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Golden Chariot

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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, the heroine is a nautical archaeologist with an interesting and unique theory she’s trying to prove. I appreciated the imagination behind her theory. Charlotte engaged me from the beginning where she is caught on a sinking boat to the end of the story." Seattle Examiner

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.


First published March 1, 2012

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Chris Karlsen

34 books449 followers
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 throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa. She is also a retired police detective who spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. Her desire to write came in her early teens. After she retired, she decided to pursue that dream. She writes two different series. Her paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. Her romantic thriller series is, Dangerous Waters. She currently live in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.
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237 reviews48 followers
April 23, 2012
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 of the team members) think is a waste of time.

When Charlotte’s friend is killed she is put under investigation. Agent Atakan Vadim is ordered to the site to keep an eye on her and report back on the wreck’s progress as they begin bringing up artifacts. As these two get to know one another Atakan begins to trust her and believes she isn’t behind the death of his team mate and friend.

As the story progresses and things being to unravel can these two after everything really truly trust one another and can they find out who did it and why? Can they protect the wreck and the treasures they unearth from the seabed?

My only complaint, and it’s really minor… was the format of the book. Some of the pages had two squished together while others were fine. It was annoying, but the story was well worth the minor irritation.

Will I recommend this book? You betcha! For anyone who loves Clive Cussler, and the other authors I mention – this is definitely something you should check out. Will I read anything by this author again? Oh yeah, I am looking forward to find more by this author.
May 22, 2012
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 romance and its good. Will Atakan be able to bring the real murderers, saving Charlotte? Is Charlotte's interesting theory true?

Charlotte and Atakan's adventures in undersea are really cool stuff and their discovery of Tron's and Trojan War's artifacts are really amusing. The character formation and dialogue writing was so good. Although I am new to the author, this author is one of those talents that I missed out. The Trojan War facts are interesting to read and felt like reading one of Dan Brown's.

Romance and mystery combined, this book was a great read!
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Author 28 books200 followers
July 2, 2012
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 always wanted to focus her research on shipwrecks located in the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean. Her field of interest, the Trojan War, is focused on that area. Her work there could mean the proof she needs for her theory: that the shipwreck contains the lost treasure of the king of Troy.

Unexpectedly, though, her boat is broadsided and the craft responsible mysteriously explodes. To make matters worse, the only man who has any answers goes missing and then is found dead. As a result, the local authorities don’t believe her story—not only that, but they suspect her of criminal intent.

Our hero, Turkish archaeologist Atakan Vadim, is there to protect the relics and the integrity of the shipwreck. He’s warm, genial and has a good sense of humor. However, with Charlotte he behaves cold and somber. He doesn’t trust her one bit. For him, she means trouble in all the sense of the word. He also thinks her mad and an utter romantic because of her theory.

As tension escalates and more deaths happen, Charlotte knows she’s in grave danger and should go back home, but there’s no way she’ll do that. If she does, she’ll miss the chance to be part of the exploration. It could mean a break or make opportunity for her theory.

This is one of the most entertaining novels I’ve read in a long time. I loved the whole scenario of the exotic location and the underwater shipwreck, and also the connection to the enigma of the lost treasure of Troy. I’ve always been an avid fan of underwater archaeology, so this was right up my alley. Charlotte is a smart, sympathetic heroine. I also enjoyed the fact that the hero is Turkish and that the story is rich with local flavor. I lived in Turkey for five years and know the author did an excellent job with the setting, local customs, language and people. The historical facts and everything about the underwater exploration was fascinating. The villain was particularly terrifying in a cold blooded way. I highly recommend this novel to anybody who enjoys a good story full of action and adventure, especially those who love archaeology and/or are interested in Troy.

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1,207 reviews9 followers
August 12, 2012
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 Turkish government.

Have you ever had a book that you so wanted to read but could never find the time? Well, for me this was one of those books. What normally would only take me 2 – 4 days to read took me over 2 weeks. I was either being ask to come in early to work, ask to stay late at work, or any and everything happening in my home life.

Okay I know enough about me and more about this amazing book. Well if you are looking for something interesting to read over the extended holiday weekend then I highly suggest you click on over to Amazon and download this great book. Why? It is because this book has everything in it. There is a little mystery, crime, romance, and some great drama. This book may be set in modern day but it has some great history wrote in it.

This book starts out with Charlotte on a boat or ship. This boat is rammed by another boat. Charlotte is onboard sleeping when this happens. She then is told by 2 associates that she should leave the boat with this female. While the male stays onboard and will meet them shortly on shore. Okay that is all I am telling about the beginning of this book.

