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The Vengeance of San Gennaro

Tales of MI7, Book 3
Narrated by: Jack Wynters
Series: Tales of Mi7 Series, Book 3
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
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By universal consensus, there’s only one exhibition worth seeing at this year’s Venice Biennale. Giuditta Cancellieri’s Il Timore di Dio, six paintings of something as yet undisclosed. Don’t bother buying tickets, though. A court order means no one’s getting in, not even the artist’s closest associates.   

The city’s been filling with felons. Most observers don’t think that’s an accident. At least one rumor suggests the paintings depict Italy’s most powerful gangsters, or its politicians, in compromising positions. And there are more startling conjectures. Yet for all anyone really knows, the six canvases may be completely blank.   

In any case, Signorina Cancellieri is no ordinary artist. A 25-year-old AIDS victim from one of the toughest districts of Naples, she’s also closely linked to one of MI7’s oldest enemies, Constantius Sopa.  

As the temperature rises to boiling point, MI7 Agent Gavin Freedman is dispatched from London to find out just what is going on.

©2013 James Ward (P)2018 James Ward

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The furies are at home in the mirror.

Gavin Freedman, travelling under the assumed name of Colin Roper, is attacked by gang members even before he has left the ajrport. He had been sent to Venice by MI7's Sir Christopher Dunn to find a young female artist who had dissapeared. It was thought she alone might know the whereabouts of the mysterious Constantine Zopa, a scientist believed to be developing biochemical weapons. Gavin was to gain her confidence and locate him for MI7.
Meanwhile, Venice was in a state of tension, on the verge of a vote to leave Italy to become a separate republic.Crime had escalated and civil unrest was rife, in part formented by the banning of an exhibition of her modernist paintings by the young artist in question, an exhibition entitled The Fear of God. Her paintings, six in total, and never get seen, had also vanished.

With The Vengeance of San Gennaro, James Ward has again written a tightly interwoven story of betrayal and violence, conspiracy, murder, love, rape and solid detective work, mostly set in and around Venice itself. The book is well written, the action seen from the perspective of several of the protagonists, and the whole is very atmospheric as it moves between different locations. Despite the intricacies of the plot and the plethora of Italian, and other, names, it is not difficult to follow once the story begins to develop. Jack Wynter's narration greatly adds to the enjoyment of the book. His vocal tone is pleasant, the reading nicely nuanced and appropriately Eng!ish. Non English names and phrases are read with panache and each protagonist is given his or her own distinctive voice. A fine performance.

This is only the second of this excellent spy series, Tales of MI7, that I have read and I am very grateful to the rights holder of The Vengeance of San Gennaro, who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. The book demands concentration but is well worth the effort. Definitely recommended to any reader of spy stories, and I personally look forward to another in the series soon.

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  • cosmitron
  • 11-02-19

A good and entertaining story.

This is a well crafted story with an interesting group of characters embedded in a web of Espionage and intrigue and as a
bonus Venice is an important element in the entire enterprise.


With a good Narrator the package is complete and the listener has an opportunity to be entertained.





This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Linda Mcclure
  • 02-04-19

High energy and unexpected twists

I really enjoyed the characters that the author made come to life with his great narrative. The narrator did a great job with the many different roles he filled so well.

There was just the right amount of action verses dialog, either of too much makes the story move along slowly. This was so well written and narrated that I think I only stopped listening for a few hours before I had to start it up again to find out what was going to happen next .

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Bethany
  • 21-02-19

Excellent listen

This review is not a book report, but rather a brief report of the aftermath, the affect, the feelings and impressions I experienced at listening. The author's skill were amplified by narrator's delivery. I hope I don't insult the author by saying this book reminded me of a le Carre' work. Good character development without being obvious or overstated and the intricate plot was believable and the ending intense. I listened to it again to catch any nuances which I may have missed during my first listen... and I will likely listen to it again because I enjoy a professional and cohesive production. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Jan
  • 20-02-19

Excellent!

international-crime-and-mystery, espionage

***** Best spy vs spy I've read in a while! The publisher's blurb covers the basics regarding the art exhibition, some of the players, the criminal elements, the intent for Venice to secede, and the involvement by British intelligence. What it doesn't convey is the very noir tone, the ongoing sense of anticipation, twists and switchbacks in the plot, and the extensive due diligence in the investigation. I loved it and was impressed!
Jack Wynter is a narrator I haven't heard before but his clear speech and comfortable delivery combined with the ability to differentiate the characters is world class.
I requested and received a free audio copy from the author via AudioBookBOOM. Thank you!

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