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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Can a romance save the world? Maybe this one could. Chakana is a historical romance novel filled with action, adventure, suspense, and intrigue.

In 1939, before the start of World War II, James Fleming, the original British secret agent, races on a high-stakes chase to track down the ancient lost treasure of King Huascar of the Incas. He must recover it before the Nazis do
Published December 2015
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3 Inca Stars

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Well this is one of those books that I didn't love and I didn't hate. The book took a slower pace for the first 70%. The problem I had with this book is it never really drew me in. I never really felt a connection with the hero and heroine. James and Kate where okay but they were very superficial. I didn't really get to know them. James and Kate also seem a little too modern for them being back in WW2. I also didn't really feel their love. They didn't really has a ton of passion.
Heena Rathore P.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adventure buffs
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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This is my first book by W.E. Lawrence and I must say that I'll be reading more books by him soon.

In Chakana, the story began with a simple, yet interesting, prologue and I was drawn into the book right from the beginning. The alternating POvs kept the plot clear and interesting throughout the book. It ended on a great note and I really enjoyed the little twist at the end.

The charact
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
DNF after 122 pages!

Despite my BIG love for Indiana Jones was this a book I could not get into. To be honest, the characters bored my quite a lot and I was forcing myself to get through the book. Not even the adventures part of the book interested me and the romance part destroyed every chance this book had to be good. Too bad, for I had hoped to get a chance to read the book...but alas, not my cup fo tea!
A 1940's era archaeological adventure romantic suspense? You bet! After growing up on Indiana Jones, I love this sort of story so I was eager to crack this book open and get going. Not that this one should go through the comparisons because that wouldn't be fair, but it would be fair to say that it was the reason for my interest.

The story opens in the past with the two main characters meeting up when she save his life just before she is off to college to train for law enforcement and he is going
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
I will also do a video review here at my channel:

Taking place in 1940, "Chakana" by W.E. Lawrence follows British secret agent James Fleming and Ohio police officer Kate Rhodes as they track down a lost Incan treasure in ancient Peruvian temples. This mission is life or death and the fate of the world is in their hands, because if they fail the treasure may wind up in the hands of the Nazi Third Reich.

First of all, I was contacted by W.E. Lawrence's people to
Book Him Danno
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was really quite good. The plot pulled me in right away and kept me reading until the end wanting more. It has a wonderful WWII adventure with the perfect amount of fiction to history and I love that James Fleming, the original British secret agent was in this book. It was fun with just the right amount of romance, adventure, suspense to keep the reader hooked from first to last page.
Block Buster for anyone who love Indiana Jones and James Bond in one book!
ARC from Netgelley.
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Chakana: W.E. Lawrence

Kate Rhodes is a trained marksmanship and is quite capable of taking out criminals and saving hostages with one quick shot. When bank robbers take over the bank in Athens, Ohio, her father, Chief of Police wants her to remain at her desk. But, after being on the force for two years she insists that she can be of help and he allows her to come but only if she remains in a position where she can see the action but not take part. Things get out of hand and the robbers take ho
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
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When I first read the description for this book, it reminded me of how I felt as a child when I was watching the Indiana Jones movies. I always wanted to be an explorer and archaeologist, so these kinds of pieces of literature are always something I look forward to reading. What I couldn’t have known from the description is that this book held no resemblance to Indiana Jones, with the exception of a few basic core plots. For example the budding w
Adventure! Danger! Hidden relics! Ancient prophecies! Romance! The race between good and evil for the prize! Grab your hiking gear, anything you think you might need to survive, no matter what, including Duct tape, W.E. Lawrence is taking us on a journey through ancient hidden vaults, dug deep into mountain sides, through booby-trapped locks all to find the missing keys to an ancient lost treasure that could bring the world to its knees if it falls into the hands of the Nazis.

