Rainbow Vintner

Rainbow Vintner

by Geza Tatrallyay


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Morgan Kenworthy—a Berkeley student studying abroad and a guest of the de Carduzacs, family friends who have a chateau in St. Émilion in France—uncovers a coup against the government of France. Soon after she arrives, a bombing at the Brassault Aviation plant kills several ministers. The investigation, led by General Tolbert, the head of French intelligence and friend of Joseph de Carduzac, points to jihadists. However, clues Morgan unearths about Joseph’s past suggest that the two blew up the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior in 1985 and committed other nefarious acts while serving President Mitterand. After another explosion, killing most of the cabinet, Tolbert announces that he is in charge. As General Tolbert suspects she knows about the plots, Morgan’s life and the life of her lover, Alex, Joseph’s stepson, are in danger. Morgan tries to leave Europe for the US but is thwarted, and Alex is captured by the general’s thugs. Now the two must rely on their wits, and their friends, for survival until they can convince the French Government who the real criminals are…

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ISBN-13: 9781644370834
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 02/16/2019
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 1,233,857
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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Rainbow Vintner 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Littleunicorn More than 1 year ago
I like the book, not my usual genre but I do like Geza’s writing and have read several of his books. I particularly love how at least one character in his stories is reading one of his other titles, it tickles me every time. In this book the characters are well rounded and believable, the historical facts are meticulously researched and seamlessly woven into the fictional narrative. There is enough suspense and detail without being tedious, and all loose ends are tied up. I can’t see there being a sequel as the story line doesn’t lend itself to a continuation, I may be wrong in my thinking though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Geza Tatrallyay’s, Rainbow Vintner, political intrigue and terrorism aren’t the only plot driven aspects of the book. Young and beautiful, American exchange student, Morgan Kenworthy, has taken up studies in France, where she forms a keen interest in a family friend’s son, Alex. Her school mate, Claire, Alex’s sister, is her local guide between the de Carduzac’s family estate, school and other social interest. Introducing her to important members of government, associated with the family, and socially challenging professors, with opposing political ideals, Morgan is swept up in the lavish setting of the Bordeaux region. When Morgan runs across some interesting photos in the de Carduzac’s office, she begins to put together pieces of a puzzle that lead her into a political triangle. Russians, Jihadist, French right wing activist are all a part of a plot that may take down France, Morgan and Alex with it. I was surprised by the depth of the characters in this international thriller and pleasantly intrigued by such details of upper class living. The descriptions of food, wine and ambiance was delectable. The author had an artful way of divulging information for the reader through dialogue, so you felt like you were a part of the conversation. With issues that parallel our own daily news, readers will find themselves dissecting the political subject and categorizing their own passions for moral resolution. Vigilante espionage and a surprising ending that I didn’t see coming.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Darryl Greer for Readers' Favorite Geza Tatrallyay has woven his latest novel, Rainbow Vintner, into a factual, historical background. Morgan Kenworthy, a Berkeley student studying abroad and a guest of the de Carduzac family, owners of a magnificent chateau in St. Émilion, uncovers a coup to bring down the French government. The initial investigation, led by General Tolbert, a friend of Joseph de Carduzac, points to jihadists. However, Morgan finds clues that Joseph and the general may have been involved in the "Rainbow Warrior" fiasco in 1985 and committed other heinous acts when both served in the intelligence service. As bombings, murders and mayhem bring France to its knees, Morgan and her lover, Alex, come under suspicion by Tolbert. Morgan tries to escape via Spain to the U.S. but is thwarted, while Alex is captured by Tolbert’s thugs and badly beaten. The two must now rely on their wits and whoever they can trust in order to survive. One thing you can always count on with author Geza Tatrallyay is that his stories are well researched. In Rainbow Vintner, his in-depth knowledge of various jihadist groups, France, its police and intelligence procedures, its former colonies, its politics as well as historical events all unite to make an otherwise quite incredible story seem realistic. In the first five chapters, Tatrallyay lures the reader into a false sense of security as he benignly explores each character in the dramatis personae. Then, just as you settle into a quiet, relaxing read, there’s a change of pace so dramatic that it rattles the pages and spills your coffee on the floor: a catastrophic explosion, the assassination of a prominent figure, then it’s off to the races. From there on, the book is a page turner with sufficient intrigue to keep you guessing how it is all going to end. All of this in a well-edited package! It would be a crime if Rainbow Vintner doesn’t become a bestseller.
