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The Dante Deception: A Natalie Brandon Thriller (The Natalie Brandon Thrillers) (Volume 2) Paperback – August 30, 2016
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From the Author
Meet Natalie for free! I'm giving away two Natalie Brandon thrillers, The Romanov Legacy and The Sinner's Bible, to my mailing list subscribers as a thank-you for signing up. Just copy and paste bit.ly/JWnatalie into your browser.
The Dante Deception is the second book in my Natalie Brandon thriller series, a prequel to The Romanov Legacy. I wanted to take you back in time and show you what's really unfolding behind the scenes. You'll learn more about Natalie's past, see how she got those scars on her arms, and find out what happens when her relationship with her beloved sister, Beth, is pushed to the breaking point.
You'll also meet new characters who will return in the next couple of books (well, the ones I don't kill will return, let's put it that way). You'll meet a British baron who'd rather steal than get a real job...and the guilt-ridden son he raised to follow in his footsteps. There's a family of Russian mobsters who rose from the ranks of the vory v zakone to become rich and powerful oligarchs - but who can't find happiness, no matter how much money and power they possess. There's a talented forger, adrift and helpless when he runs afoul of both the baron and the mobsters. Throw Constantine, Viktor, Vadim, and Liliya into the mix, and Natalie and Beth have their hands full!
From a real-life museum heist in Montreal to the steps of the Bolshoi in Moscow to Natalie's beloved Valencia Street in San Francisco, I hope you enjoy the characters and settings. I'm hard at work on the next two Natalie books, causing more trouble for pretty much everyone. I can't wait to show you what happens next.
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Top customer reviews
This is the prequel to The Romanov Legacy. I really love the depth of historical information she masterfully weaves into this story which adds to the richness of each of these complex characters. I had previously read The Romanov Legacy and was expecting to 'know' the characters in this book - not the case at all. There are a number of key characters in this book that continue to develop along with the plot. The author does a wonderful job of giving us little pieces of information about that charcters along the way, continuously weaving the connections among them all. We don't know all their secrets til the end. The author has crafted complex and interesting characters with deep personal motivations for dark and sometimes shocking actions. The plot took a couple of really unexpected turns that took me totally by surprised - I love a book reading a book that makes me so angry with some of the characters. Ha! At one point I cursing a fictional character right out loud. This would be a terrific movie. Well done Jenni Wiltz!!!
The Dante Deception (book 1)
The Romanov Legacy (book 2)
Maybe I should have stuck it out and actually finished it. But that didn't happen.
I did make it to Chapter 10. By that point I had lost all interest in continuing the story. Neither the lead up or finally meeting Natalie and her 'angel' appealed sufficiently to me to want to continue. That's rare for me. But it happens. Just like caca!
Note: This is a 1 star book. However, I do not award 1 star so long as Amazon continues to use the label 'I hate it' for a 1 star.
We all should strive to remove 'hate' from our lives and regardless of how worthless or distasteful a book is or how worthy of 1 star I will not 'hate it'!
Book 2 covers fake manuscripts of ones originally created hundreds of years ago, including paintings. Natalie Brandon has a mental illness, which causes her physical discomfort at times, and she is very close to her sister, Beth, a history professor. Natalie can spot these fakes.
But Christof, the forger, can’t let them succeed. He needs money from the sales to avenge the death of his true love at the hands of a Russian mobster. To silence Natalie and Beth, he enlists the help of a British baron and a fledgling bureau of spies. But Christof’s allies have their own agenda, and as his quest for vengeance spirals out of control, he targets Natalie as the cause of everything that’s gone wrong. Can Natalie stay alive long enough to stop Christof and prove she’s right about the forgeries?
Many characters are involved in this tale, some of whom were in Book 1. This story is not so long, but because of the many characters and sometimes when the dialogue seems to lack continuity, the reader can become confused. However, it is an interesting tale and if the reader enjoyed Book 1, I think you may enjoy Book 2 more so.