When the news about a stolen list of Europol’s crucial undercover agents hits the global black market, agency’s top man Enrico Moretti is sent to Paris to retrieve the list, minimize the damage and capture the traitor. Cliché? Maybe… But this young Italian isn’t James Bond – he doesn’t know much about fighting, chasing or killing. But he knows something about seducing. And gambling. And drinking. And being a former police negotiator, most of all: storytelling. So when he gets a proper cover story, unlimited amount of money to spend in the City of Lights and teams up with a beautiful but dangerous black-haired girl and tough guys from Balkan’s underground, his lifetime mission can begin…
“A sort of a mixture between The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Malcolm Gladwell’s readings” was the first thing that initial reviewers of the manuscript declared. They forgot to add “With elements of hard-boiled fiction.”
If you consider the world of super spy heroes too fictional and deep foreign policy studies too boring, but you do love mystery, thriller and suspense, you’ll read this novel in one night – with a sip of wine and a midnight saxophone. Just let this vagabond show you around – let him be your travel guide, maybe a whole new Paris will emerge. And who knows, if you end up improving your poker strategy, learn something useful about practical police psychology or increase your ability to talk your way out of trouble when necessary, you won’t blame him for that.
This book reminded me of a James Bond novel. Except Enrico Moretti wasn’t James Bond. Well he really wasn’t anything but a playboy (and I am being nice in describing him as that).
I did enjoy reading this book. The whole spy storyline was fascinating to me. See, I grew up on James Bond (I also grew up on Captain Kirk but that’s a whole different blog) and every time I read a spy novel, Sean Connery’s face comes to mind. Haha.
It was a very fast paced book with twists and turns around every page. I did like that Enrico was a player/horn dog (the paragraph about his police training in Greece had me hysterically laughing) and I did like that he got served by The Black Cat (hehe….read the book to find out the name). But, he got the job done and in grand fashion.
The ending of the book was great. The twist that was there I honestly didn’t see coming (and I am really good at figuring them out).
How many starts will I give First Mission Paris: A Spy’s Guide to the City of Light? 4
Why? While I enjoyed the book immensely, it lagged in the middle and there were too many subplots going on to where I got a little confused when the author began to tie them up.
Will I read it again? Yes
Will I recommend to family and friends? Yes
Age Range: Adult. There are numerous sexual situations in the book (strip club, threesome, numerous sexual partners) and a lot of violence.
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Disclaimer: I received First Mission Paris: A Spy’s Guide to the City of Light by Leone Giuliani for free from Leone Giuliani for my honest review. All opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone.
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