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The Dancer (The Carnivia Trilogy Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Holt
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Book Description

This is book 2 in The Carnivia Trilogy and was previously published as The Abduction.

The girl in the feathered mask was just another Carnival reveller, escaping the Venice crowds. When she was bundled into a van and driven high into the hills, nobody heard her scream.

Kat Tapo's bosses in the Venice police say she is too headstrong to lead a high profile kidnap case. But Kat has reasons of her own to mount a secret investigation - and what she discovers will rewrite the past… and send shockwaves into the present.

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    About the Author

    Jonathan Holt read English at Oxford, and is now the creative director of an advertising agency. The first novel in the Carnivia Trilogy, THE ABOMINATION, was an international bestseller and was translated into fourteen languages.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 2143 KB
    • Print Length: 469 pages
    • Publisher: Head of Zeus (8 May 2014)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00H6V0C3G
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars powerful and energetic 10 Oct. 2014
    By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER

    Book two for any author can almost be harder than book one, can you write it? are you a one hit wonder? how will it be received, can you reach the heady heights of a great book one?

    There is no need to be concerned with Jonathan Holt and The Abduction, if anything, its better than The Abomination. The author does walk a fine line with the conspiracy theory and the church, but aren’t all the best books the ones that make you think….could it be? would they? And in the case of the church make you wince just a little.

    As per book one the writing is excellent, with well balanced and carefully constructed characters. A plot that is skilfully woven, full of intrigue, mystery, tense drama and the wonderful history of ancient Venice and unlike another famous author, his tour of Venice didn’t come across like a bad tour guide…although Mr Holt does have a habit of making you Hungry with his culinary descriptions.

    This latest book is conspiracy thriller as it should be written, powerful and energetic, ancient and modern worlds colliding, at the same time as we tour the real and the virtual world of Venice. This is truly the type of crime fiction I need to read and I cant wait for book three.

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    5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Again. 11 Feb. 2015
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is a clever and complex novel with great mystery threads, including a kidnapping. Despite the colourful Italian setting, and Church references, it is not about a search for missing tablets, manuscripts or similar.

    The writing is rich and infectious to the point that even a story about boiling eggs held my interest (!). It is also a very contemporary novel drawing in current technologies and topics, without being overwhelming. And it employs history to great effect, albeit with a great deal of licence. (Holt does produce references for some of the historic story lines though). There are plenty of statements, direct and implied, about politics, intelligence agencies and religion so, of course, there will not be universal support for the positions taken. Respect to Holt for being able to convert so many ingredients into a captivating tale.

    A small word of warning : I really don't think anybody should try this book without having read the prequel. I do not believe this to be a stand-alone - I had read the first in the series but struggled to remember some of the things I felt were needed to get me through this book.

    This is my best read so far this year - as absurd as that sounds in February of a year - but I suspect it will take something really special for this book to be knocked off that perch by the end of the year. I can't wait for the third and final installment to be released in May.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great talent and a sheer pleasure to read. 27 May 2014
    By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    I loved the first book by Jonathan and to be honest I couldn’t wait to see what he’d bring for his second book in this series, after all, the first is the one that sets the scene, the second is the one that’s there to prove that the concept has not only legs but draws the reader in even deeper.

    Taking inspiration from some cold war titles, this book has a wonderfully rich tapestry that the author draws upon to help generate not only a believable past but also allows the characters to come to the fore. And whilst the prose is sharp and the pace has both lulls and peaks for me, it was the characters that really stole the show. They were people I wanted to spend time with and for me, even if a plot isn’t as rounded as this offering, is what will keep me stuck to a book long after others will have given up. This is definitely a trend setter and one I’d advise others to start sooner rather than later.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the novels 18 Oct. 2014
    By T.etch
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Geat, looking forward to buying the last in trilogy. Bought the 2nd straight after reading the 1st. Enjoyed the novels, couldn't put down once started!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought. 3 May 2015
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    The teenage daughter of an American soldier based in Italy is kidnapped and used as a propaganda tool to expose the interrogation techniques used against terrorists. What could easily be seen as an anti-American rant evolves into a well researched story which combines personal affairs, the power of the Internet, and the ruthlessness of extremists to promote their own agenda. Powerful characters, plenty of incidents and a well constructed plot make this book a fascinating read.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Oct. 2014
    By Verity
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    Absolutely amazing great crime fiction novel and it takes you on all sorts of twists and turns.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable 13 Aug. 2014
    By J P
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    Riveting. A real page turner leaving me wanting to read the next asap. Roll on number 3.
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    5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Second is as Good as the First 18 May 2014
    By C. E. Utley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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    I think I mentioned, in my review of The Abomination, the first volume of this trilogy, that I had almost not bought it because it had been described to me as being "Da Vinci Code meets Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". The idea that there might be another Dan Brown out there, and one who added gratuitous violence to badly written and ludicrous conspiracy theories, rather put me off. Fortunately, I went ahead and bought the book. It was a gem.

    One is always a bit nervous about reading the second novels of authors who have done well with the first. The first may turn out to have exhausted the author's talent. The reader may be horribly disappointed by the second.

    There is no need to have that concern about Jonathan Holt. The Abduction is, if anything, better than The Abomination. True, Holt does go just a little bit too far with his main conspiracy theory (Catholic Church and American government getting together to commit vile crimes). But the writing is so good, the characters so well drawn, that one doesn't really mind. After all, this is fiction and Mr Holt is not seriously asking us to believe it. Dan Brown, on the other hand, seems to have convinced himself that the nonsense he espouses in the Da Vinci Code is largely true. And he makes it all much worse by being an exceptionally bad writer. Holt's great quality is his ability to write an incredible (though very gripping) story in what appears to be effortlessly well-written prose. I remember reading the Da Vinci Code and feeling, at frequent intervals, an almost overwhelming desire to strangle the author. I have no such desire in Jonathan Holt's case. Indeed, all I really want is to sit with him in a Venetian restaurant of his choice and eat one of the wonderful meals he describes so beautifully in his books.
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