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  • Taschenbuch
  • Verlag: Fawcett (18. Dezember 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0345506952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345506955
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 10,8 x 2,8 x 17,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.2 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 313.449 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Praise for The Amber Room

“Sexy, illuminating, and confident. The Amber Room is my kind of thriller—a globe-trotting treasure hunt packed with exotic locales, sumptuous art, and ruthless villains. Steve Berry writes with the self-assured style of a veteran.”
—DAN BROWN
Author of The Da Vinci Code

“Magnificently engrossing, with wonderful characters and a plot that speeds, twists, and turns. Pure intrigue, pure fun.”
—CLIVE CUSSLER

“The Amber Room is a riveting cat-and-mouse game set within the world of international art thieves, assassins, and age-old rivalries. From the opening shocker set in a Nazi concentration camp to the chilling battle within a mountain-top castle, Steve Berry carries the reader on a harrowing journey into a past best left undiscovered. Not to be missed!”
—JAMES ROLLINS
Author of Amazonia and Ice Hunt

“Steve Berry has written a tremendous first novel. He weaves vivid details into a lightning quick read.”
—STEPHEN FREY
Author of Silent Partner

“Vivid, fast-moving, beautifully imagined, convincing!”
—DAVID POYER
Author of Black Storm and Fire on the Waters


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Synopsis

The fate of the Amber Room is one of the abiding mysteries of the 20th Century. We have many photographs of the magnificent creation - a room in the Tsar's palace at Tsarskoe Selo panelled in huge sheets of beautiful, glossy amber - and we know that the Nazis dismantled it and took it with them as their army retreated from Russia, but what happened then has never been established. Now, the hunt is on once more, and for Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler, the search will set her on course for a collision with murder, greed, power and history itself. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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Eigentlich stand Steve Berrys "Amber Room" weit oben auf meiner Leseliste, wurde dann aber kurzzeitig von Aleyander Weiss' "Der Königsberg-Plan" (vgl. meine entsprechene Rezension) zum selben Thema verdrängt. Nun bin ich auch mit Berrys Buch durch und kann es als unterhaltsame Urlaubslektüre durchaus empfehlen:
* Wie A. Weiss schickt auch Berry einen Held und eine Heldin auf sie Suche nach dem Bernsteinzimmer; beides Amerikaner logischerweise (was natürlich die üblichen Klischees bezüglich eines Europa-"Urlaubs" zu Tage fördert).
* Auch hier gibt es Bösewichte, die, was interessant ist, unterschiedliche Interessen verfolgen.
* Und genau darin liegt ein Unterschied zum "Königsberg-Plan": es gibt noch vielfältigere Interessen, das Bernsteinzimmer zu finden; vier, um genau zu sein. Berrys diesbezügliche Taktik sehe ich neutral, dem Buch schadet sie nicht.
* Ob diese Interessen logisch erscheinen, muss der Leser selbst entscheiden. Wie gesagt, das hier ist Fiktion, die spannend sein soll. Und genau das gelingt dem Autor recht gut, wenn auch alles ganz im Stile eines Thrillers aus US-Feder abläuft.
* Was übrigens nicht entschuldigt, dass deutsche Akteure im Buch (wie leider so oft in den entsprechenden Büchern) kaum einen geraden Satz herausbringen.
* Trotzdem Lob für Berry: Die Hintergründe zum Bernsteinzimmer scheinen gut recherchiert, zudem werden interessante Fakten zum Bernstein an sich eingestreut.
**** Zusammengefasst eine Leseempfehlung mit vier Sternen. Besser gefallen, weil europäischer, hat mir das Buch von Weiss. Lesen sollten Sie, bei entsprechendem Interesse, beide. Ist nur Zeit für eins, ein Stern Vorsprung für den Königsberg-Plan.
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3 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Amelrode am 28. Oktober 2008
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The history of art has produced few works as ambitious and as valuable as the Amber Room. Famous throughout Europe as `the eighth wonder of the world', its vast and intricately worked amber panels were a gift of the king of Prussia to the Russian Emperor. For over two hundred years the room remained in its Russian palace, but with the outbreak of the Second World War, Hitler laid claim to it as a showpiece for the Third Reich. When the Nazis swept into Leningrad, it was wrenched from the walls, packed into crates and disappeared from view, never to be seen again. The mystery of what is generally considered to be the greatest of the missing treasures of Europe is the background fro this intriguing and gripping crime story.

Steven Berry - this is my 4th novel by him - has created with this work a fast running, intriguing, gripping mystery. It is splendid merger of fact and fiction creating an engrossing puzzler. I cut not put it down and finished it in 2 days. The only draw-back I could find: Berry should check the German phrases maybe with native speaker. But that does not pull the book down.

