The Amber Room Summary & Study Guide

Steve Berry (novelist)
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The Amber Room by Steve Berry is a tale of intrigue, mystery, and journey of love. Berry sets his tale in the United States, Russian, Italy, and Germany. After the sudden death of her father, Rachel Cutler ventures to find information about the Amber Room, an invaluable piece of art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. Rachel is hunted by Christian Knoll and Suzanne Danzer for her knowledge. Her ex-husband comes to her aide abroad and the two solve the mystery of the Amber Room's location and fall in love again.

The novel begins in 1945. Karol Boyra is being held in a Nazi concentration camp in Austria. While there, he learns of the existence of the Amber Room. After the Nazis loose the war, Karol is forced to become an investigator of Soviet Russia. It is his job and his partner, Danya Chapaev, to find art that the Nazis stole. Danya and Karol were assigned to the Amber Room. In the present, Karol lives in Atlanta, GA. His daughter, ex son-in-law, and grandchildren also live there. Unfortunately for Karol, he gets a visit from Christian Knoll, a German who works for Franz Fellner. Fellner is looking for the Amber Room. Knoll kills Karol for not giving him information.

After Karol's funeral, Paul finds letters from Karol about the Amber Room. Rachel decides she wants to go the Germany to talk to Karol's ex-partner. She does not think her father's murder was an accident. She goes to Germany alone and is approached by Christian Knoll. Knoll seems helpful, but has a hidden agenda. Before Rachel and Knoll can get to Danya, Suannze Danzer, Ernst Loring's employee, forces him to lie about the location of the Amber Room. This sends Rachel and Knoll to the Hartz Mountains. Once inside, Knoll decides to kill Rachel, but before he does, Suzanne detonates explosives in the mountain caves. Both Knoll and Rachel escape separately.

Knoll and Suzanne try to kill each other because Suzanne has broken a rule by trying to kill Knoll. Knoll is given permission to kill whoever causes problems.

Paul arrives in Germany because he is worried about Rachel and finds her hurt. He wishes to go home, but instead they go to speak with a German federal investigator. Luckily for Paul, Rachel is alright. The couple decides to go see Wayland McKoy, who is trying to find the Amber Room. The trio quickly discover that the Amber Room may be in the possession of Ernst Loring.

They travel to Loring's castle and discover the Amber Room. Confrontation and fighting ensues, ending with Loring, Suzanne, and Knoll killed. Wayland and the Cutlers walk away from the castle as heroes to the Russian and German governments for finding the location of the Amber Room. Rachel and Paul renew their vows to seal their new love for one another. They also bury Karol in Belarus, his hometown.

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