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Golden Chariot (Dark Waters Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Karlsen
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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3261 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 150014651X
  • Publisher: Books to Go Now (March 14, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KNLC02
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 28 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 13 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 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue on the Aegean! March 20, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining with bits of geeky goodies. November 5, 2012
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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 boring read. You have an interesting set of characters and a great setting, and some of the scenes made for good intriguing parts in the book. The book is definitely 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 for a blog tour in exchange for an honest review.)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Adventure November 14, 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book had the adventure and romance angles covered. And, the writing was good enough to keep you guessing about the romance between the main characters. Read more
Published 17 days ago by cj7899
3.0 out of 5 stars At 1st it started to be a good book, toward the end it died
At 1st it started to be a good book, toward the end it died. Was disappointed in the end. I lost interest in the middle of the book but kept reading hoping it would get better... Read more
Published 2 months ago by William (MIKE)
4.0 out of 5 stars Narrative was a bit slow
The premise of this book was promising, but I was expecting it to be a little more fast paced, sort of like the works of Clive
Cussler. Sadly, it wasn't. Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars 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... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael R. H. Swanson, Ph. D.
2.0 out of 5 stars ok
An ok read. Enjoyed the female lead character and her journey.
Published 4 months ago by Glennis Norris
3.0 out of 5 stars Like it, but don't love it.
Pretty well written, and it has a good "surprise" at the end...except that the "surprise" isn't surprising when it's in the Books TITLE! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tim Barron
2.0 out of 5 stars Were the descriptive rape and torture scenes really necessary?
I enjoyed the overall plot. The history and archeology elements made the book very interesting. If I was just rating the storyline and writing skills, I would probably give it 4... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Island Girl
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Started well but became just tooooo slow. Too 'dialogue -y'. Closed the book at 25%.
Published 5 months ago by Viv
3.0 out of 5 stars and then seemed too quickly to unravel at the end - leaving the...
This book just didn't grab me. The plot seemed to drag at the beginning, getting ever more convoluted, and then seemed too quickly to unravel at the end - leaving the suspense... Read more
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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," the third is "Knight Blindness." They are part of her Knights in Time series. All three are available as a boxed set on Kindle. She is currently working on the fourth in the "Knights in Time," series. "Golden Chariot," is set in Turkey and the sequel, "Byzantine Gold" is set Turkey, Paris and Cyprus. They are part of her Dangerous Waters series.

Her most recent release is called, "Silk" and is book one of a new series, The Bloodstone Series. It is a suspense set in Victorian London.
Published by Books to Go Now, her novels are available in digital, ebook, and Android App. and in paperback. "Heroes Live Forever" is also in audio format.

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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