The Traitor’s Emblem


Author: Juan Gomez-Jurado

Title: The Traitor’s Emblem

Genre: Suspense, Historical Fiction

Publication Date: 2008

Number of Pages: 321

Geographical Setting: Munich, Germany

Time Period: 1919-1940

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: In 1940, a Spanish sea captain rescues German sailors during a dangerous storm. As a reward, one of the castaways gives the captain a mysterious gold and diamond emblem. The story of the emblem holds the truth behind the web of family secrets, betrayal and murder of one German man. Disgraced and impoverished Paul Reiner never knew his father. After his death 15-year old Paul and his mother are forced to live with her sister as help. Paul believes he died heroically in a shipwreck but a secret revealed from his cousin sends Paul on a quest through Nazi Germany and colonial South Africa to find the truth about his father’s death. The next 15 years of Paul’s life are dedicated to tracking down his father’s murderer. Gomez-Jurado weaves adventure and suspense with a star-crossed romance between Paul and Jewish, affluent Alys Tannenbaum who overcome immense obstacles to be togther including Paul’s cruel, vengeance-seeking cousin Jurgen.

Subject Headings: Nazi Germany, Family Relationships, Freemasonry, Family Secrets, Betrayal and Secrets

Appeal: action-oriented, character driven, complex, dialogue rich, fast paced, historical details, investigative, multi-layered, plot twists, short chapters, strong sense of place, well researched.

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Action-Oriented, Investigative, Plot Twists

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

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    by William L. Shirer

Fans of the The Traitor’s Emblem may enjoy reading the history of Nazi Germany,
beginning with Germany’s loss in World War I to Adolf Hitler’s rise. This non-fiction
read will provide readers the history and understanding of 1920’s Germany, its
politics and culture mentioned in the book.

2. Freemasonry: Symbols, secrets,
by Kirk W. MacNulty

This fascinating read depicts the
mysteries behind the centuries-year old fraternal order, Freemasons. Readers who
want to learn more about Mason rituals, history and symbols described in The Traitor’s Emblem will enjoy this

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by Matthews Owens

This title is an extraordinary
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grandfather’s execution in 1937. It follows the Owen family through three
generation as they struggle with war, hardships, sacrifices and a star-crossed
love affair between Owen’s parents.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

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2. Cold Vengeance by
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Special Agent Pendergast seeks vengeance
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may be more complex than Pendergast may have imagined.

3. The Count of Monte Cristo by
Alexandre Dumas

Innocent, Edmond Dante is betrayed
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revenge for the ones responsible for his imprisonment. Once escaped Dante finds
hidden treasures, described by a fellow inmate, and becomes a wealthy Count.
Dante creates an elaborate plan bringing down the men who stole 14- years from
his life.

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