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The Devil's Elixir (Templar #3)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  2,291 ratings  ·  193 reviews

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

Paperback, 371 pages
Published 2011 by Orion Books
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I actually loved the first book in the series, The Last Templar with its shifts between the ancient and current stories. Plus the TV miniseries was nice, even though there were quite a few changes in the conversion. The second book was interesting too, but much more action-oriented than is common to the "ancient treasure" genre.

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
Richard Gazala
Most novelists with robust sales in their rear view mirror stick rigidly to the tried-and-true format that earned them their past successes. In the highly competitive arena that is modern fiction book publishing there's nothing inherently wrong with a writer clinging tightly to formula, particularly when that formula has resonated with readers and the people cutting his royalty checks. It happens all the time. So it's both noteworthy and laudable when an author with Raymond Khoury's estimable tr ...more
Reading Raymond Khoury’s The Devil’s Elixir can be hazardous to your sleep cycle! You won’t be able to put the book down until you reach the last page.

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
Paul Pessolano
“The Devil’s Elixir” by Raymond Khoury, published by Dutton.

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
Michael Johnston
I know Khoury mostly from his historical fiction. He has written several books in the genre and while they aren't the best of the category, they are often diverting and enjoyable. This book, about a mystic belieiving drug dealer intent on revenge for past deeds and in search of the perfect (and perfectly addicting) synthetic drug, wasn't his best work.

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
This book started off as a sort of abridged version of Don Winslow's Power of the Dog, with a lot of FBI and DEA vs. drug kingpins backstory and then went off in a mystical direction before coming back down to earth. I wasn't a huge fan of the writing style but once I got used to it, I did end up zooming through many of the action sequences, especially toward the end.

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
Terry Parrish
Jan 12, 2012 Terry Parrish rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Terry by: Won it from Dutton
I won an ARC of this book. Having never read any books by Mr. Khoury, I can say this, I will be reading his other works. WOW, what a read. Kept me on the edge of my seat. So much action it was almost hard to keep up. Loved all the characters, even the evil ones. Would'nt have been good without them. The story line was interesting in itself. Made you think about it. If his other books are as good as this one, then I will definitely enjoy them. Won't discuss story line because if you have read his ...more
Meine Meinung

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
As part of a series I do have to say that I did prefer the historical aspects of the first 2 books, although as a thriller this is still a good book in its own right. The main characters are still there in Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin.
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
This third book in the trilogy falls somewhere in between the first and second book in terms of likeability and story. While it's much better than the first book, I don't know if it is better than the second one. It does have unnecessary details that add nothing to the book and i wasn't really keen on the whole reason for [spoiler] being the the target in Tue first place. That part was honestly just unbelievable. Now writing this and thinking back over the book, I've changed my mind, this book d ...more
I didn’t realize that The Devil’s Elixir was book three in the Templar series, probably because it didn’t have ‘templar’ in the title like the previous two books. The only connection it seems to have to the first two are the same main characters, FBI agent Sean Reilly and his girlfriend Tess Chaykin. It is not necessary to have read the first two books to enjoy this novel. It works well as a stand alone. The author sets the stage and gives us the necessary background information.

The story opens
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Susan Tunis
Third in a series, but works fine as a stand alone

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
I'm a big fan of Khoury and while I respect him for trying to take the series in a new direction (let's face it, the Templars have been beat into the ground), I felt like this third book was not as good as the first two.

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
Miroslav Kohut
The crappy trilogy gets even crappier conclusion:

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
Graeme Stokes
I have read ALL of Raymond Khoury's novels and without prejudice i can say he writes in a most enjoyable format. He has reprised his two characters from his earlier Templar novels Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin. They now find themselves entwined in the murky world of Mexican drug lord El Brujo, a reprised character also. Just as the characters find themselves spiraling toward the inevitable climax (i say this as in unavoidable rather than certain to happen scenario), the story unfold's with a twis ...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
While I expected the Templar series and its characters to deal with a Templar storyline, I was surprised and impressed with how Khoury took this away from its normal setting and made an electrifying story about drugs, the afterlife, and experimentation with both. I will not spill anything, but it all clicked into place, eventually.

