Treasures of the Fourth Reich

A Novel of Suspense

Fiction - Suspense
295 Pages
Reviewed on 06/30/2016
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Author Biography

Patrick accepted the challenge from his wife and wrote Treasures of the Fourth Reich. He and his family lived in Italy for five years of his Army career and traveled extensively during his off duty time. Many hours were spent visiting museums, castles, cathedrals, churches and historical sites in Europe. The history of the Nazi lootings became the catalyst for his first novel. He met a fascinating art dealer in Panama just prior to the invasion who formed the basis for his character, Maria, in that story.

After retiring from the Army, Patrick worked in the defense industry for fifteen years. While pursuing his writing, he developed the concept of War Merchant, which is taken from his corporate experience and coupled with his military background. After retiring a second time, War Merchant came to life.

Patrick, now settled in Texas, enjoys writing, scuba diving, sailing, and is well into his next suspense filled novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Treasures of the Fourth Reich: A Novel of Suspense by Patrick Parker is set against the backdrop of World War II when the Allied Forces, as they closed in on Germany, came upon loads of treasures looted by the Nazis. Maria is an art aficionado and shows a keen interest in the treasures and art retrieved during World War II. Her husband, Dix, is a retired US military officer and writer who is also interested in European politics. A high ranking Nazi official, who has already accumulated stolen treasure, spares the life of a Jewish girl, but takes her valuable painting. The girl reaches out to Maria to help her find the painting. As the story progresses, readers are pulled into the active art theft ring, the horror that happened in Nazi Germany, the death camps, ghettos, and the invasions in many parts of Europe.

The plot is intriguing and filled with suspense. It has sub plots deftly interwoven, making it a compelling read. The twists and turns as the story progresses will leave readers guessing as to what will happen next. The characters are well portrayed and readers can connect with and relate to them. The story is a good combination of mystery, history, suspense, intrigue, and action. The historical events shared in the book are informative and take readers back to the days of WWII. The narration is detailed and vivid, making the scenes and the characters come alive for readers.