Monday, January 16, 2012

Chasing Mona Lisa


Chasing Mona Lisa
Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey
(Revell)
ISBN: 978-0800720469
January 2012/325 pages/$14.99

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.

Read an excerpt, watch a video and find out more here.

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 visit www.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 www.mikeyorkey.com.





MY THOUGHTS:
I thoroughly enjoyed The Swiss Courier (my review is here) so I was pleased to see a second book about Gabi Mueller in the waning days of World War II. (However, Chasing Mona Lisa can be read as a stand-alone.) Since I am not an art aficionada, I had no knowledge of the historical backdrop of the French masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa being at risk before I read this book, and the premise fascinated me. I did get a little bogged down in some of the details of the story, and it was difficult for me to keep some of the many characters straight. That could have just been the timing when I read it; if I'm really tired, I just want to lose myself in a story and not think so hard. But the book did give me a deeper appreciation for the treasured work of the masters. I know that whenever I see the enigmatic smile of the famous Mona Lisa, I will wonder just what she saw during the tumultuous days of war!


See what other reviewers on the blog tour have to say here.

Win an iTouch SPY Pack in the Chasing Mona Lisa Giveaway from @triciagoyer @mikeyorkey!

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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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell & Litfuse Publicity as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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2 comments:

North Laurel said...

I really really liked this book and am looking forward to reading more by these two.
I found myself looking up information about this time in history to see if the authors had their facts 'straight'. Of course, some things they tweaked to fit into the story or setting better- but it's *fiction*, even if it's historical fiction.
One who absolutely loves history will enjoy this book I think (like me!).

Tricia Goyer said...

Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I really appreciate it!