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Trip Wire [Kindle Edition]

J Randall , Morris Dean
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Petra Wagner, a professional photographer, learns of a secret that has been in her family for generations. Skeptical and unable to forget the story, revealed to her by her mother, she visits a grave site at secluded monastery in Germany. Her visit sets off a trip wire in Rome. The Vatican’s Cardinal Matteotti, learns that Elisabeth Wagner, whose maiden name is von Hompesch, lives in Hamburg and is the mother of the twins Petra and Peter.


The von Hompesch family has been on a Vatican Watch List since 1842 when Ferdinand von Hompesch died at the monastery. Ferdinand, the last Grandmaster of the Knights of Malta, before the French, under Napoleon Bonaparte banished the Knights from the island in 1798, was a distant relative.


It was rumored that he was in possession of a priceless relic and may have hidden it on the island before he departed. Matteotti contacts the diocese in Hamburg and learns that Petra is on a photo assignment in Italy and Peter is vacationing on Malta. He dispatches a young priest to Italy to follow Petra, and Fra Guiseppe, one of their problem-solvers, to keep track of Peter.


After completing the photo shoot, Petra travels to Trieste, in search of clues. Peter’s boss had him carry a set of blueprints to Malta, for an unsavory associate, Carlo. Peter soon finds himself an unwitting target of local criminals. Guiseppe is under extreme pressure from Cardinal Matteotti, to discover what Peter is doing on the island. The laity engaged by a local priest to keep tabs on Peter are ineffectual and Guiseppe reluctantly enlists the assistance of the underworld in Rome to keep track of him. A job that surprisingly filters down to the Monk, a friend of Carlo’s.


The present day Knights of Malta, headquartered in Rome, learn of the church’s interest in Peter, and sends two of its clandestine members to discover why.


Petra flies to Malta and shares the family secret with her brother and enlists his help in the search. Their quest leads them from one clue to another as those watching them make their way through a tangled web of intrigue and danger.


Trip Wire was originally published under the title ‘Watch List’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 464 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053SHW6E
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Cheryl M-M TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The Vatican has those chubby little catholic fingers in many pies, as they do in this artefact mystery. The storyline is at first seperated into two seemingly different plots, except the main characters in storylines are siblings. As we read about the events in their lives the plot slowly but surely melts into one and we find out that it is connected to a hidden family secret. I liked the concept, but then again I do like a bit of Da Vinci like mystery. I felt it could have been better or more exciting if pulled together and some of the superfluous scenes/details taken out. For instance the scenes with Peter and the girls, they had no relevance other than to show that he was a party boy with a libido. For me that didn't add any to the story. A little more depth and detail to the characters, so I can feel empathy towards Peter or Petra and/or look forward to the villain arriving on the scene. It was a good read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 12 April 2013
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This story moves at a fast pace with lots of twists and turns. There's lots of background information about Malta. I really enjoyed it.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Knowledge 2 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I love it when we rediscover ancient knowledge and learn a bit more about the truth behind the myths, and J Randall brings these elements to us in "Trip Wire." Readers learn that secret knowledge, lost to the masses, could have profound impact on humanity if only it were shared. Or is the author showing how these secrets can protect themselves, for the better good? I liked how J Randall understands that our life's experience can cloud our perceptions when compared to the innocence and wonder of a child's open mind.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More adventure from J. Randall 3 Jun 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The elements of Trip Wire are these: a young man who works at an architectural firm in Hamburg, his sister - a student at University in Heidelburg, the Vatican, the Knights of Malta, the Sicilian Mafia, and a mysterious artifact left hidden over 100 years before. It all adds up to a captivating adventure tale by J. Randall. A huge man known as the Monk provides protection for his employer in various violent ways. Two attractive young women and the young man's failed pursuit of their pleasures provide humor. All in all, a rollicking good tale by Randall, also the author of "Gamal's Assassin".
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An ancient secret interwoven into a family and passed down from generation to generation.. 26 Jan 2012
By Cheryl M-M - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Vatican has those chubby little catholic fingers in many pies, as they do in this artefact mystery. The storyline is at first seperated into two seemingly different plots, except the main characters in storylines are siblings. As we read about the events in their lives the plot slowly but surely melts into one and we find out that it is connected to a hidden family secret. I liked the concept, but then again I do like a bit of Da Vinci like mystery. I felt it could have been better or more exciting if pulled together and some of the superfluous scenes/details taken out. For instance the scenes with Peter and the girls, they had no relevance other than to show that he was a party boy with a libido. For me that didn't add any to the story. A little more depth and detail to the characters, so I can feel empathy towards Peter or Petra and/or look forward to the villain arriving on the scene. It was a good read.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Adventure 21 Jan 2013
By DaveReadsALot - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked the mix of mystery, action, adventure, and light humor in this book.

The author crafts the characters nicely and puts them into situations that raise some tension but don't make you fear for their lives. I loved how the main character (Peter) kept getting interrupted by the old mobster while trying to meet with the young British ladies.

I also liked how the nastiest characters are the least that you'd expect while the ones helping Peter are the characters you'd least expect to be the 'angels'.

The ending was a bit unexpected but left me satisfied and not angry that I'd have to buy another book to continue the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 8 July 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Fast paced, well written interesting storyline.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice read 22 Jun 2014
By Linda A. Trevenen - Published on Amazon.com
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I like Italy so anything to do with the country is fun. Thought book kept my attention. Enough side stories to keep you guessing. I would recommend for a read
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A treasure hunt for a Knights of Malta artefact 9 July 2013
By Patricia Austin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a yarn about a hunt for ancient treasure, with everybody getting into the act!
Petra Wagner is the only one with a clue to the object of the hunt even though she convinces her twin brother Peter to vacation on Malta, epicenter of the search. When Peter agrees to deliver a set of blueprints to a Maltese client of his sleazy boss, he stirs up a hornets' nest completely independent of the treasure hunt.
Meanwhile, Petra's preliminary explorations in Germany and Italy set off a trip wire at the Vatican where it is believed that she may be know of a possibly valuable religious relic hidden by her ancestor. The Vatican sends observers to find out what Petra is after but in the belief that Peter, already on Malta, knows more than Petra, it concentrates its spying effort on him.
The Knights of Malta, still operating a small organization on Malta, get a tip-off that the Vatican thinks Peter and Petra may be on to something, so it sets its own spies on them. Eventually the spy v. spy scenario (at one point I believe there were four separate espionage groups focused on the twins) becomes a tad confusing. With some of the spies operating under a misconception, their very lives are put in danger in this tale of a vacation turned treasure hunt turned Mafia thriller .....
The story is well-written and an enjoyable read!
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