The Abomination

The Abomination Set in two Venices the modern physical world and its virtual counterpart The Abomination by Jonathan Holt is a propulsive tale of murder corruption and international intrigue the first book in an

  • Title: The Abomination
  • Author: JonathanHolt
  • ISBN: 9780062264336
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set in two Venices, the modern physical world and its virtual counterpart, The Abomination by Jonathan Holt is a propulsive tale of murder, corruption, and international intrigue the first book in an outstanding new trilogy in which Carabiniere Captain Kat Tapo must unravel a dark conspiracy linking the CIA and the Catholic Church.By the stunning white dome of one of VeniSet in two Venices, the modern physical world and its virtual counterpart, The Abomination by Jonathan Holt is a propulsive tale of murder, corruption, and international intrigue the first book in an outstanding new trilogy in which Carabiniere Captain Kat Tapo must unravel a dark conspiracy linking the CIA and the Catholic Church.By the stunning white dome of one of Venice s grandest landmarks a body with two slugs in the back of the head has been pulled from the icy waters The victim is a woman, dressed in the sacred robes of a Catholic priest a desecration that becomes known as the Abomination.Working her first murder case, Captain Kat Tapo embarks on a trail that proves as elusive and complicated as the city s labyrinthine backstreets What Kat discovers will test her loyalties and remind her of a simple truth Unless old crimes are punished, corrupt forces will continue to repeat their mortal sins.The Abomination is book one of Jonathan Holt s Carnivia Trilogy.

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    • Jonathan Holt, where have you been all my life? And when are you going to write another book?First, I suppose, we should discuss your debut novel. I really enjoyed it, every intricate, detailed page. I love the characters you created, although I will tell you that I have some - shall I say - questions pertaining to Aldo Piola. I'm sure you understand what they are.But I've gotten ahead of myself.I like the setting you chose. Venice. So rich with possibility, so ripe for crime, secrecy, and passi [...]


    • Lots of abominable things in this complicated but superficial thriller, which fizzles at the endJonathan Holt's "The Abomination" is a made-to-measure bestseller, taking a soupçon of Dan Brown, a pinch of Inspector Montalbano and sprinkling of Robert Ludlum to produce a rather indigestible stew of Vatican cabals, sex slavery, police procedure and war crimes.With such a complicated plot, the novel is unable to penetrate any of its themes in depth, and remains relentlessly superficial, the charac [...]


    • Dan Brown meets Stieg Larsson but don't let that put you off!Sorry about the 'Dan Brown' reference: in fact, this is written by a writer who can write. It's just that conspiracy theories involving the Catholic church sort of invite the comparison. Indeed, Holt doesn't stop at the Catholic church: he throws everything at this. We are treated to corruption at the highest level also in the US military, with a dash of Mafia involvement, too, for good measure.Big issues are tackled: murder, people t [...]


    • Fast Paced Murder Mystery ThrillerThe Abomination by Jonathan Holt is a brilliant introduction to a new thriller trilogy series based around the Venice with two brilliant lead women and an odd ball loner who all need to join forces to solve this murder mystery. There is nothing run of the mill about this thriller as it is fast paced that takes you through a mix of emotions. All well written and planed by Jonathan Holt which happens to be a pseudonym for an already best selling British author – [...]


    • Despite a lot of good reviews, I did not love this book and do not understand what people are raving about. In my opinion, there were too many plot lines, the plot twists were too complex to be fully developed - leaving a lot of holes and forcing the reader to make too many mental leaps or assumptions, and the character development was "meh". The "affair" between Kat Tapo and her commanding officer was so predictable it bordered on cliche, and it did nothing to add to the fabric of the novel. Th [...]


    • crimefictionlover/2014In Venice, a woman’s body, clothed in the robes of a Catholic priest, washes up during one of the city’s regular bouts of flooding. She’s been shot in the head twice, and mysterious tattoos point to possible occult involvement. Detective-Colonel Aldo Piola is at the scene along with his new partner, Captain Kat Tapo. She’s about to experience her first murder investigation. She admires Piola a great deal, and is eager to impress him, but her first case might be more [...]


