Turning to Stoneby Gabriel Valjan
Alabaster Black returns as an investigation into a public official's death squares Bianca and her friends against a backdrop of financial speculation, organized crime, and female assassins on motorcycles. Her tenuous collaboration with the mysterious online contact Loki takes on a new twist with the appearance of a brilliant young obsessive-compulsive man who joins her team. As new mysteries unfold, old enemies and Rendition prove to bear grudges, and Bianca's group quickly discovers that Naples might just be the most dangerous city in Italy.
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The Roma Series continues in Turning To Stone by Gabriel Valjan and starts out with a BANG! I am on familiar ground with Turning To Stone…The Mob. I have read a lot of organized crime novels, and Turning To Stone has everything I look for…corruption, betrayal, brutality, wholesale slaughter and assassins, female, no less. I love that twist and, for me, it doesn’t happen often enough. But this is not the organized crime of Al Capone’s day. They are going legit and manipulating events through money, so be careful about investing in the stock market. LOL Gabriel Valjan’s series keeps getting better and better. The writing flows smoother for me, the pacing and suspense picking up to a level that makes it hard to put the book down. Some surprising turns at the end make me realize how strong and determined Bianca and her cohorts are. They have questions and WILL NOT stop until they have the answers, no matter the cost to themselves. I enjoyed Turning To Stone the most…so far…and I am so glad I stuck with the series! Action packed with OMG moments. The brutal, tragic ending left me feeling very sad and I can hardly wait to see where we go from here. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Threading The Needle from Gabriel Valjan.
Turning to Stone is the fourth book in the Roma Underground series. We are in Naples and the story involves the Mafia. Enter a new member of the group, a young man, an intern who is very knowledgeable about the Mafia and come to find out that he knew Charlie Brooks, the young man who was killed in the previous book. Along with Bianca, Ferrugia, Dante, Gennaro, Allesandro and Silvio the story continues with Ferrugia going undercover as a member of the Camorra. The rest of the team investigates the death of a of a man, Aldo Giurlani killed in a car bomb that was thrown by people on motorcycles. A book is delivered to the team and it is up to them to figure out what this means. This book seems to be more indepth than the previous three or it is just that the plot is getting more intense. We also get another gastronomical treat with more food descriptions, more about Loki, Bianca's online friend. This part of the story kind of confuses me and I am anxious to find out who Loki is. This series is complicated but the author does a great job with the characters depictions and this tour of Italy is interesting indeed with each book getting more complex than the previous. I look forward to reading the last book in the series.
Wow! This book is full of suspense and twists and chills. Bianca is back and this time she may be in for more trouble than she can handle. It all starts with an assassination right in front of others. This is a fast moving book that anyone who likes mysterious will enjoy. I cannot wait to read more by this author. Will Bianca be able to solve this crime before anyone else gets murdered? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book for a review and these are all my opinions. - See more at: http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2015/10/turning-to-stone-by-gabriel-valjan.html#sthash.xqcP3tu4.dpuf
Valjan had me from the cover of this one. It’s one of those covers that just made me have to pick up the book and see what happened. Not only was it catchy, but I also caught the historical significance of the cover image. I was definitely glad to have picked it up. Valjan may have pulled me in with the catchy cover, but he held my attention with the well written and intricately plotted tale. I found myself attempting to unravel the mystery as I enjoyed my immersion in Italian culture. The multifaceted characters filled out the novel nicely, taking a complex plot to an even higher level. I found the characters easy to relate to and the type of people who truly drew my attention. Suspense and mystery definitely ruled the day in Valjan’s latest release. I thoroughly enjoyed the complexity of the novel and the intensity of the tale. This is a fantastic novel that I’d definitely recommend to others. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
Gabriel Valjan in his new book, “Turning To Stone” Book Four in the Roma Series published by Winter Goose Publishing gives us another adventure with Alabaster Black aka Bianca Nerini. From the back cover: Alabaster Black aka Bianca Nerini returns as an investigation into a public official’s assassination pits Bianca and her friends against a backdrop of financial speculation, female assassins on motorcycles, and the Camorra—the most ruthless of Italian organized crime gangs—in Gabriel Valjan’s TURNING TO STONE, the fourth book of the highly praised Roma series. En route to a secret meeting, Aldo Giurlani—the regional commissioner of Lombardy in northern Italy and a specialist on organized crime—is assassinated in the middle of a public square. More mysterious is the package sent to Giurlani’s hand-picked team of five top investigators within the Guardia di Finanza (GdF), the Italian law enforcement agency that investigates illegal financial transactions, from money laundering to drug trafficking. Within the package are five copies of a book entitled Man of Smoke written by Aldo Palazzeschi. Then there is Bianca’s tenuous online contact with a mysterious online contact known as Loki, who delivers a cryptic message to her, takes on a new twist with the appearance of a brilliant young obsessive-compulsive man who joins her team. Complicating matters even further, old enemies and, more problematically, Alabaster’s former employer—Rendition, a murky covert U.S. government agency that does more than just investigate financial crimes—still have grudges to bear against her. As new mysteries unfold, Bianca’s group quickly discovers that Naples might just be the most dangerous city in Italy. Readers looking for a suspenseful thriller with mysterious twists and turns abounding will love Gabriel Valjan’s TURNING TO STONE. M. Valjan has consistently in every book in this series so far improved not only the stories but has hiked the suspense as well. This book is no exception. I had no idea that the Camorra existed and that they were so evil. You would not think that a forensic investigator could get into such life threatening situation. Plus there is the possibility that Rendition has not truly forgiven her from the first book. Counterfeit euros and bonds, anagrams, undercover detectives, and international intrigue are just some of what Bianca has to deal with. This is a thriller mystery that will keep you flipping pages as fast as you can read to keep up with what is going on. I was guessing until the very end. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Italy Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”