So if you want to find out why Steven Berry is a mega-seller: well, just read this book. Highly recommended!!! I am really looking forward to Steven Berry's next (5th) book.
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1 von 2 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Amazon Customer am 30. Januar 2010
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I definitely agree with Klaus that Mr Berry or his editor should have checked the German in the book - something a native speaker could have put right in five seconds. Reading "Können wir reden mehr?" and "Osterdode" put me off after only a few chapters and made me more critical of the rest. Chapter one, the sample I downloaded onto Kindle, was a flashback that promised more than the rest of the book delivered.

A man's book - I'm not saying this to be sexist, but women readers might like to know that some female characters are portrayed as voracious sex beasts with shallow personalities - seventies junk novel style.

Later, reading about two of the characters, both art hunters/thieves who were each content to be in the sole employ of a benefactor in return for a spare room in a castle, I questioned how believable this would be. For one of them, just maybe, but both? What happened to free enterprise? And would a US judge be so gullible??

If this is the best Mr Berry has to offer, I won't be reading others.
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0 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Mark O'Neill am 4. April 2009
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This is probably Steve Berry's best book so far and it makes for fascinating reading regarding lost / pillaged art / treasure by the Nazis at the end of the war. The action in this book is non-stop and to use a tired / well-used idiom, it keeps you "on the edge of your seat".

Atlanta judge Rachel Cutler is facing re-election but she finds her father dead at the bottom of his stairs. The cops write it off as an accident but we know (because we read it) that he was thrown down the stairs by a German professional killer who wants to know about the legendary Russian Amber Room which was stolen from Russia during the war by the Nazis and never recovered after the war.

Rachel and her ex-husband (has to be ex-husband doesn't it?) take off for Germany to find the Amber Room and avenge her father's death. Meanwhile the professional killer is being chased by another professional killer. The two of them are employed by rival art dealers who want the Amber Room for themselves and things are heating up. With the Cutlers about to inject themselves into the equation, things are going to get interesting. Also throw in a North Carolina entrepreneur who is going to blast his way into the Harz mountains because he is convinced that the Amber Room is concealed in there and things are going to get DEADLY.
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Entertaining... 12. Dezember 2004
Von Juliette Bravo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm a bit puzzled at all of the negative reviews of this book. It kept my interest and it's entertaining for what it is. The Nazi round up of art is an interesting topic, and I'm glad to see it touched upon in fiction. I'd never heard of the amber room, and I learned enough to make me search out more information. Granted, the writing is not exactly Dickens, but when I want to read Great Literature, I read the Greats.

People have a tendency to want to group novels rather than to take each story on its own merits. I've seen this book compared to "The DaVinci Code". I recognize the comparison, since its a mystery/thriller set in the art world, but that's where the similarities end. If you liked "The DaVinci Code," you might like this book, but if you're someone who has the need to compare everything and rank preferences, I can't say which is "better".

If I were required to complain about something, it might be that the bad guys (as in many stories) are more interesting than the good guys. I really didn't care too much about what happened to the protagonists, but I did find myself intrigued by the cat and mouse game played by the acquisitors. The concept of a group of Europeans sending operatives all over the world to obtain treasures that have already been stolen is intriguing. I'd like to see it explored further. Maybe in a future Berry book.
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Weaving real history into a fiction thriller... 12. Juli 2006
Von Cynthia K. Robertson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Steve Berry weaves a fictional thriller around the true saga of the famous Russian Amber Room, and provides a real treat for his readers.

Originally in the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo, the Amber Room was a true wonder. The wall panels were made of amber, pieced together like a jigsaw puzzle. During World War II, German soldiers made off with the panels and the decorative items inside (also made of amber). They have never been discovered, and their disappearance remains one of the great mysteries of the war.

Rachael Cutler is a judge in Atlanta, Georgia and her father, Karol Borya, was originally part of a Soviet group trying to find the Amber Room and other antiquities stolen by the Nazi's during the war. When her father dies under suspicious circumstances, he leaves her clues about the location of the Amber Room. Unfortunately, two unsavory characters are also involved in the search. Suzanne Danzer and Christian Knoll are "Acquisitors" who work for entrepreneurs who belong to a group called Retrievers of Lost Antiquities. The nine men who make up this group accumulate stolen treasures (with the help of their Acquisitors) for their private collections. Rachael and her ex-husband, Paul, take off for Germany to follow leads left by Borya. Unfortunately, Knoll and Danzer are following close behind, leaving many dead bodies in their wake. How this story plays out will have you quickly turning pages.

