Thursday, 24 May 2012

Review - Golden Chariot by Chris Karlsen




Golden Chariot
AUTHOR: Chris Karlsen
PUBLISHED BY: Books to go Now
ASIN: B007KNLC02
RELEASED DATE: 2012
PAGES: 316



    Archaeologist Charlotte Dashiell is always up for a challenge, which is why she ends up at an archaeology dig of a recently found sunken ship from the Trojan War era. She is somewhat of a conspiracist with an intriguing theory about the Trojan War and being on the recovery team makes it the perfect time to find out if she is right.

    The Turkish government assigned an agent to guard the site, but is later murdered for unknown reasons, but Charlotte has her theories and the Turkish government has their own. Agent Atakan Vadim is assigned to investigate the murder with Charlotte possible being a suspect because of her connection to a private collector on the black market. As Charlotte and Atakan work together to figure out the mystery, an undeniable attraction blooms. Unknowing to them, the murders are watching them, waiting for the perfect moment to steal a rare artifact from the site.

    Golden Chariot is a fast-paced thriller with a little bit of romance thrown into set in Turkey. The author has done a marvelous job blending historical facts with a fiction mystery. The author, Chris Karlsen is a retired police officer and she really shows her writing skills throughout the novel, creating an intriguing plot, quirky dialogue, and believable characters. Golden Chariot will attract a wide range of readers as there is adventure, action, mystery, and romance around every page.



*I would like to thank Goddess Fish and the author for sending me a review copy.


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).

The tour dates can be found here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2012/04/virtual-book-tour-golden-chariot-by.html


About the Author:


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.

http://www.chriskarlsen.com/index.html
http://www.facebook.com/#!/chriskarlsenwriter


20 comments:

  1. Reading the review, I love that there are so many wonderful elements to the story.

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  2. You had me at "sunken ship" LOL. Sounds like an interesting book!

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  3. Your book is getting lots of good 5-star reviews at Amazon.

    Are you planning to write more in this same suspense/romance genre? A new series perhaps?

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  4. Hi Marybelle,
    Thank you for the nice comments. I appreciate your interest in the story:)
    Chris

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  5. Hi Lei,
    I knew I wanted Charlotte to be an archaeologist. I thought a nautical archaeologist added a fun twist and the waters around Turkey are so beautiful for a setting.
    Chris

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  6. Hi Karen,
    I have written a draft for a sequel to Golden Chariot. It will probably be out early next year. It's a romantic thriller also and Charlotte and Atakan along with several other characters are back.
    At the moment, I'm writing the draft of book 3 in my Knights in Time series. It's a time travel, paranormal romance.
    Chris

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  7. I want to thank Coffee Addicted Writer for inviting me here today. I also want to thank Billy for the very nice review. I'm thrilled with his comments.
    Chris

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  8. It's always interesting to see where historical facts get woven into a contemporary story...

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  9. Hi Anonymous,
    I enjoyed combining the two, history and the modern setting. As a writer, I'd like to add more history at times but must cherry pick info in favor of faster story pace.
    Chris

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  10. Hi again, Chris...I think it's very interesting that you were a police detective and spent 25+ years in law enforcement. I guess that experience comes up a little bit in the book, with Charlotte's relatives who are Chicago cops. Have you written any books with a female detective lead? You'd have so much experience to bring to the page! I bet you'd be a great teacher at a community college...We could use an instructor with your background teaching in our BLET or criminal justice program. (I'm a librarian at a community college)

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  11. I like the archaeology part of the book, as a history student I was exited as an oportunity presented itself but it was less glorious and much more work, than the book tells you. :)


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  12. This sounds like a fascinating story plot.

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  13. I've been perusing your blog and I picked out a couple of books that you've recommended. Thanks for the advice!

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  14. @Sara@Best Treadmill

    Sara,

    Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you found some new books! Happy reading!

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  15. HI Catherine Lee,
    Thank you for following me:) I don't write detective stories with the protagonist in law enforcement. I never wanted to relive my career through my characters. I have much more fun sending them through time (as in my paranormal romances) or letting them work shipwrecks in beautiful seas.
    I never kept up with the science of DNA and to teach I'd probably need to answer with more info than I possess. I love reading good cop stories. Some of my fave writers in that field are: Mike Connelly, John Sandford and Joe Wambaugh.
    Chris

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  16. Hi Lana,
    You're right. Archaelogical sites take years to work. The shipwreck I based a lot of my story on took thousands of dives over years of dive seasons. For the sake of the story, I shortened the actual time such a recovery takes. Being a romantic thriller I had to consider pacing.
    Chris

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  17. HI MomJane,
    Thank you for following me. I'm glad the story intrigues you. I have photos of Turkey and wrecks worked by INA, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology on my boards at pinterest.com/chriskarlsen
    Chris

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  18. Hi Sara,
    Thank you for stopping and I'm glad you found books you like too:)
    Chris

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