The Devil's Elixir (Templar #3)
Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, heroes of Raymond Khoury's bestselling Templar thrillers, return in an edge-of-your-seat story that reaches from the present day back to 1800s Mexico-and possibly beyond.
What if there was an herb, previously lost to history in the jungles of Central America, capable of inducing an experience so momentous it might shake the very foundations of...more
And then, this book continues the same trend, and belongs a lot more to the pure action genre than the previous books.
I strongly believe I would have enjoyed this as a ...more
Once again, Khoury pairs up FBI agent Sean Reilly and archeologist Tess Chaykin whom long-time Khoury fans already know from their tangled and dangerous destinies in The Last Templar and The Templar Salvation. In this high-energy thriller, Reilly and Chaykin shift their focus from Templar and Vatican mysteries to a potentially more dangerous secre ...more
Category – Mystery/Thriller
Sean Reilly receives a frantic phone call from Michelle Martinez asking for assistance. Her young son, Alex, and she have just thwarted an attempt to abduct them. She has no where to turn to other than Sean who as an FBI Agent worked with her on a drug bust years ago in Mexico. Michelle also informs Sean that Alex is his son.
The drug bust in Mexico was unique in that they were trying to rescue a scientist who ...more
It was a quick and easy read (a beach read if you will), but it didn't really grab or hold my attention. The characters didn't ring true and parts ...more
I picked this book up based solely on the jacket copy, which maybe isn't the best way to choose reading material because the firs ...more
Zu Beginn möchte ich erwähnen, dass es sich bei “Memoria” zwar um den dritten Band einer Reihe handelt, die Handlung in den jeweiligen Bücher jedoch abgeschlossen ist, sodass “Memoria” auch als Einzelband gelesen werden kann. In diesem Fall könnte es sogar Vorteile haben, da ich im Vergleich zu den Vorgängerbänden sehr enttäuscht wurde. Jemand, der ohne Erwartungen an die Geschichte heran geht, wird vielleicht zufriedener sein, als ich es bin.
Besonders der erste Band “Scriptum“ hat ...more
The book starts off with historical flashbacks, but that is about it. The story really starts at a former DEA agent's house, where her boyfriend is gunned down by a gang of mystery assailants. After despatching one of the gang, stopping to only grab her son, she fl ...more
The story opens ...more
As many thrillers as I read, somehow I hadn’t yet made it around to Raymond Khoury. So, even though I hadn’t read earlier Templar novels featuring Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, I decided to dive right in. Fortunately, Khoury’s enough of a pro to gracefully exposit everything I needed for this novel without spoiling past tales. I didn’t feel like I was missing a thing.
The Devil’s Elixir opens with three brief prologues that establish elements of t ...more
I think part of the reason for it is that the other two books were written entirely in third person whereas this one jumps between third and first. It was especially strange because one of the main characters, Sean Reilly, is now written in first person when he was not in the pa ...more
I've always considered Raymond Khoury to be a Dan Brown wannabe. The fact is he always manages to deliver a fast paced, action-filled thrilling story. The problem is usually the theme of the story. While the first book in the so-called Templar trilogy was in this sense actually quite interesting, the second one was a serious let down for me and the final one is nothing short but a catastrophe.
Even if I let go of the fact that the third part of the ...more
What a book to break me into a new genre. Okay, I admit I've read a few crime thrillers, but it was always because they were getting amazing buzz and sometimes I can't walk away from that. It was also before I got launched headfirst into the YA genre and the blogging world. This is the first time a crime thriller has made me say, "I might really love this genre."
I barely know where to start. I guess there's nothing too remarkable about t ...more
Khoury has already shown how versatile that he can be with some of his other books, straying from the Templar theme (which was a hot topic for a while there), and yet ...more
Like I said I was disappointed the cover didn't have more ...more
The thir ...more
This is a pre-release review. Look for it in stores near you in the new year.
FBI agent Sean Reilly has just received a phone call from an old flame; Michelle is ex-DEA and on the run from men who want her dead. Even odder is the fact that she is running with a son he never knew he had. Explaining this to Tess may not be so easy, but first he must save Michelle. He did not realize going in just what kind of trouble they were in, this may ...more
For me, "The Devil's Elixir" ...more
The Devil's Elixir features characters from Khoury’s previous novels but it works effectively as a stand alone.
Not having read Khoury before I had no idea what to expect. Prior to chapter one he quotes both Carl Sagan :
There is a lurking fear that some things are 'not meant' to be known, that some inquiries are too dangerous for human being to make.
and Dr Harold Lief commenting on th ...more
FBI agent Sean Reilly and archaeologist Tess Chaykin, heroes of Raymond Khoury's bestselling Templar novels, return in another edge-of-your-seat thriller that reaches from present day back to 1700s Mexico - and possibly beyond.What if there was a natural drug, previously lost to history in the jungles of Central America, capable of inducing an experience so momentous - and so unsettling - that it might shake the very foundations of Western civilization?What if powerful forces on both sides of t
Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin
1. The Last Templar (2005)
2. The Templar Salvation (2010)
3. The Devil's Elixir (2011)
The Sanctuary (2007)
The Sign (2009)
The thing with any book of this type is that it automatically picks up that Dan Brown esque tag, but this is so much different to that, this is more of a Steve Berry, Andy Mcdermott (but less humorous) James Twinings. The plot is more credible the charac ...more
In all I found the book somewhat boring, at the point of not even reading the whole t ...more