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The Boatman (The Carnivia Trilogy Book 1) by [Holt, Jonathan]
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AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!! Is the only way I can describe this book! It had me completely gripped till the early hours before sleep forced me to stop reading. If you are a fan of Dan Brown this is certainly for you. The story is set mainly in Venice, Italy although it spans across to the USA and Croatia. Two officers meet on a crime that initially seems quite straight forward until it unravels and escalates into an international network involving many issues such as, prostitution, war crimes, and drug lords. Two women in particular who initially hit it off on the wrong foot find themselves combining their efforts in a dangerous attempt to uncover the truth behind many interlinked secrets. Kat Tapo is assigned a murder case working with Detective Colonel Aldo Piola of the Carabinieri, one of the largest Police Forces in Italy, and answer to the Ministry of Defence. Alongside him they start to realise that there may be more to the murder than anticipated and soon it becomes clear that it is a small part of an intricate web of crime than not only spans space and time, but also involves many different members of society many of whom are in highly regarded positions. This book was brilliant; to say it's a page turner is an understatement! The only problem now is waiting for the next book in the trilogy!' Sam Lewis for Lovereading.co.uk.

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A propulsive tale of murder, corruption, and international intrigue at the crossroads of real and virtual Venice, where a female Italian police captain works to unravel a dark conspiracy linking the CIA and the Catholic Church


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4722 KB
  • Print Length: 453 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APDWTFG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,726 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I love Venice. As a setting for books of virtually any category, it's hard to beat. The Abomination has a head start in that respect but it needs a lot more to put it in a par with the likes of Michael Dibdin.The principal protagonists are interesting enough and do not shy away from a fight. I suspect as the trilogy the develops, the Carnivia side of the story will come to the fore. There are some bold observations / theories posed about the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and the author clearly has some kind of axe to grind here. There are three principal strands in this book and I imagine that the second book in the trilogy will start to reign them in. I would say my main reservation is that it reads too much like non-fiction. There just isn't that buzz of escapism as you turn the pages. I hope the author steps up the pace with the second book.
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Jonathan Holt's "The Abomination" is a made-to-measure bestseller, taking a soupçon of Dan Brown, a pinch of Inspector Montalbano and sprinkling of Robert Ludlum to produce a rather indigestible stew of Vatican cabals, sex slavery, police procedure and war crimes.

With such a complicated plot, the novel is unable to penetrate any of its themes in depth, and remains relentlessly superficial, the characters and set-pieces mostly cliches drawn from other novels or films we've all seen.

The opening section, in Venice, is by the far best part of the book, and the only part to show traces of originality, though Holt's Italian police are largely a pastiche of Michael Dibdin's wonderful Aurelio Zen (Ratking), Donna Leon's ditto Guido Brunetti (Beastly Things: (Brunetti 21)) and Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano (The Dance Of The Seagull (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)).

Once we leave Venice, however, and head into the hideous world of the Balkan conflict and its abominable crimes, the narrative loses all credibility, and becomes dreary to the point that one struggles to finish the book.

It's to be hoped that further Abominations are a little more original. A three-star review, however, because of the promise shown in the opening third of the novel.
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This is an elegant and excellent thriller, with well defined, sympathetic characters and a fast plotted story that positively zips along. Anyone who knows Venice will recognise the vivid scenes in this extraordinary city and equally extraordinary citizens and will enjoy the book's incidental characters, even if they appear for only a few pages. A very assured novel by a very fine writer who will undoubtedly follow up with the two volumes of this trilogy still to come. Enjoy!
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This book was my latest foray outside my reading comfort zone. I'm not a big reader of crime fiction and it takes something special to make me pick it up, and after all the feedback the lovely ladies at Head of Zeus had given me on this one, well I didn't really have a choice but to read it...(a no brainer).

Its a book I'm glad I picked up, the writing is clean, crisp and has a nice steady pace that draws you (the reader) in. The plot switches between the various characters builds and adds pace and makes this a book that's hard to put down. If I had to pick fault with any of the writing it's that the authors love of Venice/ Italy and the food/ culture can bleed though too much, there are a few bits that feel like a tourist guide and gourmet cookbook. That said the authors love of the country is infectious, I wanted to book a plane ticket and pop out for some Italian food every time I picked the book up.

The plot is skilfully blended together, multi layered with the ancient (religion), the violent (crime lords, Serb/ Croatian war) the modern (Carnivia social media) and the romance blossoming between characters. Throw in some deep political and international conspiracy add a soupçon of the occult and religion and you get a dish as fine as those served in the restaurants of the book.

would I recommend it?

Yes, it was a really good read, it didn't set my world alight, but then I'm new to the genre. for me it was a 3.5/5 stars.

I can however see it being a 5 star for many fans of the genre.

so go buy it, it will repay the cover price many times over.

(Parm)
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Well, this really is a very knowledgeable author! He expertly covers all sorts of topics - Venice, the Cabanieri, the Catholic Church, the US military, sex trafficking, the Yugoslav war, computers....... It was a complicated and interesting storyline, but I have to confess that I did occasionally lose the plot. This book needs to be read in long stints to appreciate all aspects of the story.

I enjoyed reading this book and felt that I had been educated in the process. One problem for me is that I simply couldn't warm to any of the characters. The only one that I found interesting - and cared about - was the damaged and socially challenged computer genius who created the virtual world, Carnivia.

The book was good enough to see me through to the end, but probably not good enough for me to complete the trilogy.
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