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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 isIt 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…...

Title : The Black Sun
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ISBN : 9780060762148
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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The Black Sun Reviews

  • nikos
    2019-05-10 06:55

    Non-stop περιπετεια,γνησια διασκεδαση!!!!!

  • Sandie
    2019-05-18 07:54

    The Black Sun provides everything readers crave in a historical mystery: entertainment, suspense, a vicarious trip to previously unexplored venues and, finally, the enjoyment of experiencing a writers' magnificent "spin" on historical events. Even if you are not a fan of thrillers that relate to events and occurrences circa WWII, this book will make you one. While other authors may have already explored some of the subjects put forth in this endeavor (The Hungarian Gold Train, the strange goings-on by the SS at Wewelsburg Castle, the disappearance of The Amber Room), Twining manages to take all of these events and weave them together into a finely wrought modern day tale filled with tension and intrigue. More anti-hero than hero, Tom Kirk is an ex- CIA agent and ex-art thief is a slightly ambiguous character whose previous life has left him with a rather jaded perception of his fellow man. Kirk first made an appearance in Twinings' previous novel The Double Eagle. He is a flawed but likeable character who seems to have a talent for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Currently living in London, he is "recruited" by MI6 to aid them in finding the culprit responsible for three vicious murders, the theft of an Enigma machine and some seemingly worthless canvases painted in the 1940's by a relatively unknown Jewish artist. Tom and his cohorts are swept up in this adventure which in addition to providing us with a stimulating read also leads us to explore the fascinating mindset of the Nazis who believed that art was a valuable and powerful weapon in reshaping Europe's cultural heritage to conform to their Aryan ideals. This reviewer loved The Double Eagle and is equally enamored with The Black Sun.

  • Josh
    2019-05-20 08:51

    Now this is how you do an action-adventure thriller! "The Black Sun" is a furiously addictive read that plows forward towards an exciting conclusion full of double crosses, plot twists, and page after page of escapes and narrow misses. So much fun. The main thrust of the story is the search for the Amber Room which supposedly vanished at the end of World War II as the Nazis were trying to hide a train filled with stolen items from Jewish concentration camp prisoners. The book by James Twining involves a race across Europe and Russia involving Neo-Nazis; shadowy, mysterious organizations which the reader is never sure which side each group is on or what their motives are; and puzzles and clues scattered throughout churches, paintings, and hidden vaults. The characters, former art thieves, gangsters, and government officals, are complex and, at times, you aren't sure where their allegiances lie. What I really liked about the book are the many twists and surprises throughout the story. And these surprises aren't just there and come out of nowhere - they are organic and make sense. Plus, they are fun when they happen and they make the story even more enjoyable to read. To constantly be guessing as the story unfolds is what made the story so addictive to read. The book is also well-written, descriptive, and well researched.I liked this book a great deal and am really glad I discovered this author.

  • Kirsty
    2019-05-03 02:52

    This, for me, was not as readble as some of the other books I've read in this genre. The plot itself was interesting, and there are some good twists, but I felt that this book lacks something. There are some slow parts, and I found myself unable to connect with the main character - I just couldn't really like him. An ok read, but I wouldn't recommend it above others in this genre.

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-13 03:49

    This is the loosely related second book to The Double Eagle. The book is about a former art thief is who led on a hunt for Nazi paraphenalia, which eventually leads to murder and the discovery of a secret group of Nazi SS knights from WWII. The story takes place in present-day. I love the history displayed in this novel with the WWII theme. A very fast-paced story and a quick, interesting read!

  • Jon Mamaril
    2019-05-16 05:58 James Twining's first book "Double Eagles,"this novel's plot had a lot of promise going forit. Definitely good plot, good beginning but notso great ending. Down-turn for this novel began(for me) just about midway into it, and completelyran out of steam 2/3 into the book. ...finishedthe novel just for the sake of finishing it.But I wouldn't recommend it to any of my friends.

  • Chris Wright
    2019-05-18 01:57

    Another great book in the Tom Kirk series. The Amber Room is fascinating and good to see the consistency in characters bringing back what i'm a fan of.

  • Hildy Peterson
    2019-05-02 05:08

    Grade: D+Exciting but implausibility ruined it.

  • Karyn Gustafson
    2019-05-04 05:08

    Just finished this one 4/19/08- both of the books I've read by this author were great! I had to stay up until I'd finished them- I really hope he's writing some more.

  • John
    2019-05-05 03:05

    Fantastic... Tom Kirk is back...Loved this... but not quite as much as Double Eagle.Still a great read in its' own right though.

  • Лазар Јовановић
    2019-04-28 07:50

    Hmmmm... This book was unexpectedly hard to go through. I found the subject very interesting and the start was quite good, but the outcome was not so good as I wanted it to be. It was constantly missing a little bit more of characterisation and sense of something personal. The characters seemed pretty distant from the stories, and most of the time I had the impression it was just plain action and nothing else. Goes up to the three stars as far as I am concerned. This could have been a lot better, I have to admit.

  • Mavis Hewitt
    2019-05-05 06:57

    So many characters & so many places, a good read, but by the end I'd lost who most of them were, still not sure where the 'main villain' fitted in!

