By Katherine John
This fast moving motion mystery is a multi-layered tale that spans 8 centuries, from medieval Germany and Prussia to provide day Poland and united states situated at the legend of the Amber Knight - a cherished relic that encouraged generations until eventually the Nazis stole it.
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All that was left of two Russians were shreds of flesh and bloodstained clothing that decorated the lower branches of a conifer and the ground beneath it with gobs of glistening gore. The legless body of a third still moved, his screams muffled by the rumpus around the bunker. The Russian commander pulled his gun from his holster, aimed and fired. The mutilated body jerked once before slumping motionless. The men didn’t even glance up from the looting. To his dismay the colonel saw as many Germans as Russians and Partisans in the melee.
Dragons with gaping mouths jutted out above carved stone panels on which strange beasts and angels vied for supremacy. Above them towered the tall, narrow, casement-studded facades of the twin medieval terraces that led down to St Mary’s church. A breeze stirred, sending the leaves of the few trees that grew on the terraces shivering and trembling. Before he could return to his dream world, Helga interrupted him again. ‘When the light catches the sapphires they shine the exact same shade as your eyes.
The Wolfschanze’s fences were replaced and the skull and crossbones signs remained until seven years after the peace treaties had been signed. It took that long to defuse the 54,000 mines the German engineers had left in the complex. By then the birds had returned to the forest. Tourists visited the bunker city constructed to protect one man’s life and comfort, while the rest of Europe was being destroyed by a war he initiated. They walked over the airfield, the power station and the railway station; examined the air purification installations, the tanks that had ensured a plentiful supply of clean water, and the drainage systems.
Amber Knight by Katherine John