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The Abduction (The Carnivia Trilogy Book 2) by [Holt, Jonathan]
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Book 2 of 3 in The Carnivia Trilogy (3 Book Series)
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"Enthralling.... Holt deftly avoids prurience or gratuity while conveying the horror of walling, waterboarding, and similar practices... raising troubling questions about how the U.S. defines its allies and foes, and how it treats both."--Publishers Weekly

"Holt gives us excruciating suspense in the kidnapping narrative, suspense that's heightened by also presenting the victim's shifting point of view, from a benign 'This is a matter of business' to unraveled terror."--Booklist

Enthralling . Holt deftly avoids prurience or gratuity while conveying the horror of walling, waterboarding, and similar practices raising troubling questions about how the U.S. defines its allies and foes, and how it treats both. --Publishers Weekly"

Holt gives us excruciating suspense in the kidnapping narrative, suspense that s heightened by also presenting the victim s shifting point of view, from a benign This is a matter of business to unraveled terror. --Booklist"

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The Abduction is an adrenaline-fueled tale of mystery and intrigue that moves between the physical world of Venice, Italy, and its online counterpart, blurring the boundary between dark fantasy and even darker reality.

Captain Kat Tapo of the Venice Carabinieri knows that the social media site Carnivia.com harbors disturbing secrets, but she's shocked to discover a webcam feed that streams video of a hooded and shackled teenage girl. A strand of text repeatedly scrolls across the screen: STRESSFUL STANDING IS NOT TORTURE. At the same time, Second Lieutenant Holly Boland searches for a US Army officer's daughter who is missing from an American military base near the city. When a group demanding an end to US bases in Italy claims responsibility, it seems clear why she was kidnapped. But the more the two women investigate, the murkier the case becomes. Carnivia.com's uncooperative creator has yet to yield its hidden truths to the authorities. But when secrets from Italy's complicated wartime past begin to surface, he must decide how much he will reveal. If the shocking truth is not discovered, more than one innocent life will be sacrificed. . . .

With The Abduction, the second book in the Carnivia Trilogy, Jonathan Holt delivers a heart-pounding sequel to his acclaimed international thriller The Abomination.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 483 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (8 May 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H6V0C3G
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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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By Elaine Tomasso TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 July 2015
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It is a while since I read the first book in the series - not sure what it's called now - but as soon as you start The Dancer it all comes back. Piola is asked to investigate a body found on the building site of a new American base by protestors who breach the site. Shortly afterwards the protest group kidnap the daughter of an American soldier and post videos on Carnivia of her not being tortured by various methods outlined in CIA documents.
The Dancer is a fascinating novel with a wide scope. Obviously it has plenty to say about American intelligence gathering, viewed by many as torture, but Mr Holt leaves it up to the reader to make up their own mind. Personally I found the descriptions abhorrent and struggle to comprehend man's inhumanity to man but then I consider what the other side are up to and I still don't understand the cruelty but I can see the Americans' point of view. It definitely provides much food for thought. The novel also considers American actions in Italy at the start of The Cold War - scary stuff but were they wrong? Again it's up to the reader to decide. The other big theme in the book is the internet, freedom of speech and the right to privacy. I can't envisage Carnivia - I'm not very computer savvy and it is completely beyond anything I know - but the issues involved are universal - how far should the government be allowed to invade citizens' privacy and to what extent should internet companies abet them? It's scary how much they do it already. These themes do not, however, overwhelm a well plotted novel which had me turning the pages as fast as I could to see what was coming next.
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I bought 'The Dancer' on something of an impulse, not realising that it is the second book in Jonathan Holt's 'Carnivia Trilogy'. However,although several of the main characters also appeared in the first book, this is a stand-alone story, so it is clearly not essential to read these books in sequence.
There are two separate, but interconnecting stories within 'The Dancer' - the main plot involves the abduction of the daughter of a US soldier living on a military base in Venice, whilst the sub-plot concerns the discovery of a skeleton of a leading Italian partisan who disappeared shortly before the end of the Second World War. The story moves at a fast pace, and before long we are in the middle of an intriguing tale involving the Vatican, US intelligence agencies and secret societies. It is well told by a skilful writer who also clearly has a love for the city and culture of Venice.
I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Dancer' and will definitely be buying the other books in this series.
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A really compelling sequel to The Boatman.If anything this installment of the story unfolded at a faster pace and concentrated ones attention on issues that were more horrific.
The only thing which bothered me was the apparently quick and complete recovery of the two women from their ordeal.If they did recover so fast would it support the argument that the acts were not torture ?
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By Parm TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Oct. 2014
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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.

(Parm)
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