Charlotte is in the process of writing her thesis. I could not imagine writing a thesis. I am in awe of anyone who has completed this challenge in the past.

Reading this book did not just carry me back a couple of centuries it will carry the reader back to the time of Homer, the Trojan War and Troy. If you like archeological, history, with some crime then this is a must read for you.

Thanks for a great read Chris
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136 reviews4 followers
June 11, 2012
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 quite the hero!

The story begins quickly, with a shipwreck and mayhem. I felt a bit lost at first, with characters being thrown at me from every direction... it was difficult to know who was who, and which persons were friends with whom. Still, it definitely hooked me, and made me want to continue reading. This is very much a plot-driven story, with details galore. The characters may not have been as easy to get to know as I would have liked, at least not at the beginning. The story was the focus, and the characters necessary to move the plot forward, but they weren't fully fleshed out right off.

Over time, however, they shared their secrets with me, and I came to care about them, enough that I worried terribly for Charlotte several times, especially at the very exciting ending! I've not turned pages that quickly in a long time. I had to know if she'd be okay...

If you like a solid action/suspense story with romantic elements and a solid plot, with heart-pounding excitement and question after question posed (and eventually answered) with an ending that will make your heart sigh, then this is the book for you.

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4,079 reviews80 followers
September 15, 2012
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 witness the death of a state agent placed to ensure the safety of any artifacts recovered.

With a tremendous amount of research into place and procedure, the author has managed to seamlessly blend the multitude of facts into this mystery / suspense / romance in a manner that makes for a page turning read. The characters are developed with panache and substance: both the personal quirks and professional pride combine in a unique way to create a palpable picture.

Dialogue is well developed and feels as if it could happen, while the twists and turns in both the archaeology and the murder mystery have many possible solutions that are scuttled until the picture is complete at the end of the book. A truly unique and well-crafted mystery, with a little romance tossed in to spice up the interactions of the characters.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review on the FMB Tour. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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977 reviews10 followers
May 22, 2012
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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Author 25 books119 followers
November 14, 2012
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 blamed. It is also suspenseful as the author throws in all these twists and turns to get you hooked; you think that it's definitely one person and you find out that it was someone else.

Now, the only thing that I disliked about the book was the fact that in several different places throughout the book there are missing pieces, there are many sentences that only contain the last part of the sentence and you're left wondering what was going on in that part. But this is an easy editing fix. Overall, Chris Karlsen did a good job with the story.

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Author 18 books1 follower
June 29, 2012
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. The little details of this progression are totally believable.

I particularly liked the underwater scenes as they excavated a wreck on the sea bed. It was so evocative that you could believe you were down there with them.

A truly recommend this book and will be reading more from Chris Karlsen in the future!
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419 reviews46 followers
May 31, 2012
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.

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407 reviews22 followers
August 23, 2017
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.
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1,274 reviews308 followers
November 25, 2012
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 damn fine story that'll keep you entertained for hours.

One of my biggest freak-me-the-hell-out things is the ocean and all of the things that have been lost to it over the centuries and holy crap Karlsen got me really damn good with some of the underwater scenes. The dangers from an unstable site, mother nature interfering and random underwater beastie encounters had my heart pounding and me backing away really damn quick from the book with a muttered 'oh shit. shit, shit, shit!"

The thing I found about Karlesn's writing is that it pulled me in completely and had me involved and invested in what was happening. I was just as excited about all of the archaeological discoveries as Charlotte and the rest of the team and found myself wanting her to find her proof of the mythological characters more and more as the book went on and wondering how the heck Karlsen was going to pull it off (she did a fabulous job in the end too). It was really fascinating to see how they went about uncovering all of the forgotten bits of history on the ocean floor and how they each reacted to all of the finds and what they signified.

Atakan and Charlotte's relationship was interesting. It's a very, very slow burning romance but I found I really liked that. I liked watching these two individuals that were somewhat at odds with each other slowly become friends. The sometimes snarky teasing you have with someone you've really bonded with and enjoy being around. The attraction building and finally, finally something coming of it. The scenes are a little innocent and lean towards the fade to black variety but there's still a little spice that sneaks in and that's perfectly suited to the couple.
Atakan turned his air drill off. "You want to switch back?"

"No," she said. "I'm curious."

He waited for her to explain.

She grinned slow and wicked. "Do you have this music on a CD at home somewhere?"

"Yes," Atakan said, his eyes narrowing. "Why?"

"You ever put the deserty stuff on when you have a woman over and play sultan and harem girl?"

His mouth dropped open and he appeared speechless. This is a first.

"That's a most indecent thing for a woman to ask a man," he said, at last. "Is your brother not disturbed by your boldness?"

"You don't know Nick," she said, laughing at the suggestion. "So, what's the answer?"

