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From the Author
Several years ago I bought a novel prior to getting on an airplane for a business trip. It was terrible! The plot included airplanes that turned invisible and women who were always brilliant, incredibly sexy, and rich. The main character was, of course, ex-special forces of some special force that no one has ever heard of. He could pick any lock, outfight any foe, was a perfect shot and never gained weight, or went bald. His partner was equally skilled, but a perfect honey brown beauty who could outfight and outshoot him. She, of course, was a Harvard trained lawyer that never received a grade less than an A. I threw the book away and decided I could do better.
My grandfather fought in WWI. Several years ago my mother gave me a box with some of his things. Included was a small notebook. In the notebook was a drawing of a machinegun, the weights of various parts and notes on disassembly and moving the gun. There were several cartoons and other notes he took from the war. It started me thinking. Then one day I read an account of Louis XVI's execution.
The brain works in mysterious ways. Mine put the two data points together and this novel is the result. It was a humbling experience to say the least. Now I need to find that novel I threw away and send a note to the author. Maybe it wasn't so bad after all.
From the Back Cover
Trust no one...
Retired Air Force Colonel Jim Crenshaw stumbles
upon an incredible find, and the possible solution to a
200 year old mystery.
Jim and his wife Eve soon find themselves in a race to
recover the lost Royal Regalia of King Louis XVI, a
treasure hunt that throws them into a world of radical
international conspiracy, priceless antiquities, and
The couple soon realize that the forces against them
will stop at nothing, and learn the only people they
can trust are each other. Their opponents also learn a
valuable lesson...don't underestimate the Crenshaws.
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Retired Air Force Colonel Jim Crenshaw stumbles upon an incredible find and the possible solution to a 200 year old mystery.
Jim and his wife Eve soon find themselves in a race to recover the lost Royal Regalia of King Louis XVI, a treasure that throws them into a world of radical international conspiracy, priceless antiquities, and ruthless killers.
The couple soon realize that the forces against them will stop at nothing, and learn the only people they can trust are each other. Their opponents also learn a valuable lesson...don't underestimate the Crenshaws.
From: Betrayal in the Louvre
Betrayal in the Louvre, by H.J. Gaudreau is the author's first novel which takes place during the early stages of the French Revolution, the end of the First World War, and the present. An action/adventure novel, the 244 page book (there's an additional 52 page, 7 chapter preview of the author's upcoming sequel due for release this summer) is an action packed, fast paced, yet educational read. The author does an excellent job setting the stage for the characters and time periods in which they lived. Being a history buff myself, I found the highly descriptive "background narrative" by the author very enjoyable and educational. I learned a lot about events leading up to the French Revolution, how the American Doughboys fought and died during World War I and the (fictional, but believable) geopolitical situation in Europe (France) today.
I'm a huge Clive Cussler fan and this author's book reminds me of some of Clive Cussler's early Dirk Pitt NUMA adventures. I mention this because while I enjoyed the characters in the book, (the villains are especially well developed) I found myself struggling (like the first few Cussler novels) to form an emotional attachment with the main character's of Jim and Eve Crenshaw. I'm happy to see there is a sequel to this book in the works and hopefully the author will continue to develop the characters of Jim and Eve like Cussler did with Dirk Pitt and Al Giordino. Cussler has branched off and developed several new characters over the years and it's taken me a couple of novels to begin to identify with them. I suspect the same will hold true with this books main characters in subsequent novels. Did I enjoy this book? Definetly! I purchased the book through Amazon Prime and it was waiting in the mail box when I got home from work on a Tuesday. I finished it Friday morning. The book starts off fast and doesn't let up. A good thing as many books often slow down to the point where the reader looses interest before the action takes off again. Not so here. This book held my interest from beginning to end. Available in paperback for under $10.00 from Amazon (plus shipping unless you're a prime member like me), a very good first effort from H.J. Gaudreau. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the sequel, The Collingwood Murder Legacy." Get your copy today, you won't be disappointed.
As one who is interested in history, I found the jumping from the present to the period of the French Revolution to World War I an interesting technique, and one that kept my mind a little more focused on the progress of the story. The characterizations were varied enough to give the feeling that the people were really human (at least most of the time).
An argument might be made for some events that seem happening too miraculously, stretching a feeling of reality, this is also a book of entertainment, so I live with it.
Unlike some reviews of other books, I don't give examples. Other readers can fill in the blanks.
Now, on to novel 2: The Collingwood Legacy.