Chasing Eden

Chasing Eden

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by Sharon Linnea, B.K. Sherer

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Book 1 in the Eden Thrillers Series

Bring home the lost sword...

U.S. Army Chaplin Jamie Richards is stunned when her civilian friend Adara Dunbar staggers, mortally wounded, out of the Iraqui night with an urgent "package" for Jamie to drop at the ruins of the ancient city of Ur, now inside a U.S. military base. Jamie is soon pulled into a labyrinth


Book 1 in the Eden Thrillers Series

Bring home the lost sword...

U.S. Army Chaplin Jamie Richards is stunned when her civilian friend Adara Dunbar staggers, mortally wounded, out of the Iraqui night with an urgent "package" for Jamie to drop at the ruins of the ancient city of Ur, now inside a U.S. military base. Jamie is soon pulled into a labyrinth of five-thousand-year-old secrets as she joins forces with Adara's mysterious brother on a quest through Ur, Babylon, Baghdad, and Iraq's southern swamps to save a hidden treasure that treacherous men are willing to launch a war to find.

A smart and suspenseful-hold-on-to-your-seat-race to find the site of the original Garden of Eden.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A roller-coaster adventure... reads like a cross between Jarhead and Raiders of the Lost Ark." - Julia Spencer-Fleming Agatha Award-winning author of All Mortal Flesh

"Reads like the best of Robert Ludlum, with the realistic military flavor of W.E.B. Griffin, and the adventure of Clive Cussler - this book is impossible to put down."  -Col. Ian "Red" Natkin, Ret. U.S. Army

"An absolute page-turner.  This book has 'you are there' insider details that make you question everything you read in today's headlines.  A thrill-a-minute read!"  -Christina Dodd, New York Times bestselling author

Jill Smith
“An utterly amazing debut novel. The blistering pace set by this incredible book barely allows you time to breathe as it races through two days in April 2003. This is a book you will not soon forget.”
Publishers Weekly
“Chaplain (Maj.) Jaime Richards makes a promising debut as a savvy-but-nurturing minister to American troops during the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Beth Cummings
“This novel grabs the reader and races along at break-neck speed. — Another thrilling fiction focused around ancient cultures.”
Christina Dodd
“An absolute page-turner. This book has ‘you are there’ insider details
that make you question everything you read in today’s headlines. A
thrill-a-minute read!”
Julia Spencer-Fleming
“A roller-coaster adventure… reads like a cross between Jarhead and Raiders
of the Lost Ark."

Product Details

Arundel Publishing
Publication date:
Eden Thrillers Series
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Sharon Linnea is the author of the new mystery These Violent Delights as well as the three Eden Thrillers.  She has also written award-winning biographies of Raoul Wallenberg and Hawaii's Princess Kaiulani.  She lives outside New York City with her family.

B.K. Sherer holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Education from Oklahoma State University.  A Presbyterian minister, she currently serves on active duty as a chaplin in the U.S. Army.

The authors first collaborated on a play about the French Underground for their 6th grade talent show in Springfield, Missouri, and have been friends ever since.