"I will not dignify such an impertinent question with a response."

"I'll take that as a yes." She'd bet there was a fiery blush beneath his tan.

He handed back her iPod. "If I ever see your brother again, I shall speak to him about this," he said sternly as he replaced his artifact in the secured storage cabinet.

From the underwater explorations to the suspense surrounding the murders and a very sweet love story that'll sneak up on you Golden Chariot was really a wonderful experience. It did take me a little time to get used to the very unfamiliar names (both for people and locations) but it was so worth holding in there for a couple chapters and getting used to them. I'd love to see more from Karlsen and am really hoping this will turn into a series. I'd love get lost in the world she created for just a little longer.
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312 reviews
February 6, 2013
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 that drives me to finish many books I'm ambivalent about and even those that I'm not enjoying-- and, in fact, if said book is part of a series, I generally finish the series! (At least the currently available books). Case in point: the Fifty Shades trilogy (albeit that was aided in part by the train-wreck factor... it's surprisingly effective at making one keep turning pages).

But with over 400 books on my Kindle's TBR queue, I've decided that my compulsive non-DNFing is coming to an end. Exhibit A: giving up on GOLDEN CHARIOT halfway through, on Chapter 45. It's not that the book is bad or poorly written; it just failed to capture my interest. I like my thrillers unrelenting on the action that keeps me turning pages with my heart in my throat to see what will happen next; GOLDEN CHARIOT started off with a bang and then just fell flat, and I was turning pages simply to see if something more exciting would happen. I'm sure it does, but making me wait over half the book for any inkling of that excitement just doesn't work when I have two brand new releases I'm dying to read on my Kindle (on top of those ~400 books). That being said, protagonist Charlotte Dashiell is an excellent, well-developed, and real heroine: she's a doctoral student (like myself!) going against the grain and building her dissertation around a controversial topic scoffed at by other experts, she has a kickass side, she worries and paces and sweats and eats chocolate when under stress like the rest of us, she doesn't throw herself at eventual lover and hero Atakan from the get-go, and she gets her snark on. The material in the novel is incredibly well-researched... albeit, as a scuba diver myself, I notice the nondiver holes in the underwater scenes. Atakan comes across as a bit of an arrogant wanker at first, but even in the first half of the book you can see his caring for Charlotte start to develop, and his complete devotion to upholding and preserving the cultural treasures of his homeland.

Perhaps I will return and finish GOLDEN CHARIOT at a later date, but I'm just not feeling it right now.

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238 reviews79 followers
December 18, 2012
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 come home and annoy my family relaying the fun facts I've learned. I have never really given much through to the Trojan’s and treasure. I have, like most students, read Homer’s epic poems – not that I remember them. The treasure Charlotte was looking for was proof to a theory she cooked up, herself, about the Trojan War. She figures that some of what Homer spoke of must have been true. Everyone around her is skeptical of her theory about the existence or Hektor. No one wants to believe her theory, not even Atakan Vadim, a fellow archaeological nerd- who also happens to be investigating her. Charlotte, however, is determined to prove everyone wrong.

Like most good thrillers, this book starts with a murder.
Mrs. Karlesen obviously did her research when it came to writing this book. Undersea archeological digs are a major part in this book, and although I know absolutely nothing about the profession... I believed it. haha. However, the book is not overloaded with details. There is just enough to stay true to the archaeological aspect, but not bore the readers. I actually enjoyed reading about some of the Turkish traditions in the towns surrounding where the story took place. I appreciated the POV shifts from different characters in the book to better help me understand the how and why of what was going on. The only time I really like POV shifts with characters other than the main ones, is when I read a murder mystery and need an in- depth explanation of the bad guy's motives. Not to worry, though, there is just enough explanation to keep the story focused on the main characters. All in all, I enjoyed this book and the undersea adventures. I got to know the main characters better throughout the story. I would have liked to get into Atakan's head a little better, but I loved reading about both him and Charlotte. I really liked the way their friendship developed while assigned as partners in the underwater dives.
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4,420 reviews213 followers
January 23, 2013
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 colleague.

Charlotte is a straight-forward type woman. Her mind is solely on her thesis and her career, on finding the link to Troy. She’s doesn’t take one look at Atakan and start thinking about sex like so many other heroines out there. I admired that about her. I also liked the fact that when faced with arrest, she is not a cool cookie – she paces and sweats just like the rest of us would. Every once in a while, she even gets her snark on. In other words, Charlotte is real. She is one of us, Dear Reader, more or less.

