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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Two Harbors Press (December 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193729336X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937293369
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,351,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The thriller market seems increasingly saturated by books that fail to thrill, so Malnak's debut is a nice surprise. Cross The Spear of Destiny with Daniel Silva and you'll come close to Malnak's swift ... thriller."--Kirkus Review

"A novel just out by Allen Malnak is a pulse-pounding mystery thriller, part of which takes place during World War II and part of which happens in the present. The action - and there's plenty - revolves around a 'gift' for Adolph Hitler himself,  fabricated under extreme duress by a concentration camp prisoner, the box created from recovered dental silver. 'They didn't give me silver, they gave me people. The silver had been in their mouths. And, some were children...just children.'"--novelist Jerry Ahern  for Gun World Magazine February 2012 Edition         

"This thriller goes beyond keeping readers up late at night. It will affect their dreams as it did mine."--Heartland Reviews: Bob Spear, Publisher, Chief Reviewer

"An ending so riveting you will stay glued to the printed page and pray for both Bruce and Miriam."--Fran Lewis, Author and Radio Show Host

"The characters in Hitler's Silver Box are quite intriguing and well developed. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in reading of events of the Holocaust or to anyone looking for a gripping, fast-paced novel."--Rebecca's Reads

"There is a quality of authenticity that mixes with the story and gives immediacy to the events described."--Bookviews by Alan Caruba

About the Author

Dr. Allen Malnak graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and interned at Chicago's Cook County Hospital. After completing a three year Internal Medicine Residency at the Research and Educational Hospitals of the University of Illinois and the Westside VA Hospital, he was Chief of Internal Medicine at the US Army Hospital, Fort Sill, OK. Following military service, Dr. Malnak was a Clinical Investigator in Liver Disease at Mount Sinai Hospital of Chicago. He practiced in the Chicago area as a Board Certified Internist for about thirty-five years. During that time he was a Clinical Instructor at Chicago Medical School and an Associate Attending Physician at Cook County Hospital for eight years and following that a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University for twenty-five years. He was Medical Director of a number of organizations, including the Emergency Department of Mount Sinai Hospital and Principle Health Care of Illinois. Dr. Malnak also served as Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, President of the Medical Staff, a member of the Board of Directors of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Chicagoland.

His interest in the Holocaust was sparked by the fact that his father came to the USA from Lithuania at age 16, leaving behind a large family. All the men, women and children of that family were sent to a death camp by the Nazis and exterminated. The retired internist is married and has three living children from his previous marriage. He and his wife, Patricia live in southwest Florida with their whippet, Paige.


More About the Author

After completing his medical residency and liver disease fellowship, Dr. Malnak practiced in the Chicago area as a board-certified internist. He served as Chief of Internal Medicine at the US Army Hospital, Fort Sill, OK., and was Medical Director of a number of organizations, including the Emergency Department of Chicago's Mount Sinai Hospital and Principle Health Care of Illinois. Dr. Malnak was also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Stritch School of Medicine of Loyola University. His interest in the Holocaust was sparked by all the men, women and children of his father's Lithuanian family having been sent to a death camp by the Nazis and exterminated. He and his wife Patricia live in Florida with their Whippet--Paige and Parakeet--Kiwi.

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In short, Hitler's Silver Box is a fast-moving, entertaining read and one of those books that would make a good film.
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Malnak shows that sensitivity and is successful in insuring that "never again" means "never...under any circumstance...again".
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The author, Dr. Allen Malnak, has created authentic characters in a well written action/thriller that has plenty of both.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. Miki Hayden on January 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
It all rings true. The history of the box is right in line with many accounts I've read of how the Nezis operated. Of course the current-day material...could be true. Especially if you follow the post-war Nazis and their activities in South America. A region with more twins than statistically reasonable, say.

But that aside, Dr. Malnak has written not just a disturbing book, but a highly entertaining one including a dangerous chase and a peek at some current-day fanatical followers of Hitler. Strong protagonists, evil villains, something worth fighting for--this has all the ingredients.

