First Mission Paris: In the City of Lights by Leone R. Giuliani

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Date of publication: March 22, 2016

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Purchase Links: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

When the news about a stolen list of Europol’s crucial undercover agents hits the global black market, the 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…

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.


My review:

This book reminded me of a James Bond novel. Except Enrico Moretti wasn’t James Bond. Well, he wasn’t anything but a playboy.

I did enjoy reading this book. The whole spy storyline was fascinating to me. I grew up on James Bond, 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/horndog. I did like that he got served by The Black Cat. But, he got the job done and in a grand fashion.

The ending of the book was great. The twist that was there I didn’t see coming (and I am good at figuring them out).


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