Atakan, a representative for the Turkish Ministry of Culture, is as much a mystery as the rest of the story. I thought he exuded an authentic maleness about him, keeping the details of his case to himself and only hinting at his life in general. Even his feelings are held somewhat close to the vest. A part of me wonders if this is a characterization of the typical Turk male, stoic in all things yet passionate about the one thing that matters most – in Atakan’s case, the art and history of Turkey.

The one thing I would have liked to see was more embellishment in the descriptive text. While the author described an open grill and the smells wafting from it in detail, there was no real depiction of the undersea world they were exploring. That is one area I would have loved to see more of, to feel as if I were there diving with them.

Lastly, and this has nothing to do with the writing or the story, the formatting in the PDF version is just horrible. I wouldn’t normally say anything about formatting but in this case it is so bad that it makes the book hard to read. Some pages are formatted singly; others are formatted two-to-a-page. I found myself having to turn my reader and zooming in on one page then out on the next. I’m sure the Kindle and ePub versions must be formatted better, but beware if you pick up the PDF.
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126 reviews132 followers
June 20, 2019
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. And you have a team of archaeologists diving into the ocean and discovering all sorts of treasure things. For me, that's the best part of the book -- the treasure scenes, the conversations between Charlotte and Atakan, their discussions on the artifacts and history and their theories about all those things. Interesting stuff that appeal to the geek in me. I think the suspense and thriller bits are relative. This is one of those books where the key players are revealed at some point and it is just a matter of following where the story goes and finding out how it all goes down. Not to say it's a total boring read. You have an interesting set of characters and a great setting, and some of the scenes are exciting. The book is entertaining enough and I'm still curious about the treasure.

If you like this kind of investigative thriller--you know, one that has some kind of treasure right smack in the center of it all--you might enjoy this one.

I received a review copy of this book at no cost and with no obligations. All opinions expressed here are my own.

Blog post here.
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Author 49 books82 followers
November 17, 2012
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 thing. I really enjoy his books. I never knew what was going to happen next. That is another very good thing.

Ms. Karlsen has very interesting characters that draw you in. At times their transition in their actions seemed abrupt, but it did not detract from the story. The plot was well laid out. I figured some things out ahead of time, but it didn't ruin the read.

There is some language in this book. It's not bad, but enough that I should warn you. I don't see it as needless. It wasn't just thrown in there to make it more fashionable. It was used to explore the personalities of the characters.

This is a book you need to check out if you like this genre. It has mystery, suspense, romance, and adventure. What I love about the romance part is that it wasn't the entire story. Ms. Karlsen didn't focus on just that. She wove it in expertly.

Check this book out.

Note: This book was provided as part of a book tour with no expectation of a positive review.
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Author 27 books65 followers
November 13, 2012
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 the bad guys- well, at least I did. I love Charlotte's personality and how she knows that she's worked hard to get to the place she's at. The way she's pushed her dream forward is amazing, and how's able to deal with things as they are thrown at her is great. She is an excellent example of a strong female heroine! Chris even gives a perfectly logical reason for why Charlotte is so strong- Cop father and brother. Yes, take some of that kickassness that they have and turn it into an amazing, powerful, smart female that doesn't need to be rescued at the drop of a hat!

I recommend this book to anyone that likes murder books, mysteries, adventures, or books that relate to the field of archaeology! It's a great read!
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Author 28 books68 followers
December 7, 2012
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 assigned to guard the sight is murdered and the replacement agent, Atakan, must find his killer -- even if it is Charlotte.

Fine details of ancient pottery, statues, figurines, and other relics are brought to light in this tale of intrigue, murder, and passion, which, along with the dive and wreck images, give a life to the surroundings in which the characters play. The characters themselves are full of quirks and different ways of looking at things, which also gives them a "realness" that the reader can relate to even if they're not familiar with archeology or the Trojan War.

Golden Chariot keeps a solid pace and offers a refreshing twist at the end, the realizations that the characters come to seem to be dealt with in a way that showing just how far they have come.

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1,317 reviews69 followers
November 28, 2012
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 Trojan War. However well researched this book is though, the writing comes across a bit dry, almost like a 10th grade Book report, rather than a gripping novel.

Some readers may have trouble following the plot, as the author jumps around lot, from place to place and person to person, with very little warning. Again, the basic plot is sound, the research is top notch, but unless you really enjoy a very dry narrative, this book is not for you.

I would give it 3 stars, only because of the fact that with a little more polish it could be an awesome read.
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Author 12 books80 followers
July 23, 2012
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 of out to lunch with interigations and putting the heroine down through out the book, dissmissing her theories as silly American way of thinking.
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760 reviews30 followers
December 20, 2012
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.
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319 reviews5 followers
January 5, 2015
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.
76 reviews2 followers
November 19, 2014

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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