy I listened to the audio version of this, and the reader made every German sound exactly the same, and exactly like the gay German alias on the movie The Saint.Unbelievably bad I got to the last disc of the 13 disc set and couldn t do any, even though I was so close to the end Maybe it turned brilliant in that last disc I just didn t care I wanted to like it because I thought the premise seemed so interesting, but it was horrible Every character makes the stupidest decisions you can possibly imagine, and there is scarcely a character to even like, let alone care about I suppose, to be fair, I should admit that I hate almost all thrillers, but there are intelligent thrillers of this type out there The Eight, The Book of Q , so there s just no excuse for using such potentially good material and turning it into something so bad It s officially in my list of the worst books I ve ever read.To add to my annoyance, I realized after looking at some reviews on that the reader of the audiobook was also pronouncing the German names incorrectly Ugh

  2. says:

    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 And patience is not one of your virtues Hardly Maybe it s genetic Hardly Knoll obviously hadn t sensed her presence, thinking he d rid himself of her in the Atlanta airport.Not hardly, Christian That shaft is hardly big enough for three people to walk through She gestured to the blossoms Garden Hardly Sounds like you re developing a heart, Christian YOU GUESSED IT Hardly GET ANOTHER ADVERB.This story had potential it really did When I grabbed it off the shelf in Penn Station, it was the Nazis, stolen art, war, Acquisitors, rich old men willing to kill people, and promising villains that intrigued me But somewhere along the way I started realizing that while Amber is pretty and all, it was way cooler in Jurassic Park when it fossilized mosquitoes with dinosaur DNA I was also tricked into reading it because the main characters were lawyers doing some very unlawyerly things as Mr Berry himself explained in the cute little interview in the back He likes to break stereotypes, he says Well, sometimes that sad old stereotype that mothers take care of their kids, and don t run off to certain death in Stod at a moment s notice over a hunk of rock, may just ring truer than breaking it.I like fun, globe trotting adventure stories I appreciate research I did not like The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown writes The Amber Room is m y kind of thriller Well folks, is this my kind of thriller ________.

  3. says:

    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 the protagonists just aren t likable, and it doesn t help that by far the most interesting character in the book Karol Borya is killed off very early In fact, it s Borya s murder that is the catalyst for the entire storyline of the novel so it s not a spoiler mentioning this here Overall I give the author credit for the concept and for making a valiant attempt at an exciting novel I definitely liked the European locales, but the villains, know as Acquisitors, who scour the world for rare and stolen art treasures for their wealthy employers, who act like trained assassins was a bit much I found myself skimming a lot of pages in the final third to get through this one Not horrible, but just not that good either.

  4. says:

    Published 2007Author Steve BerryRecommended for fans of mystery and history fictionThis 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 until the very end It doesnt skimp on the description, it paints a very good picture in the imagination and makes you feel like your their seeing everything happen.

  5. says:

    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, satisfying read than Dan Brown s.

  6. says:

    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 of berry s work it s almost inspiring you too, people of the world, can write and apparently become a best seller.

  7. says:

    A good concept but a weak plot Couldn t like any of the characters And too much of swearing really put me off

  8. says:

    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.

  9. says:

    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 several soldiers who knew about the theft and possible location of the the Amber Room Being a judge, I would think that Rachel would have respect for the law and police procedure Instead, she and Paul although they are already divorced, they are still in love with each other , go off to Europe and tries to follow the trail of clues Assassination attempts by two treasure hunters who are also searching for the treasure is not going to stop them Even after Rachel was sure that the guy who saved her from a car accident it was staged tried to kill her, she kept it a secret from the investigators and her ex husband, because she found the guy attractive Hey, if somebody ever tried to kill me, I don t care how hot she looks I m going to be telling everybody who wants to listen about the attempt.

  10. says:

    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.

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