============================= "[An] unforgettable read.... Thriller fans, history lovers, and those who enjoy storylines involving treasure hunts will find this book appealing." Seattle City Book Review ============================= "The hunt for Nazi gold powers this humane, history-minded thriller." Booklife ============================= "Burlake excels at dialogue and setting a mood... Strong writing lends excitement to this mystery with a side of history." Kirkus =============================
In a current day suspense thriller, The Hunt for Raubgold is a story of mystery, intrigue, and the quest of millions who have searched for Raubgold-the gold Germany confiscated in World War II. In book three of the bestselling Amy Prowers series, Katherine Burlake reveals where the past becomes the present.
Nothing brings out the blood in a search as much as the word gold. This gold is different. It represents the souls of the millions of people who were killed in WWII. The war ended seventy-five years ago, but the search for the gold has never ended.
Governments, treasure seekers, and political splinter groups have failed, since World War II, to find all the gold confiscated from concentration camps and other countries Germany occupied. Today the gold could be worth over a billion dollars to whoever finds it.
Is it somewhere in Germany or another country?
Was it destroyed during the war or lost?
Is the missing gold only a myth?
Amy Prowers’s husband was obsessed with finding it. Did he leave clues behind before his mysterious death? A bag hidden for 20 years is uncovered by an avalanche that destroyed a wall in her home. In it is a map and journal. Now Amy intends to find the gold and vindicate his search.
At the Department of State spent twenty-one years inspecting embassy operations around the world. Traveled to over 130 countries including Iraq and Afghanistan with over 200 total trips. Overseas living included Peru, Thailand, England, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and the Cote d’Ivoire. Served four years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the U.S. Embassy. Worked as a management analyst at the VA for nine years. One of first 20 women accepted in Air Force Intelligence School, and the first female Air Force Intelligence Officer to serve in the Vietnam War. Born Milwaukee, Wisconsin, lives in Colorado, BS University of Oregon, MHA Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas.
Germany needed gold or it would have remained an insignificant country. It needed gold because it lacked the natural resources to start, fight, and finish a world war.
Gold brought the Reich oil to run tanks and bombers, and tungsten to upgrade iron ore to produce tanks and bombers. Swiss bankers, acting as middlemen, were essential in obtaining these resources. And the resources were necessary for self-sufficiency. Germany needed to stockpile the resources, so they were not dependent on other nations once the war started. This had happened in WWI and was etched in the German memory.
The Hunt for Raubgold
During World War II, allegations were made that the Bank of England held Nazi gold in accounts in other banks in Europe, particularly in Switzerland. Each of the fourteen countries the Nazis invaded had a national bank with gold bullion, which was confiscated by the Third Reich.