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Determined to avenge his friend's death, former art thief Tom Kirk abandons his enquiry into the theft of a priceless Da Vinci and begins his own investigation into the gruesome murder. The evidence points to an old rival with a sadistic streak whom Tom discovers is about to commit the most audacious heist in history....

Title : The Gilded Seal
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ISBN : 9780007230402
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 438 Pages
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The Gilded Seal Reviews

  • Cactuskid
    2019-05-16 08:03

    Too many characters to keep track of and way too complicated. About half way through it became more interesting and easier to follow what was going on. Twining goes very much into detail about art etc., that has to be a big interest of his personally. Anyway no more of Tom Kirk's stories.

  • Jane Burnham
    2019-05-12 23:58

    THE GILDED SEALBy James TwiningThe most audacious heist in history is about to commence, and Tom Kirk is right in the middle of it! Whilst investigating the theft of a stolen Da Vinci -- The Madonna of the Yarnwinder, Reformed art thief Tom Kirk is confronted with the horrifying sight of a cat nailed to the wall where the painting once stood. He instantly recognises the sign as a greeting from his old enemy Milo. Then Tom finds out that a long time friend in Seville has been murdered. Whilst visiting his friend's daughter Eva, she is kidnapped by Milo and Tom suddenly finds himself in a frantic race against time to save her life.Meanwhile, in New York, FBI agent Jennifer Browne has been asked to investigate a possible art fraud. The trail leads to an Iranian art dealer who denies all knowledge, but when a lawyer who he had dealings with is murdered, Jennifer knows she has stumbled across something very sinister indeed. Are the reappearance of Milo, Eva's kidnapping and the theft of the Da Vinci connected? And are Tom and Jennifer's paths destined to cross again as they descend into a maelstrom of betrayal and murder?ABOUT THE AUTHORJames Twining was born in London but spent much of his childhood in Paris. After graduating from Christ Church, Oxford with a first-class degree in French Literature, he joined the investment bank UBS, working in their corporate finance division. In 1999 he left to set up his own company and in 2001 was named as one of the eight 'Best of Young British' entrepreneurs in The New Statesman. James lives in London with his wife, Victoria, and is now a full-time writer.Twining wrote his first book The Double Eagle in 2003. It was published in the UK and USA in 2005. A sequel, The Black Sun, was published in 2006.Both books feature art thief Tom Kirk and are set in the art world and underworld. In each case, Twining builds a modern day thriller involving art theft around a series of historical events and/or artifacts.REVIEWSPraise for The Black Sun'A story that harks back to the Nazis, Hitler and a legendary treasure. What more could you want? If there's a better thriller this year I would like to see it.' Jack Higgins, bestselling author of Without Mercy and The Eagle Has Landed'An exciting, suspenseful and fast-paced novel' Bookreporter.comPraise for The Double Eagle'A carefully constructed tale straight out of the Dan Brown mould of thriller writing'Sunday Sun'The Double Eagle will leave you breathless, but never dizzy. Solid debut work'Ladsmag'This would make the perfect Tom Cruise movie' The Independent on Sunday'A captivating, engrossing debut,…a fast-paced tale of international crime and skullduggery written with style and panache. Twining is a worthy successor to Forsyth, Follett, and Higgins. Highly recommended.' Christoper Reich'This is an auspicious beginning for a fledgling series' Publishers Weekly'Brilliantly written with numerous double crosses taking place, James Twining has created a delightful and thought-provoking protagonist. Along with deceit, shattered promises, and murder all going hand in hand The Double Eagle is certainly a pacy novel' Shots

  • Ken
    2019-04-27 03:11

    Having read James Twining's previous two books, The Double Eagle and The Black Sun, I expected a little more from this offering. The historical mystery seems overshadowed by action sequences that are a cross between Jason Bourne, Mission Impossible and Wile E Coyote. He also introduces several shadowy underworld figures that are almost unbelievable and are certainly unrealistic.If judging this book as a screenplay for an action movie, I would give it 3 stars. As an Dan Brown-esque historical, conspiracy theory mystery it is about 2 1/2 stars.

  • Nicky Thomas
    2019-05-24 05:16

    Awesome, amazing and unputdownable! Loved this book from start to finish. Mr Twining has to be praised on creating a unique crime solving character that is not ex military, policeman, private detective or secret service. Tom Kirk is perfect. The story line in the Gilded Seal is so gripping, add that to the fast paced manner in which the book is written and I just could not put it down. I am not the fastest reader in the world, but this book was done and dusted within 5 days - that is extremely quick for me, especially as I have two very loud children who seem to get louder whenever I pick up a book, strange that?Reading the Mona Lisa robbery left me with a massive grin on my face, at the risk of sounder a lot like a teenager, that was so cool.

  • Jeremy
    2019-04-29 04:06

    Reformed art thief Tom Kirk is called in to help investigate the theft of a Davinci painting in Scotland and finds himself drawn into a plot to steal the Mona Lisa by his old pal and now arch enemy Milo. But is it the real Mona Lisa and is it really Milo and what is the link with a small time art fraud being investigated by the FBI? I thought this was a great story with some terrific twists and turns. I love the premise that the Mona Lisa in the Louvre isn't the real one and the tour of the Paris Catacombs was fascinating. As others have said, a high body count but that doesn't spoil a well written and enjoyable tale.

