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The Abduction: The Carnivia Trilogy    by Jonathan Holt Amazon.com order for
Abduction
by Jonathan Holt
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Harper, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Sixteen year-old Mia Elston, an American Army brat, disappears in Jonathan Holt's sequel to The Abomination, The Abduction, which takes place in Venice, Italy. She vanishes while attending a wild party that would have been forbidden by her parents had they known.

The plot centers on virtual Carnivia.com. Carabiniere Captain Kat Tapo of the Venetian police and U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Holly Boland look into Mia's disappearance to the best of their abilities. It is soon determined that she has been kidnapped. Unfortunately, while they run themselves ragged looking for the girl, Carnivia treats the Internet world to what the kidnappers call NOT TORTURE as seen by the United States Government.

Mia, in full view of the world, is subjected to waterboarding, walling, and sleep deprivation, among other horrendous acts, as Carnivia makes its point. Hackers cannot seem to be able to get into Carnivia's web site. Kat and Holly determine that Mia might not have much time left to live and double their efforts to find and release her.

This brief synopsis of a really good book does not begin to do it justice. The characters are so well fleshed out that the reader can almost envisage them sharing their own world. The plot ahh, the plot. Such a good one devious, bold, suspenseful, and above all, satisfying.

The Abduction also addresses American foreign policy during World War II, the Cold War, and post-9-11. It might make you question your own feelings about U.S. conduct as a force in world politics. So do yourself a favor. Obtain a copy and get comfortable. You're in for a very good read. Even if you haven't taken in The Abomination, you won't feel as though you are missing something except for another very good read. Enjoy.

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