Quest for the Führer's Treasure

Fiction - Adventure
322 Pages
Reviewed on 10/29/2015
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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Quest for the Führer's Treasure by Conrad Hudson is an adventure tale nobody will want to experience for themselves. Coyle Eldridge has gone camping in the woods as a way of trying to put himself back together and come to terms with the death of his father. He expects to be alone in the woods but finds himself fighting for his life. His sister Lisa is a police officer; they haven’t spoken for twenty years. Shortly after he returns from the woods, he is visited by Nazi descendants, people who have been after him since he was born – why, he has no idea. He is told that if he is going to live through this he must give back the Führer's treasure, a treasure that was intended for Hitler when he went into exile after the war. The treasure was taken by deserters and one of these was Coyle’s grandfather. Coyle and his sister have to find that treasure before they can be caught. The trail is cold but they cannot give up or certain painful death awaits.

Quest for the Führer's Treasure by Conrad Hudson is a cracking read, one of these stories that I simply couldn’t put down. The writing is very clear and descriptive to the point that you almost feel dragged into the story, living it with them. I loved the plot, which is very intricate and cleverly written and the characters developed perfectly throughout the story. There are plenty of twists and turns in this book, helping keep the reader even more hooked to find out how it all ends. The subject of the plot is quite emotive as well. Excellent story, I'm interested to see if there are any more from Mr. Hudson.

Maria Beltran

Conrad Hudson’s Quest for the Führer's Treasure revolves around a fabulous treasure that was intended to accompany Hitler to his exile in Argentina after Germany’s defeat in the Second World War. Coyle and Lisa, unaware of their parents’ connection to the treasure, have lost their parents and have become estranged. A decorated ex-US Marine, Coyle was with his father when the latter was killed in what seemed like a hunting accident. Lisa is now a police officer, distinguishing herself as one who will not hesitate to shoot at offending criminals. Reunited after a long time, they find themselves hunted by the Argentinian Nazis, a drug cartel, and various government agencies. As they slowly unravel the mystery behind their parents’ deaths, they meet Bill, a mysterious ex-CIA agent who claims to have the answers.

Quest for the Führer's Treasure is an action packed novel that opens in an abandoned villa in Argentina where a caretaker is tortured by a rabid modern Nazi. This is volume one in a series by author Conrad Hudson that takes the reader to Europe, South America and North America. Remnants of the ruthless Nazi SS find their way to Argentina with the Führer's treasure, and years later two American kids with German blood find themselves involved in a deadly game. What makes the story interesting is that it is very plausible that something like this took place after the fall of Nazi Germany. There have been many rumors about the Nazis' escape to South America and the fabulous loot that they brought with them. Even with so many characters involved, it is still easy to follow The Quest for the Führer's Treasure because each of them is presented in such a way that they become real people, acting according to their beliefs, morals and biases. As main protagonists, Coyle and Lisa are forced to react to a situation that they have little or no control over at all. And this is one of the reasons why it is not difficult to empathize with them. A riveting story.

Gisela Dixon

Quest for the Führer's Treasure by Conrad Hudson is a fiction novel set in the era after World War II. The story is fictional; however, the names of certain real events and places are known to all. It is an adventure, action, and suspense novel written around the many rumors surrounding Adolf Hitler and that he escaped and lived or attempted to live in South America after his imminent defeat in World War II. The book starts off right away in an action scene during which we are introduced to Gunter, a former SS member and part of the plan to help Hitler escape with the means of accumulated money or treasure on a submarine. However, in the aftermath of the war, both the submarine and the treasure disappear. Now, several decades later, Gunter is still on a mission to hunt down the treasure and, as a result, Coyle Eldridge finds himself being hunted down. Coyle is the last remaining heir of the missing submarine captain of several decades ago, and suddenly finds himself in danger along with his loved ones. What happens as secrets are unveiled, Coyle learns about his ancestors, and Gunter and his family are on a hunt for the money at any cost forms the plot of the novel.

I enjoyed reading Quest for the Führer's Treasure. It is a change from the usual contemporary fiction novel. Although hundreds of books have been written about Hitler and the Nazis, this one did not feel like I was reading about the same subject again. The plot is tightly woven, and kept me engrossed until the end. At times, it even felt real and that something like this perhaps could have happened. The characters are well drawn and Gunter especially is believable. All in all, a good read.

Kathryn Bennett

Quest for the Führer's Treasure by Conrad Hudson is a fast paced story that takes us to the fall of the Nazi regime and beyond. The Nazi party had a plan to get Hitler away from Germany - when the party fell under the Allied forces he would slip away in a submarine to the safety of Argentina. A plan like this, however, requires a great deal of money and so a great deal of wealth which would come to be called the "Führer’s Treasure" was collected. Unfortunately the treasure and the submarine with her crew suddenly vanished. Former SS soldier Gunter followed every lead he could find about the treasure for the next 70 years. The only stone left unturned was to capture and torture the submarine captain's only male heir still alive, Coyle Eldridge, who has no idea the treasure even exists.

Wow, what a thriller of a book this was. It is fast paced and puts you right into the middle of everything that is going on almost right away. The Nazi regime is one that I, as a reader, have always found fascinating and this book delivered on what I hoped it would be. It does not take long for poor Coyle and his family to be up to their necks in alligators as they try to escape the Nazi party of Argentina, a powerful and dangerous drug cartel, and a list of government agencies. If this was not enough of a wrench in his life, Coyle also begins to find out that some of his ancestors were not who he thought they were. All of this sends Coyle, his sister, and a former CIA operative simply named Bill on a treasure hunt for the Führer’s treasure.

Simply put, Conrad Hudson has ensured that there is a little bit of something for everyone in this story. You have history, treasure, danger and, of course, many twists and turns before the book is finished. Once I started reading I didn't want to set this book down. Anyone who loves a well written thriller with an interesting twist to history is going to really enjoy this book.

Chris Fischer

In a thrill filled roller-coaster of a ride, Quest for the Führer's Treasure by debut author Conrad Hudson is an exciting romp that readers will certainly enjoy. Follow the story of sociopathic treasure hunter Gunter, a man obsessed with finding the long lost treasure of Adolf Hitler, and not afraid to torture and even kill those who stand in his way. The treasure has been missing for almost seventy years, and Gunter is certain that his final chance at a lead is to capture Coyle Eldridge, the last living relative of the captain of the submarine that carried the treasure, and force him to tell Gunter everything he knows. Coyle, however, knows nothing of the truth of his past, of his family and their connection to the much desired treasure. When he finds himself being pursued by modern-day Nazis, drug kingpins, and other nefarious government agencies, he, along with his sister and the enigmatic Bill, an ex-CIA agent committed to helping him, realize that they must figure out the mystery of the treasure if they wish to survive.

I very much enjoyed Quest for the Führer's Treasure. Author Conrad Hudson has done a fantastic job in creating an exciting story that will keep his readers turning the pages until the very end. His strength in building characters that readers will care about, relate to, and continue to think of long after the book is finished is an enviable one. Any reader who enjoys an adventurous and thrilling read with some interesting historical back story will love Quest for the Führer's Treasure. I recommend this book, and will be looking forward to reading what author Conrad Hudson has in store for his readers next!