Threading the Needle: Roma Series, Book Three

Threading the Needle: Roma Series, Book Three

by Gabriel Valjan

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Overview

Milan. Bianca's curiosity gets a young university student murdered, but not before he gives her a file that details a secret weapon under development with defense contractor Adastra. Guilt may drive her to find justice for the slain Charlie Brooks, but she is warned by the mysterious Loki to stay away from this case that runs deep with conspiracy. Bianca must find a way to uncover government secrets and corporate alliances without returning Italy to one of its darkest hours, the decades of daily terrorism known as the "Years of Lead."

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ISBN-13: 9780989479219
Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing
Publication date: 08/07/2013
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

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Threading the Needle: Roma Series, Book Three 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
The Roma Series continues in Threading The Needle by Gabriel Valjan. I am excited to see what Bianca and her band of cohorts will encounter next in Milan, Italy. We are back with some familiar characters and the stakes are higher than ever. Conspiracy is alive and well. The infighting between the police for territory and jurisdiction and the political machinations dog down their investigation into the murders and mystery. Politics is a dirty business and heads will fall, bodies too. Gotta be pretty sharp to run the gauntlet and find the answers. A little manipulation can be in order, and it does keep me on the hook as I try to figure out why they do what they do sometimes.. As the mystery unfolds, I think Bianca, a forensic accounting cyber nerd, has the answers, but… Sometimes there is so much going on, I lose track of where I’m going. Am I purposely being mislead so I can’t find the answers? Is it just me that I feel like I am being schooled rather than on a journey for my own entertainment? If you enjoy step by step police procedurals and some a glimpse into Italy’s history, this is for you. I love the concept of this series so much, I wonder why I am having such difficulty with it. Is it because of the location…Italy and all that entails, their customs and history? I took a little time and read other things between the books, but to see if it makes a difference, I will be diving right into Turning To Stone, Book IV. I believe these books can stand alone, but if you want to know all the details of the continuing characters, start at the beginning. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Threading The Needle by Gabriel Valjan.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
And I thought ... Threading The Needle brings us back to Italy with Bianca (Alabaster) and friends. I’ve enjoyed the first two books in the series so I was delighted to read along in these adventure’s with book 3 in the series Corporate Citizen Bianca and friends delve into a terrorist plot in Italy. The fast paced story begins with a murder and keeps on rolling from there. Bianca is reunited with her boyfriend and other friends as they begin to uncover Murders, conspiracies, and thrilling suspense that will keep you turning the page. Threading The Needle along with the other books in the series gives the reader a delightful tour of Italy. Threading The Needle is a great fairly ‘clean’ read with a few words and some violence but not graphic. I look forward to reading Book Four in the series. I received a complimentary copy from Italy Book Tours.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Valjan in his new book, “Threading the Needle” Book Three in the Roma Series published by Winter Goose Publishing gives us another adventure with Alabaster Black. From the back cover: Milan. Bianca’s curiosity gets a young university student murdered, but not before he gives her a file that details a secret weapon under development with defense contractor Adastra. Guilt may drive her to find justice for the slain Charlie Brooks, but she is warned by the mysterious Loki to stay away from this case that runs deep with conspiracy. Bianca must find a way to uncover government secrets and corporate alliances without returning Italy to one of its darkest hours, the decades of daily terrorism known as the “Years of Lead.” Bianca is back in Italy, Milan this time, and anything that can go wrong will. This time she and her small team are investigating a defense contractor named Adastra. Typically defense contractors spend lots of money to stay defense contractors and they do not want to be investigated. Therefore Bianca is in grave danger once again. Conspiracy, government secrets and corporate alliances 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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading the third installment of the Roma Series was a breath of fresh air: not only was the third book a fast read, but also there were a lot more insight into the main characters. The story takes place in Milan this time. I got to see more of Bianca's softer side, as well as Farrugia's, who, by the way, inspired me to take yoga classes. The plot in this book gets very dark at times since it deals with an assassination and acts of terrorism, past and recent. I enjoyed seeing how the main characters came together. Rendition lurks somewhere and Loki remains ambiguous. Silvio is still my favorite character. He is an endearing and I wish that I could "emulate" his Italian to English translations because the are just funny, and they lighten the mood throughout the book. The conspiracy story works from beginning to end in this book, which made it very exciting reading. There is an Afterword that explains the inspiration for the novel and I found that educational. There is also an excerpt to the fourth installment, which took me to Naples. Threading the Needle is my favorite so far out of the Roma Series books. I've read books 1 and 2 and they keep getting better. Bravo, Mr. Valjan for having written another gem.
Susan-Keefe More than 1 year ago
An action packed political thriller. Isidore Farrugia is a cop, brought up during the Years of Lead, a horrific period in Italian history, a time of terror and killing, his childhood memories, scarred forever by the brutal death of his mother. Nevertheless, he is a good man, loyal and protective of his friends and colleagues. This is why although off duty and out of jurisdiction, when his friend Bianca arranges a meeting with her informant, Charles Brooks, he insists on coming too. However, soon his onlooker role changes, when the young 23-year-old American, Bianca came to meet is killed, and so are his assassins. Then another murder takes place, and the Italian police investigators find themselves unearthing a web of political intrigue. Bianca has a secret though, she knows, she must uncover the truth behind the information she has been entrusted with, despite warnings from her mysterious online contact Loki, to stay away. Adastra, a weapons manufacturer is hiding something... But what? I found myself hooked, right from the start of this brilliant, action packed, political crime thriller, which is set in Milan. For those, like myself, who are interested in history, the Afterword about the Years of Lead by Claudio Ferrara was very interesting. This is actually the third book in the ‘Roma’ series, by this talented author, and there is a tantalising glimpse at the end into his fourth book, ’Turning to Stone.’