Scorn9 9 months ago
Geza Tatrallyay has made another fantastic and thrilling novel! The Rainbow Vintner follows Morgan and Alex on one wild ride in Bordeaux, France. The story of this novel is influenced heavily by recent terror events and puts a brand new lens on these incidences. When Morgan and Alex get caught up in a giant plot against France, will they be able to alive and together? There's also a lot of politics in this book. It's a political thriller, so it was a given (in my opinion). I like how Geza approach politics and political commentary in his book. I feel like I learn a different view of the world every time I grab one of his novels. This book felt like Geza wrote it for me - I seriously loved it that much. Combine the fact that Geza always puts something knowledgeable and new in the books (and that lets me learn!), he also has amazing references. The reference to his own book, Twisted Reasons, had me giggling. The world views about terrorism had me intrigued. And, of course, throw in a Beatles reference and I'm an instant fan. If I had to pick one thing I liked about this book it would be the paranoia. Somehow, Geza makes the paranoia real in this book. Who can be trusted? Should everyone be trusted? Going with my own gut, I ended up having a pretty good guess for what was going to happen (I wasn't entirely accurate though). Watching Morgan question if she should answer any phone calls and if she should change her look made it painstakingly obvious that this book was high stakes. The entire book grew progressively more exciting and built it's way up to the ultimate thrill ride. If I had to pick one thing I didn't like it would be that it took a while for the book to really get into the action. The initial explanations were needed for this book to move and flow as good as it did, but that was a little con for me. Side note: There seemed to be a lot of reference to read wine in this book. Like, a clear obsession... I believe this book would be a solid read for the New Adult or older audience. We followed teenagers in this book, but it felt a little darker than purely YA. A teenager could read it no problem, but it felt like a book written for adults. There are some really rough and unsettling scenes in the book, so reader beware - if you have a light heart or stomach, maybe do a little research into the book first. That being said, it's not as R rated as Twisted Reasons. It felt like a couple steps lower on the rating steps, if you know what I mean. Overall, I think this book was marvelous! There's lots of thrills, twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat, a splash of romance, and lots of paranoia. It was a really fun ride and I can't wait for Geza to throw more books my way! Five out of five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Morgan is a UC-Berkeley student spending her junior year in France where fine wine and scrumptious food are a daily experience. (As an aside, I really enjoyed the descriptions of French dining.) Life is certainly great and interesting and her love life begins to look up. Her only problem is her keen mind and suspicious nature. Little things occur which soon mushroom into a full blown conspiracy theory against some of France’s most prominent citizens. The terrorist bombings are not what they seem, not to Morgan anyway, but who to talk to, and how to convince them lest the republic fall prey to a right wing coup d'etat. Mr. Tatrallyay has woven here an interesting tail of intrigue, a mixture of mystery and thriller that revolves inexorably around the fineries of French dining and national landmarks. Morgan is a very likable protagonist – beautiful enough to turn French heads and smart enough to give them headaches.
Jockabed More than 1 year ago
Morgan Kenworthy, an intrepid Berkeley exchange student studying abroad in France, visits with family friends who are wealthy vintners in Bordeaux. But alarm bells ring when she stumbles upon something strange in a shed on the family’s estate. Shortly thereafter, bodies begin to pile up, those of acquaintances she’s met through the family and perhaps more stunning, those of ministers in the French government. Tatrallyay’s novel is a political thriller that takes you to Bordeaux, Paris, Spain, and New Zealand, treating you to sumptuous meals complemented by the country’s celebrated wines. But you will also accompany Morgan to the private underground prison of the mastermind who dares to overthrow the French government. Dare to hold on as the author methodically develops a plot that will keep you rapt to the very end and leave you wondering at the factions that vie for control of our own world today.