Chasing Mona Lisa

Chasing Mona Lisa

by Tricia Goyer, Mike Yorkey

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ISBN-13: 9780800720469
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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.

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Chasing Mona Lisa 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Set in World War II when France was about to be liberated from the German occupation, the reader should already know that this is going to be an exciting novel. There are no clear-cut answers in this book, the reader will have to choose between the characters, deciding who she/he wants to win the race to the Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa has always been a work of art that many people are aware of, this book takes the painting's worth to the next level as German soldiers and quite a few interesting characters from this book do just about anything to try to retrieve it. There are many characters in the novel, it almost feels as if there is not one main character, but many. The character development is very deep, the reader will feel close to some of the characters, maybe be able to predict some of those characters' actions and thoughts. The novel is extremely fast-paced, the action starts within the first chapter and continues at a breathless pace until the end of the book. There are constant twists and surprises as well, right when the reader has chosen a specific character to root for or believes he/she knows the ending, there is some event that changes the readers' mind again. The romance in the novel is more of an undertone, not the focus at all. This book is fast-paced and exciting, the events will take the reader by surprise and make the book very hard to put down. The reader will be able to tell that the novel was well-researched. Chasing Mona Lisa is recommended to adult readers.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
It’s August, 1944. France is on the verge of liberation. Allied forces are advancing, while the Third Reich flees. Though Germany is retreating, Reichsmarchall Hermann Goring wants to steal the most precious painting of France–the Mono Lisa–a symbol of their freedom. The race is on between the Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler against Colonel Heller’s henchman. It was while Gabi and Eric were still fighting off stragglers from the Third Reich in France, alongside Bernard Rousseau of the Communist-run Resistance Group, that they were all informed by Allen Dulles of the OSS of the attempted heist of the Mona Lisa. Working through Collette, a curator of the Louvre of France, they hatched out a plan to retrieve and protect the Mona Lisa. Woven through these plans were the behind-the-scenes suspicions of Collette’s innocence or guilt in collaborating with the Germans. Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey give us a hit-and-run twist of plots from the very first page to the end. The evil of the Third Reich and their underhanded methods of torture are exposed. Man’s inhumanity of unbelievable proportion. It’s real and it’s horrific. Your heart breaks over threats to even young children. You feel the fear of the characters as they go through the fearsome episodes. You find yourself holding your breath during the scenes of severity and tough demands in the Swiss Chateau. Throughout the story Gabi and Eric prayed and put their trust in the Lord to get them through the dangerous circumstances and to save the precious Mona Lisa for France. Their heroism and loyalty went above and beyond their roles. For a historical, fast-paced adventure, with a little romance thrown in, this is a book you will not want to miss. There are so many individual stories that have been told and still need to be told. But Chasing Mona Lisa triumphs the liberation of France and the hopeful claim of the Mona Lisa. It’s another part of WWII history that I found very interesting. This book was provided by Donna Hausler, Publicity Assistant, Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was exchanged. Chasing Mona Lisa is available January, 2012, at your favorite bookseller, from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
MollyzReviewz More than 1 year ago
Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey has done it again! They co-wrote The Swiss Courier together and wow! I was blown away then and I'm once again blown away by their ability to write a smooth flowing, complex, edge of your seat novel once again. I loved The Swiss Courier, and I LOVED Chasing Mona Lisa! Eric and Gabi, Swiss spies, are back and in full swing of things as they taken on another fast-paced thrilling case....this time, chasing down the infamous Mona Lisa painting during the liberation of France. Instantly, you're transported to Erik and Gabi's side. You're in the middle of the fast past thrills and the rush of adrenaline as you learn things about the art work being stolen...and just who is behind it all. Eric and Gabi's skills are amazing as they work together to right the wrongs. With secrets uncovered, twists and turns among every page, and characters that jump from the pages in this awesome WWII novel, this is a novel that will leave you feeling breathless in the end. I definitely recommend this novel. Rich in complexity and amazing historical detail, this novel is worthy of so much more than just 5 Books! Eric and Gabi aren't ones to be missed on their missions, that's for sure! The ending of this story is a whopper of unexpectedness and I can't wait to see if these two incredibly amazing authors collaborate once again to bring their fans another amazing Swiss spy novel! INCREDIBLETASTIC work, Ms. Goyer and Mr. Yorkey! This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.
