‘Treasures of the Fourth Reich’ by Patrick Parker
In my humble opinion art is subjective and based on an individual’s personal taste and life journey. I enjoy looking at art and know what I like when I see it. The same can be said for books. Some books that I love others pick apart based on typos or believability. I’d rather see how the book makes me feel, if it guides me on a journey, can I relate to the characters on some level, and can I take something away from the story that maybe I never have thought of or knew before.
While reading the first part of the foreword, I thought maybe that Mr.
Parker’s book was somehow
responsible for the movie The Monuments Men as the Treasures of the Fourth Reich shows a copyright date of 2005. After doing some research online I discovered
that the movie was based loosely on Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel with contributions by Bret Witter. It was published by Center Street on September
3, 2009 and sold through Hachette Book Group per Amazon Kindle’s site. However,
as I read further in the foreword, I discovered the story had many more pieces
than just The Monuments Men.
|Treasures of the Fourth Reich|
Part One sets the backstory. Mr. Parker shows how chaotic the end of World War II became. One soldier used craftiness to pull off a daring deed. While we, the reader, know his plan, we aren’t sure if he pulls it off.
Part Two introduces us to Dix and Maria Connor, who live in Italy in May 1993. As their story unfolds, the reader discovers their backgrounds but more importantly their love for one another.
The couple becomes enmeshed in events that put them in harm’s way. As a reader I became concerned when knowing the odds, Maria goes off on her own.
Mr. Parker’s fondness of history is interwoven throughout the story. The reader learns about the First and Second Reich as well as some of the sentiments surrounding the fall of the Berlin wall.
As you can see I got emotionally involved with the main characters, got swept along on their journey, and learned a few new things.
I want to thank Masquerade Crew’s Masquerade Mob and Mr. Parker for sharing this excellent book.
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