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The Art of Possession

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When a treasure-hunting black ops soldier and a disgraced, reckless archeologist team up in search of a priceless artifact, they might get more than they bargained for.

Ever since leaving the Green Berets to work in private security, Alex Tucker has longed for some excitement—and he’s about to get his wish.

Archeologist Malcolm Armstrong needs the cha
Kindle Edition, 195 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Dreamspinner Press
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4.5 Stars

Wow. This went down super nice and easy, and I had quite the fantastic time!

It felt like Ms. Z looked into my psyche and produced a story just how I like it.

First off, any sort of military/black ops situation always floats my boat. When you cross it with a nerdy component whether it be a librarian or a professor or in this case, an expert in ancient artifacts, this was definitely a no brainer for me, and I dug in wholeheartedly.

What makes this a standout is that it read like a movie script. I could see the scenes, the actiony bits, th
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was fun. A lot of fun. I would certainly classify this as a thrilling adventure first and foremost with an unexpected romance pulsing underneath. Alex is on an assignment and he has rules; he's an all work and no play sort of guy. At least until his new temporary 'partner' Malcolm gets under his skin. They are paired up and tasked to retrieve a precious artifact that has been stolen. Their chemistry is off the charts but those pesky rules keep them apart. As the danger kicks into high ...more
The "Art of Possession" is a smart, quickly-paced adventure pairing two unlikely partners in search of a rare artifact. If you're picturing an Indiana Jones adventure - but one that fulfills Cari Z.'s "sincere desire to see Indiana Jones put back his ill-gotten artifacts, because come on, man" - you're on the right track.

Mal is a disgraced Professor of Ancient History and Museum Studies, formerly of the British Museum, paired with a world-weary former Green Beret working in private security and whi
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I didn't note the page count when I just decided this wasn't my cuppa. It certainly could have used an editor... wrong words, missing words, etc. And when it didn't hook me in the first few chapters, I moved on.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You know, this is one book I really would like to see a series out of. Really. It was action filled, the characters were on point, there was mystery, underhanded activities and all sorts of fun rolled into this book. And I really appreciate the history in this as well. And the fact the author took the time to get things correct. Yes, this is a fictional book, but still. You don’t mess with history. But I would really like to see Mal and Alex have more adventures, especially if they are now bring ...more
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ex-Soldier Alex Tucker is hired to partner up with archeologist Malcolm Armstrong to hunt down a missing valuable specter. And THAT is enough for me to take notice. Because, HELLO, ADVENTURE!! I’m always up for storyline like that, you know. Plus, this one is coming from one of my favorite authors, who almost always deliver a solid story.

Timeline wise, things progress quickly. Chalk it up to adrenaline and thrill of the hunt and being shot at, I guess. But I loved both Alex and Malcolm as individuals AND as a
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Premise of the book is, a rare scepter has surfaced right before an opening exhibition, but it has been stolen before it could be authenticated and put on display. Alex Tucker, working for a private investigation organization has been directed to retrieve it with the help of disgraced museum curator Malcom Armstrong. Alex soon realizes this particular thief is much more cunning and dangerous than they thought and the stakes for the artifact could mean someone’s life.

This is my kind of read – in
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

I can't really say why but this book just didn't work for me. I think there was somehow not enough of the adventure - action or the romance. The premise of this one was quite different, a bit like Indiana Johns yet unlike him our MCs were not about STEALING treasures but rather making it available to the world to enjoy, especially the country of origin which is a hot debate at the moment and I really appreciated Cari bringing us a modern approach to artifacts and how they should be treated.

The Art of Possession is fast-paced with an exciting plot that quickly won me over. I enjoyed the idea of a treasure hunt of sorts combined with sorting out the mystery behind the historical scepter’s disappearance.

The main and supporting characters in The Art of Possession were fantastic. I loved how varied their backgrounds were and was impressed how clearly defined each character was in spite of a relatively short book. The way Alex and Malcolm’s different personalities played off one anothe
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Quite enjoyable, I hope the author writes a sequel or makes it into a series.
Edited to add this would have been at least a solid four stars except the ending felt rushed like the author wanted to wrap everything up fast. Without spoiling one of the storylines that got wrapped up was anti climatic and easily could have been a fabulous sequel with the two MCs having to solve it.
I also wanted more of them as a couple, they had great chemistry and we didn’t get a lot of time with the
Cathy Brockman
This story has a lot of action, two characters that are like water and oil and yet seem to stick. I love a good opposites attract and action, suspense. this story delivered it well. I was expecting more booby trap stuff since all the Indiana jones references but wasn't disappointed...much. The action and suspense were there, a slow burn that turns ho and an allover good story
Nov 15, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: m-m
DNF at 33%. I'm sorry but I just couldn't get into this book. A third of the way thru and I'm still not sure who the MC's are and even who most of the characters are. I keep having to ask myself "who is that again?"
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Cari Z. is a Colorado girl who loves snow and sunshine. She has a wonderful relationship with her husband, a complex relationship with the characters in her head and a sadomasochistic relationship with her exercise routine. She feels like Halloween should happen every month, which is why you get this picture of her, and hopes that you enjoy reading what she's put out there as much as she enjoyed w ...more