Golden Chariot by Chris Karlsen: Review and INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!
Posted by Krystal Larson at 8:36 PM Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The rare discovery of a ship sunk during the time of the Trojan War has been found off the coast of Turkey, near Troy. Charlotte Dashiell is an American nautical archaeologist and thrilled to be part of the recovery team. The wreck may contain proof of her highly controversial theory about the Trojan War.
Charlotte is present when the Turkish government agent assigned to guard the site is murdered. Her possible involvement and a questionable connection to a private collector of black market relics bring her under suspicion. Atakan Vadim is the Turkish agent sent to investigate her. Unknown to either of them, the smuggler behind the murder plans to steal a valuable artifact and frame Charlotte for the theft...after they murder her.
The Goodreads summary above gives a great description of the novel without any spoilers. Readers have heard many theories concerning different topics, but probably haven't heard too many about the Trojan War. Things begin to heat up after a murder without a clear-cut motive takes place. Charlotte, the main character, must think on her feet and try to solve the mystery while proving her own theory.
Charlotte is not a shrinking violet. She manages to portray bravery, intelligence, and a take-no-prisoners strong personality. Many readers will love the strong female heroine who doesn't need a savior or hero. The other characters are interesting. Atakan, sent to investigate and watch Charlotte, may move up in the readers' esteem when he slowly comes around to Charlotte's side. At first, everyone seems to suspect Charlotte...as the story goes on, some characters, notably Atakan begin to trust her.
Overall, this story has the excitement, mystery, and intrigue necessary for a fast read. This book is recommended to adult readers.
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Shouts of “fire” came from all sides of the camp. The west wind blew sparks in the direction of the lab. They could lose the entire camp, but not the lab, not the artifacts.
Charlotte grabbed an empty barrel from the fire line. She ran with it and started climbing the stairs to the shower stall’s water tank. A man’s large hand covered her mouth. His other hand brandished a gun. With the cold barrel to her ear, he walked her backwards down the few steps to the ground.
“Don’t scream.” Little-by-little his palm came away from her mouth.
I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.
My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.
Chris will award eBook copies of her paranormal romance series to one commenter at every stop, a $75 Amazon GC grand prize to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour and a $50 Amazon GC to the host with the most comments (excluding hers and the hosts).
This product or book may have been distributed for review, this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
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