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Golden Chariot [Kindle Edition]

Chris Karlsen
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3200 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Books to Go Now (March 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KNLC02
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, intrigue, romance... it's all here! March 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I was at my doctor's office the other day, sitting in the exam room waiting... and of course, reading. In walks doc and asks what I'm reading. I read him a few paragraphs and he pulled out a pen and grabbed a little notebook from his pocket and wrote the author's name and book title. He was hooked. So was I by the first few pages.

This is not a spoiler review. I hate that when other readers give away the story. Instead, how about this? GOLDEN CHARIOT has a spirited, intelligent heroine, Charlotte Dashiell, a nautical archaelogist, and she gets caught up in a murder. Charlotte's under investigation, but there are many sinister culprits too. The main investigator is Atakan Vadim, and he's very interesting. I happen to like well-researched books and Ms. Karlsen didn't let me down. The story took on the flavor of the region and the colorful history of the people.

If you read HEROES LIVE FOREVER and JOURNEY IN TIME, you'll like this book too... even though it isn't a time-travel, but you still travel, in a way, through the history presented that breathes life onto the pages. I hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. Kathie H.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUSPENSE at its best!! March 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
It does not surprise me that Chris Karlsen is a retired Police Officer. Charlotte Dashiell, as all of Ms Karlsen's heroines, accentuates heroism. Ms Karlsen's women are increasingly complex and remarkable.

In Golden Chariot, as in her prior publications Hero's Live Forever and Journey in Time, Ms Karlsen tells a tight story woven with literary history. Charlotte is surrounded by unspeakable violence but it never penetrates..never unhinges her. With all the twists and turns, the story always clicks into shape like pieces in a puzzle. I feel like I am right along side Charlotte.. And like her other novels, Ms. Karlsen's love of travel and history transcends through out Golden Chariot. It lifted me off my couch by the fireplace and put me down on the coast of Turkey letting me bask in the sun and breathe in the sea air ( of couse always looking over my shoulder!)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue on the Aegean! March 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Karlsen takes us to Turkey with her heroine, Charlotte Dashiell, who is hoping to prove her controversial theory regarding the Trojan War. Charlotte is a nautical archaeologist who's been invited to work on an ancient wreck near Troy. The bad guys are determined to get their hands on a valuable artifact and will stop at nothing to do so, including murder.

Charlotte meets Atakan Vadim, an agent assigned to guard the site for the Turkish government after the first agent is murdered. Charlotte was there at the time of the murder and comes under suspicion, but she and Atakan can't deny their growing attraction for each other, adding to the tension.

Golden Chariot is thrilling, fast paced and has a terrific love story- what more could you ask for? Check it out. You won't be disappointed.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thriller that ratchets up the tension to the end March 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Brief summary and review, no spoilers.

First, I want to disclose that this author is a friend of mine. I was happy to have read such a fun book and had such a positive response to it.

The two main protagonists in this book are a spirited American archaeologist named Charlotte, and a wary and seemingly reserved Turkish investigator named Atakan. Charlotte is part of an expedition to examine a sunken ship off the Turkish coast, and is hoping to prove her theory that Troy and the battle described in the Iliad really happened. But before she even gets to the site, she is witness to a murder of a Turkish agent and she becomes not only a suspect in that murder, but also a possible conspirator in a plot to steal ancient artifacts. Atakan is one of the investigators. But Charlotte is hardly the only suspect, and add to the cast of characters the crew and fellow archaeologists and some mysterious and menacing men who's purpose and involvement become only too clear by the end.

Without giving away anything further, the story is a fast-paced ride to solve the murder of the Turkish agent by figuring out who is really pulling the strings on a series of illegal and sinister activities. We are also educated as to what happens on a nautical expedition, and are given some background to understand why governments have an interest in protecting valuable artifacts found within their borders.

This is a very fast paced book, especially towards the end. And may I add that this author knows how to write a good sexy scene...