Travel back to 193
Ariadne James
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***I received this in exchange for an honest review***
I was so excited to read this book I am a history buff and World War II has always interested me. Add in the fact that it is similar to James Bond and Indiana Jones and I was sold. When I received it in the mail I started to read it immediately. I could not put it down. It was just as good as I thought it was going to be if not better. I was really happy about that because sometimes you get a book and you think it's going to be great and then
Elizabeth Ray
Aug 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for a honest review. This was a very exciting action and adventure story! Perfect for fans of Indiana Jones. I'm a huge fan of Nancy Drew computer games and this story had a lot of the same elements- discovering ancient secrets, following clues, and trying to find a treasure.

The story takes place shortly before WWII. Kate's brother, Nick, sends her a mysterious artifact and asks that she give it to their old professor for safekeeping. Upon receiving it, the prof
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a good old fashioned adventure story

I enjoyed the adventure and the puzzle of finding the treasure, I enjoyed the descriptions and the Inca reference s- I found the characters likable - and the writing was good.

It was a bit repetitive and followed a pattern and much was revealed through the inscriptions instead of in the actual temple where the action was taking place.

I had a problem with the time sitting though, it didn't feel at all like 1934 or 1940 - especially Kate's character-
Boundless Book Reviews
I loved, loved, loved this book! There is nothing about this book I would change; the opening, the character development, the plot, the imagery, and all the settings! I loved the good guys, and hated the bad guys. I really enjoyed the way I was brought into the adventures of the movie; even though I couldn’t put it down, and missed a lot of sleep. The ending was perfect. I look forward to reading more of James and Kate’s adventures!

This was definitely a smooth and quick read. Even the editing wa
Laura Agnella
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chakana was given to me in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't sure about it at first but when it was described as being reminiscent of Indiana Jones, I was in. I really enjoyed it. I love archaeology so as soon as the plot was revealed, I was hooked. I loved the journeys to find the different pieces of the artifact and the bad guys following the good guys, always a step behind until you get closer to the end. It was also a lot of fun to see the booby traps and how the characters got through ...more
CHAKANA: ENCOUNTER IN THE SACRED VALLEY is set in 1940 as James Fleming, a British secret agent, is on the trail of a lost Incan treasure trying to keep it out of the hands of smugglers and Nazis. CHAKANA: ENCOUNTER IN THE SACRED VALLEY is Indiana Jones, James Bond, and Lara Croft all rolled into one. James and Kate Rhodes, a police officer from Ohio, race to find the treasure with the help of Dr. Charlie and Kate’s brother. This is an action-packed, but lighthearted, story with enjoyable charac ...more
J.L. Leslie
This book has excitement, danger, action, and a strong heroine- which a I loved! I read Guardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence so I knew the writing would be impeccable and I wasn't disappointed. Kate heads to Peru to help out her brother and the treasure hunt begins for her and James. The chemistry between the two of them was undeniable from their first meeting and is still there years later when they meet again. I love how strong of a character Kate is! She's not a damsel in distress. There are ...more
Evan Marshall
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved Chakana: Encounter in the Sacred Valley, a fast-paced adventure set in the 1940s in which British spy James Fleming teams with suspended Ohio police officer Kate Rhodes and her archaeologist brother Charlie as they hunt for lost treasure in Peru. Will they find it before the Nazis do? This novel has it all: suspense, romance (James and Kate have a past involving a quicksand rescue), and fascinating details about ancient Inca society and the evil Third Reich. What’s not to love? The autho ...more
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
I absolutely loved this book.

This book is a action-packed Indiana Jones style book that got me hooked from the beginning.
I love that this book is full of action, adventure, mystery, and romance that will keep you keep reading and won't want to put down.

If you are looking for a fun read I highly recommend Chakana.
W.E. Lawrence
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
The object of the story was to create an entertaining, fun adventure, filled with action, suspense, danger and romance. I hope you all enjoy it.
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Chakana is a historical novel set in the 1940’s that is before WWII. Starting from the prologue, I liked the flow of the novel. It is well balanced-neither fast nor slow but unnecessarily the story is hurried according to my POV. What drew me to read the novel in the first place was the treasure hunt and being ahead of the smugglers and winning over them. I enjoyed these parts more in the novel than personally knowing the characters.

