Masterpiece (COMMETT Book 1), by John Joyce
301 pages, with a 4.8-star rating from 5 reviews
A stolen nuclear weapon has been placed somewhere in the Louvre Museum in Paris and the detonator is ticking . . .
THE RANSOM: $100 billion in aid for the suffering millions in Africa.
THE RESPONSE: While Paris is evacuated, crack police officer Gabrielle Arnault of COMMETT - Europol's Committee on European Techno-Terrorism - and terrorist turned academic Dr. Damien Flynn - join forces with Jean-Jacques Sabaut - the second man ever to steal the Mona Lisa - to take to the sewers to defuse the bomb and save the world's ultimate . . . MASTERPIECE.
THE RESULT: A roller coaster ride into the worlds of nuclear smuggling, stolen art and global energy politics stretching from Brussels to Barcelona and from Dublin to the Caspian Sea.
From JOHN JOYCE - the award-winning author of FIRE & ICE and the VIRTUAL TRILOGY of techno-thrillers - VIRTUALLY MARIA, A MATTER OF TIME, and YESTERDAY, TODAY & TOMORROW - which are all available on Kindle.
Meet the Author
Recently, my wife Jane and I paid a visit to Paris and to the Louvre Museum where the iconic painting the 'Mona Lisa' by Leonardo Da Vinci is on display in a hermetically sealed exhibit behind sheets of bulletproof glass.
As a creative writer - and someone who writes thrillers - my mind naturally wandered off on a flight of fantasy around the subject on how you cold actually STEAL it? The fruits of these musings, and a lot more besides, are contained in my fifth novel - MASTERPIECE - which is now available via Amazon.
Researching this book was enormous fun - from the trip to the Louvre, to a descent into the sewers of Paris, a trip to Atocha station in Madrid (which was the scene of a terrible terrorist attack described in the book), to London, Barcelona and, of course, our native Dublin. Inventing the characters was fun too, and I particularly enjoyed the 'company' (if I can use the term in relation to imaginary people) of Gabrielle Arnault - the uptight and methodical French policewoman - and the far less orthodox approach of Dr. Damien Flynn, a former IRA member, now lecturing on the origins of terrorism at a Dublin University. It was the initial friction between these two characters - each deeply wounded by terrorism in their own way - that really brought the book alive to me and propelled the plot on its way.
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