11.18.2012

Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway: Golden Chariot by Chris Karlsen

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    Golden Chariot
    (Book #1 in the Dangerous Waters series)
    Amazon| B&N| KoBo 
    Author:  Chris Karlsen
    Publisher: Books to Go Now (March 15, 2012)
    Genre: Romance, Suspense, Thriller, 316 pages
    eBook Words: 96,700
    ASIN: B007KNLC02







    SUMMARY:
    Myth, murder, and money clash in this gripping undersea adventure.

    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.

    MY REVIEW:
    Golden Chariot takes you on an adventure of mystery and romance all tied together perfectly. Although, it did take me a while to get into the book, it eventually picked up and I was hooked since. Chris Karlsen takes you through on an adventure with archaeologists who are diving for hidden treasures off the coast of Turkey. Charlotte Dashiell is in the middle of a murder investigation while continuing on with the team of archaeologists diving to discover a ship that was sunk during the Trojan War. 

    This book has different point of views, which I appreciated. A lot of the characters mentioned in the book has their own POV at some point, and it's not a raving mess either. The transitions were smooth and easy and definitely doesn't have you going "Woah, wtf was that?!" Yeah. None of that nonsense. Getting the different POV's also ups the whole book. Not only are you getting Charlotte's thoughts and everything see she's, but you also get to see things from the "murderer's eyes as well as a few other key players throughout this suspenseful book. 

    As I said earlier, it did take me a while to get into this book. BUT, when I got about 10% into the book, everything picked up, and so did the romance. Hand deliver me a romance in any form and I'll be one mighty happy camper. The characters were well developed and very much believable. I wasn't too sure if I should like Atakan Vadim, Charlotte's diving partner, but as I continued to read, he grew on me and I was just wanting to push both he and Charlotte closer. I'm nothing if not a hopeless romantic. I also enjoyed the dives and the findings of the treasures. Makes me want to go on down to my beach and pretend i'm diving and find me something awesome. 

    I would definitely recommend this book. Chris Karlsen definitely knows how to weave a story together. All my romantic junkies out there, although this book doesn't drip with romance, I would definitely recommend this to you. It's definitely on the light side, but the story that goes along with it is a major plus. If you enjoy a bit of a mystery and suspense, then this book is most definitely for you :) Golden Chariot pulled me out of my reading slump and I am eagerly waiting for the release of book #2 in the Dangerous Waters series.

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    I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.

    My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.

    I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream.

    I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse. 


    18 comments:

    1. This sounds so adventurous! The storyline is interesting.

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    2. I have this one in my review pile. I loved her Historical time traveling romance...really good read. Love the review Ana

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    3. o.O I haven't read any of her other books. I'll def look into it though :) Glad you loved the review girly. :)

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    4. It is. It was a really good read :) Hopefully you get to read it soon :)

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    5. Hi Ana,
      Sorry to come on so late. I emailed you about getting through. I had browser problems and only today finally was able to reach my computer guru. Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read and review Golden Chariot. I appreciate the opportunity to talk with your followers.
      Again, apologies for late appearance:(
      Chris K.

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    6. Hi Sharonda,

      I am so happy you liked the time travel. I'm currently writing the draft of book 3 in that series.
      Late next month the sequel to Golden Chariot will be released. It's called: Byzantine Gold. I have just finished a "book board" for Golden Chariot on my Pinterest Page. I put it together using my "dream" cast.
      Chris

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    7. Hi Fiery Na,


      It was fun to write. Lots and lots of research but so much of what I read was fascinating. I was inspired by my trips to Turkey and two most especially to the ruins of Troy.
      Chris

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    8. Hey Chris,

      It's fine. I received your email. Just have been swamped and haven't been able to reply back. I'm glad you got to your comp guru :) My blog is yours, have at it :)


      Ana♥

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    9. Oooh. Can you leave a link to your book board on pinterest? I think I should make one now... I keep seeing it all over the blogosphere.


      Ana♥

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    10. Hi Ana,
      I'd love to link it but can't. I did copy the page bar but I'm using Firefox here and don't have my "edit" option on this screen so I don't know how to paste it in. You're dealing with a cyber dinosaur and if there's someway to do this I'm not aware. With my Explorer browser I still have a tool bar not seen with this browser.


      The page is: http://pinterest.com/chriskarlsen/golden-chariot.


      I am going to do boards for my other two books in release too as soon as I have the time.
      Chris

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    11. What do you know, it linked when I submitted my reply. Again, cyber dinosaur did not realize there was another way other than my usual copy and paste:)
      Chris

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    12. Thanks :) I love looking at visuals for books. Especially what the author pictures while they're writing.


      Ana♥

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    13. Thanks! This looks like a good read.

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    14. Thanks for stopping by, hopefully you get a chance to read it soon :)


      Ana♥

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    15. I'll be checking this book out! Thanks!

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    16. Sounds like a great read! :)

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    17. HI May, Erin, and Delphina,
      Hope everyone had a good holiday. Sorry for stopping by a bit late. I was finishing edits for the sequel to Golden Chariot, which is due out this month when I developed some troublesome computer problems. The cause still hasn't been diagnosed. Grr!!



      I wanted to thank you for taking the time to read the post and comment.

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