Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
Author: Sheldon Greene
setting for this novel is Munich, Germany 1940. In occupied
West Germany Horst Vogle, a former German soldier, is working as a
curator for the city's museum to accumulate lost art works that were
formerly in the collection.
In reality, Horst Vogle was a member of the resistance in World War II. His real identity is Jan Goldberg and he is an assassin with an Israeli death squad who are killing former Nazis. Horst meets and falls in love with a pianist, Greta Furster, who, in turn introduces him to some friends who are war veterans trying to help German refugees who are fleeing Communist Germany. In the process he discovers that they are using Nazi gold and art works, including some of the art that was formerly in the Munich museum to finance their work by supplying Egypt with weapons to use against Israel. To Horst (Goldberg) this cache of artifacts and gold were taken from Jewish victims and he plans, along with his contacts in the resistance, to take these treasures and gain some justice for the Holocaust. This raid is carried out and Vogle finds himself tormented between his secrets and his growing feelings for Greta. Relating what happens next will spoil the ending for readers.
This book is a thriller that will captivate all World War II fans as it is based in fact and is an engrossing play on the Nazis in post war Germany. Obviously there were many secret societies that continued to go on after the fall of Nazi Germany. So much was going on behind the scenes to keep the Reich going long after they were supposedly beaten. Mr. Greene is right up there with John LeCarre for must-read, edge of your chair excitement. This book has everything a died in the wool spy fan will like including anger, revenge, murder, art, intrigue, a million-dollar robbery and romance. Who could ask for anything more? It grabs you from the first to the last pages. I am on my way to the library to pick up Mr. Greene's previous books. Have a good read.
Sheldon L. Greene is a San Francisco attorney and an executive of a wind energy company. He served on Barack Obama’s national policy teams for energy and immigration. A graduate of Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University he was formerly Warden of Insurance of the State of Ohio and General Counsel of California Rural Legal Assistance, where he challenged the federal and state governments on health, labor, and immigration policies. He is the author of the novels Lost and Found and Burnt Umber. Lost and Found (Random House): a Holocaust survivor chooses between life in a small Western Pennsylvania town and Israel.
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