This is an action-packed book and I would love to see this made into a movie. Recommended. Especially for fans of thrillers and for those who have an interest in archaeology, Turkish history, and Greek mythology and antiquity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was up until 2 a.m. on Christmas morning reading... December 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
That should tell you just how sucked into this I got. Another review said that it got off to a slow start - it did but stick with it. Once the wheels start to roll it doesn't let up. The premise is really good and the level of research that went into this had to be pretty time consuming but it shows in the final work. Not too many books bother to mention the very real fact that C4 has a suck-back after the initial blast and I'll have to take her word about the historical bits on Troy - I wouldn't know but I trust her given the other details that are in this.

All the characters in here are fully developed as well - you won't find any stereotypical cutouts in here. Charlotte is conflicted and prone to rash decisions but she isn't completely defenseless when things get tough and she constantly uses her intelligence. Atakan doesn't like to consider other ideas that doesn't match his own and he can be untrusting and emotionally closed off but he is, at heart, a honorable man. Even the villains get a bit of a backstory that, even if you hate them, you understand why they do what they do.

Seriously, folks, if you like your suspense with a little bit of romance thrown in, this will fit the bill. The only thing I regret is the loss of sleep that I'm paying for today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What an adventure. While parts might be a bit raw, the story was compelling. I look forward to reading the sequel. Its easy to like these characters.
Published 15 months ago by Karin M. Versteeg
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Starts
I thought the book was well written, interesting plot intertwined with history, well developed main and supporting characters, good suspense and action, with a nice touch of humor... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jim Hendricks
5.0 out of 5 stars A mixture that works
Karlsen mixes many of the elements I like: a unique setting, a strong woman protagonist who has a personal goal and often kicks herself for making a wrong decision. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rita Derbas
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Romantic Suspense debut!
The premise of this book drew me in. when I read the description, I was immediately reminded of another author I read. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Book- Marks The Spot
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Chariot
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... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Romancing the Book
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story line!!
Archeology plus mystery plus Mediterranean location equals fantastic!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!! Held my attention from the first to the last page!!
Published 21 months ago by D.Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Chris takes us to Turkey in "Golden Chariot". A fast paced, action packed, murder mystery with characters are strong and interesting. Read more
Published 21 months ago by My Cozie Corner {Book Reviews}
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting adventure!
Another great adventure from this author. I am impressed by her knowledge of the subject matter. Her descriptions of the dives and the area are awesome. Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow starter
I fought to continue reading, or give up through the first 10 chapters. I decided to stick with it, and am pleased that I did.
Published 21 months ago by Lake Lady
4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling ride!
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... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Anna's herding cats
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More About the Author

Chris Karlsen is a retired police detective. She spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. The daughter of a history professor and a voracious reader, she grew up with a love of hisotry and books.
An internationally published author, Chris has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa satisfying her need to visit the places she read about. Having spent a great deal of time in England and Turkey, she has used her love of both places as settings for her books. "Heroes Live Forever," which is her debut book, is set in England as is the sequel, "Journey in Time." Both are part of her "Knights in Time," series. Her third book, to be released in late 2011, "Golden Chariot," is set in Turkey and she is currently working on another set in Turkey, Paris and Cyprus.
Published by Books to Go Now, her novels are available in digital, ebook, and Android App. "Heroes Live Forever," is available in paperback and "Journey in Time," will be made available in paperback in October, 2011 on her publisher's site.
A Chicago native, Chris has lived in Paris and Los Angeles and now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four rescue dogs. A city girl all her life, living in a small village on a bay was a interesting adjustment. She'd never lived anywhere so quiet at night and traffic wasn't bumper to bumper 24/7.
Some of Chris's favorite authors are: Michael Connolly, John Sandford, Joseph Wambaugh, Stephen Coonts, Bernard Cornwell, Julia Quinn, Julie Anne Long, Deanna Raybourne and Steve Berry.

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