Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey
Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2012)
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Back of the book:
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. For more about Tricia and her other books 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. For more about Mike and his other books visit MikeYorkey.com
Chasing Mona Lisa is the second book in this series by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey. Their first endeavor together was The Swiss Courier. I did not read The Swiss Courier before reading Chasing Mona Lisa and I was able to follow the story just fine. Of course now I want to go back and read the first installment to catch all of the elements that I did not even know I was missing out on.
The story is full of intrigue and a bit of romance, but my favorite parts where more about what was going on in the country as a whole. The story opens in the midst of Paris just before the Allies swoop in and liberate the city. We are reminded that Charles de Gaulle and his troops will eventually take leadership in France, but there was another faction that was seeking to take control. Had they prevailed France would have become a communist country. Just think of all the changes that would have meant in our world.
Think about all of the priceless art that we have in our museums. Think about the devastating destruction that wars do to countries. It is completely amazing that we have so much that was preserved. To lose the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory at Samothrace would have been a tragedy, not only for France but for the world.
I really enjoyed that this story had accurate historical elements and that it was told from a French perspective. So much of what we read comes from an American perspective. It was interesting to step into the lives of the French and see it from their vantage point. I think anyone that enjoys a historical story set around World War II will appreciate this piece of work.
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