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Book Review: Chasing Mona Lisa – by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey

Chasing Mona LisaBook: Chasing Mona Lisa
Author (s): Tricia Goyer, Mike Yorkey
Publisher: Revell
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Date: January 1, 2012
Genre: historical fiction
Pages: 337
Price: Kindle list price $15, available for much less
My Rating: a fast-paced exciting read
 

If you don’t know much about the Second World War, or even if you do, Chasing Mona Lisa will present to you a different slant on how things were. Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey take the reader into the drama and danger of the time when Nazi Germany was overpowering Europe and laying claim to all the wealth they wanted.

Hitler’s Germany had overrun France, and some over-zealous prominent military officials were determined to add to their private collections as much valued artwork as they could.

We meet the famous Louvre’s curator who is responsible for priceless art treasures sought by the above-mentioned officials. We also meet spies, a few members of the Resistance group determined to get their country – and their country’s art treasures – back, some other interesting characters who round out the story, and a convincing glimpse into World War II.

Chasing Mona Lisa holds the reader’s interest from the beginning to the end. It is impossible to tell who of the two authors, Tricia Goyer or Mike Yorkey,  wrote which part. It is a well-delivered story, full of tension, excitement, faith, hope, drama, intrigue, suspense, and there are history lessons to be learned amid the fiction built around the facts. The reader gets drawn into a time of war, and introduced to situations where there is theft, kidnapping, a little romance, deception, blackmail, and more.

I found Chasing Mona Lisa to be a  fast-paced book, one I was eager to pick up again after short periods away from my reading. I had to know what was going to happen next! And my guess is you will, too. 🙂

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Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

 

 

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Anniversary & Holocaust book

My husband’s and my anniversary was October 30.  Today (it’s still Saturday as I’m writing this) I was able to purchase for him the book he has been wanting.  Millions of Souls – a Holocaust memoir by Philip Riteman, has recently been released.   Stephen told me I could read it after he has, but I declined the offer.  I read the two-page article in a September issue of the newspaper about Mr. Riteman, and his story and experiences are so heart wrenching I know I could not bear to read his book.  It would bother me far too much.  Yet, I am between that self-protecting opinion and the knowing that everyone should hear his story, everyone should know of the horrors.

Remembrance Day is coming up on Thursday, November 11.  We will attend the memorial service as we have done for several years now, when we are given time to pause and think, and remember, and be grateful.

I believe it would make a difference in people if they could meet a War Vet or a Holocaust survivor, hear the too real stories, see the graphic images.

I believe we must never forget.

Do you?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings.  🙂