The Absolution by Jonathan Holt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
And so endeth the Carnivia Trilogy...but you know what?
Seriously, how can we be done with this Gothic hacker's world already? And after such a stylish and high-intensity thriller too. While not as harrowing as its predecessor, it deals with the threat of a terrorist attack in Venice, with a combination of hacking and bombing being planned as part of a greater anti-American campaign. And as for the ultimate reveal of the plot - it's not only very cleverly foreshadowed early on in this book, but it's so very much out of Clive Cussler's playbook that you have to gape in shock at the audacity of this book's terrorists.
I don't think this should be the end of the series. I still think there's much to learn about Daniele Barbo in particular, although the urgent and extensive repairs being done to his manor serve as a great metaphor for him having to step back from his life and maybe just....move on.
That being said, though...ave atque vale, Carnivia.
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