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
Although the cover was deceiving this turned out to be an interesting book. It's not the genre I normally read, but it intrigued me to the end. There was a revelation in the last half of the book that that I really didn't like...and I almost stopped reading because of it...but it turned out the be explained well in the end. In fact I'm really glad the ending turned out the way it did.


Like I said I was disappointed the cover didn't have more
Dan Thompson
I first came across Raymond Khoury when I became incredibly interested in Templar history, and since his debut historical-thriller, The Last Templar took historical fact and turned into a piece of action packed fiction, well I couldn’t really resist could I? That and its sequel were extremely entertaining, and when I heard that a third book in the series was to be released, featuring indefatigable FBI agent Sean Reilly and Archaeologist Tess Chaykin once more, I instantly pre-ordered it.

The thir
Kristin Lundgren
An old secret elixir, known only to the mountain shaman of Central America and Mexico, the drug Kingpin El Brujo (Navarro) who wants it it will make him wealthy beyond his wildest dreams. He kidnaps a scientist who got the formula from his trips to the shaman's camps deep in the jungle, but when he tries to escape with a team led by Sean Reilly (from The Last Templar), he is shot since he was too injured to escape and can't be left behind to be tortured for the formula and allow it into the syst ...more
Raymond Khoury- The Devil’s Elixir (Dutton 2012) 3.75 Stars

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
Tim Busbey
Expectations are a dangerous beast. As a consumer of entertainment, we enter each new "relationship" with a TV show, movie or book with a set of expectations, based on previous experience with a creator or a marketing campaign or word of mouth, or some combination. When expectations meet reality, this is a good thing. But when expectations and reality don't quite seem to mesh, it leaves us as entertainment consumers feeling like we have been short-changed in some way.

For me, "The Devil's Elixir"
Sean the Bookonaut
I have somehow missed reading Raymond Khoury, despite him having four consecutive New York Times best sellers.

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[1] :

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

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

Robin Carter
I have read all the Raymond Khoury books and they have got gradually better and better.

Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin
1. The Last Templar (2005)
2. The Templar Salvation (2010)
3. The Devil's Elixir (2011)

Stand Alone

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
I was disappointed reading this. I loved the two previous books about Agent Reilly and Tess Chaykin searching into the past. The plot in the Devil's Elixir in itself is no THAT bad (could be better), but it has some of that ancient-tales-and-legends-long-gone-and-rediscovered charm that the two previous books had - just not enough! And the writing style, and point-of-view was very different. I did not like that.
In all I found the book somewhat boring, at the point of not even reading the whole t
E.R. Yatscoff
This book has a lot: a mysterious drug, Mexican killers, bikers, pretty women, ATF, FBI, local PD, and a protagonist who is a good guy, investigator, gunman, and empathy. It's a thriller and doesn't give much space for the reader to breathe. I had to force myself to spread out my reading. The bad? The ending was like a 'Die Hard' movie. I would love to have written the ending as Khoury wrote it rushed, as if he had a deadline. Still a very decent read.
Apr 07, 2012 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like adventure stories in general
Recommended to Valerie by: Myself :)
I have read every one of Raymond Khoury's books, and I have truly enjoyed them all. The most current one, "The Devil's Elixir" is fascinating as it addresses so many different things going on in the scientific world today, in addition to the touching upon pharmaceutical companies trying to develop statin drugs from plants in the Amazon. I found the last few chapters especially fascinating because of the attention the author gave to research into reincarnation, which is not as "out there" as it o ...more
Elaine Seiler
A really good read! Great story, interesting characters, lots of suspense, a very unusual twist and turn to the tale; one I never imagined....but, for me the best part was the synchronicity........ I write about all things energetic, all things metaphysical and this adventure/mystery tale has a surprise for its readers as the solution to the mystery lies in the realm of metaphysics. I won’t say any more for fear of revealing too much...Suffice it to say, for all you out there, who enjoy a good m ...more
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Raymond moved to Rye, New York, from his native Lebanon at the outbreak of the civil war there in 1975. After graduating from Rye Country Day School, he returned to Lebanon to study architecture at the American University of Beirut. During his years there, in between repeated flare-ups of fighting, he illustrated several children's books for Oxford University Press's Middle East office. Raymond co ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Templar (4 books)
  • The Last Templar (Templar, #1)
  • The Templar Salvation (Templar, #2)
  • Rasputin's Shadow (Templar, #4)
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