The Black Sun Author:James Twining 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. I... more »n 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. . . .« less
This is the second book by this new author. The original grabbed my attention and was a fun read. This book continues this pattern. It's beneficial to read the first book - "Double Eagle" by this author before reading this novel.
This book is based on the idea of the Gold Train in Hungary after WWII. The adventure begins when a theft of an Enigma machine from the National Cryptoloic Museum occurs, a mysterious murder of an Auschwitz survivor and the amputation of his arm, and some potential clues hidden in some little known paintings. What is Tom Kirk and companions on the trail to discover. There was something that was secreted on the Gold Train that was hidden by an unique order of 12 from the Nazi era. Who is pursuing Tom's progress and willing to kill him if he gets too close.
Great action novel on the heels of Twining's debut novel.