The Amber Room

The Amber Room 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

  • Title: The Amber Room
  • Author: Steve Berry
  • ISBN: 034548343X
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 InThe 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 1941, 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 1944, 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 collisioncourse 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 From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Steve Berry

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name Steve Berry is the New York Times and 1 internationally bestselling author of 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 Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room His books have been translated into 40 languages with over 22,000,000 copies in 51 countries They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists.History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel It s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers workshops To date, over 3,000 students have attended those workshops and nearly a million dollars raised Steve s devotion to historic preservation was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve it s spokesperson for National Preservation Week Among his other honors are the Royden B Davis Distinguished Author Award the Barnes Noble Writers for Writers Award given by Poets Writers the Anne Frank Human Writes Award and the Silver Bullet, bestowed by International Thriller Writers for his philanthropic work He has also been chosen both the Florida and Georgia Writer of the Year He also currently serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board In 2010, a NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F George School of Law at Mercer University He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers a group of nearly 4,000 thriller writers from around the world and served three years as its co president.Cick here for detailed bio information.Click here for information about History Matters.

    598 thoughts on “The Amber Room”

    1. 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 para [...]


    2. 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."An [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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 unt [...]


    5. 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.


    6. 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.


    7. A good concept but a weak plot. Couldn't like any of the characters. And too much of swearing really put me off!


    8. 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 [...]


    9. 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 [...]


    10. 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 b [...]


    11. This book had such a promising subject for a mystery and theauthor obviously researched amber and the amber room's history well.Then he threw it away in a mediocre novel with a truly unlikableheroine and her semi-wimpy ex-husband. I think it would have beenmuch much better if he had written about Rachel's Father and hispartner's attempt to find the treasure. There are so many implausible events starting with Rachel'sdecision to flit off to Europe and and leave her two young children as well as a [...]


    12. 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 [...]


    13. 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 im [...]


    14. 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 [...]


    15. 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 [...]


    16. 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 [...]


    17. 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 [...]


    18. Not brilliant, but a reasonably entertaining readThe 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.


    19. 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.


    20. 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


    21. এর চেয়ে ভাল শুরু আর হতে পারে না কোন একটা বই এর জন্য। ২য় বিশ্ব যুদ্ধের সময়ের বন্দীশিবির, বন্দীদের নির্যাতন তথ্য আদায়ের জন্য। এক্কেবারে যাকে বলে সলিড স্টার্ট।কিন্তু তারপরেই খেই হারাতে শুরু ক [...]


    22. 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 [...]


    23. 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 [...]


    24. 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 [...]



    25. 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 [...]


    26. 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 [...]


    27. 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 [...]


    28. The Amber Room was a part of the Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in Russia until the Germans looted it during World War II. The room was made completely of shades of amber and sculpted into rosettes, leaves and other decorations on all the walls. The furniture was also of amber. It has not been seen since the war. Experts in finding stolen and lost art treasures are on the hunt for it and attorney, Rachel Cutler, would not have counted herself or her ex-husband, Paul, in that exploration until [...]


    29. I really enjoyed this book. Berry's writing is clever and his characters are fascinating. Each person stood out with his or her own voice. When a group of people are involved in a mystery/thriller such as this, sometimes it's difficult to distinguish who is who. The author might not always give them defining qualities, however, differentiation was clear in "The Amber Room". None of the characters seemed too much alike. He took care to give each a personality-something I really liked. Also, the c [...]


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