Andromeda Romano - Lax
Soho Press, $25.00
What the publisher wants you to know:
Ernst Vogler is twenty-six years old in 1938 when he is sent to Rome by his employer—the Third Reich's Sonderprojekte, which is collecting the great art of Europe and bringing it to Germany for the Führer. Vogler is to collect a famous Classical Roman marble statue, The Discus Thrower, and get it to the German border, where it will be turned over to Gestapo custody. It is a simple, three-day job.
Things start to go wrong almost immediately. The Italian twin brothers who have been hired to escort Vogler to the border seem to have priorities besides the task at hand—wild romances, perhaps even criminal jobs on the side—and Vogler quickly loses control of the assignment. The twins set off on a dangerous detour and Vogler realizes he will be lucky to escape this venture with his life, let alone his job. With nothing left to lose, the young German gives himself up to the Italian adventure, to the surprising love and inevitable losses along the way.
My thoughts about The Detour:
This is a story that I should have loved, it has so many things that interest me, Italy, WWII, art, stolen art, smugglers, Italian men...etc.
But for some reason, this one just didn't make me care one way or the other. For me, the story started slow and never took off. I never much liked or cared about Ernst. Maybe author Andromeda Romano - Lax didn't want me to like him? But then why give us so many details that "should" make us feel something for him? His struggle with his father "issues", his love interest?
And then there was the secondary characters, Cosimo and Enzo. Bleech, at one moment I actually threw, well gently tossed my e-reader onto a chair and walked away.
I just kept trying to get into this one, and failed. I just didn't care.
I'm giving this 2 out of 5 stars, I'm sure that this story will appeal to many readers out there, I just wasn't one of them.
* This book was sent to me by the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.