Chasing Mona Lisa {Book Review}

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Chasing Mona Lisa Tricia Goyer Mike Yorkey

August 1944…Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As German soldiers flee the Allied forces, they ravage France, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Goring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable piece of art — Davinci’s Mona Lisa — to use it as a bargaining chip to get him into South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue the Mona Lisa before it winds up in the hands of the Nazis?

Chasing Mona Lisa will have readers’ adrenaline pumping as they join the nonstop action to save the iconic painting. You’ll race from war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau in this fast-paced adventure.

I love Chasing Mona Lisa. It is exciting, intense, suspenseful, and full of drama. I love history (and especially World War II history) and this book did not disappoint one bit. I tend to approach historical fiction with a slightly skeptical attitude — because it can be tough to handle historical fiction with a fresh approach and an enticing storyline. Not the case here, folks. Chasing Mona Lisa had all that and more. It’s one of those books where you don’t want to put it down but, at the same time, you don’t want it to end.

I was quite pleased by the serious and believable writing (and interesting, likable characters). This isn’t some far-fetched, preposterous novel about spies and crazy capers. It’s realistic, and it grabs you. Of course, all sorts of horrors took place throughout the war…but this story touches on an aspect of war that gets overlooked — unless, obviously, it’s your culture and traditions and history being ravaged. Losing the Mona Lisa would be devastating…and I found myself fully engrossed in the plot and the mission from the very beginning.

Don’t worry that you haven’t read the first book — neither have I (yet!), and it didn’t matter at all. In fact, at first I didn’t even realize I was reading a sequel. Now that’s some skillful writing, right there, folks. You might be surprised at how invested you’ll become in the mission to save the Mona Lisa, but once you sink your teeth into this Mike Yorkey & Tricia Goyer novel, you won’t be able to tear yourself away. You can purchase Chasing Mona Lisa. You won’t be disappointed.

You can read an excerpt, watch a video, and find out about Chasing Mona Lisa.

Chasing Mona Lisa is the continuing tale of Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler (first introduced in The Swiss Courier). This time the two are on a relentless quest to save the most famous painting in the world  – the Mona Lisa.

I was not compensated for writing this post. I received a copy of Chasing Mona Lisa to facilitate my review. My opinions are 100% honest and 100% mine.

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  1. chelesa sims says

    this sounds like a book for me. Filled with mystery and adventure with a twist of thirller. Thank you for the review . Iam always looking for a good book

  2. judy gardner says

    wow! i love history and mysteries, so i think i would love this book! i also think it sounds like a good premise for a movie!

  3. Carol L says

    I’m sorry I over looked this book now. I actually love Historical Fiction filled with suspense and intrigue. Thanks so much for your review. I’m off to the library to pick up a copy. I didn’t know it was a sequel either. Thanks again.
    Carol L


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