Title: Chasing Mona Lisa
Author: Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey
Review: The book starts off with a resistance member, Barnard Rousseau, saving priceless works of art from being blown up by another group of resistance. The story takes off from there and doesn't stop moving from that point until the last page. We meet several wonderful and amazing characters who just about anyone would be able to root for or fall in love with. Collette, a curator of the Louvre of France, Barnard Rousseau of the Communist-run Resistance Group, Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadle, both OSS agents and many other well written characters from history. Gabi and Eric are sent to Paris to help the resistance with medical, food and monetary needs but once Paris is liberated they are sent on a mission to save France and to find the Mona Lisa before the Nazis steal her for their own nefarious purposes.
Collette is the Louvre curator and one of only three people who know where the Mona Lisa is hidden but she is forced to work with the Nazi's to keep her loved ones safe. At first, it seemed like she was just another spy but in the end she was a much more complicated character that I grew to love. Barnard was a resistance leader who was Collette's lover. He was a strong Alpha male and very resourceful. He would seemingly do anything to keep Paris or France from completely falling into the Nazis' hands.
This was a clean book because there was no swearing or sex but it was very descriptive when it came to how brutal the Nazis would be to the people who left or betrayed them and what they also did to those who fought back.
The story is a race against time with so many wonderful historical backdrops of WWII. There are so many twists, turns, and betrayals but the author keeps it moving and keeps the reader wondering what will really happen. The authors create such an amazing book filled with non-stop action that I had a really hard time putting the book down. There is romance, espionage, war, secrets, endless chases and the reader is always left wondering if everyone is really who they say they are.
I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to read more from these author.
Thank you Heidi for this great review.
Publisher: Published January 1st 2012 by Fleming H.Revell Company
Quick Review: 5 stars (out of 5)
Where I Obtained the Book: It was a deal on Kindle so I bought it to read.
Synopsis: It is 1944 and Pari 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 Goring 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?
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 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.