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Operation Code Breaker (Luke Baron Adventures)
by Ilkka Remes
Age Range: 14+
Luke is on a school trip in Rome when he unwittingly becomes a witness and then a suspect in the theft of a masterpiece, ‘The Burial of Christ’ by Caravaggio from the Vatican Museum.
For Luke, what he has witnessed and what took place doesn’t add up especially when the Caravaggio is returned for a small ransom. As he begins to dig deeper Luke becomes increasingly suspicious. His investigation uncovers links with the Second World War and the Nazis, hidden gold and a secret code.
This is another exciting page-turning thriller from Finnish writer Ilkka Remes and third in the Luke Baron Adventure series that has been translated into English. As well as the usual action-packed adventure there is the backdrop of what happened to works of art and artefacts stolen by the Nazis during the Second World War and the complexity of code breaking which makes this such an enjoyable read. Fans of fast-paced thrillers will also enjoy Operation Ocean Emerald and Operation Black Cobra.