The Abduction

The Abduction

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The Abduction is the heart-pounding, adrenaline-fuelled follow up to Jonathan Holt's highly acclaimed international thriller The Abomination--a modern tale of mystery, treachery, and intrigue that moves between the physical and virtual worlds of Venice, Italy, blurring the boundary between dark fantasy and terrifying reality.

An unlikely trio must form an alliance to save a kidnapped young girl and untangle a nefarious plot that reaches back decades.

Second Lieutenant Holly Boland is an intelligence analyst trained to look for clues ordinary investigators miss. When a U.S. army officer's daughter is kidnapped from an American base in Venice, Holly is sure that the mysterious abductors want more than a ransom.

Venetian police captain Kat Tapo has found a webcam feed embedded in the encrypted website, a virtual Venice. It streams video of a terrified teenage girl, hooded and tied to a chair. A strand of text scrolls across the screen: "Sensory deprivation is not torture." Is the girl the missing daughter of the American military officer? Who is behind the cryptic message?

Daniele Barbo, the genius webmaster and creator of Carnivia, has never let the government access his servers, and finding the missing girl is not his problem. But then secrets from Italy's dark wartime past begin to surface--revelations that could put them all in danger. To save his own skin, Daniel must decide how far he's willing to let them in.

In a race against time, Holly, Kat, and Daniel must find the shocking truth . . . or watch as more than one innocent life is sacrificed.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 148.6 x 214.1 x 18.5mm | 353.8g
  • Bourbon Street Books
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0062267051
  • 9780062267054

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Holt gives us excruciating suspense in the kidnapping narrative, suspense that s heightened by also presenting the victim s shifting point of view, from a benign This is a matter of business to unraveled terror. --Booklist"
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The Abduction is an adrenaline-fueled tale of mystery and intrigue that moves between the physical world of Venice, Italy, and its online counterpart, blurring the boundary between dark fantasy and even darker reality.

Captain Kat Tapo of the Venice Carabinieri knows that the social media site harbors disturbing secrets, but she's shocked to discover a webcam feed that streams video of a hooded and shackled teenage girl. A strand of text repeatedly scrolls across the screen: STRESSFUL STANDING IS NOT TORTURE. At the same time, Second Lieutenant Holly Boland searches for a US Army officer's daughter who is missing from an American military base near the city. When a group demanding an end to US bases in Italy claims responsibility, it seems clear why she was kidnapped. But the more the two women investigate, the murkier the case becomes.'s uncooperative creator has yet to yield its hidden truths to the authorities. But when secrets from Italy's complicated wartime past begin to surface, he must decide how much he will reveal. If the shocking truth is not discovered, more than one innocent life will be sacrificed. . . .

With The Abduction, the second book in the Carnivia Trilogy, Jonathan Holt delivers a heart-pounding sequel to his acclaimed international thriller The Abomination.
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