Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Blog Tour: Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey

Welcome to the blog tour for Chasing Mona Lisa!

About the book:
It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci's masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

With nonstop action, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers' adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on--and the runners are playing for keeps.
Read an excerpt, watch a video and find out more here. http://www.triciagoyer.com/historicalfiction.html#ChasingMonaLisa  

About the authors:
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. For more about Tricia and her other books visitwww.triciagoyer.com 

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. For more about Mike  and his other books visit www.mikeyorkey.com 
Link to buy the bookow.ly/8sRzd 


As World War II is drawing to a close, France is very excited to be free of German occupation. The various French resistance groups are trying to find a place in this new France however. On top of that, just because France is rid of the Germans, it doesn't mean they are through with the Germans. One German in particular has hatched a scheme to steak the Mona Lisa as collateral for safe post-war life. OSS agents Gabi and Eric aren't going to let that happen. They will risk their lives to ensure that the pride of France is returned to her rightful home at the Louvre.

I really enjoyed this book. I love history, and this was a great combination of history and fiction. There was definitely a lot of action. I felt the authors did a fantastic job creating atmosphere. There was plenty of tension when people were put in danger, but there was also an amazing sense of celebration as France gained it's freedom. You could feel it pulsing from the pages. I almost wanted to start a parade to celebrate with them. I also found the various resistance groups so interesting. Their tugging for prominence and public support was fascinating.

The characters were great to read about. They had a fantastic mix of flaws with their good points. I loved that everything was not black and white, and that you got a real sense of the sacrifices some people had to make while under German rule. They were literally dealing with their lives. I also was intrigued by the stories of how the French hid their most valuable works of art to protect them from the Germans. It is so amazing how they knew to get things hidden away. Overall, this was a very fun book. People who love action, history, and art will find a lot of things to enjoy in this book.

Book provided for review.

Chasing Mona Lisa is the continuing tale of Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler (first introduced in The Swiss Courier). This time the due are on a relentless quest to save the most famous painting in the world  - the Mona Lisa. You can help Gabi and Eric with your very own spy pack when you enter The Chasing Mona Lisa Giveaway!

One passionate protector will receive:
  • iTouch (The must-have device for any spy. Camera, Maps & Music.)
  • Starbucks Gift Card (For all those late nights.)
  • Moleskin Notebook (For those important notes.)
  • Invisible Ink Pen (Don’t want anyone reading those important notes.)
  • Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey (Great handbook and intriguing tale for any spy-in-training!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on January 31st. The winner will be announced at the Chasing Mona Lisa Facebook Party on 1/31. Tricia and Mike will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from Tricia's website) and giving away their books and a Book Club prize pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club AND a LIVE Author Chat for your group with Tricia and Mike.)

So grab your copy of Chasing Mona Lisa and join Tricia and Mike on the evening of the 31st for an author chat, spy training (do you know how to pick a lock?) and lots of giveaways. 

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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!

Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour. You can see the entire list on the official tour page. Thanks for stopping by!

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