I have to start out this review by saying that I really, really wanted to love this book! I love reading about art history, scandals involving art, etc. I REALLY love to read about history in general. This book had a lot of great historical facts and scenarios---it was obviously very well researched.
Unfortunately, I was not at all prepared for the amount of violence and graphic descriptions of gory murders there is to be found in this book. As a Christian, I am very careful to guard my mind and heart against evil that is meant to be entertaining. Of course I am aware of the reality of all the horrible scenarios described in this story, but if I am going to spend my time reading, I want to fill my mind with pleasant images as much as possible. Had I known the graphic descriptions of death and sexual imagery that I would be exposed to, I never would have requested this book. I think that, especially being a Christian publisher, some sort of warning/disclaimer should be noted in books that would be considered disturbing by many.
That said, there are others, I'm sure, who can handle these things better than I. If you are one who can look past these sorts of disturbing things and enjoy the heart of the story, than I'd suggest picking this one up and trying it for yourself. You will learn a lot about the resistance underground during World War II, as well as art history.
Notes from the publisher:
"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
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."
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.
“Available January 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”