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- Print Length: 400 pages
- Publisher: Head of Zeus (7 May 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00OKGTG5A
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- Customer reviews: 87 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Traitor: A conspiracy thriller set in Venice from the author of The Girl Before (The Carnivia Trilogy Book 3) Kindle Edition
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'A genuinely thrilling thriller ... a terrific book by any standard ... outstanding' Literary Review.
'A cracking, upmarket thriller' Saga Magazine.
'Impressive ... Venice is a magnificent backdrop' Daily Mail.
'Awesome, awesome, awesome!! To say it was a page-turner is an understatement!' Lovereading.
'The talented Jonathan Holt's best book yet ... its disparate elements bubbling over in entertaining fashion, and its protagonist guaranteed reader interest, and the sheer unabashed energy of The Traitor is hard to resist' Good Book Guide.
'A suitably thrilling finale ... The author was apparently inspired by a visit to Venice, and it certainly makes for an interesting setting, especially when Holt gives us a taste of the real city hidden under the tourist hype' Crime Review.
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A man is being inducted into the third degree of a very secret masonic lodge in Venice. Just at the moment when he thinks the ritual is about to be completed and he will become privy to every secret in the lodge, he feels his heart being pierced. His body is found, washed up on the shore. His tongue is beside his corpse. Kat Tapo, a Captain in the Carabinieri whom we know well from the first two novels, is given command of the investigation.
Second Lieutenant Holly Boland of the U.S. Army, recovering at home in America from all that happened in the second novel (you must read it to find out what that was), is deeply affected by her father's incapacity following a stroke. She comes across a document written by him many years previously, when he was posted to Italy with the U.S. Army. It seems to suggest that the infamous "Gladio", a collection of Italian right wing extremists trained by NATO, continued to operate after it was officially closed down. It dawns on her that her father's stroke may have been deliberately caused by someone who didn't want that news to come out. She decides to return to Italy to investigate.
Daniele Barbo, the extraordinarily talented young Venetian aristocrat who was the victim of a kidnapping plot in childhood, who came away from that with his ears and nose cut off, whom everyone has assumed to be autistic and who created Carnivia, a totally anonymous and, supposedly, hacker-proof website, has decided to hand his site over to its members, to give up his control of it. But then he notices something strange happening to the site. Could it have been hacked?
A young Libyan computer hacker is planning an atrocity on an even greater scale than 9/11. What is it? Why is he doing it? Who are his paymasters?
Is Ian Gilroy, the veteran CIA agent who was a great friend of Holly's father and who is also Daniele's guardian, being entirely honest about the part he may or may not have played in various events in Italy over the years? Has he given up whatever he has been doing?
All these questions need to be answered. And they are. What is more, all seem to be connected.
Holt has definitely not lost his touch. It is quite impossible to turn away from this gripping thriller, to do anything else but read it. It just has to be finished.
But it is not just the plot. Indeed, that, it has to be said, is rather far-fetched (though it will be attractive to conspiracy theorists). No, the joy of this book, as with the others (at least for me) is in the glorious descriptions of Italy (particularly Venice) and Italian life. Above all, I adore the descriptions of the food. And that food, I hasten to say, is not pizza and spaghetti bolognese. The account of Kat's preparation of eel su l'ara left me salivating, longing to eat the wonderful dish. But, I am pleased to report, that is far from being the only magnificent meal eaten in this novel.
I wonder what Holt will turn to next. Whatever it is, I am sure it will be splendid.
This is not a novel to be dipping in and out of as the plot is complicated and you need your wits about you to keep up. It is also quite technical as a fair amount of the action revolves around the Internet, hackers and computer programming - I got lost in the finer detail but the general idea is well explained and easy to follow. It also has plenty to say about the U.S. Government's past and present intelligence gathering and it is not a pretty picture. Whether it is true or not I don't know but I suspect a fair amount of it probably is, given recent revelations about their conduct.
Some reviewers have suggested that this novel is a conspiracy theory too far and, in some respects, it probably is but the scenario of terrorists or hackers hijacking the control of machinery to create chaos seems all too plausible to me.
I think The Traitor is an intelligent read and don't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who wants a page turner which provides food for thought.
This is a terrific book - possibly the best of the trilogy. It is well written and exciting - the pace never slackens, right up to its thrilling and dramatic conclusion. I thoroughly recommend the 'Carnivia' trilogy to anyone who enjoys high class thrillers and sincerely hope that we don't have too long to wait before Mr Holt's next work of fiction.
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This book even puts me in mind of Live free, Die hard. There is more than a drop of cyber terrorism here.
There is even a count down and a race to save lives.
Can't wait for more from this author.