Chakana is the story of lost Incan treasure of King Huascar. D
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)

My take on this book: Chakana by W.E. Lawrence is a great book. I was so happy when this book hit the top of my TBR List to read it. Most definitely a cross between Indiana Jones and James Bond.

The main character of this book is Kate Rhodes.

What I like about Kate Rhodes is the fact that she’s the youngest kid in her family. She knows what she wants in life. By this, I mean that by the age of eighteen she knew that she wanted
Cary Morton
Mar 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to like this book - I really did, but I could not get into it. Though the characters were charming and the writing was clear and easy to read, I found it hard to push past the first few chapters.

The writing style was simple - which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it bordered on the kind of writing you'd find in a middle-grade book. That's not to say that it was juvenile, but it was so s
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chakana is sure to ignite a thrill seeking, page turning adventure for any history buff or Indiana Jones enthusiast. A story that is very similar to the treasure seeking Indiana Jones in which the enemies are those of the Nazi regime and ruthless art smugglers.

Our hero is James Fleming a British spy trying to infiltrate the art smuggling ring near Peru in order to find how the Nazi are gaining treasure used to fund their movement. While undercover James finds himself rescuing a young woman from
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fast paced and exciting ‘Indiana Jones’ style adventure with romance. My rating 4.25.

James Fleming was a young British Officer in training in America when he was rescued from a marshy bog by the lovely, young Kate Rhodes. Years later he is surprised when Kate shows up in Peru looking for her brother, a missing archaeologist. Kate has accompanied a professor of antiquities who is helping unravel the puzzle of an Incan decoding machine marked by the Chakana, an Incan cross shape. Such hi
Danielle Urban
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Chakana by W.E. Lawrence is definitely for fans of Indiana Jones. W.E. Lawrence brings readers an intriguing novel that will stimulate of all their senses. From adventure, war, and archealogy, readers will find themselves buried deep in the most exciting novels of all time. Chakana brings readers a British secret agent and a police woman from Ohio. Together these two interesting characters will set readers on an unforgettable journey. Just like Indiana Jones these two will need to work together ...more
Nas Dean
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
CHAKANA— Encounter In The Sacred Valley by author W. E. Lawrence is a December 2015 release.

A British agent is saved by a young girl from certain death when he is thrown in a marsh by his horse. Later this girl, Kate Rhodes, who is a cop and is on a mission to save her brother meets him again.

She is saved from some assailants by an unknown man and she finds it’s the same person she had saved years ago. He is undercover British agent named James Fleming and they start a thrilling ride to uncover
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chakana, a novel written by W. E. Lawrence, is set in 1939, and focuses on the British secret agent Jason Fleming, who searches for Incan treasure in Peru along with his love interest, American policewoman Kate Rhodes. I inititally gravitated towards the book because the cover reminded me a bit of Indiana Jones. However, even though Chakana shares some plot similarities with Indiana Jones (such as archaeology, treasure-hunting, and Nazis), Chakana is very much its own story.

The text has plenty o
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Goodness. This book was super fun. It had Indiana Jones level archaeology (complete with defeating a Nazi plot!), a super amazing female main character, and an ending which makes me hope for action packed sequels. I think my favorite part of the book would be Kate. She is a phenomenal character. She is strong, brave, dedicated, stubborn, and one hell of a shot. Honestly- there was nothing I didn't like about this book. It was fast paced, exciting, and entertaining. It was incredibly easy to be i ...more
Michele(mluker) Luker
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
dventure and treasure hunting wrapped up in one story!

Love Indiana Jones and National Treasure? This is the story for you. I am always fascinated with ancient treasure, and this story is just full of clues that contains twists that will keep you on your toes!

With the Nazis on their heels, James is trying to keep the treasure protected, while also trying to help Kate find her Brother Nick. With an unexpected attraction between James and Kate, they will work together to unravel a mystery kept secr
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Review forthcoming at Romance and Smut
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W. E. Lawrence graduated in 1978 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a BS in business administration. Despite wishing he had taken more courses in journalism and communications, he has run a successful home health care supplies distributorship for the past twenty-three years.

Passionate about God, writing, reading, family, sports, politics, and America, Lawrence currently liv

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