Discretion Is The Key To Staying Alive
by Dion Mayne
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Masquerade Gold is the 2nd novel in the Trilogy and the prequel to Boomerang Gold.
It is Sixteenth Century Europe. Countries have begun to expand their global reach, but there are still local riches to be uncovered.
As Spain continues to expand its wealth, through aggressive and covert means, a newly formed Anglo-Dutch Allegiance is out to undermine, and eventually bring down the Empire. Espionage has infiltrated Europe and things are not always as they seem.
When the wealthy Genoese banker Giovanni De Tocco and his vivacious wife Isabella, employ a new tutor to work with the wards they sponsor, they are unaware their lives are under constant surveillance.
It is no coincidence the banker is enlisted to carry out business for the King of Spain. It is not without reason, Alvaro Cortez, Head of Spanish Security, becomes suspicious of Bart Selona, the handsome young tutor who has embedded himself into de Tocco estate life and become so influential with the students and Lady of the estate. Over time, two students, Carlo and Vincenzo are recruited to support the Allegiance.
With Giovanni de Tocco engrossed in the power and influence his position attracts, secrets are revealed, treasures are discovered, and lives are influenced.
It is through the somewhat erotically themed Masquerade Balls of the day that the Allegiance’s cause is advanced. The aristocracy used the events to showcase their opulence and enjoy risqué activities akin to their status. The events, however, were a focal point for covert infiltration. Under the cover of the eroticism the balls espoused, Selona’s young spies can gather valuable intelligence.
But the Allegiance’s operation is not the only cause being pursued. In a series of twists and counter motives, Masquerade Gold leads the reader through the struggles and counter struggles of a complex Europe.