Really well worth a read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andy J on December 3, 2011
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Dr.Malnak has brought the Holocaust into the 21st Century. He reminds us of what we must always keep in mind, "that these hatreds never really end...they may become dormant...but they are never but a spark away from reigniting."

Malnak's plot flows effortlessly and his characters are as heroic, resolute or evil as this story demands. His ending is satisfying with enough of a twist to satisfy the most demanding fans of action and intrique.

I am a lecturer on the Holocaust. To use the event in fiction must always be done with great concern for the victims and the survivors. Malnak shows that sensitivity and is successful in insuring that "never again" means "never...under any circumstance...again".

This is a great read that is satisfying throughout its entirety.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Review on January 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Allen Malnak's first novel, "Hitler's Silver Box," opens as Uncle Max is being held prisoner in his own Chicago suburban home. Max is being tortured for valuable information on the whereabouts of a silver box that he made as a prisoner in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp during World War II. He is accidentally killed by the home invaders due to an overdose of sodium pentothal. The death should have been highly suspicious, yet a valid death certificate is signed and Max is cremated

Enter his nephew and only surviving relative, Dr. Bruce Starkman, and the reader is now drawn closer to the edge of his chair. Dr. Starkman, an ER Doc at Cook County Hospital, finds many inconsistencies in the circumstances of his uncle's death: to begin with, Orthodox Jews are not cremated -- especially in Irish funeral homes -- nor was there an autopsy, which should be de rigueur in a suspicious sudden death.

Receiving little help from the police, Dr. Sparkman begins to investigate on his own and the action intensifies. His ex-girlfriend is murdered, Neo-Nazis are on his trail, the funeral parlor owner is severely beaten, and questions continue to surface regarding his uncle's mysterious death. With the help of the niece of Uncle Max's prison mate at Theresienstadt, who happens to be a security agent at the Israeli embassy in Paris, the investigation moves to France and then on to the Czech Republic and an action packed conclusion.

The author, Dr. Allen Malnak, has created authentic characters in a well written action/thriller that has plenty of both. If you want to know what the silver box contains and why it was so valuable, read the book.

Bookreview.com rates this book as excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Hitler's Silver Box is a compelling, exciting thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end.
In a two-story Georgian house in one of Chicago's affluent suburbs, Max Bloomberg, an old bookseller, is brutally killed. Before murdering him, the killers burn his holy books and ask him for `the box.' The old man refuses to give them any information. However, unbeknown to them, he's left his secret journal to his nephew.

Enters Dr. Bruce Starkman, Chief ER Resident at Chicago's Cook County Hospital. Bruce is crushed when he learns about his beloved uncle's unexpected murder. Although Bruce would like to accept the murder as an unfortunate turn of fate, he soon becomes suspicious. Why was Uncle Max, an orthodox Jew, cremated? Uncle Max would never have allowed cremation. Why was his bookstore vandalized? And why is a black Chevy following Bruce lately? The situation gets more complicated when he inherits a large sum of money and property from his uncle, suddenly making him a suspect.

Thus begins Bruce's search for the journal, and once he discovers it, the reader is transported to 1945 when Max was 23 years old and a prisoner at the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Tension escalates, innocent people are killed, and together with Miriam, a beautiful and extremely smart Israeli woman with military training, Bruce travels to Paris and the Czech Republic. It quickly becomes evident to Bruce that he must outwit the neo-Nazis and find the silver box his uncle built--and the secret document hidden within it--if he is to save the world from an imminent Nazi resurgence.

The premise is ambitious, the stakes are high. Hitler's Silver Box is a well-written novel full of non-stop action and suspense.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike Renn on February 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
Hitler's Silver Box is fast, vividly written and thick with fascinating historical detail. The characters are engaging and fully realized. The plot is compelling and delivers a lot of surprises. This is more than just a thriller, although it serves up all the basic elements with style to spare: exotic settings, beautiful girls, narrow escapes and mysterious strangers. Unlike most novels in this genre, Hitler's Silver Box deals with the consequences of violence from a different perspective. How does an emergency room doctor ethically square taking lives to save his own and others? Along the way, Starkman manages to balance "do no harm" with "shoot to kill." At the end, I craved more pages to turn.
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