  • Brian
    2019-05-17 05:57

    Nazis, secret history, occultism, art history, and the fabled Hungarian Gold Train. What's not to like?

  • James
    2019-04-24 06:01

    What can I say? I liked it. I liked it a lot.The plot line was... eventful, to say the least, and managed to twist reality so well to make you question what actually happened in the past. In this way it was a perfect historical thriller, in which, just like in Dan Brown's Da Vinci code, I found myself believing the spiel I was being fed. The characters also developed brilliantly from the first book, and while I was a little bit disappointed with Viktor who seemed to be a throw away character - despite having such an impact upon the book - in general they were all really well done and written superbly.I really like the way that you were made to question everyone in - or at least, that's what I found myself doing. For example, was Viktor just playing along to get rich? Was Archie actually a bad guy who had relapsed into the art theft world? Was Dominique just like Tom's father, and trying to manipulate him into something? I mean, for the author to manage to do that and still tell such a fascinating tale apart from it was superb. I know very few authors who could do such a thing - intentional or not. I also liked the way that the plot was so brilliantly twisted. (view spoiler)[What I mean by this is, there were so many bluffs and misdirections that in the end the 'enemy' is as confused as the hero, and someone else hidden in the shadow's pops up in complete control. I mean, that completely blind sided me. (hide spoiler)]And the writing was superb, in the fact that it did not intrude upon the story or make it hard to read. In stead it helped it along, made the story fast and riveting and never let you lose concentration or interest. Brilliantly done. The one small problem I did have, was the abandonment of Jennifer from the first book. Now, I didn't expect a big continuation of a love story, but I missed the two sided aspect to the first book. In fact, if they had replaced her (which they did) and kept a two sided narrative I wouldn't complain at all. Also, am I the only one who can see something in the future for Dom and Tom? So, should you read this? Definitely, though you should read the first in the series first... Have Fun Reading.

  • Jason Pettus
    2019-05-06 07:52

    (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [].)Okay, I admit it! I'm a sucker for Hidden Secret Nazi Gold Action Adventure stories! What can I tell ya, man -- I like millions of other Americans can't get enough of them crazy fascist secret-society obsessives, and all their supposed billions of hidden money and art and treasure all over the world at the end of World War II, lots of which is supposedly still hidden and un-recovered. And thus do we get to British author James Twining's latest adventure, The Black Sun, part of the so-called "Tom Kirk" series, concerning a former brilliant art thief and his old partner who are both now working on the other side of the law as private investigators.Like many throwaway genre novels these days, Twining takes on several fascinating real-life stories and legends from the period, to craft a rather silly potboiler in the style of The Da Vinci Code (of freaking course), full of rather on-the-nose clues scattered throughout famous real locations all across Europe, causing a team of good-looking and rich nerds to traipse all across the Continent, one step ahead of the law and while even having supermodel Russian mobsters fall in love with them along the way. Skoal! The Black Sun is a genre novel through and through, enough to make a non-fan of the genre howl with unintentional laughter while skimming it; for fans of the genre, though, it contains enough secret Gestapo cult societies and buried truckloads of Jewish gold to satisfy even the most hardcore Indiana Jones fan. Good for the airport or beach; take caution in other contexts.Out of 10: 6.8, or 9.0 for fans of Hidden Secret Nazi Gold Action Adventure stories

  • Ken Prescott
    2019-04-28 07:08

    Broke the "suspension of disbelief" in the first chapter. Thugs working for the villain steal an Enigma cipher machine from the National Cryptologic Museum, which is run by the National Security Agency.Problem #1: stealing an Enigma machine from the NSA tends to attract the NSA's hostile intention. Dumb. That jarred me out of the book.Problem #2: Purpose for theft: it turns out that the Russian Mafia kingpin villain wants use the machine for his secret communications. Dumber than dumb for following reasons: (a) there are some very good Enigma simulators available that are 100% authentic (they have been used to decrypt actual wartime Enigma messages without error), and (b) Enigma is woefully insecure by modern cryptologic standards (remember, it was broken with 1940-vintage MECHANICAL computing technology--essentially, with overgrown adding machines).It's a shame, too; Twining can write a little, but his failure to do some very basic research undermines everything.

  • aoi aka
    2019-05-17 02:15

    This was a slow book at first, but the plot started to move along pretty quickly after everything was in place.The thing that attracted me to read this was the big Iron Cross on the cover. The story is about a former art thief named Tom and it involved the theft of a painting, the death of an armed guard to steal an Enigma machine and the search for something that turned out to be not what we all thought it was throughout the book.This is the second book in a series. I didn't read the first one, so I lost a lot of the history between all the characters. That didn't diminish how much I liked this book.Bonus: Konnigsberg Castle is mentioned a few times. Prussia is not dead. It's only taking a short break in Russia's house.

