-Theodore Feit, Midwest Book Review.
Counsel Of The Wickedby Roberto Kusminsky
Dr. Gerson Asher is a prominent New York surgeon and ex-Navy Seal who was raised as a boy in Argentina by his grandfather, Max. One evening, Gerson is caught off-guard by an unexpected call from his 80-year-old grandfather, Max Asher, whose voice is filled with panic as he announces he’ll be flying into New York from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The following morning, Gerson’s life is turned upside down when he sees his grandfather fatally stabbed by two thugs as he exits Kennedy Airport. Max carried in his pocket a letter with information that plunges Gerson into a perilous search, following mysterious clues his grandfather has left for him to decipher. A search that will lead him on a harrowing journey from the broad avenues of New York City to the back alleys of Buenos Aires on the trail of stolen European WW2 art treasures, wanted Nazi war criminals, and the killers of his grandfather. Reminiscent of such modern crime thriller classics as Frederick Forsyth’s “The Odessa File,” and William Goldman’s “Marathon Man,” Roberto Kusminsky, himself of Argentinean descent and a prominent surgeon from Charleston, West Virginia, has written a stunning debut novel about love, loyalty, and the depths of hell some men will transcend in order to meet evil face to face…and destroy it.
-Theodore Feit, Midwest Book Review.
-Steven M. Moore, author of Soldiers of God.
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- 16 Years
Meet the Author
Roberto Kusminsky is a physician, who has been a faculty member of West Virginia University for many years. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia, with his wife, Liliana. He is hard at work on the next novel in this series, with Gerson as the central character. More information about Roberto can be found at his website, www.robertokusminsky.com.
The shameful role played by Argentina during and after WWII is well known. Although the idea of a looted treasure hidden in South America by the escaping Nazis is fiction, enough has been written about it to make the interested observer wonder if there could be an element of truth to the story. There is, however, no clear evidence to prove that an organized effort to transport stolen treasures to South America did take place, despite reports suggesting this is the case. A U-boat did surrender to the Argentinean Navy toward the end of the war, which fueled speculation about escapees entering the country through this maritime portal. And it is documented that President Juan Peron issued thousands of passports to the German embassy in Buenos Aires, receiving gold in payment through an organizational structure based in Switzerland. So much gold, in fact, that in 1947 Eva Peron travelled to Switzerland in a chartered Iberia plane to deposit millions in a Swiss bank account. Jews, of course, were denied entry into Argentina unless they could pay the required bribes. Some of the other characters and comments in the book are true as well: Eichmann was captured by Israeli agents in a Buenos Aires suburb in 1960; Mengele lived in Argentina before escaping to Paraguay and ultimately to Brazil; Priebke lived in Bariloche for years until he was deported; and survivors from the Graf Spee were given refuge in Argentina by Peron. The pillage of the European Jewry’s goods by other “neutral” countries continued after the war, and the crime was ignored for decades before efforts began to attempt repair and restitution. For more information, the reader can access two excellent and well-researched sources: The real Odessa by Uki Goñi, and Pack of Thieves by Richard Chesnoff.
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A smart and captivating read
This novel is of the highest caliber, very well researched and written. It should really be on the best seller list and I think it would be if one of the larger publishing houses had picked up Dr. Kusminsky's first novel.