I like stories with Russian themes and also, books that weave true events into the story. Berry gives the reader both in The Amber Room. The history of the Amber Room is a fascinating one, as is the story of amber itself. Berry also gives us some history on the plundering of art by the Nazi's throughout Europe. With any thriller, you have to expect some liberties with the true story, as well as some incredulity. Berry gives us some of both, although I'm not sure I like the revisionist history at the end. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed The Amber Room and thought it was even better than The Romanov Prophecy.
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Interesting Idea, Unbelievably Bad Execution 7. September 2005
Von N. B. Nieto - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Like many, I was (and remain) intrigued by the mystery of the Amber Room, but even that premise could not get me through this tedious, poorly-written "thriller." My disappointment has nothing to do with comparisons with the DaVinci Code. This book stinks entirely on its own merits.

First, and foremost, let's start with the characters. Either Steve Berry has never met a woman, or he's never met a woman he liked. In his book, they're all ball-breaking bitches. The only difference between the "heroine" and the villianess is which side of the law they happen to be on. Also, the heroine acts in ways which are unbelieveably stupid. For example, she suspects foul play in the death of her father and believes the Amber Room has something to do with it. In the next minute, she tells a total stranger everything he could ever want to know about the Amber Room, and worse yet, goes off with this total stranger in the middle of Europe to an abandoned mine in the mountains without telling anyone her whereabouts? And this woman is a Judge?!?! Ooookay. The husband does almost the same thing, showing every single letter related to the Amber Room to some random woman he's known for about 5 minutes. I hope this lawyer never practices anywhere near me!

And the villians? The villians are a shade or two slightly more interesting than the main protagonists, but their actions are too stupid to be believed. They want to find the Amber Room, right? They find the only two living people in the world who might know its whereabouts and what do they do almost immediately? That's right, kill them! Of course! That makes perfect sense. Or, you know, they might've maybe held them and tortured them for information. Just a little suggestion.

The plot is what it is, but even Green Eggs and Ham had more twists than this one did. And to add insult to injury, the writing style was just so unimaginative, dry, and choppy, with paragraph after paragraph of tedious descriptions of surroundings.

If it's been awhile since you've seen the back of your brain, give the Amber Room a read, because surely you will be rolling your eyes very far back into your head every other page or so.
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GOOD GRIEF FOLKS, READ IT FOR WHAT IT IS 19. Dezember 2004
Von D. Blankenship - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
There is much positive to be said of this work, and, as several reviewer's have pointed out, a few negatives also. This, for me was not one of those books I picked up expecting to be dazzled by the author's brilliant literary tallents. If I want to be bored out of my mind I will pick up some of James Joyce's work. I chose this one because I felt it would be a fun read, and it was. From a historical point, the author obviously did his home work. This was impressive. Yes, I agree with another reviewer's assessment that the author certainly has a problem with women and yet another, in that the few sex scenes were pretty poorly done and more than just a bit gratuitous, floating somewhere between silly and gross. On the other hand, this was a first novel, and I am sure his publisher wanted to get as much bang for the buck as they could...ergo, "lets throw in some sex."
The book did offer entertainment, held my interest, and I certainly did not regrete reading it. It was a good first try. I must admit to being a bit shocked at the apparent absolute venom injected into some of the reviews of this book. Hey, even at worse it was not all that bad. Perhaps it was because the author is a lawyer...hmmmm...just a thought. Anyway, I do recommend it as a pleasant way to drift through a weekend. Overall recommend. Just a note: Perhaps in future novels, the author could perhaps make at least one or two of his characters a bit more likeable. In this work, you really did not care if any or all of them made it alive through to the end, with the possible exception of the old man's cat.
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Deserving of your time 17. August 2006
Von Book Snob - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
After reading some of the amazon reviews of this book I almost didn't read it; I'm glad I followed my intuition and not some of the reviews found here.

Before reading this novel I had heard of the Amber Room, but only in passing. I now know much more because this book piqued my interested so a little research was in order. Contrary to some reviews, this book makes complete sense (even the murders that some found confusing), it doesn't telegraph coming events and is tightly woven for a first novel.

I throughly enjoyed it and can recommended it without hesitation. I can't understand those who found it sexy - though there is some discreet sex but it is far from erotic; those who found it overly violent - much less so than the DiVinci Code or the Scarpetta books to name a few; boring - did they really read the book; or poorly written - not every book can win a Pulitzer though this one is much better than some that receive accolades in these reviews. (To the reader who referenced Dickens, get real, he wrote the original pulp fiction. And talk about boring!)

This is a good mystery. I hope that you give it a chance. Me? I'm on my way to get another Steve Berry novel.
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