Harper, Jun 3 2014, $26.99
At construction of the Dal Molin Air Force Base near Venice, human remains are found. At about the same, Major Elston’s sixteen year old daughter Mia vanished two days ago. Not long afterward, Mia appears on Daniele Barbo’s Carnivia.com cyber version of Venice in which her kidnappers deploy Cheney non-torture techniques on the teen. On social media, the abductors insist they will stop when construction halts.
Carabinieri Colonel Aldo Piola works the base case in which the skeleton has been buried for seventy years old and two more dead from the 1940s are found. At the same time Carabinieri Captain Kat Tapo and U.S. Army Second Lieutenant Holly Boland obtain Barbo’s help as they attempt to rescue the girl.
The second Carnivia thriller (see The Abomination) is a fabulous Venetian investigative tale starring four diligent but somewhat laid-back individuals, a teen in trouble, and virtual and real Venice. However, the key to this insightful saga is the deep look at American foreign policy since 1941 as we historically react to the crisis of the moment while ignoring the long term strategic effect of our actions; especially when we set precedent that enemies deploy as made by America sanctioned.