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Published by Head of Zeus, 28 November 2014. ISBN
This is the
second in the Carnivia trilogy, and deals with a kidnapping which is played out
online through the virtual world of the anonymous website www.carnivia.comThe victim is the daughter of an senior
American officer based in Venice, the purported ransom – stop the building of
an American base, being constructed outside Venice.
and full of intricate loops and knots, this is a worthy second novel in the
series.The kidnapping involves Daniele
Barbo, creator of Carnivia, as it is his website being manipulated by the
kidnapper.Using some of Daniele’s links
and skills, the key investigator Kat Tapo of the Venice Carabinieri starts to
track down the victim and finds out some disturbing facts around Italy’s
history and the involvement of the Americans and some more mysterious allies
linked with the church.With US
intelligence analyst Holly Bolland she starts to uncover a politically
sensitive plot, within which the captive victim is only a small part.
some serious questions around privacy laws, the church, government and military
conspiracies and the ethics of torture and terrorism, this is a richly woven
narrative with some hard hitting messages. However, despite this, the author
never lets this overtake the flow of the story line or forgets that the reader
also wants to solve a crime and live with the characters throughout the
paced, but not a book you can just dip into lightly.Once you start you need to keep going.
Reviewer: Amanda Brown
Jonathan Holt, studied English literature at
Oxford and is now the creative director of an advertising agency. He has
travelled widely in Italy. He lives in London.