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“2* I wanted to like this book but I didn't. It's a sequel to The Swiss Courier, which I rated 3* but this one just didn't meet the standard.”see full review » see other reviews »
“2* I wanted to like this book but I didn't. It's a sequel to The Swiss Courier, which I rated 3* but this one just didn't meet the standard.”Trish B wrote this review Sunday, October 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good book. I liked the story. ”Shannon B wrote this review Monday, June 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I like historical fiction and had never considered reading one about the Nazi occupation of France. I have read many holocuast books and this gave a different view one how focused the Nazis were.”Ms Taylor wrote this review Sunday, June 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this great read about the Resistance Movement in Paris towards the end of WW2. The story revolves around Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring who is attempting to steal the Mona Lisa and a museum curator, Resistance fighter and two Swiss OSS operatives disguised at Red Cross workers who will do anything to save the valuable painting. The book is filled with action, suspense and a great twist at the end. ”Ms. Kathleen wrote this review Friday, May 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Part mystery, part historical fiction about the Nazis attempt to steal the Mona Lisa. It was to be used by Goering as a bargaining chip for his freedom when he realized that the war was lost. Begins with the liberation of Paris, the different Resistance factions trying to gain power, ie the Free French, the Communists and others. It was a fast read with a twist at the end with interesting details on the Louve, hidden art work and art work stolen by the Germans. The chateau in which the Mona Lisa was hidden was a bit unrealistic in that the owners were totally left alone by the Germans prior to 1944. At the end of the story when Paris had no petrol for cars, the chateaux owners had some in their garage.”Sue M wrote this review Sunday, February 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A bit on the dull side. Won't be reading the first book in this series.”Kitty Lou C wrote this review Friday, February 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was another good book by a tight writing team. I have to say I liked it even more than The Swiss Courier. The story was smoother, I think, even though it was co-written. A few times I had to set the book down because life gets in the way of my reading pleasure at times, but when I picked it up again it wasn't hard to get back into the zone of the story. Some parts were more compelling than others, but overall it was a good read. It felt more historical than suspenseful, but I prefer it that way. The faith element wasn't very strong, but that didn't seem like it would blend as well into the storyline. It would have stuck out more so the fact that it was subtle was good.
A couple of times I was afraid for them, like when they were in the sewers and when the Nazi thugs caught up to them. I loved the tension between Collette and Bernard and the underlying conspiracy due to the struggle for communism after the Nazis left Paris and the French got a taste of victory. I also loved the affection expressed between Gabi and Eric. Those two make a great couple. The twist at the end was pretty unexpected, but I liked it and it fit the story. Again, this was an enjoyable story with a satisfying ending. If you like WWII era novels set in Europe, you'll enjoy this one.”
“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?
A fascinating read from start to finish. Chasing Mona Lisa is written with an amazing amount of sophistication.
Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey thrust readers into a Nazi occupied Europe, painting a picture of hardship, hope, and struggle for power during a time of great turmoil. From just the right amount of foreign words to just the right amount historical information, I felt like I was there, racing against time in this story that enhances the little known details of history and hands readers a breath-taking adventure.
Their expertise in World War II history shines brightly in this novel. Readers, such as myself, who haven't studied this time period enough to know the minute details they've included, never feel left out. They do such a wonderful job of bringing readers up to speed on the current events surrounding the conflict in the story.
Aside from just the history, they give readers a variety of characters in this story. As far as political views go, these authors did a fascinating job of staying true to the time period by showing their character's political views without inserting modern-day thoughts into a certain subjects.
While I'm not one who usually reads WWII novels, I absolutely loved this one!
Chasing Mona Lisa is a novel I would definitely recommend to anyone who loves WWII history--or history in general.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishers, via Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for an honest review. ”
“Good historical novel of WW II Paris and the artwork contained in the Louvre. You also learn much about the resistance and the communist branch. Authors failed to let readers know how much was based on actual history. Too bad.”Joan N wrote this review Wednesday, January 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No