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Golden Chariot

(Dangerous Waters #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  24 reviews
5-Star review- As with her other books, Chris Karlsen has impeccably researched her topic. Golden Chariot is engaging and full of information and insight. I thoroughly enjoyed this smart, well-written story and am looking forward to reading more from this author. Josie--Night Owl Reviews

"Dan Brown underwater! I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic thriller. Charlotte Dashiell,
Published June 13th 2012 by Books to Go Now (first published March 1st 2012)
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Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a huge fan of authors like Clive Cussler, Andy McDermott, Matthew Reilly, Dan Brown, and Steve Berry when this book popped up in my email for the book tour I couldn’t say no. The entire premise just hooked me at the blurb and I had to know more.

Charlotte is probably one of my favorite heroines – she’s strong, smart, straightforward and knows what she wants and goes for it. When the opportunity for this wreck came up she pounced on it and is hoping to prove a theory that many (including some o
Charlotte is an American archaeologist, who wishes to prove an interesting theory about Trojan Wars. She travels to the Turkish Coast and caught in a shipwreck..not only that, but also she becomes the prime suspect to the murder that takes place in that ship. Atakan is the male, who is responsible to investigate that murder. He was annoyingly suspicious on Charlotte at first. But, when Atakan knows that Charlotte is not behind the murder, the attraction between the couple grow. Yeah, there is ro ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Talented author Chris Karslen has written an action-packed adventure story set in exotic Turkey that will be relished by fans of underwater archaeology and lost treasures.

Our feisty protagonist, Charlotte Dashiell, is about to complete her doctorate in nautical archaeology. She travels to Bodrum, Turkey, to start a new excavation for the Maritime Institute of Archaeology and Research. In fact, she’s there to investigate a wreck possibly associated with Troy. This is her dream come true, as she’s
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, blog-tour-book
I read this book as part of a blog tour hosted by Goddess Fish Promotions. Although I received, this book free as part of the read/review it does not influence my opinion in writing a positive review. To form your own opinion about this book please support the author and acquire you own legal copy.

This book has two main characters, Charlotte and Atakan. Charlotte is in college trying to get her doctorate in archeology. Atakan has already finished and has his doctorate but is an agent in the Tur
Books Mom
The mere mention of the Trojan War intrigued me. I knew I needed to read this book with such a unique premise and I'm glad I did. The plot was solid, the suspense good, the ending satisfying.

Charlotte is a strong woman ... occasionally stronger than I would have expected, but her steel spine gets her through some difficult times. Admittedly, it gets her in trouble a bit too. And, while I knew Atakan was our hero, it took a while for both Charlotte and I to warm up to him--but he turns out to be
Sep 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Archaeology is an endlessly fascinating subject, and the treasures found are often in dispute with countries who claim the artifacts against the backdrop of the teams that find them. This is a book that focuses on an aquatic archaeologist, Charlotte, who believes she has located a ship that was sunk in the battle of Troy, detailed in the Iliad. The Turkish archaeologist also assigned to this dig is less certain, and has many reasons to mistrust Charlotte, after she was unfortunate enough to witn ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-pr
Pam Funke
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for the purpose of review. The review is my honest opinion and I was not paid for this service.

Golden Chariot is an unusual story about an archeological quest based on Homer's The Iliad. I like how the author uses her imagination to pull you into the story. It is a romantic in it's own way but not like a Harlequin novel. It has action and adventure with Charlotte, the heroine, being caught up in the middle of a murder for which she is
M. Leon
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was blown away by Golden Chariot. Not being a big thriller readers or a romance fan I thought this may be a bit of a slog - I was so wrong!

Karlsen's writing style is impeccable. She is not afraid to let the story breathe and take its time to get where it is going and then at the drop of a hat change gear and leave you sitting on the edge of your seat.

The main characters, meet under a stressful situation and there relationship develops naturally from suspicion to friendship and finally love. Th
Ria Lize
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. If I decide whether or not to read this book by looking at its cover, I probably wouldn't bother. You know what? I'm very glad I did read it.

I thought the ending dragged quite a bit, but I really liked it as a whole. The romance was a great bonus, the plot was intriguing. This is the type of book I'd reread.

In my opinion this novel read longer than its actual length. The pace picked up at the end but the ending was a setup for another book in the series. The underwater archeology was fairly interesting as well as the interaction between the two main characters, Charlotte and Atakan. I will not, however, be following along on this series.
Anna's Herding Cats
Originally Posted for Herding Cats & Burning Soup

It's always fun to step outside of your normal reading and find something you really love. There were so many unique things about Golden Chariot from the setting of an archeological underwater dig site and an exotic locale to the utterly fascinating characters from different walks of life slowly forming a relationship against all odds. Add in a bit of danger, some real grit and the quest to prove a bit of mythology really happened and you've got a
I find it hard to rate a book I did not finish (DNF), so I will refrain from giving it a star rating.