DSaff More than 1 year ago
War, intrigue, and a little romance come together in "Chasing Mona Lisa." The year is 1944, and the people of Paris are tired of being trampled on, but more than that, they are tired of seeing their precious art work stolen by the Germans. The Underground tries to stop things, but... Gabi and Eric are trying to bring supplies to Paris, but quickly become embroiled in the conflict and work with the resistance. What happens when Gabi finds papers that incriminate someone from their ranks in the disappearance of the Mona Lisa? Bernard (a resistance fighter) isn't at all pleased to question Collette's loyalty. As these four race to find and secure the Mona Lisa, others are as well. They meet danger, death, suspicion, and even a little romance along the way. Who will find the famous painting? What will become of Gabi, Eric, Bernard, and Collette? This is a fast-paced, sometimes violent thriller. It hooked me from the start and I didn't want to put it down. The premise of the story was plausible and the characters lifelike. Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey do a good job telling the story, and I think, have a hit on their hands. I wish I had read the first volume of the story, "The Swiss Courier," to have more of the background, but the book was well enough written to stand alone. I received my free review copy from the Litfuse Group, and thank them very much for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Chasing Mona Lisa by Mike Yorkey & Tricia Goyer is the sequel to The Swiss Courier about Gabi Mueller, a Swiss-American woman working behind the scenes in WWII to help the Allies save the day. This novel picks up shortly after the events of the previous book with Gabi and her boyfriend Eric traveling to Paris to bring first aid supplies and aid to the Resistance fighters in the city. Paris is on the crux of exploding as the Germans refuse to let go of the city that is slipping out of their fingers, and the Parisians who have been under boche control for four years are ready to shake the yoke of oppression no matter the cost. Gabi and Eric arrive just at the most dangerous moment and are quickly taken under the wing of Bernard Rousseu, a resistance fighter for the Communist party. Gabi discovers some papers that make Bernard question the loyalty of his girlfriend, Collette, who is in charge of keeping the Mona Lisa out of the hands of the Nazis. When a plot is discovered to steal the famed painting, Gabi, Eric, Bernard, and Collette are on the chase of their lives to keep it out of Nazi hands, even though some of their motives may be different than what they appear. The authors include lots of fascinating history that will keep readers enthralled. I've never heard the stories about Occupied Paris, and they portray a city on the edge very well. I wish the story had remained there. There were some unbelievable elements that made me feel like the authors used Deus ex Machina a bit too much. A too convenient notebook and a bait-and-switch that many readers will find hard to swallow. Bernard's communism is portrayed as idealistic and he as a hero, so when he changes sides, I kept waiting for him to come to his senses. It just didn't make sense based on what the writers had displayed in him as a character. There is also a lot of shocking violence here, especially a death with garden shears, and a stomach-churning threat against a small child. This violence seemed out of place with the rest of the novel, especially when perpetrated by the good guys! This novel isn't of the same quality as The Swiss Courier when the characters leave Paris, but when they are in the City of Lights, the story truly shined.
tiinaj1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Chasing Mona Lisa intrigued me on a couple fronts - one it's based in the 1940's during WWII and during the end of Hitler's reign and terror campaign toward the Jews. And two it's history and I've always loved history.Chasing Mona Lisa takes place during the last month or two of Hitler's occupation of France. You have 3 groups of people fighting for the freedom of France - Charles De Gaulle who has left the country and is allowing the resistance groups to do the fighting for him and then steps in to take credit when the German's are ousted. Then you have the French Communist Party who think a communist government is the way to go & one member who takes matters in his own hands to return the Mona Lisa (after the Germans Heller & Gorman try to steal it) back to the city thus taking credit for the communist party and trying to discredit De Gaulle. Then you have Eric & Gabi - two Swiss people undercover as Red Cross workers trying to get into the city (I never did really figure out what they were doing). Combine them all together and it is certainly fast paced.I found this book rather confusing obviously. I loved the idea behind the book - but had some trouble following along with it. The Swiss Courier (Gabi's story) is the prequel to this book and if I had read that one first that might have tied some of the pieces together for me. The authors have done their homework, know their history and the city of Paris - but the writing is hard to follow and I was a little (just a little) bored with it.Please don't let my review hold you back from reading this book. I would suggest you maybe check it out from the library and see if you like it or sit down and read the first chapter before you purchase it. It may intrigue you enough and perhaps you'll really enjoy it.
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book for the purpose of a review, otherwise it's unlikely I would have picked it up. I don't typically read books set during either World War (I'm not sure why, but I just don't find them enjoyable), but I thought this one sounded interesting. It's a story about the liberation of art from the Germans after the occupation of Paris, specifically the flight of the Mona Lisa ("La Joconde") from Paris to Amsterdam and back to Paris as a team of individuals struggled to keep it out of the hands of a German officer.The story focuses on two couples -- a pair of Swiss spies who get wrapped up into the drama on a medical-supply delivery mission -- and a Resistance fighter and a museum curator. They're likable enough characters, but I can't say I particularly connected with either couple. I found the Swiss couple much more realistic in their motives and actions, and if I remember correctly, there's another book by this writing team that continues their story.The other couple -- Bernard and Colette -- don't have quite the expected ending, and things are left a little unresolved (but if I say why, I'll give away some crucial information, so I'll let you read that for yourself). As a result, I found the book less compelling than I'd hoped.Because I don't have a lot of experience with WWII novels, I don't have much to compare it to in terms of quality or storytelling. It was a fast read with decent plot & characters, and plenty of historical detail. I think people who look for historical detail in this kind of fiction will be pleased, but I wish the authors had included a note at the end (as some authors do) explaining which parts were based on true events and which were creative license. I know that there were problems with precious pieces of art falling to the Germans (and efforts to keep other pieces out of their hands), but was this book based on a true story? I have no idea.Either way, not bad. Not wonderful, but probably a fair read for someone interested in the period and the subject matter.
