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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Absolution by Jonathan Holt. Superiors inside the Venice Carabinieri have finally given Captain Kat Tapo permission to run her first murder case.
As a woman, she cannot penetrate the closed world of Italian freemasonry. The deeper the second lieutenant digs into what her father knew, the more she begins to wonder: Was her father silenced before he could expose the truth? Reclusive genius Daniele Barbo, creator of the anonymous virtual world Carnivia. As the three cases merge, the trio of allies uncover a conspiracy involving the security services, the Church, and the CIA—a devastating plot stretching back decades that could destroy all three of them.
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Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published December 8th by Harper first published May 7th More Details Original Title. The Carnivia Trilogy 3. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Absolution , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. The Traitor has all the ingredients you expect from a successful thriller trilogy, a breathtaking storyline, brilliant writing with plenty of suspense and a stunning finale.
Captain Kat Tapo is a Captain in the Carabinieri and she has been given her first murder investigation to lead, but like all things she soon discovers things may not be as straightforward as they should be. A body discovered on an exclusive beach outside Venice has been found in Freemason garb minus his tongue and his neck is severed and she is being told by the Medical Examiner that things will be tough as many in the Carabinieri were Freemasons.
She has a new deputy who is being sick at the sight of a dead body who is there to spy on her. Not much could go wrong from there with every door closing in front of her. She is at home in the USA when she discovers a memo written by her father before his stroke and locked in syndrome robbed him of his life.
The memo is written about CIA activity in Italy and what it may or may not have done in the years of trouble there. Daniele Barbo is still locking himself away from the people of Venice in his decaying Palace while he decides what to do with Carnivia. He still has many unresolved issues that cause him to be distant from most people he is considering just giving Carnivia away to its users and this alone could cause chaos that he has not foreseen. In Libya a younger hacker is showing an Imam and a Commander how through the use of technology and the internet you can cause enough chaos from one place without much effort and get maximum effect.
He shows them both that they can cause disaster in Italy from another country as he switches off the fans in the Frejus road tunnel and the cars start to pile up and the fire kills deaths follow, they are impressed and send him to Italy to plan and action an attack. As Kat, Holly and Daniele progress with their various inquiries they start to uncover the answers that have haunted them across the trilogy. As the end becomes closer their investigations come together with surprising outcomes and the reader finally gets the answers they have asked throughout the trilogy. This is a stylish and intelligent thriller that delivers on all levels for the reader to enjoy and at the same time saddening as we may not see these characters again.
A wonderful thriller, a fantastic end to the trilogy. May 19, James rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , crime. The weakest entry in a great trilogy. A man is murdered during a Freemason ritual, his body is subsequently found on the Venetian lido. Great elements, but either I or the author stopped caring so much at a certain point. Feb 17, Ricky rated it really liked it Shelves: thrillers , science-fiction , why-isn-t-this-a-bloody-movie-yet , crime-thrillers. And so endeth the Carnivia Trilogy Seriously, how can we be done with this Gothic hacker's world already?
And after such a stylish and high-intensity thriller too. While not as harrowing as its predecessor, it deals with the threat of a terrorist attack in Venice, with a combination of hacking and bombing being planned as part of a greater anti-American campaign. And as for the ultimate reveal of the plot - it's not only very cleverly foreshadowed early on in this book, but i And so endeth the Carnivia Trilogy And as for the ultimate reveal of the plot - it's not only very cleverly foreshadowed early on in this book, but it's so very much out of Clive Cussler's playbook that you have to gape in shock at the audacity of this book's terrorists.
I don't think this should be the end of the series. I still think there's much to learn about Daniele Barbo in particular, although the urgent and extensive repairs being done to his manor serve as a great metaphor for him having to step back from his life and maybe just That being said, though Jan 17, Tina rated it it was amazing.
It's the most underrated book, I've ever seen on this website so far. It was a real page-turner! I loved everything in this book -the plot, the place - Venice, the characters In my opinion, it deserved much more interest, than it got Besides, to be honest, the cover of the book, at least the one I've read was a bit dull and it said nothing about such an intriguing sto It's the most underrated book, I've ever seen on this website so far.
Besides, to be honest, the cover of the book, at least the one I've read was a bit dull and it said nothing about such an intriguing story, whereas the cover of "The Absolution" reflects it much better. A slightly sad but neat conclusion to the Carnivia trilogy, and such a gripping book. Holt's books aren't heavy going, but they are page turners, and I love the way he mixes the modern history and of course some older history!
It makes it a wee bit frightening as you could imagine these things really going on. In this one we've got just what a scary monster the internet can be, along with that fear that the secret services are watching everyth A slightly sad but neat conclusion to the Carnivia trilogy, and such a gripping book. In this one we've got just what a scary monster the internet can be, along with that fear that the secret services are watching everything you do, and have more of a hand in world events that you might like to think.
A Venetian banker is found on the beach, seemingly killed in a ritualistic masonic way. Kat Tapo is back investigating, and naturally her investigation turns out to be tied in with skulduggery going on in Daniele's Carnivia, and the back story of Holly the good-girl American solider who is about to have the very foundations of the good old USA rocked from beneath her feet. Can't really fault this trilogy. The Traitor is the third book in the Carnivia trilogy by Jonathan Holt. Now I first want to gripe about something that has nothing to do with the content of the books.
I want to gripe about renaming books. It seems to be a trend to have different titles for the European and the American market. It only causes confusion. It happens a lot with thrillers and fantasy books the Harry Potter series as well. The Abomination was a great title that really linked to the story.
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Please stop this nonsense of renaming books. Anyway, back to the book.
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The characters are believable, the story is exciting, the descriptions of food and drink in the book are mouth-watering and the backdrop of Venice adds to the atmosphere. With thrillers like this you have to take some of the events and actions as they come and accept them without question. It would take the writer too long to explain everything and that would make the book too long and would take the pace out of the story. Holt does give some background information on the way political games were played and uses events that actually took place, sometimes twisting them a bit to fit the story.
All in all, it is a great read with a conclusion that could be taken as an opening for more books about these main characters wishful thinking on my part.
I really recommend this trilogy to people who like well-researched page-turners with likeable but basic characters. View 2 comments. Sep 30, Kuv rated it really liked it. In the third book of the Carnivia trology, Captain Kat Tapo investigates the viscous murder of a man found on a beach in Venice.