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The Abomination

by Jonathan Holt

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An odd mixture of police procedural - with the Venice Carabinieri joining forces with the US military - to solve a murder - and conspiracy theory. I found it quite muddled at times, but always intriguing. I wonder where this series is going next. ( )
  johnwbeha | Jul 6, 2017 |
Kat tried to imagine what it must have been like for Martina Duvnjak - smuggled into a foreign country, only to be imprisoned in a mental hospital where no one believed, or wanted to believe, that she was what she said she was. Where those whom she had trusted most betrayed her most profoundly.
“And yet you say she was called the abomination??” she said.
Sister Anna nodded. “Indeed.”
“Why would they call her that,” Kat asked, “if she wasn't one?”
For the first time in the conversation, she had the satisfaction of seeing the other woman rendered spechless.


This is an exciting thriller with a Venetian setting, in which a Caribinieri captain, a U.S army officer and the creator of the virtual reality city of Carnivia are thrown together to investigate a murder linked to conspiracy concerning the U.S. army, spies, mercenaries, the Mafia, the Catholic Church and a Croatian war criminal. ( )
  isabelx | Feb 27, 2015 |
"The Abomination" is the first in a trilogy by Jonathan Holt and it teams a web site creator, a police captain and a US military 2nd lieutenant in Venice. All of the characters were done very well particularly the principals, two of whom are women. The Venice setting is excellent, and the city descriptions are far better than any other book I have read, including a highly rated crime fiction series. The story is well paced and zips along quickly. I really enjoyed the book through the first two thirds, then it just tumbled into the lagoon for me. I don't care much for thrillers, and it became very much an action thriller in that last third. It's at that point that a lot of plot points just seem to run out of gas. For example, there is a woman Catholic priest, and her presence appeared to me to be an unnecessary subplot. It resulted in a lot of pages explaining the Church's position on women's role in that religion. Boring, and as usual the Church, always an easy target, takes it shots. Also, our heroes are trying to prove a DNA link to victims of a Bosnian wartime rape and this will somehow prove CIA involvement in the conflict ? So the CIA takes its shots too. But there are still more suspensions of belief to come. How about two women overcoming six thugs in the rescue of some trafficking victims? Or a US controlled drone firing a missile into Venetian waters? Or the suggestion of bringing the US President and Secy of Defense to trial for US participation in the Bosnian conflict? There's more, but you get the picture. And speaking of that I have to add that the cover and title are a bit misleading. I'm not sure what that figure is on the cover but this is not a horror book despite a few references to Satanism. If you are really into escape fiction, "The Abomination" might be your thing, but I'd read a lot of reader reviews first to get a real clear picture of what's ahead. ( )
  maneekuhi | May 22, 2014 |
Fast Paced Murder Mystery Thriller

The 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 – even more mystery!

We are introduced to Captain Katrina ‘Kat’ Tapo on the feast of the Epiphany, on the 6th January when she has been allocated her first murder as a Carabinieri under the direction of Colonel Aldo Piola. She finds that the murder victim not only is a female but dressed as a priest with all the correct vestments for one that has been ordained. Could she really be an ordained Catholic priest or as the Church would have it an abomination.

During the course of the investigation more bodies start to pile and that brings her in to contact with the USA Army in Italy and specifically Second Lieutenant Holly Boland who seems to know more than she is letting on while stalling her. Later they would need each other to solve the murders and more importantly to stay alive in another country.

They find that a lot of their answers were in and around Venice but not the Venice people see, but a virtual world an online version of version of Venice known as Carnivia. The owner of this world is on trial and about to be sentenced but only he can help Kat and Holly as the answers to the investigations are in that virtual world and it would be the virtual Venice that would eventually save them in the real Venice.

The Abomination touches many of the issues of not only Venice but of the wider world. With people trafficking, from the Balkans, for prostitution, and the unmentionable war in the Balkans, and the war crimes that were committed there. While bringing in the CIA, and those shadow private armies of the USA, running drones all over Europe watching the people. The dark world of Carnivia and its reclusive owner is the only person that can help them solve the crimes in a race against the intelligence machine of the USA.

This is a brilliant thriller with many twists and turns and wondering who Kat and Holly really can trust and this will be a very popular read and should be huge. This was one of the most enjoyable thriller reads I have had and cannot recommend this highly enough. ( )
  atticusfinch1048 | Oct 29, 2013 |
As a mystery/thriller, I enjoyed “the abomination”…once I (sort) of got past what the title refers to. The idea that a woman priest, or even a woman dressed as a priest was referred to as an “abomination” – just really bothers me. That is a word that should be used to describe the worst acts imaginable. The most inhumane, terrifying, cruel, destructive things ever. It seems very wrong that a woman giving her life to God and to helping others gets put in the same category.

“And if a bishop decides to ordain a woman, then as soon as that woman has received the Sacrament of Holy Orders she is a priest, in the eyes of God. A heretic one, perhaps; even an abomination.”

And yet – once the book moves further into the questions surrounding the death of a woman dressed as a priest – I couldn’t help but be drawn in. The main female characters are interesting and pretty well drawn. I wouldn’t say there is anything fantastically original about them – but their strength and determination to find those responsible for that crime (and numerous other ones against other women) went a long way towards making up for the sexist and misogynistic themes. And when the book introduces a new angle – and adds another layer to the story - part of the bigger picture is revealed. The greater mystery of which this crime, this conspiracy is just a small part. (Which one would assume will be further explored in the next books of this trilogy.”

The book ends on a strong note. One of the central characters, Kat Tapo of the Carabinieri) sums up her frustration with the system. With the treatment and experiences of women throughout time. “She said slowly, “It’s not you, Aldo. It’s the system – the way it assumes that it’s me, rather than you, who’s got to be shunted off sideways.”…..”and my own grandmother, who fought alongside male partisans in the war but was made to go back afterwards to baking cakes and having babies. It’s the women who aren’t allowed to be priests, because the Church looks at a two-thousand-year-old tradition of misogyny and calls it Holy Law. “

The treatment of women, not the clothing they wear nor their quest for dignity and respect, is the abomination. ( )
  karieh | Oct 12, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0062264338, 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 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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THE VICTIM: On the steps of Santa Maria della Salute lies the body of a woman, wearing the robes of a Catholic priest. In the eyes of the Church, she is an abomination. THE INVESTIGATOR: Captain Kat Tapo has matched the victim's tattoo to graffiti in an abandoned asylum. Now she's been ordered to close the case. THE HACKER: Carnivia.com is a virtual Venice that holds the city's secrets. Only its reclusive creator can help Kat unearth the shocking truth... THE ABOMINATION has arrived.… (more)

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