Book Review: “Roma Underground” by Gabriel ValjanSeptember 24, 2015 at 11:45 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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From the back cover: Savvy forensic accountant Alabaster Black is hiding in Rome from her former employer, covert U.S. organization “Rendition.” While there under an assumed name she meets Dante, an investigator, erstwhile explorer and member of the Roma Underground, a band of amateur archaeologists who map the city beneath Rome. With Italian artifacts disappearing at an alarming rate, Alabaster and Dante search for answers and create a trap for the thieves. Through a mysterious online contact Alabaster learns she is being followed, and with her safety at risk she is forced to rethink her chosen alliances and discover hidden truths about herself.
I did not know that there was a Roma Underground. I thought all of the history of Rome was above ground. So for that alone this book was an eye opener. Then Mr. Valjan takes us into the culture and food of Rome. That is an experience also. I had no idea that there was such a profession as forensic accountant. Wow, learning all the time. And on top of that if your boss does not like your report you can get killed for it. Which is why Alabaster is in Rome on the first place. She is in hiding. Then she meets Dante and the story kicks into high gear. Conspiracy, disappearing Italian artifacts, car chases and espionage are just some of what Dante and Alabaster have to deal with. This is a thriller mystery that will keep you flipping pages as fast as you can read to keep up with what is going on. Dante and Alabaster are quite interesting characters. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.
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