Thursday, February 2, 2012

Emeralds Never Fade

Emeralds Never Fade by Stephen Maitland-Lewis
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Glyd-Evans Press (November 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983259631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983259633
Before World War II, two German boys enjoy playing piano, and one visits each week to teach the other. When the Nazis seize power, the lessons must end -- one of the boys is Jewish.

Leo Bergner, the Jewish pupil, escapes Germany while his piano teacher, Bruno Franzmann, is called to serve the Fatherland. His assignment to work at a concentration camp turns to peril as the war nears an end. With the Allied forces closing in, he risks capture and prosecution as a war criminal.

After the war, Leo begins a career in banking and uncovers a conspiracy of further Jewish persecution, involving the assets of concentration camp victims. His investigation into the corrupt dealings of his own bank puts him in direct opposition to his beloved Israel, while also jeopardizing his career, his marriage, and his life.

Bruno escapes to Buenos Aires and must begin anew, lost in a strange land where only his wits can save him. He hatches an unscrupulous plot to finance a multi-national corporation, and in time, his efforts require a business trip to London -- his first visit to Europe since he escaped.

After forty years, a lost family heirloom will decide their fate.

First and foremost I love the cover, it hints historical theme and adventure.. it’s the first thing that caught my attention to read this book..:)

Emeralds never fade is an amazing trip through historical era’s of time, especially World War II. As a Christian, I am well aware of what happened during Hitler’s time, this book is thoroughly researched and laid, that it’s hard to believe this is fiction!

The characters and scenes depicted the perspective of Jewish people at that time, it still shock me to the core like the first time I read Anne Frank’s diary, the story is sad, horrible and at the same time uplifting.

The story line is another thing, I just wish though that Mr. Lewis should have given us more of the character’s past and their real attachment to each other. The plot is wonderful and its fascinating to think that a lost family heirloom is the key. A perspective to both worlds- as of a Jewish and a Nazi, it’s a great play of fate there by the author.

The story depicts a subtle message about one’s past decisions and attitudes could completely alter ones future. A lot of conspiracy, deceit, and political issues are dealt in the story. It’s hard to understand, how war happens and why would people support people who are responsible for violence?

In addition, this book deals also with abstract knowledge, about life, faith and hope.

A really well-written book and descriptions are vividly presented. Recommended to anyone who enjoys historical fiction and are mature enough to read the realities of war…Highly recommended!

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