Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Noel Hynd's Midnight in Madrid ~ Reviewed
Midnight in Madrid (The Russian Trilogy, Book 2)
by Noel Hynd
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (March 1, 2009)
When a mysterious relic is stolen from a Madrid museum, people are dying to discover its secrets. Literally.
U.S. Treasury agent Alexandra LaDuca returns from Conspiracy in Kiev to track down the stolen artwork, a small carving called The PietÃ of Malta. It seems to be a simple assignment, but nothing about this job is simple, as the mysteries and legends surrounding the relic become increasingly complex with claims of supernatural power.
As aggressive, relentless, and stubborn as ever, Alex crisscrosses Europe through a web of intrigue, danger, and betrayal, joined by a polished, mysterious new partner. With echoes of classic detective and suspense fiction from The Maltese Falcon to The Da Vinci Code, Midnight in Madrid takes the reader on a nonstop spellbinding chase through a modern world of terrorists, art thieves, and cold-blooded killers.
After a near-death experience, Alex DeLuca takes some much needed vacation time on the beaches of Barcelona. She’s weary of the brutality of FBI work and considering other options, but soon gets pulled back into active duty when her superior sends her to Madrid to investigate art theft. What she expects to be a simple case soon proves otherwise as she makes dangerous enemies and acquires equally perilous and potentially treacherous allies.
Midnight in Madrid explores the intriguing connections between art theft and terrorism, an unusual angle that gives an added dimension to the plot, as does the rich history and culture of Spain.
Like the preceding book in this series, Midnight in Madrid pushes the envelope for Christian fiction in terms of graphic violence and language, so this is not a tale for the easily disturbed. Aside from that, suspense fans will find a satisfying blend of unique characters and complex action.
Reviewed by: Sarah Sawyer