Reviewed by Lisa Lickel
Chasing Mona Lisa
by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey
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"...filled with historical fact and impression, famous names preserved in history, the little-told stories of retribution, cold-blooded murder and the allies who came together to save the free world."
Freeing France from the stranglehold of the Third Reich during the 1940s occupation is complicated. There is more than one freedom movement. They don’t always work together, although they have the same goal. Sometimes it seems members of each group work at odds, leading to promises of vengeance.
Swiss OSS operatives Gabi and Eric are sent into Occupied France to help the freedom fighters near the time of the allied liberation. They are drawn into the battle to save not only the French citizens, but the very essence of culture and a future bargaining chip to a Nazi overlord who might use the stolen Mona Lisa to save himself from execution for war crimes. After the Allied Forces retake Paris, the real work begins: rescue the priceless piece of art before it disappears or is destroyed. But who can they trust? Even the couple guarding the secret location of the painting, Collette, a curator at the Louvre with a suspicious position at the museum, and her boyfriend, Bernard, a freedom fighter, have reason to doubt each other.
Taking the liberty of many teachable moments in history, Chasing Mona Lisa is filled with historical fact and impression, famous names preserved in history, the little-told stories of retribution, cold-blooded murder and the allies who came together to save the free world.
This novel features realistic and wartime-appropriate situations of death
and murder, attempted rape and other perilous situations that may be unsuitable
for younger than high school-age readers.
Lisa Lickel lives in Wisconsin with her high school teacher husband in a 150-year-old Great Lakes ship captain's house. She is active in more than one historical society, belongs to writing and reading clubs and is the editor in chief of Creative Wisconsin, the magazine of Wisconsin Regional Writers. A graduate of the Christian Writer's Guild, she has written newspaper features and magazine articles, radio theater, and authored several inspirational novels. Find her online at http://lisalickel.com, http://wisconsinauthorreview.blogspot.com, http://reflectionsinhindsight.wordpress.com, and Facebook.