This work of historical fiction centers around the Hungarian Gold Train, discovered by allied forces at the end of World War II. Jack Wiseman, an American army officer from New York, is charged with protecting the treasure trove found on board this train – 42 cars full of furs, china, jewelry, silver and other valuables belonging to Hungarian Jews. Wiseman is torn between his sense of duty to his country and the duty he feels obligated to because of his Jewish background. Eventually, the story focuses on one pendant, which a now elderly Wiseman entrusts to his granddaughter, Natalie Stein. The mission: find it’s owner.
Waldman weaves a mystery of intertwining lives amid war and holocaust. It’s a fascinating read and I enjoyed learning about the Hungarian Gold Train. My only complaint is when the author switches points of view halfway through the novel. I did not enjoy the narrative told by the psychiatrist nearly as much as the earlier chapters. Still, it was worth reading, in my opinion.
3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2014