It's important to note that I rarely DNF books-- in fact, the last time was when I attempted to read TWILIGHT, book 1 of The Twilight Saga, right before the first film came out in 2008 to see what all the hype was about. I made it all the way through the final prom scene before I decided I really couldn't take that poorly-written drivel any more. I have this need to see what happens in a book tha
Ryan Snyder
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review

The premise of this book drew me in. when I read the description, I was immediately reminded of another author I read. She is one of my favorite authors and she has written a few books involving treasure hunters and lost artifacts. So with that thought in mind, I signed on to review this book. I must admit that I was entertained by the history in this book, because I am kind of a nerd. I can listen to interesting history lessons and co
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by: Marissa
Book provided by: Author
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

While the book started out a bit confusing, once I got past the first few pages I delved into this Mediterranean mystery whole-heartedly. Charlotte, a marine archeologist, begins her time in Turkey at the site of a sunken gulet (I had to look that one up – it’s a two-masted schooner of Turkish design, built in Bodrum and used mainly on the coastal waters of the Eastern Mediterranean) and with the death of a
Leah (White Sky Project)
I signed up for the blog tour of this book because the summary said something about a sunken ship and I immediately thought, "Pirate treasure! Aarrggh!"

So, there are no real pirates in this book. Yes, you have an old sunken ship and you have treasure, and then you have archaeologists (who are apparently all gorgeous in their own ways) and you have smugglers and rich ass collectors and you have ruthless killers. Sounds exciting, right? Well, yeah it can be. The book starts out pretty exciting. An
Rebecca Graf
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love books that keep me guessing. I think that is why I enjoyed reading Chris Karlsen's Golden Chariot.

Charlotte is excited. She could be on the verge of proving not only that Troy existed but that Hector and Paris existed. Her entire doctorate rides on that,but she has no idea what all is involved on this assignment. Her life could be lost as she finds herself a pawn in a much bigger game that welcomes death as a player.

To be honest, the plot reminds me a Clive Cussler story which is a good t
Tricia Kristufek
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another (The Iliad)

Charlotte feels the pull of Hektor as if he were speaking to her, begging her to prove his existence. From this feeling comes an obsession (though she wouldn't call it that) with the Trojan War and her research topic. Hoping to find evidence to support her theory, she embarks on the archeological recovery of a ship from that time period off the coast of Turkey. However, the agent assign
Jesse Kimmel-Freeman
Being trained in anthropology with a curiosity for marine archaeology, I felt this book was spot on. It is clear that Chris did her research.

I loved this book. The characters have personalities, they aren't just words on the page. The story is great, keeps you wondering how things are going to play out. It is awesome how Chris is able to bleeding in so much myth into the story- makes you wonder if she likes this particular topic.

Throughout the book the reader wants to slap the smugness out of th
Paula Ratcliffe
Our story takes place in the Aegean Sea and in parts of Greece and Turkey. Archeologist Charlotte Dashiell is part of a team that finds one of the most impressive sites from the Trojan War. Charlotte is then dragged into a conspiracy to frame her for the death of an officer sent to guard the find, and make sure that a smuggler is able to make off with the priceless goods.

The premise of the book is sound, and it’s always nice to read about Greek Mythos, and the time period surrounding the Troja
Zrinka Jelic
All in all, it was an all right read. It started off pretty good with action pact scene, but it didn't continued on like this. But after that the plot slows down. I felt it was way longer than it needed to be. The plot was bogged down by unnecesary details that didn't add to the story. Much of it could easily been cut out and the plot wouldn't change.
The romance between main characters at the end stroke me as a bit as unbelievable, it came out of left field since the hero seemed ... well kind o
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
Chris takes us to Turkey in "Golden Chariot". A fast paced, action packed, murder mystery with characters are strong and interesting. With romance thrown into the story you will find it hard to put down. Recommended to all who love the excitement of romance and murder thrown together.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Delight!

I love books which teach me something as well as entertain me. This book certainly did both. I know more about archeology, more about Turkey and and the Bosphorus and was intrigued by the story of criminal trading in ancient artifacts.
patty bergemann
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

the book was a quick read. enjoyable. a good fun story. worth the time to read. would recommend reading this book
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Chris was born and raised in Chicago. Her father was a history professor and her mother was, and is, a voracious reader. She grew up with a love of history and books. Her parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto her. She wanted to see the places she read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated her. She’s had the good fortune to travel extensively thro ...more

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