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Midnight Angels

3.19  ·  Rating Details ·  319 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
A Novel. In the secret passageways of one of the world's most majestic cities, and American woman must risk everything to keep the long-lost work of a Renaissance master from falling into the hands of thieves.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published 2010)
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Oct 28, 2010 Jim rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrillers, fiction
It takes a lot of bad to earn only two stars when a book includes so many things that I like. Museums, academia, libraries, classical art, the Renaissance, likable characters in a want-to-see setting? This book has it all.

But when you consistently have *all* of your likable characters avoid simple, safe and non-risky alternatives in favor of deadly, insanely stupid and over-the-top ones, and you repeat this over and over and over and over again throughout the entire course of a book, you get two
Tom Gase
Aug 15, 2010 Tom Gase rated it liked it
I don't want to say I was dissapointed by this book, but it just didn't seem like a typical Lorenzo Carcaterra book. Instead, it seemed closer to a Dan Brown novel. Someone else said it was like watching a shoot-em-up movie and I couldn't agree more. Just too much of the plot seemed TOO unbelievable. My main problem however was Carcaterra seemed to jump forward in the book TOO much. One scene a bad guy character (won't say which one) tied to a chair and you think he is caught. Then a chapter lat ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Megan rated it did not like it
Sorry, Mr. Carcaterra, but I could not get into this book. I couldn't even finish it. I have been way to tired lately to spend any time or precious energy on a book with such stilted, unnatural dialogue. In the first chapter, we meet 2 unnamed people who are killed by some other unnamed person. In the second chapter, we meet 2 completely different people who are running away from some group of bad guys for reasons unknown. Eh? Starting the reader off in the middle of the action needs to be done ...more
Margo Brooks
Dec 22, 2013 Margo Brooks rated it did not like it
Shelves: art-heists, action
This author had visions of Hollywood blockbusters in his mind when he wrote this novel. That is the only way to explain why he spends so much time clumsily avoiding telling the reader what is happening at the outset of the novel. And as it progresses, it gets worse and less and less realistic. For example, after being involved in a chase where two college students make a deal to go see the villain of the plot (and by the way one student is described as a professor when first introduced) they wai ...more
Katy M
Apr 05, 2014 Katy M rated it it was ok
The "good guys" in this book, with the exception of Marco and maybe Rumore, were way too bloodthirsty. And, sorry, while I do believe that there are causes worth dying for, taking the law into your own hands to redistribute lost or stolen artwork is not one of them. And there were way too many conversations between antagonists about how they were going to kill each other. Really? I think in reality they would have just done it instead of having prolonged conversations about it.
Jun 08, 2010 Helene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Mr. Carcaterra has done it again! Another great page-turner, couldn't put it down - 5 Stars!

"In the secret passageways of one of the world’s most majestic cities, an American woman must risk everything to keep the long-lost work of a Renaissance master from falling into the hands of thieves.

