Friday, October 2, 2015

#233 : Roma, Underground by Gabriel Valjan : Review

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GENRE: Fiction -Thriller

NUMBER OF PAGES: 342

FORMAT: Digital

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Italy Book Tours. Thanks a lot guys!

REVIEW:
Sophisticated would be the perfect word to describe what the summary promised. The story delivered it bang on.

Alabaster Black, the savvy forensic accountant is hiding in Roma from her former employer after her last case went sour. She meets, Dante, the speleologist/ investigator-accountant. They end up plotting and executing an elaborate trap to catch art smugglers who seem to be stealing these artifacts and sending it out of Italy. 

I know that is not much of a summary to decide if you want to pick the book, but giving out any more would simply result in spoilers. The story is built that way. All most all thread of events in the book is interconnected and giving out one would simply result in a domino effect. That is exactly the beauty of the book.  The plot had few minor loop holes but that didn’t affect the overall plot. The writing was quite fast paced and I was totally hooked. One thing that sort of annoyed me was the detailed description of the food that the characters ate; I felt it was out of place. It simply left me hungry!  The writing was filled with enough humor to have me chuckling all along. The characterization was quite detailed and played a huge role in making the plot the interesting. Alabaster’s character for some reason reminded me of Lisabeth’s character from the Millennium series ( By Steig Larsson) minus that gothic element.

The plot also largely reminded me of an old American thriller TV show, Alias. May be that is because of the mysterious financial analysis wing called rendition. The show also had that sort a mysterious organization.

MY SAY: Alluring. Riveting. Captivating. Sophisticated. That’s all I can read!

RATING:

PLOT: 8/10
CHARACTERISATION: 8/10
NARRATION:8/10
BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/10 (Lower the better)
OVERALL RATING: 8/10

AUTHOR LINKS: Amazon

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