Roma, Underground: Roma Series, Book Oneby Gabriel Valjan
Savvy forensic accountant Alabaster Black is hiding in Rome from her former employer, covert U.S. organization "Rendition." While there under an assumed name she meets Dante, an investigator, erstwhile explorer and member of the Roma Underground, a band of amateur archaeologists who map the city beneath Rome. With Italian artifacts disappearing at an alarming rate,… See more details below
Savvy forensic accountant Alabaster Black is hiding in Rome from her former employer, covert U.S. organization "Rendition." While there under an assumed name she meets Dante, an investigator, erstwhile explorer and member of the Roma Underground, a band of amateur archaeologists who map the city beneath Rome. With Italian artifacts disappearing at an alarming rate, Alabaster and Dante search for answers and create a trap for the thieves. Through a mysterious online contact Alabaster learns she is being followed, and with her safety at risk she is forced to rethink her chosen alliances and discover hidden truths about herself.
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Meet the Author
Ronan Bennett short-listed Gabriel Valjan for the 2010 Fish Short Story Prize for his Boston noir, ‘Back in the Day.’ Gabriel’s short stories and some of his poetry continue to appear in literary journals and online magazines. He recently won first prize in ZOUCH Magazine’s inaugural Lit Bit Contest. He lives in New England but has traveled extensively, receiving his undergraduate education in California and completing graduate school in England. Roma, Underground is his first novel.
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Alabaster Black is hiding from the United States Government. Over the past two years she’s had different identities. As a forensic accountant, she does forensic investigations of people’s finances in order to protect the country’s internal financial system and stop dangerous greed. But her latest report to secret organization Rendition ends badly and so now she’s on the run in Italy under yet another fictitious name: Bianca. In beautiful, historical Rome, she meets government investigator and amateur archaeologist Dante, member of Roma Underground, and soon their relationship takes her on an adventure underneath the city itself. Before long, however, she’s being followed, Italian artifacts start disappearing, and the two of them set out to trap the guilty parties. This was an enjoyable read! Conspiracy, double identities, car chases and espionage, all against the backdrop of magical Rome, with its great food and marvelous art history, make this an entertaining, intriguing read. Indeed, the setting is one of the most engaging aspects of the novel. The author describes the foods and locations in vivid detail, bringing the story to life. I liked the heroine. She’s strong, smart, and pragmatic, kind of like a female James Bond. At times the pace drags a bit but on the whole this in a well written and suspenseful novel with a strong heroine that will be enjoyed by fans of the genre.
Valjan combines mystery and suspense, creating a unique novel set in Rome that easily transported me there. The setting was well developed, allowing readers from all over the world to picture what was happening and where. The intricate plot kept me guessing, trying to unravel the mysteries. At the same time, Valjan made sure to add some comic relief to the tale. I definitely had some laughs over this one. All of the characters in this novel, be they major players or minor ones, were fantastic to get to know. I thoroughly enjoyed how each of them added something important to the novel. They were also well developed, unique individuals. I appreciated how each of the major characters really stood out on their own, creating their own spheres that intersect with one another. This was definitely a fun, intriguing novel that had me thinking. It was a fantastic start to Valjan’s series that I would easily recommend to others. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.