The black sun

James Twining

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Published
New York : HarperCollins c2006.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
ix, 417 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN
0060762144
9780060762148
Main Author
James Twining (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The author follows The Double Eagle (2005) with this equally entertaining sequel. Around the world, thieves are committing strange robberies and bizarre murders, all of them apparently connected to World War II and Nazi Germany. To solve the crimes, art thief turned investigator Tom Kirk and his partner (and former fence), Archie Connolly, must navigate their way through a labyrinth of devious clues left behind by a supersecret Nazi group more than half a century ago. At the end of the trail: a world-shattering secret and a showdown with Tom's archnemesis. As he did in The Double Eagle, Twining plunges into the story on page 1 and rarely slows down until the finale. Fast paced and exciting, with a -bigger-than-life villain, a conflicted hero, and a solid payoff: What more does a thriller need? ((Reviewed October 1, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Former CIA agent—turned—art thief Tom Kirk returns! Reformed in Twining's debut, The Double Eagle , Kirk and his partner now operate an art-recovery business. They are consulted when a Prague synagogue is vandalized and a seemingly worthless painting purloined. Meanwhile, a World War II Enigma machine is stolen from a U.S. military museum, and an Auschwitz survivor is murdered in his London hospital room, the murderers having amputated and absconded with his tattooed arm. What could the connection possibly be? Once again, Twining offers a tremendously well-researched and exciting adventure that delves into the secret orders of the Nazi hierarchy and traces the history and lore of Nazi plunder. This work takes readers on a journey full of twists and surprises as Kirk races to find Russia's legendary Amber Room (also the subject of Steve Berry's thriller The Amber Room ). Recommended for most popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 8/06.]—Laura A.B. Cifelli, Ft. Myers—Lee Cty. P.L., FL [Page 71]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Former CIA agent—turned—art thief Tom Kirk returns! Reformed in Twining's debut, The Double Eagle , Kirk and his partner now operate an art-recovery business. They are consulted when a Prague synagogue is vandalized and a seemingly worthless painting purloined. Meanwhile, a World War II Enigma machine is stolen from a U.S. military museum, and an Auschwitz survivor is murdered in his London hospital room, the murderers having amputated and absconded with his tattooed arm. What could the connection possibly be? Once again, Twining offers a tremendously well-researched and exciting adventure that delves into the secret orders of the Nazi hierarchy and traces the history and lore of Nazi plunder. This work takes readers on a journey full of twists and surprises as Kirk races to find Russia's legendary Amber Room (also the subject of Steve Berry's thriller The Amber Room ). Recommended for most popular fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 8/06.]—Laura A.B. Cifelli, Ft. Myers—Lee Cty. P.L., FL [Page 71]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Those hoping for a more original plot than that found in Twining's first book, The Double Eagle , will be disappointed with this thriller again featuring Tom Kirk, a London-based ex-CIA agent and former professional art thief. Kirk is trying to go straight when he's recruited for a British MI6 operation to thwart a group of neo-Nazi extremists known as Kristall Blade. Tom wants no part of it until shown that his longtime enemy, Harry Renwick, is one of the conspirators. Soon Tom and partners Archie Connolly and the lovely Dominique de Lecourt are off on a Da Vinci Code like treasure hunt complete with maps, codes, secret safety deposit boxes, car chases, gun fights and those favorite WWII staples, Eichmann's "gold train" and the lost Russian Amber Room. Veteran thriller readers, especially those who specialize in the Nazi subgenre, will find few surprises. Kirk, a muted, low-key character, spends far too much time brooding about his complicated backstory; the man could use a strong dose of caffeine and less shopworn material to break him out of his lethargy. (Dec.) [Page 40]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

In the aftermath of several bizarre crimes, including three thefts and a grisly murder, Tom Kirk follows an elaborate trail of clues laid by SS secret agents throughout America and Europe in the final days of Nazi Germany that are believed to lead to a fabled treasure. By the author of The Double Eagle. 50,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In the aftermath of several bizarre crimes, Tom Kirk follows an elaborate trail of clues laid by SS secret agents throughout America and Europe in the final days of Nazi Germany that are believed to lead to a fabled treasure.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

It is a secret that has been hidden for more than a half century. . . . The clues have been scattered across the globe. Now someone has begun to piece them together—and the future of the world depends on his being stopped in time.In Maryland, a vicious gang breaks into the National Cryptologic Museum and steals a Nazi Enigma machine. In a London hospital, an Auschwitz survivor is murdered in his bed, his killers making off with a macabre trophy—his severed left arm. In Prague, a seemingly worthless painting is stolen from a synagogue. Three cities. Three puzzling thefts. Could there possibly be a connection?When former art thief Tom Kirk is first asked to investigate, the Prague theft certainly seems unremarkable enough—until the stolen painting turns up alongside the amputated human arm. As Tom digs deeper into the past, both items appear to be elements in an elaborate trail of clues laid down in the dying days of the Third Reich by a secret order of SS knights—clues that stretch from the remote mountains of Idaho to the snowy streets of St. Petersburg and ultimately lead to a fabled treasure lost in the ashes of war.Spurred on by the sinister light of the Black Sun emblem, ghosts from his past, and the poisonous manipulations of a deadly enemy, Tom finds himself trapped in a situation where the greatest prize of all is life itself—and not just his own. . . .

Review by Publisher Summary 4

It is a secret that has been hidden for more than a half century. . . . The clues have been scattered across the globe. Now someone has begun to piece them together—and the future of the world depends on his being stopped in time.In Maryland, a vicious gang breaks into the National Cryptologic Museum and steals a Nazi Enigma machine. In a London hospital, an Auschwitz survivor is murdered in his bed, his killers making off with a macabre trophy—his severed left arm. In Prague, a seemingly worthless painting is stolen from a synagogue. Three cities. Three puzzling thefts. Could there possibly be a connection?When former art thief Tom Kirk is first asked to investigate, the Prague theft certainly seems unremarkable enough—until the stolen painting turns up alongside the amputated human arm. As Tom digs deeper into the past, both items appear to be elements in an elaborate trail of clues laid down in the dying days of the Third Reich by a secret order of SS knights—clues that stretch from the remote mountains of Idaho to the snowy streets of St. Petersburg and ultimately lead to a fabled treasure lost in the ashes of war.Spurred on by the sinister light of the Black Sun emblem, ghosts from his past, and the poisonous manipulations of a deadly enemy, Tom finds himself trapped in a situation where the greatest prize of all is life itself—and not just his own. . . .