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After learning the discovery and early whereabouts of this emerald, I was drawn into this thriller with the capture of Otto Adolph Eichmann, an Austrian-born Nazi, who was hiding in Argentina after World War II. Eichmann's body guard Hans Huber, whose family had at one time possessed the emerald, is killed in this covert operation, and his 14-year-old son by the same name is wounded. The son Hans Huber becomes the central character in the story as he tries to reclaim the possession of the emerald and avenge his father's murder.
As the author reveals more and more about Hans Huber, he becomes more and more detestable. The Israeli Foreign Intelligence Service assigns two agents--David and Miriam--to find and capture this Jew-hater. Besides on-the-job duties and drama, these two agents add romance, love, and a little suspense in itself as to how their relationship might develop.
With a variety of other well portrayed characters woven into the main plot and sub-plots, one character stands tall above the others in more ways than physical height. "A man several inches taller than the inspector entered the room. He seemed to float rather than walk. His skin was the color of ebony and he was dressed in a long flowing red, blue, and black caftan. His head was shaved, but the most remarkable feature was his left eye that was completely sealed shut by a white diagonal scar than ran from his hairline to the bottom of his nose." Josef had been a prisoner in the Sudan which left him with this grotesque scar. He communicated by writing notes because his tongue had been cut out. His interaction in the story adds depth and dimension. If Hans Huber is ultimate,evil, I found Josef to be ultimate good.
The narrative moves smoothy even though it bounces back and forth between several characters and geographically between Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, and even Hong Kong. The twists and turns keep the suspense building until it becomes a page-turner. What happens to the alluring emerald and to Hans Huber who lusts after it and to David and Miriam, the agents? I recommend reading this thriller to find out.
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