Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Golden Chariot Blog Tour_Dec 18th_{Review+ Giveaway} Chris Karlsen

Title: Golden Chariot
Series: Dangerous Waters, Book 1
Author: Chris Karlsen
Genre: Romance, Suspense, Thriller,
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Words: 96,700


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Book Description:

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 Thoughts:

This book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review

The premise of this book drew me in. when I read the description, I was immediately reminded of another author I read. She is one of my favorite authors and she has written a few books involving treasure hunters and lost artifacts. So with that thought in mind, I signed on to review this book.  I must admit that I was entertained by the history in this book, because I am kind of a nerd. I can listen to interesting history lessons and come home and annoy my family relaying the fun facts I've learned. I have never really given much through to the Trojan’s and treasure. I have, like most students, read Homer’s epic poems – not that I remember them. The treasure Charlotte was looking for was proof to a theory she cooked up, herself, about the Trojan War. She figures that some of what Homer spoke of must have been true. Everyone around her is skeptical of her theory about the existence or Hektor. No one wants to believe her theory, not even Atakan Vadim, a fellow archaeological nerd- who also happens to be investigating her. 
Charlotte, however, is determined to prove everyone wrong. 

Like most good thrillers, this book starts with a murder. 
Mrs. Karlesen obviously did her research when it came to writing this book. Undersea archeological digs are a major part in this book, and although I know absolutely nothing about the profession... I believed it. haha.  However, the book is not overloaded with details. There is just enough to stay true to the archaeological aspect, but not bore the readers. I actually enjoyed reading about some of the Turkish traditions in the towns surrounding where the story took place. I appreciated the POV shifts from different characters in the book to better help me understand the how and why of what was going on. The only time I really like POV shifts with characters other than the main ones, is when I read a murder mystery and need an in- depth explanation of the bad guy's motives. Not to worry, though, there is just enough explanation to keep the story focused on the main characters. All in all, I enjoyed this book and the undersea adventures. I got to know the main characters better throughout the story. I would have liked to get into Atakan's head a little better, but I loved reading about both him and Charlotte. I really liked the way their friendship developed while assigned as partners in the underwater dives.  

4 Cute Little Scuba Guys!

About The Author

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. 



The Giveaway is For a  15 eBook copies of Heroes Live Forever and Journey in Time by Chris Karlsen + a $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly chosen commenter. Ends Dec. 26th.

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Thanks for Stopping by! :D
Check out the rest of the tour here:

Nov. 6th- White Sky Project (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 9th- The Book Diva's Reads (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 11th- The eBook Reviewers (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 12th- Mallory Heart Reviews (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 13th- The Insane Writings of a Crazed Writer (Review/Interview/Giveaway)
Nov. 15th- TheFourHorsemenSeries (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 17th- A Book Lover's Library (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 18th- Beach Bum Reads (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 19th- Close Encounters with the Night Kind (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 23rd- Herding Cats & Burning Soup (Review/Giveaway)
Nov. 29th- I am, Indeed (Review/Giveaway)
Dec. 7th- Musings of a Writing Reader (Review/Giveaway)
Dec. 13th- Community Bookstop (Review/Giveaway)
Dec. 18th- Book- Marks The Spot (Review/Giveaway)     <----That's US! :D
Dec. 19th- My Cozie Corner (Review/Giveaway) 



  1. HI Ryan,
    I want to thank you for taking the time to read and review Golden Chariot. The sequel, Byzantine Gold will be released later this month. Charlotte and Atakan, along with several other characters return. You'll have the opportunity to get more into Atakan's head in that book.
    For anyone interested, the trailer for Golden Chariot can be seen on my website.
    I look forward to talking with your followers today.
    Chris Karlsen

    1. there is a sequel! I was wondering. there were some things unresolved, but I wasn't too concerned. awesome.

  2. Chris, I can't wait for Byzantine Gold to come out.

  3. Hi Zed,
    Hope you're having a great start to your week. Good luck with the giveaway.
    Chris K.


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