In Midnight Angels, acclaimed author Lorenzo Carcaterra returns with a gripping new novel of suspense, revealing a fascinating world where art and crime rendezvous in the shadows, where rumors swirl of undisc
Sep 03, 2013 Cathy rated it liked it
Having read Midnight Angels, I'm pretty certain Lorenzo Carcaterra has read The DaVinci Code. This novel could have been called The Michelangelo Code, except it's missing the ancient conspiracies that made Dan Brown's series so engrossing. Instead, you have Kate, a scholar of Michelangelo, who is so into him that she "knows" him well enough to find his missing work. It's so improbable that it refers to Michelangelo's homosexuality as "unsubstantiated rumors," despite the homoerotic love poems he ...more
May 30, 2011 Deb rated it liked it
Kate Westcott lost her parents at the age of four and was raised by her guardian to carry on their work. Her parents, both art history professors, founded the Vittoria Society to recover lost works of art and place them in world class museums so everyone could enjoy them and so they could be studied. Working against them is an international group of thieves called The Immortals. As the book opens, Kate is now a grad student who has specialized in Michelangelo. Having won a fellowship to the Mich ...more
Oct 30, 2012 Madeleine rated it really liked it
Carcaterra's "Midnight Angels" is another suspenseful novel in the treasure-hunting/art-theft genre that I refer to as my "guilty pleasure genre." The premise of this book was interesting, and the relationships between characters were well thought out, so it was mostly very enjoyable. The only critique that I can think of is that there were a few points where I felt Carcaterra could have gone much deeper into the story, such as with the background of the Vittoria Society. I felt that much of the ...more
Mary Rocco
Pretty unremarkable action-packed thriller, but the Florence locale and Michelangelo angle was interesting. I had never heard of the Vasari Corridor before and that was quite a revelation. I had been there, walked by it, stayed in a hotel right next to it, and not known it was there. So, that was worth reading the book in itself. A couple of odd anomalies of language (or editing) in the text stood out. One, he used the term "front arms," which made no sense. Why modify the word "arms" with the w ...more
Jun 22, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, probably because it was set in Florence and reminded me so much of my visit there. It's fun to visualize Santa Croce or any of the churches or piazzas they mention. The plot centered on finding a previously undiscovered sculpture by Michelangelo, and of course there are many twists and turns as other people become involved. It seemed a little incomprehensible that art historians would tote guns and shoot people who stand in their way of the next "find", but I guess it ...more
Barbara VA
Aug 27, 2011 Barbara VA rated it liked it
Shelves: italy, art, 2011-read, crime
I so wanted to love this book, it had so many of the traits that I choose for a fun read. I agree with all the comments making this a bad Dan Brown comparison. I will not say Carcaterar is a bad writer being that this is the first of his books that I have read, maybe just not the best genre for him. I would love to see what he has written for Nat Geo Explorer!

That said, Florence and Michelangelo are the stars of the book and I could "see the city and the statues". I have been to Florence and Rom
Nov 27, 2010 Tony rated it it was ok
Sorry if this review sounds similar to several others, but I found this book to be both akin to Dan Brown and a bit contrived. It's popular for characters to have a past connection that seems to bring the story together, but this book takes that plot twist too far. In addition, the reader gets worn out with implausible situations resolved with rabbits pulled from hats. After a while you begin to wonder who will emerge from behind the next curtain. It's s shame. The locale is good and the premise ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Susan rated it it was ok
Two groups are trying to find the Midnight Angels, three Michelangelo long missing statues. The Vittoria Society locates stolen and lost art to return it to its rightful owners, The Immortals, led by the ruthless Raven, a master thief and former member of the Vittoria, seek only to profit from the stolen art. Kate Westcott, an American art student in Florence and the ward of the Vittoria Society's leader, quite handily tracks down the Midnight Angels, aided by her Italian boyfriend, Marco. From ...more
Jul 21, 2010 JoAnn/QuAppelle rated it it was ok
I was soooo looking forward to this book - Florence, my favorite European city — and art. What a combination! I even BOUGHT the book, and I rarely buy fiction.

Well, I was greatly disappointed. The plot and premise were just plain ridiculous. So many stupid things were done by the characters. Kate was such a lightweight and all of a sudden she was thrust into something for which she was ill-prepared. Murder and mayhem in the streets of Florence. COME ON, now!

I had to struggle to finish this book
Jul 07, 2011 Stacy rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I had high expectations of this book. It sounded like it might be the art history version of Indiana Jones or The Librarian...but it wasn't. Implausible situations, unlikeable characters, unrealistic reactions to situations...and bad guys that simply can't understand the concept of 'kill the targets instead of chatting with them.' I tried to like this book but finally gave up and quit reading it after Edwards and Raven had a completely ludicrous conversation where they talked about killing each ...more
Oct 18, 2011 T rated it really liked it
For those who like art and/or Italy, this one deals in Michaelangelo's art and is set in Italy and the US.....

Two opposing groups seek art work by the masters, one to sell to the highest bidder, one to place the art with whom or where the artist intended it.

Lots of dead bodies, double crossing, deals, fighting for art and power and succession in this.

