Book Review: Chasing Mona Lisa

17 Jan

It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci’s masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

With nonstop action, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers’ adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on–and the runners are playing for keeps.

Tricia Goyer is the coauthor of The Swiss Courier as well as the author of many other books, including Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights, both past winners of the ACFW’s Book of the Year Award for Long Historical Romance. Goyer lives with her family in Arkansas.  (www.triciagoyer.com)

Mike Yorkey is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including The Swiss Courier and the bestselling Every Man’s Battle series. Married to a Swiss native, Yorkey lived in Switzerland for 18 months. He and his family currently reside in California.   (www.mikeyorkey.com)

My Impressions:

Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey is a suspense-filled historical jaunt through the waning months of WWII.  Set on the eve of the liberation of Paris, two Swiss OSS agents, Gabi and Eric, are charged with getting supplies to the Paris resistance leaders.  But they find themselves caught in even greater peril than they bargained for.  The Germans are pulling out, but not before one last attempt to wreak havoc on the French.  That includes making off with the most valuable painting in France, perhaps the world — the Mona Lisa. But the political stakes of a new France are high and friends can quickly become foes.

The sequel to The Swiss Courier, Chasing Mona Lisa is easily a stand alone read.  Having not read the first novel, I had no trouble getting into the action of this book.  And the book is non-stop action.  It is also a well-researched historical novel.  I found myself saying I didn’t know that several times.  If you like a book that takes you on a chase through several countries with twists and turns along the way or if you like fiction with a good mix of historic figures and believable fictional characters, Chasing Mona Lisa is for you.  I know I liked it.  Now I just have to go and get book 1!

Recommended.

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(I received Chasing Mona Lisa from LitFuse in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

About the iTouch SPY Prize Pack Giveaway:

Chasing Mona Lisa is the continuing tale of Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler (first introduced in The Swiss Courier). This time the duo are on a relentless quest to save the most famous painting in the world  – the Mona LisaYou can help Gabi and Eric with your very own spy pack when you enter The Chasing Mona Lisa Giveaway!

One passionate protector will receive:

  • iTouch (The must-have device for any spy. Camera, Maps & Music.)
  • Starbucks Gift Card (For all those late nights.)
  • Moleskin Notebook (For those important notes.)
  • Invisible Ink Pen (Don’t want anyone reading those important notes.)
  • Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey (Great handbook and intriguing tale for any spy-in-training!)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on January 31st. Winner will be announced at Chasing Mona Lisa Facebook Party on 1/31. Tricia and Mike will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from Tricia’s website) and giving away copies of their books and a book club prize pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club AND a LIVE Author Chat for your group with Tricia and Mike.)

So grab your copy of Chasing Mona Lisa and join Tricia and Mike on the evening of the 31st for an author chat, spy training (How much do you know about WWII?) and lots of giveaways.

Don’t miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!

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2 Responses to “Book Review: Chasing Mona Lisa”

  1. Mike Yorkey February 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Thanks for the nice review! As the co-author of “Chasing Mona Lisa,” it’s always nice when you can tell the reviewer gave your book a close read. Thanks! Mike Yorkey

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    • rbclibrary February 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

      Thanks, Mike, for stopping by. I have The Swiss Courier loaded on my Kindle now!

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