    • Every once in a while you get the opportunity to read a book that completely takes you to another world. If you’re lucky you’ll be swept away by an atmospheric storyline, characters ever so vibrant and real they will make you forget about your own troubles, the rotten weather outside and the fact that Christmas is approaching faster than Santa on an Italian moped. The Abomination by Jonathan Holt is one such book.Predominately set in Venice this is without question a magical book. I absolute [...]


    • originally posted at thebookplank/2013Head of Zeus send over some of there finest crime novels of 2013 and The Abomination was one of them. Like I said before I have been exploring different genres of English books and found that crime/thriller was directly up my alley. There are a lot of praises going on about this book for fans of Dan Brown and others, well I haven't read those so I cant compare. But what I can judge is that The Abomination is a top notch thriller. It's the first in a thrillin [...]


    • polisiye okumaya alışkın olmasam da gönül rahatlığıyla tavsiye edebileceğim bir kitap "yüz karası": carnivia üçlemesinin ilk cildi. bu demek oluyor ki keskin yorumlar yapmadan önce diğer ciltleri de okumam gerekeceknedik'in maskeli, ıslak ve karanlık sokaklarında gizemli bir cinayetle başlıyor roman. şaşırtıcı ve merak uyandıran biçimde kiliseyi, ABD dış politikasını, 90'larda Balkanlardaki savaş suçlarını, italyan polis sistemini ve sosyal medya kavramlarını [...]


    • Review:This book was my latest foray outside my reading comfort zone. I'm not a big reader of crime fiction and it takes something special to make me pick it up, and after all the feedback the lovely ladies at Head of Zeus had given me on this one, well I didn't really have a choice but to read it(a no brainer).Its a book I'm glad I picked up, the writing is clean, crisp and has a nice steady pace that draws you (the reader) in. The plot switches between the various characters builds and adds pa [...]


    • I have to admit that what first drew me to this book was the setting. Venice is a place I have never been but I know a few people who have and they go on about what an amazing place it is if you can get around all the other tourists ha ha. The other thing is it being in my favourite genre which is to say crime and mystery fiction. Now I realise that Venice is part of a deeply catholic country so I was slightly intrigued by the premise of our victim being left for all to see dress as a priest. Wh [...]


    • If The Davinci Code and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo had a baby, and that baby grew up and had a baby, that grandchild would be The Abomination. The plot, theme and level of suspense in The Abomination is a diluted version of Code and Tattoo. It's a fun read just not a must read.


    • Absolutely BRILL opening to a trilogy - very exciting and a great story and premise. Full review to come next couple of days.



    • Someone said, "If you like Dan Brown, you'll like this." They were wrong. I like Dan Brown, but I loved this. I did really enjoy this book for several reasons.First, the plot was fantastically intriguing. Three seemingly unrelated incidents happen to different people in different parts of Venice. The author then skilfully takes us on a journey where we are invited to link the incidents together and then use that knowledge to resolve the ending. What I particularly liked is that, for the most par [...]


    • There is a strange, Serbia-shaped hole at the center of this fast-reading airport thriller. If one were writing a novel about the aftermath of the Balkan wars, and purportedly interested in the use of rape as an instrument of war, it is mystifying that one would ignore the well-documented and overwhelming evidence of Serbian atrocities and mass rape. In fact, astonishingly, almost no Serbians appear at all in this book except in one brief flashback.No, the bogeymen of this novel are Americans an [...]


    • Having grown somewhat tired of all the Dan Brown copycat titles that have flooded the market during the past few years, I was happy to try a new thriller where yes, the Church is once more involved but there are no hidden secret books, strange codes to break in or far-fetched conspiracies living amongst even more far-fetched plots. On the contrary, “The Abomination” (still not sure about this title), very cleverly deals with contemporary issues such as the ordination of female priests or the [...]


    • It begins with death. I guess many mystery novels do. But this death is particularly unpleasant. A woman’s body has been found in Venice, clothed in the vestments of a Roman Catholic priest. In the eyes of conservative Catholics this is an abomination. Investigating this heinous crime is Captain Kat Tapo of the Carabinieri, along with her superior officer Detective-Colonel Aldo Piola. This is just the start of a twisting mystery that involves the CIA, the military, the government and the Roman [...]


