Saturday, January 21, 2012

Chasing Mona Lisa by Trica Goyer and Mike Yorkey

One enigmatic smile. Two passionate protectors. And a relentlessly ticking clock.

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.

My review:I thoroughly enjoyed the first book by this writing team, The Swiss Courier, so I was glad to see them team up for a sequel. This book takes up pretty close to where the last one ended. World War II is still going on, but this book takes place in Paris for the most part.

I had a hard time getting into the book at first, but then it picked up and grabbed my interest. I don't remember ever reading or studying much, if any, about France during World War II, so it was interesting to get a different view of World War II through what was going on in France.

This book is historical fiction. Though some of the characters and parts of the story are fictional, the story about the Germans trying to steal the Mona Lisa and other priceless artwork, and the effort to keep the artwork from the Germans, is true. I had never heard about it, but the authors did a great job of writing about it in a historical fiction filled with suspense.

I hope these two authors keep teaming up in the future as they have hit another grand slam with Chasing Mona Lisa.

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.

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.
Chasing Mona Lisa is available from Revell Publishing, an imprint of Baker Book House.