Chasing Mona Lisa
Surprised me again
In their sequel to "The Swiss Courier," Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey send Swiss agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler on a mission to Paris and back again, aiding the French Resistance in chasing out the Nazis. Things seem to be going well for the French, but discord between the Gaullists and the communists is mounting, and another threat is on the horizon: knowing that the Nazis are losing the war, Hermann Goering, famous for his collection of plundered art, decides to snatch the priceless painting Mona Lisa, or as the French call it, La Joconde, as a final blow to the French and potential bargaining chip. With a Louvre curator pinned under his aide's thumb by blackmail and some unscrupulous Nazi agents to do his dirty work, it should be an easy enough job, but thankfully the American OSS (pre-CIA) in Switzerland is onto the plot. Thus Gabi and Eric, with the help of the French, take off after the painting, creating a thrilling race to reach her first.
What I noticed in "The Swiss Courier" is that Goyer and Yorkey seem to write everything in such a straightforward manner that one is completely blindsided when an unexpected twist appears. Since the surprises were "oh duh, I probably should've seen that coming" moments for me, I figured I just wasn't paying enough attention, so I decided I'd be prepared for "Chasing Mona Lisa."
It makes sense; it's a supremely intelligent move on their part; I just never saw it coming. Fool me once, it could well be a fluke; fool me twice, that's good writing. Congratulations, authors!
One character in particular disappointed me; not in how they were fleshed out, but in choices they make. Extremism rarely turns out well, and it's hard to watch someone so consumed by a cause that relationships become second-place - there are consequences to shoving away those who love you. Ending the book the way the authors did was a touch dissatisfying to my happily-ever-after expectations, being a little more bittersweet than I expected. Suffice to say, I was surprised in more ways than one. It was a good ending, a realistic ending, and a very fitting ending - but it was no perfect fairy tale ending either.
I liked the novel a lot; the main strike against it is that like the previous novel, there is not much for a major Christian message - just characters who seem to respect God. The history is fascinating and plot exciting, and it can stand alone without the first book.
August 4, 2013
I enjoyed reading this book.
The pace of the book kept my interest. The author makes the reader feel they are silently standing next to the characters in the story.
July 12, 2012
Filled with History, Mystery, and Romance.
Chasing Mona Lisa was a wonderful journey that took place in Paris durig the Nazis occupation. Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey managed to creatively intertwine Historical facts into this fictional novel. It is not an easy task , but they managed to achieve it.
I love history, mystery and art and I was able to have all three loves written in one book. The list of characters are Gabi and Eric OSS Agents, Collete Perriard the currator who was in charge of the master pieces of France. As the book begins with the Nazis occupation of France and the revelation of all the art they had taken for themselves. Except for some Master Pieces that the museum was able to save before the occupation. The heroinÃ¢ÂÂs in the book arrive in time to witness the liberation of Paris, and enjoy the festivities and celebration of Paris, but not for long The Nazis are plotting behind the scenes. They plot to steal one of ParisÃ¢ÂÂs prize possetions the Mona Lisa. You the reader will have to see what happens next. I do not want to spoil the book.
Great book I recommend that you read Chasing Mona Lisa. It is filled with mystery, adventure and romance. What else could one want from a book.
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June 28, 2012
Pretty good book, although I like Goyer's other WWII novels better.
June 20, 2012