Based on a true story: A Spanish sea captain rescues four German castaways during a treacherous storm in 1940. He doesn’t know who they are or where they came from, but one of them gives him a mysterious gold-and-diamond emblem before disembarking. Decades later, the captain’s son receives a substantial offer for it and is told an astounding story behind the object: it holds the key to Paul Reiner’s lifelong quest. . . .
Munich, 1919. After his family falls into disgrace, fifteen-year-old Paul dreams of the heroic father he never knew. But one night, seconds before committing suicide, Paul’s cousin reveals a terrible secret about his father’s death. This discovery turns Paul’s world upside down and leads him on a hunt in Nazi Germany to uncover the mystery surrounding his father’s death.
The Traitor’s Emblem is an epic novel spanning decades of family betrayal, impossible love, and the high price of vengeance. Set against the menacing streets of Depression-era Munich and the cruel rise of Nazism, Gómez-Jurado’s spellbinding thriller proves again that he is a master of narration.
A star-crossed lovers plot line straight out of a second-rate romance novel hobbles this thriller set mostly in interwar Germany from Spanish author G mez-Jurado (The Moses Expedition). In 1919 Munich, Alys Tannenbaum, the pretty 15-year-old daughter of a wealthy Jewish businessman who keeps her on a tight leash, meets impoverished 15-year-old Paul Reiner at a birthday party for Paul's obnoxious aristocratic cousin, J rgen von Schroeder. When J rgen forces Alys to dance with him and won't let go, Paul, who's working as a waiter at the party, infuriates J rgen by coming to Alys's rescue. Later, J rgen loses an eye when he and six thugs attack Paul, who escapes with minor injuries. Meanwhile, Paul is obsessed with learning the truth about his naval captain father's death, which may be connected with the von Schroeder family. Once J rgen joins the Nazis, the remaining plot arc and points of conflict between him and Paul become all too predictable. Contrivances advance the story more than once.