Mark Twain wrote: Oriental scenes look best in steel engravings. I cannot be imposed upon any more by that picture of the Queen of Sheba visiting Solomon. I shall say to myself, You look fine, madam, but your feet are not clean, and you smell like a camel.
Average Rating: 4.0
Milton Gold is a fringe operating "hustling lawyer," barely making it in the cutthroat chaos of 1970s New York City. His world is suddenly turned inside out when he meets the mysterious and beautiful Karla Smith, a Polish-American woman, who approaches him with an assignment that will test his skills beyond anything he has ever experienced. Karla hires him to find what he thinks will lead to his biggest payout yet: her inheritance of one-hundred million dollars in gold coins hidden by her banker father from the Nazis during World War II.
Despite his skepticism he joins Karla in a fantastic, dangerous and adventurous trek through communist dominated Europe to Auschwitz where the treasure has been hidden in an unsuspecting place. Milton and Karla discover things along the way that profoundly change their relationship and ultimately test their moral view of the world and society. Balanced with humor and tragedy, Heart of Gold explores the brutality of life behind the iron curtain and the boundaries of morality during the darkest days of the Cold War.
Although it's a bit of a stretch to believe some of these events would actually happen this way, there's nothing of the supernatural or paranormal in this story. It's fundamentally realistic and quite suspenseful. The characters are well drawn, although none are particularly likable. Steve Ogden does an admirable job voicing these characters, giving them distinctive voices and appropriate accents. The story is well written and complete, but I didn't like the ending. It simply didn't make sense.
NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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