Lost Treasure of the Fourth Reich is an historically based suspense thriller emanating from the unrecovered twenty percent of gold and other treasures stolen by the Nazis between 1939 and 1943 as they looted the depositories of wealth in the countries that they overran in the occupation of Europe. Billions, in today’s terms, were taken and a substantial portion was transported to South America to be used in the prosecution of the Fourth Reich should the Allies prevail against the Axis powers. This work presents a fictional account of the lost treasure and its modern day recovery by adventurers.
This book tells the somewhat fictional story of the need by Hermann Goering and Edward VIII to transfer and secret their wealth to a “safe haven” should Adolf Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich not last as long as intended Goering. sends the German submarine U-842 from Bremerhaven, Germany to Buenos Aires, Argentina commanded by Germany’s best young captain with a stop along the way at Nassau, Bahamas to carry gold and diamonds for hiding in that Nazi bastion. Along with the cargo Goering included the Das Buch Dessen Rot Ledger, i.e., The Red Leather Book, as it was known, had been compiled starting before Hitler came to power and contained the names of all the collaborators in Great Britain and the United States who had fascist sympathies and had made treasonous deals to protect their positions. The existence of the Red Leather Book, and the nature of its contents were known to Churchill and others, but its contents were the toxic substance governments would kill to acquire and those with it in their possession would kill to protect.
In the transit from Nassau, past the Caicos, the U. S. Navy severely damaged the submarine which escaped to the isolated seclusion of Hogsty Reef and sank in water deep enough to elude detection for six decades to be discovered by Brad Calder a diver in his late twenties. Along with Greg Sullivan, Sally Burgett, and Gail Arnez the troupe starts the recovery process only to be taken prisoner by three Bahamian pirates who intend to kill them after all the valuables are recovered from the wreck. Little known to those on Hogsty Reef, Sally’s use of the internet in an attempt to discover the identity of the wreck, alerts the Nazi underground which has had the submarine on its watch list since the war and details a squad of men to eliminate the pirates and retrieve the Book and the valuables. Before the cargo can be completely recovered Mossad commandoes eliminate the Nazi squad, free the troupe, and the Red Book ends up in the hands of the Israelis. Those in power in London learn with trepidation that a foreign power has in its possession a secret so damning that its exposure could effect the balance of power within the government.
Along the way the troupe must deal with claustrophobia, Tiger Sharks, dark water, El Carib, and the repeated fear of death from many quarters.
It is intended that the Lost Treasure of the Fourth Reich be the first in a trilogy that touches upon as many human emotions as can reasonably be woven into a tale based in the modern day Caribbean but founded upon the mystique of long lost ill-gotten treasure. Dark water, sharks, being deprived of air, being trapped in confined spaces, evil people, the threat of death and a myriad of other emotions evolving from the thrilling adventure of a live action contemporary fiction woven around lost treasure that actually exists serves as the basis of this series.