Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Blog Tour: Chasing Mona Lisa

Authors: Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey
Publisher: Revell
Publication Date: January 2012

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.

Chasing Mona Lisa takes you back to the time of World War II and the Nazi occupation of France.  Valuable art collections are being acquired by the Nazis and taken back to Germany. Several different groups are after the famous Mona Lisa.  Can it be saved?  I enjoyed reading this book.  It was fast paced and filled with a lot of action.  I have never really been one for spy/espionage tales, but this one kept my interest.  The authors have down a great job of emerging the reader into the time period.

I did not realize that this was a sequel, and while I wished I had experienced Gabi and Eric's first adventure, I didn't really get a sense that I was missing something.  This is well written and well thought out plot with many twists and turns.  I never really quite knew who to trust.  Give it a shot!

About the authors:

Tricia Goyer is the author of thirty books including Songbird Under a German Moon, The Swiss Courier, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like MomSense and Thriving Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

Mike Yorkey is an author, editor and speaker who has written or co-written over 75 books. He loves what he does. He gets to play with words all day. Research interesting topics. Tell fascinating stories. Bring characters to life. Create.

He's been writing for a living for more than 25 years after getting his start at a small weekly newspaper at the California ski resort of Mammoth Lakes. Then in 1986, he received a huge break: Focus on the Family, a Christian ministry founded by Dr. James Dobson, hired him to be the editor of Focus on the Family magazine. He enjoyed 11 fantastic and satisfying years at Focus on the Family before moving into a freelance career as an author, editor, and speaker.

Although he's written a dozen books under his name, he's collaborated with some amazing people by writing their books for them: folks like Tim and Beverly LaHaye; evangelist Luis Palau; pop singers Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr.; tennis stars Michael Chang, Roscoe Tanner, and Betsy McCormack; baseball pitcher Dave Dravecky; San Diego physician Nick Yphantides (My Big Fat Greek Diet); and Jordan Rubin of The Maker's Diet fame.

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