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey has done it again! They co-wrote The Swiss Courier together and wow! I was blown away then and I'm once again blown away by their ability to write a smooth flowing, complex, edge of your seat novel once again. I loved The Swiss Courier, and I LOVED Chasing Mona Lisa!Eric and Gabi, Swiss spies, are back and in full swing of things as they taken on another fast-paced thrilling case....this time, chasing down the infamous Mona Lisa painting during the liberation of France. Instantly, you're transported to Erik and Gabi's side. You're in the middle of the fast past thrills and the rush of adrenaline as you learn things about the art work being stolen...and just who is behind it all.Eric and Gabi's skills are amazing as they work together to right the wrongs. With secrets uncovered, twists and turns among every page, and characters that jump from the pages in this awesome WWII novel, this is a novel that will leave you feeling breathless in the end.I definitely recommend this novel. Rich in complexity and amazing historical detail, this novel is worthy of so much more than just 5 Books! Eric and Gabi aren't ones to be missed on their missions, that's for sure! The ending of this story is a whopper of unexpectedness and I can't wait to see if these two incredibly amazing authors collaborate once again to bring their fans another amazing Swiss spy novel! INCREDIBLETASTIC work, Ms. Goyer and Mr. Yorkey!This review originated at Reviews By Molly in part with a blog tour.
BrokenTeepee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book starts just as Paris is about to be liberated from the Germans but it does set up a bit of the back history of the resistance movements going on during the occupation. The Free French following de Gaulle and the various communist groups all worked to rid the country of the Nazis and each expected their party to rule after their goal was achieved. History has shown how it all played out and this book uses the conflict between the two groups to good use.The Mona Lisa is one of France's greatest treasures. The fear of losing it is the premise of the book. My problem is that although she is considered a masterpiece and a major work of art she never impressed me and all the fawning done over what is a very small, dark painting didn't ring true to me. I have seen the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and I was disappointed at best. I can understand the popular feeling of losing a treasure but not all of the individuals in the book exclaiming over this painting.That being said......I did enjoy the overall story. It moved along quite nicely and the characters were well rounded. I found myself rooting for the main romance between Gabi and Eric - they worked well together both as spies and as boyfriend/girlfriend. It was fascinating to learn about the various efforts to keep the Mona Lisa hidden and far away from Nazi hands. The epilogue did seem a bit of a non sequitur with nothing in the beginning of the book to precede it.
hmweasley More than 1 year ago
I don't have much to say about this book other than the fact that I found it extremely boring. The synopsis claims nonstop action, but I don't feel like that's actually what the book contains. Despite knowing that stuff happens, nothing felt high stakes. I don't know why it failed to considering the book centers around a war and events that should, reasonably, be high stakes. It just didn't feel that way while I was ready. This isn't a bad book by any means. The writing was fine on its own, and I think the plot had potential. It's hard for me to pinpoint the exact reason the book didn't work well for me. There was just something about it when it was all put together that led to the book not holding my interest well. Other people could very well enjoy it, but the book wasn't for me.
MKPMRP More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. Not a page turner that I couldn't put down but an easy and pleasant read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the prequel, "The Swiss Courior". So, I was really excited to read "Chasing Mona Lisa". I had a difficult time putting this one down! I am a huge fan of World War II fiction and hope to see more by these two great authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good BUT it was Slow getting started. During the 1st 100 pages i almost gave it up BUT im not a quitter so i kept reading. About 1/2 way through it got interesting & i enjoyed it to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great read, a book about people doing what they needed to survive and for the love of art when much of it was stolen during a horrific time!
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I really enjoyed this second book and getting to know the characters better. Both were excellent, but I like that this one took Gabi & Eric to Paris and the Louvre. And what a story! The ending was especially thrilling! I highly recommend this book and hope there are more to come!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A nice story with action, intrigue, and romance.
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crossnjulie More than 1 year ago
This historical fiction read kept your interest through out and kept you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is actually a bit tame for me. I like a good spy story without a lot of romantic entanglements. The setting in end of WW2 Paris is good. It sounds authentic in the description of the Resistance and the mood of the French. The writing is pretty mediocre,on the level of romance novels. I like authors who know how to use the English language beyond two syllable words. Don't think I will go for this writer again.