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Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey

Monday, January 23, 2012
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.

Goodreads Summary

Set in World War II when France was about to be liberated from the German occupation, the reader should already know that this is going to be an exciting novel.  There are no clear-cut answers in this book, the reader will have to choose between the characters, deciding who she/he wants to win the race to the Mona Lisa.  The Mona Lisa has always been a work of art that many people are aware of, this book takes the painting's worth to the next level as German soldiers and quite a few interesting characters from this book do just about anything to try to retrieve it. 

There are many characters in the novel, it almost feels as if there is not one main character, but many.  The character development is very deep, the reader will feel close to some of the characters, maybe be able to predict some of those characters' actions and thoughts.  The novel is extremely fast-paced, the action starts within the first chapter and continues at a breathless pace until the end of the book.  There are constant twists and surprises as well, right when the reader has chosen a specific character to root for or believes he/she knows the ending, there is some event that changes the readers' mind again. 

The romance in the novel is more of an undertone, not the focus at all.  This book is fast-paced and exciting, the events will take the reader by surprise and make the book very hard to put down.  The reader will be able to tell that the novel was well-researched.  Chasing Mona Lisa is recommended to adult readers.

5 Stars

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Chasing Mona Lisa is the continuing tale of Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler (first introduced in The Swiss Courier). This time the due are on a relentless quest to save the most famous painting in the world  - the Mona Lisa. You 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. The winner will be announced at the 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 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 (do you know how to pick a lock?) and lots of giveaways. 

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  1. Great story idea. Gonna read this one.

  1. Great story idea. Gonna read this one.

  1. Although I didn't read the first one- this book sounds fascinating. I love books that are set during WWII and the plot is intriguing. I always enjoy a good mystery. I have added this one to my list- and the character development sounds like it was done beautifully!