  • Bernie Charbonneau
    2019-05-13 01:55

    A novel that I had in my "to Read" shelf, I finally picked up at my local library with the next volume by James Twining. With the the reviews that I had read, I was looking forward to this book and was not disappointed. The plot was fast paced with a healthy amount of twists that keep you turning the next page. As mentioned on another review, since this is the third book with the same primary characters, Tom Kirk and Jennifer Browne, it may be helpful to read the previous novels but I found that it did not impede my enjoyment of this novel.

  • Abimbola
    2019-05-16 05:15

    It was a great read,it's about the stealing of the monalisa painting by leonardo thief tom kirk turn good link up with C.I.A. agent jennifer brownie to try to stop milo from accomplishing his goal.lot of deception and twist which takes them to the time of napoleon when he hung the monalisa painting ontop of his bed.he kept a secret by painting on top of it and his tripto egypt b/w 1798-1802.there is a race to try to find the real painting.the monalisa painting in the louvre museum in Paris is fake.

  • Mark
    2019-05-06 02:05

    Not bad but not particularly thrilling either. Took a long time to get through this as the action doesn't really kick in until the Louvre heist which takes place about half way through the book. From this point on, I was fairly hooked and read the rest of the book in a couple of days, but it had taken me 2 or 3 weeks to reach this point. I seem to remember his previous two books being more thrilling than this one and they didn't take as long to read - maybe its just me.

  • Ioannis
    2019-05-15 01:50

    The third one in the series. It was better than the second that was better than the first! A very fast story with likable characters. All the informations about art are true. Can't wait to read the fourth one.

  • Marian
    2019-05-05 06:01

    As the new life of thief turned art detective Tom Kirk continues, more questions are raised about his father & others in hi life. Each of Twining's novels can be read as seperately or as part of a series.

  • Paula Howard
    2019-05-16 04:03

    Very well written. Characters are developed with great story line. Tom Kirk, a reformed art thief, is now on the side of the law...... but sometimes revert to his skills for the greater good. Has several "reformed" sidekicks. Love this series by James Twining.

  • Daniel Solen
    2019-05-15 00:02

    The characters were interesting, and the constant battle between the art thieves to con one another reminded me of the ocean 11 movies. The plot was great, and the balance between character development, action, planning the heist, etc. was just right. I plan on reading more books by this author.

  • Kaylol
    2019-05-17 02:00

    An awesome book!The only regret I have is reading this before reading the previous books in the Tom Kirk storyline. What I loved most is the story - it's exciting, it's fast paced and it always leaves you guessing. I just couldn't stop reading.

  • Elaine
    2019-05-11 00:11

    Interesting facts from this book:Mona Lisa known as La Joconde in FRANCE.1800 to 1804 Napoleon hung the painting in his bedroom in the Tuileries Palace.Painting was stolen in 1911. Thief was arrested two years later when trying to sell it to the Uffizi.

  • Bella
    2019-04-28 05:55

    A little far-fetched in places, but an exciting adventure story full of interesting information.

  • Wendy Hamnett
    2019-05-12 05:14

    Was't bad, but found it hard to read

  • Bettynz
    2019-05-13 00:08

    Yup, you were right, it was a bit compulsive!! I think I finished it within one 24hr day! Fairly high body count, but on the whole a quite good read.

  • Tommy
    2019-04-30 07:48

    I didn't think this was a good as previous two books but, I still enjoyed it. It was a DaVinci Code-type thriller with lots of exotic locations that involved interesting history references.

  • 66yoguy
    2019-05-19 05:51

    Great series. Recommended it to friends.

  • Ed M
    2019-05-09 23:55

    very good

  • Stephan
    2019-05-08 05:54

    Better than the double eagle but still twaddle.

  • Dugger
    2019-05-09 01:58

    Enjoyable read. Good for a plane ride on a work trip.

  • Susan
    2019-04-27 01:59

    French art, history, setting and thrilling action - all my favorites in one book!

  • Brandon Bundy
    2019-05-02 00:56

    A fun change of pace from my usual choice of novel, I am looking forward to now reading The Double Eagle to see how Kirk's journey began.

  • Emmanuelle Ide
    2019-05-13 06:51

    James Twining is still good at writing adventurous, mystery, thriller books!

  • Annie
    2019-05-21 04:16

    I didn't realise this was the third in the series- easy to pick up on the characters and storyline, now to read the first two!

  • Kerry
    2019-05-18 23:46

    Fast paced, plenty of twist and turns and probably my favourite so far.It doesn't set the World on fire, but it's a good, easy, enjoyable read.

  • David Watt
    2019-05-11 06:14

    Another great book with Tom Kirk and gang......This Time stealing the Mona Lisa to protect it with some great twists and action. Great read when is the next book out if not already.....

  • David
    2019-04-29 00:48

    started good...moving from the Uk to USA

  • Karen Desmond
    2019-05-09 08:03