    • The first quarter of this book was really enjoyable and I was impressed that the main female characters were, unusually for a thriller, pleasingly complex and nuanced. It opened with a couple of intriguing storylines that appeared to be weaving in and out of one another quite neatly so I was settling in for an enjoyable ride. Then a few more storylines were added and suddenly everything was spread too thin to be enjoyable. This novel attempts to simultaneously tackle murder, church corruption, c [...]


    • It pays to read the blurb and not just judge the cover. This book was totally not what I expected I thought it was going to be kind of supernatural paranormal, but no, it was a great big crime novel set in Italy and introducing some good characters who work as a trio to solve a nasty war crime. I liked it. It does have a little bit of weirdness, there is a lot to say about women's rights in the police force and in the army, but sometimes the actions and conversations of the characters don't real [...]


    • 4.5 starsBeautifully and stylishly written. Well thought out and constructed novel. In-depth, interesting and intriguing plot. Great characters especially Daniele Barbo. And, spot on, perfect title. Especially considering the atrocities that took place during the nineties in Yugoslavia.I found, even with occasional twists and turns, to be a quick, easy and thoroughly enjoyable read. Highly recommend this to all my GR friends. Look forward to the next in what is supposed to be a trilogy.


    • Not great literature but a fun little mystery, filled with international intrigue. The characters were deftly drawn and complicated. Even at the end, I was not quite sure who to trust. I'll definitely continue with the series when I'm in the mood for the junk food equivalent of books.


    • A ripping yarn! I can't summarise the plot it is too complicated! It involves the Venetian police force, the American military, computer hackers and the Catholic church and unravels war abuse in Yugoslavia and human trafficking. Brilliant read.


    • Great thriller - ideal for anyone who liked Dan Brown's plots but hated his terrible writing style as this is well-written and exciting.


    • Having got to the end, I am still not sure what the hell is going on. Shall probably read the other two as I like the ridiculous characters.


    • Every once in a while, I come across a book that reminds me of the suspense and plot twists of the Robert Ludlum books. "The Abomination" is one. I give it 5 stars.It is one of the rare books that focus on women characters without making them the victim or the "supporting cast." Katerina (Kat) Topo, a Viennese police captain and Holly Boland, an American officer team up to solve crimes committed during the Balkan wars twenty-years earlier, with a lot of push-back from people that want to keep it [...]


    • What a great start to the trilogy. The story starts out as a murder investigation but soon other themes come into play: from the issue of women priests in the Catholic Church, sex trafficking, organised crime, war crimes and the war in Yugoslavia. At some point if felt as if the author was throwing everything into the pot including the kitchen sink. But I have to admit all the different threads are tied up neatly in the end, perhaps a little too neatly.For me, the things that stood out were the [...]


    • Whenever a publisher trumpets ‘this book is better than Dan Brown’ my heart sinks. How pleasantly surprised was I by this gripping thriller set in Venice! Sorry Dan Brown, you don’t even come close.A seemingly run of the mill murder investigation soon turns out to involve forces you’d rather not mess with and life gets seriously dangerous for all involved.The plot zips along nicely building up a relentless speed. The characters are interesting and fairly plausible and the descriptions of [...]


    • This is a really good mystery. It is good to see three separate strands of story and characters wound together into one satisfying story. The action is scary. The mystery deep and complicated. I was loving the book until the last act when the two women leads make a decision that seems out of character for them. But Holt brings it back together and ends well.This book has a lot of real world issues and might be better with a disclaimer as it does involve the unraveling of sex slavery in Italy.


    • Great book, a bit confusing at times but overall it was a good read, I can't wait to read the sequel. I used to like Holly but after that last chapter I'm a bit confused was she in it from the beginning, or is Gilroy still manipulating her, as he has done since the beginning?Kat is the best character though, and I'm intrigued by Daniele, though I know Holly will take advantage of his endearment for her.


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