Carcaterra has been around a good deal of time, but never seem to hear about his new works. Looking at his list of books, I seem to have missed se
Mark Haberfield
Similar to many previous reviews I suspect, good setting in Florence, some interesting stuff about the city (Vasari Corridor and Boboli Gardens etc) plus artists such as Michelangelo and Vasari etc but the plot was a bit surreal, lacking credibility and I'm still wondering what a human's "front arms" are. It's not a bad read but it's not in the same ballpark as Dan Brown, more like Enid Blyton for grown ups!
Debra Belmudes
Mar 13, 2016 Debra Belmudes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Midnight Angels' is one of the most exciting books I have read in a very long time. From the very beginning, the author captured my attention with this fast-paced read about my favorite subjects ... art and Florence. Having visited Florence a few years ago, I could visualize all the places mentioned in the book. Not since Dan Brown's 'Angels and Demons' have I been so excited about travelling to places I've only read about. This book definitely merits another trip to Italy!!!
Feb 12, 2011 Victoria rated it it was ok
Almost from page 1, this book sounded like a remake of the Da Vinci Code or something else by Dan Brown. I can't quite pinpoint the problem, but the plot was just too unbelievable. Lifting three marble statues up through the floor of an office in the Uffizi? Pleeazzzze. And more such incredible stuff. I didn't hate the book but I didn't enjoy it either. Forced myself to read it to the end, though. Just glad I borrowed it from the library and didn't purchase it!
Jul 27, 2014 Chris rated it it was ok
I wanted to really like this book, unfortunately that was not the case. Although it imparts some history and the vivid depiction of Florence makes me yearn to travel abroad the characters were flat and unbelievable. Their so called "cause" was a mere avenue to the needless and ruthless killing that takes place. I stuck with it to the end hoping it might somehow redeem itself with a plot twist, it didn't. Don't waste your time.
Lauren Smith
Jan 02, 2011 Lauren Smith rated it liked it
I liked the idea of the story a lot more than the writing. Very convoluted plotline, but it was set in Florence on beautiful streets walking along which I did not have enough times. Michelangelo is a god as far as we're all concerned, and so I give props to Carcaterra for writing this type of book about his work. It is worth it.
Jul 15, 2010 Beth rated it really liked it
This was a mystery that took place mostly in Florence and had to deal with the lost art work of Michelangelo. It was a race between two rival groups seeking to find lost art work. One group wanted to find it and return it to rightful owners, while the other group sought to sell the work on the black market. An enjoyable read from start to finish.
Aug 12, 2013 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller
While this book was very interesting at times, at others, it dragged, as it contained a few too many subplots upon subplots.

I thought the concept was intriguing, though, and learned quite a bit about a city and time period that I know very little about. Kate and Richard were fairly complex characters, but I also felt that some of the other characters lacked depth.
Jun 20, 2011 Carrie rated it it was ok
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Sheldon Lehman
Apr 21, 2011 Sheldon Lehman rated it it was amazing
Great book. The more books I read by this author, the better he gets. What's great about this one is I was almost finished when it occured to me that there had been no profanity in it compared to his earlier works. Also, there was no sex scenes or explicit desciption of body parts. This makes it a good read for, sy, a high school audience.
Aug 12, 2012 Carol rated it liked it
I have enjoyed many of Lorenzo Carcaterra's books starting with 'Sleepers, 'Gangster' and 'Apaches'. This was different then those since it was located in Italy and centered around international art thieves, secret societies and undiscovered art treasures found and sought by many. Intriguing and suspenseful.
Sep 01, 2010 Susan rated it it was ok
It wasn't badly written and the characters seemed likeable enough (though a bit two-dimensional)(oh, and the Marco character--sooo whiny), but I just didn't really care what happened or to see where it all ended up. Ho hum.
Apr 11, 2011 J rated it liked it
Was not too thrilled at the beginning, something about it did not appeal to me, can't put my finger on it. But as the story went along I got more and more into it. Yes one does find it very similar to the Davinci Code, but none the less I enjoyed the characters and the story.
Aug 03, 2010 Bree rated it it was ok
Shelves: italy, fiction, art
This book incorporates a few of my favorite things: art and Italy. However, I just could not get into this book; it wasn't a page-turner for me. It was "just alright", but it was too easy to put down to reread it in the future.
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Number-one New York Times bestselling author Lorenzo Carcaterra's highly successful career spans more than 25 years of writing for the diverse fields of fiction, non-fiction, television, and film.

Born and raised in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, Carcaterra landed his first job in the newspaper business as a copy boy for The New York Daily News in 1976. He worked his way up to entertainmen
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