Thirteen Days in Milan

Thirteen Days in Milan

by Jack Erickson


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Sylvia de Matteo, an American commercial photographer and single mother, is taken hostage by terrorists during a political assassination at Stazione Centrale, Milan's train station.
Moments later, a Paris-bound train with Sylvia's ten-year old daughter and fiance aboard departs the station without Sylvia.
Sylvia is seized at gunpoint, thrown into the back of a van, blindfolded, beaten, and driven to a warehouse where she is imprisoned in a cell.
When the terrorists discover Sylvia's father is a wealthy Wall Street investment banker, they demand a ransom for her safe release.

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ISBN-13: 9780941397094
Publisher: RedBrick Press
Publication date: 06/02/2014
Pages: 348
Sales rank: 1,188,760
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)

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Thirteen Days in Milan 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Cecile-Sune-Book-Obsessed More than 1 year ago
Sylvia de Matteo is on vacation in Italy with her daughter and fiance when she is kidnapped by left-wing terrorists at Stazione Centrale, Milan’s train station. Inspired by the Red Brigade (Brigate Rosse) of the 1970s, Fabio Cecconi, the leader of the group, hopes to start a revolution to protest against political corruption and the financial crisis in Italy. Antonella Amoruso and Giorgio Lucchini are in charge of the investigation for Milan’s law enforcement agency DIGOS, and they are determined to find Sylvia. Thirteen Days in Milan is the first book in a series featuring Giorgio Lucchini and Antonella Amoruso from Milan’s Questura. Jack Erickson got the idea for the novel while snapping pictures at Stazione Centrale in Milan. His wife, along with his luggage and passport, were already on the train. He thought: what if something happened to me? This is the basis for Thirteen Days in Milan, a fast-paced and suspenseful story. The author’s love of Italy is evident in his descriptions of the country, its food and its inhabitants. In addition, the fact that it is told from different points of view (the victim, her family, the police and the terrorist) makes the novel more gripping and original. However, the prologue of the book where the author explains the events of real-life Prime Minister Aldo Moro’s kidnapping and assassination is a bit dry but once we are introduced to the de Matteo family, the story gets more interesting. At times, the dialogues felt a bit stilted though. In addition, Sylvia seemed more afraid of spiders than her captors, and I thought that her relationship with Fabio appeared very improbable. While I am well aware of the Stockholm Syndrome where a victim feels empathy or sympathy for the kidnapper, Sylvia’s relationship with Fabio was well beyond that. In spite of this, Thirteen days in Milan is a promising start for the series. Thirteen Days in Milan was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Jennifer_Clark More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I am mainly a fan of Jack Erickson’s whodunits, but I thoroughly enjoyed this international thriller—and I actually learned a great deal about Italy and its history in the process! This is a gripping book about an American family swept up in a crisis while in Italy. Jack Erickson is masterful in his uncanny ability to get inside the psyche of a fanatical terrorist, Fabio, as well as that of a sweet ten-year-old girl, Angela. The characters in Thirteen Days come to life immediately, and soon you notice that they have started to live in your heart. I was especially touched by the personal transformation of Sylvia, Angela’s mother, who is kidnapped. This book reminds us of the inspirational truth that traumatic events can indeed have gifts for us if we’re open to that possibility. This is the kind of book that you find yourself thinking about long after you finish it. Jack Erickson has written another winner. Don’t miss this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The background of this book is Italy's history of domestic terrorism. In the 70s and 80s the country was beset by attacks launched by the Red Brigades. In their most infamous incident, in 1978, Red Brigade terrorists kidnapped a former Italian prime minister, Aldo Moro. After being held captive for 54 days Moro was killed. Sylvia de Matteo, the self-absorbed daughter of an investment banker, is taken hostage in a terrorist attack in Milan's central train station. Thrown into a van, beaten and then imprisoned in a filthy construction shed, she comes face to face with a harsh reality that will change her life forever. Sylvia is desperate to be released and surprisingly is given hope by a budding relationship with one of her captors. She experiences the desperation of the terrorists and the political corruption and economic stagnation of Italy that gives rise to their act of terrorism. It is a world alien to her’s of privilege and wealth. The results of her epiphany play out in a surprising and compelling conclusion that leaves us with an appealing and sympathetic character very different from the indulgently immature character that opens the book. Other powerful characters include Vera Pulvirenti, a former fashion model, whose career was destroyed in a motorcycle accident and who has descended into bitterness at her plight. Antonella Amoruso is a talented and determined DIGOS investigator who pursues the terrorists relentlessly. This book will prove a rich reward for the thoughtful reader who is a student of history and the human condition