  • Lata
    2019-05-04 07:06

    I am tired of these typical 'treasure hunt' novels linking some historical event (here WW 2, Holocaust), extremely clever protogonists, dumb antagonists and meaningless ideologies and conspiracy theories. Really amazed that the anti-heroes are quite clever to manage to get all the historical significant information, but they need help of the heroes to complete the puzzle. Incredulously, the heroes are able to decipher the code within minutes! This statement holds good not only for this novel, but all the others I have read in this genre. Ofcourse, 'The DaVinci Code' was a class apart, and no other author has been able to come close to this. No more 'Da Vinci' clones for me!

  • Jason
    2019-05-23 01:13

    This is one of the series of books that became popular after the Da Vinci Code made the genre go a bit crazy. Comparing this to Dan Browns books the writing is much better and the plot is developed better, but it is missing something, the puzzle doesn't grip you as much and the main character is not as interesting. The Black Sun does feel more grown up as there is greater violence, limbs being stolen from Auschwitz survivors being one example.One of the most interesting things mentioned in this book is The Amber Room, I'd never heard of it before, to see it would have been amazing and it is quite the mystery, something that will require further reading from me.

  • Kerry
    2019-04-29 06:00

    The book runs nicely expanding and developing the main characters set out in book 1 with the exception of Jenifer.I felt Victor was a strong character who could have gone further, perhaps reappearing in further books and it seems to me a sad to have invested in her charter just to lose her.The plot is the nice combination of action/thriller with a historical underpinning and I already have the next book lined up ready to go.

  • Stephen
    2019-05-02 06:53

    This book started out great. Tom gets dragged into a mystery with neo-nazis that leads to a WWII mystery. The history and the chase are amazing. The problem I had was at the end there is a bait and switch which really turns it into a let down. To jump from the hunt for the Amber Room to Nazi nuclear material was anti-climactic for me. I guess I was interested in the art and history more than some U-235 material.

  • Allan
    2019-05-04 09:11

    In the search for a painting by an obscure artist, we get led into a Nazi conspiracy that started at the end of World War II and involving a secret sect, the CIA, Russian Mafia and a treasure hunt for Nazi loot.A reasonable read and ideal airport lounge fodder. Almost but not quite a follow up to the previous novel, it does expect you to know a little of that plot but not so much as you can't enjoy this without it.

  • Anne
    2019-05-01 06:49

    Why would a vicious group steal Nazi era. enigma machine? And what would a vicious murder of a Holocaust survivor in a London Hospital have to do with it? Then a seemingly worthless painting is stolen from a Prague Synagogue. former art thief Tom Kirk is asked to investigate. He finds the trail leads back to an enigmatic group of elite Nazi leaders whose symbol is the Black Sun. As he races around the world for clues, Tom must search while his life may be at stake. A good thriller.

  • Tim Pendry
    2019-04-25 06:53

    A quick read and an unmemorable thriller - basically a treasure hunt with the usual Nazi and Russian gangster cliches and characterisation by numbers BUT Twining writes crisply and each very short chapter (at least in the first two thirds) ends on a cliff-hanger that demands you read the next one until the creativity is finally overwhelmed by the formula in or around page 366 of 575. But, if you want to be entertained and not think, why not ...

  • RumBelle
    2019-04-26 06:53

    Well, this book was great up until the end when the author wrapped up the plot by introducing an element that was never mentioned before! It was a little ridiculous, like he got to the end and didn't know what to do so he just invented something out of the blue. The art, and history were really interesting and the characters were great. The ending was lame though.

  • Jacob Tourigny
    2019-05-15 02:06

    In the Black Sun we see the mystery involving Tom Kirk, an ex art thief, as he tries to find a lost train car containing what was believed to be the lost amber room. While it is fiction it does provide some fascinating ideas involving the ex nazi party and what is the common idea about what happened to the room in real life. I would recommend this to anyone interested in a good mystery book.

  • Tony Totev
    2019-05-10 03:01

    I love the first book and I was expecting this one to be good too. And it proved to be just by the very first couple of dozen pages. Tom Kirk's adventures are so thrilling and exciting. I must say this book is in the style of The da Vinci Code, but it is not so fast paced which is not making it less exciting! Very good one and I am eager to read the other 2 from the series.

  • Anna Reed
    2019-04-29 00:57

    A poor man's DaVinci Code. You've got murder, intrigue, looted nazi goods, and Holocaust survivors all tangled in a storyline which attempts to be clever and surprising, but which actually ends up a bit disapointing. Good for whetting your appetite to dig for more info on war-time looted goods though.

  • John Braun
    2019-05-22 04:49

    James Twining blew me away with this one ... A nail-biting plot; a colourful cast of characters; easy-to-read chapters that you eat up faster than a Cheeseburger; and a dark Nazi occult undercurrent fine-tuned to accurately researched historical non-fiction about the Hungarian train that contained Nazi war loot. What more could you ask for?

  • Jerom
    2019-05-20 08:46

    Por alargar la historia el ultimo cuarto resulta demasiado simple y facilon.Estilo cinematográfico y facil de leer. Buenos muy buenos y malos malisimos. Los intentos de desviar la atención en mi caso como lector no lo consiguieron. Un pasa ratos sin mayores pretensiones.Eso si el momento de la maquina Enigma y de como recuperar las claves es de coña autentica...