Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Chasing Mona Lisa Book Review

SUMMARY:  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 Goring 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.

REVIEW:  The story is set in German-Occupied Paris and after it's liberation during the Second World War.  It follows Gabi and Eric as they try to keep the priceless Mona Lisa out of German hands and bring her back to the Louvre where she belongs.  They befriend and work with Colette, a curator at the Louvre and Mona Lisa expert, and her boyfriend Bernard, a Socialist operative in the underground French Resistance, to find where this priceless work of art had been hidden before the Occupation began before Reichsmarschall Goring's assistant Colonel Heller and his hired henchmen get to her.
     This account is intriguing.  The length the curators went to keep most of their famous artwork out of danger and under their control was amazing.  The twists and turns in the storyline kept me guessing how it would end.  This is a good book, especially for those who are interested in art and World War II.
     This book is a follow-up to The Swiss Courier but stands very well on it's own.  This is a very interesting book which I highly recommend.

This book was provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for review without compensation.

Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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.  Visit Tricia's website at

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 for18 months.  He and his family currently reside in California.  Visit Mike's website at

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