Monday, February 27, 2012

Chasing Mona Lisa: A Book Review

About The Book:

One enigmatic smile. Two passionate protectors. And a relentlessly ticking clock.

August 1944. Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country and steal countless pieces of irreplaceable art. In fact, Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all—the Mona Lisa—as a postwar bargaining chip.

But the woman with the mysterious smile has some very determined protectors. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

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

About The Authors:

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.
Mike Yorkey is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including The Swiss Courierand 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.

My Review:

The Swiss Courier was one of my favorite books to read last year, so when I had the opportunity to read Tricia Goyer's most recent release, Chasing Mona Lisa, I was not going to pass it up.

Chasing Mona Lisa will draw you into the world of World War II in occupied France and you will not want to put this fast-paced, action-packed book down. Seriously, with each page turned, I found myself drawn to the world of Nazi occupation, Communism, The Third Reich and I read with anticipation to see how things would work for Gabi (a character introduced in The Swiss Courier). 

The writing collaboration between Goyer and Yorkey was absolutely fantastic, with smooth transitions, amazing descriptions of war time France, and stunning historical facts regarding Nazi, World War II and more. I loved all the information I learned regarding not only the War itself, but also about France and the Mona Lisa. I loved Chasing Mona Lisa even more than The Swiss Courier, and feel this book would be a super one to adapt for the big screen! This is the perfect book for those who enjoy war stories, intrigue, spy novels and historical fiction. 

 I am excited to share with you that Tricia Goyer has two books coming out soon; By The Light of the Silvery Moon (March 2012) and Beyond Hope's Valley (April 2012) and I will definitely be reading them!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up. 

BUY IT: You can purchase Chasing Mona Lisa at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

1 comment:

  1. Shirley, thanks for the thumb's up review of "Chasing Mona Lisa"! As the co-author with Tricia Goyer, we thought we put together a fun thriller with plausible and surprising plot twists, and it was gratifying to read that you felt the same way. I know you can't review every book that comes your way, so thanks again for giving "Chasing Mona Lisa" a close read and sharing your thoughts with your blog readers.