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Chasing Eden 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
LovesReadingKL More than 1 year ago
Wow!! What an edge-of -your-seat adventure. I love army Chaplin (Major) Jamie Richards! Starting with the robbery of artifacts from the National Museum of Iraq and taking the reader along for a wild ride through the ancient ruins of the cities of Ur and Babylon this book never slows down. I couldn't put it down, even getting up in the middle of the night to finish it! At times it made me laugh, cry, gave me goosebumps and just wouldn't let me go. I highly recommend CHASING EDEN and I can't wait to read the next book in the series, BEYOND EDEN!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I was very impressed by the Biblical and Historical knowledge in this book. I also found it very exciting and a great page turner. I enjoyed the ending and can't wait to read more by these authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad.
twilightreader More than 1 year ago
Does the Garden of Eden really exist? This is what this series is based on. However, since the main character, Jaime, is an Army Chaplain there was too much "army talk" for me and the plot skipped around a bit. I liked Jaime's story but the bad guys chasing her etc. were not well developed. Of course the ending leaves you wanting to know what happens in the second and third books....I will probably continue reading the series and maybe the second book will be better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chasing Eden is a thriller through and through. It pulls history together with the modern day in a captivating story. The story is intriquing and keeps you reading. I can't wait for the next book to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This time of year I'm always looking for a great book to read over the summer. Once the kids are out of school, I have a little more time for myself, and I don't want to waste it. If that's how you feel, this is the book for you! The only problem is, you won't be able to put it down once you've picked it up. So don't start reading until you can put your feet up for a few hours. Sharon Linnea's wonderful mix of facts and fiction leaves you wondering where one begins and the other ends. I think it a wonderful gift when I find a book that is not only a fun read, but has taught me something along the way. So, at the end I've not only enjoyed myself immensely, but I've learned something too. Chasing Eden is one of those books you hate to finish. It's a battle between wanting to know how it all ends and dreading the thought of parting with the characters you've come to care about. Luckily, it sounds like there will be more Eden books to enjoy in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chasing Eden is one of the most exciting books I¿ ve ever read! Why? I identified with the leading character, a person who finds herself caught in the middle of something dangerous and mysterious, and she doesn¿ t have a clue as to why. In a James Bond story we know that his fantastic gadgets will always get him out of any predicament, but in Chasing Eden the story is about Jaime Richards, an army chaplain, who is not allowed to carry a weapon, but must find a way out of life threatening situations. The plot takes place in Iraq during the battle for Baghdad. I learned what it was like to be a soldier in that conflict. But this is far more than an army story. The forces that drive this plot are far older than this present conflict, as old as the legends about the Garden of Eden, and take place in fascinating ancient sites such as the ruins of the house of the Biblical Abraham. There are evil forces at work, far more believable that those in the DaVince Code , but more dangerous to the future of the planet. Chaplain Richards comes across as a real person like the rest of us, but one who, because she sticks to her values, is able to overcome unbelievable odds. A thrilling surprise ending
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend gave me CHASING EDEN saying I 'had' to read it. I don't usually read thrillers (I'm a mystery fan), and I especially never read military thrillers. But WOW! CHASING EDEN was so fast and so fun, I couldn't put it down. I've never read a thriller with such fully realized characters--you understood the motivations of both the heroes and the villains. Jaime Richards is a wonderful heroine. I was with her all the way. And I love the mystery man she's thrown together with. I especially loved vicariously exploring all the real-life historical sites inside Babylon and felt like I was learning as the story raced along. Readers will probably be divided about the ending, but I personally LOVED it. How you feel about the ending probably says as much about you as it does about the book! (But don't peek, it would spoil it!) I really look forward to the next Eden Thriller--and apparently it won't be a long wait as the book says the first sequel comes out in October. Anyhow, thanks for the exhilarating ride!
fourboys16 More than 1 year ago
This was very good. Do not start it late at night because you could be up all night reading it This was 1st book of hers I ever read and looking forward to reading more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book! I didn't want to put it down. Believable. BobK
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read. Next up Beyond Eden and Treasure of Eden
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Dan Brown offended many Catholics with his depiction of the reactionary religious order Opus Dei in his best-selling novel, `The DaVinci Code.¿ More than two centuries ago, Mozart put himself into some hot water with Masons after he composed and conducted The Magic Flute. 'Some people even believe The Magic Flute directly resulted in Mozart¿s demise!' Add to this list of controversial ¿fiction¿ is Sharon Linnea¿s and Barbara Sherer¿s `Chasing Eden,¿ which will likely rattle a few cages at Yale¿s Scull & Bones Society, and perhaps even get a few folks talking at the CIA and the Pentagon. Chaplain Major Jaime Richards is stationed at a 57th Corps Support Group Tactical Operations Command 'TOC' at Talil Airfield in Southern Iraq. When returning to the TOC, Jaime¿s Humvee is disabled shortly before the rest of her convoy is ambushed. As she and her chaplain¿s assistant, Sergeant Alejandro Rodriguez attempt to repair the vehicle, Jaime makes out a dark figure moving toward them in the early morning twilight. The figure, completely out of context in an Iraqi desert, is Adara Dunbar, Jaime¿s friend and fellow doctoral candidate at Princeton Theological Seminary. Adara is mortally wounded, and warns Jaime with her last breath of the ambush. Adara gives Jaime an ancient bracelet and leaves Jaime with a cryptic message, ¿The fourth sister. You must find it.¿ This explosive beginning to `Chasing Eden¿ starts Jaime on an incredible journey to find the Garden of Eden. According to legend, ¿He who rules in the Garden of Eden rules the world.¿ Many people have been rumored to have disappeared through the door, which only opens two times a year. Once a person passes through the door, that person is never to be heard from again. There are many people who want to be there when the door opens, including Saddam Hussein himself 'for obvious reasons.' On her journey, Jaime learns that parents, now dead, may also have been integrally involved in protecting the secrets of the Garden of Eden and of the Sword. To reach the door, however, she will encounter evil beyond her wildest nightmares. A violet-eyed assassin, Gerik Schroeder, and billionaire and international media mogul, Coleman Satis are among the malevolent antagonists. Jaime also receives assistance from the CIA Station Chief of Kuwait City, Frank McMillan, a strange, somehow prophetic guide, Yani who identifies himself as Adara¿s brother, and a thoughtful and mysterious photojournalist, Liv Nelsson. But, are McMillan, Yani, and Liv friends or enemies? More importantly, could the Garden of Eden really exist? The first of what will apparently be a series of ¿Jaime Richards Thrillers,¿ comparisons of `Chasing Eden¿ with Tom Clancy¿s Jack Ryan novels will be unavoidable. Where readers of Tom Clancy knew where he stood in regard to many contemporary geopolitical issues, however, the dynamics of Sharon Linnea¿s and Barbara Sherer¿s subtle opinion and discreet commentary about the on-going War on Terror itself help to make `Chasing Eden¿ even more intriguing. For example, at one point, Gerik implies his belief that people are too ignorant to be trusted to make appropriate among political candidates and referenda, and thus a Democracy would never be a successful form of government, 'an opinion eerily similar to a comment made by a real-life Walter Cronkite during a 2005 interview as he explained the reason George Bush was elected to a second term.' At the same time, the authors obviously modeled Coleman Satis after Rupert Murdoch. The fact that Satis, too, is a secondary antagonist, may be an observation relating to Fox News¿ ¿Fair and Balanced¿ coverage of the War on Terror. This is the beginning of something very special. `Chasing Eden¿ is a great read that encompasses a strong, attractive, and sympathetic female protagonist, a masterful weave of religion, politics, current events, and controversy in terms of both direct and indirect references to Yale¿s Skull
harstan More than 1 year ago
In April 2003, Chaplain (Major) Jaime Richards is assigned to the 57th Corps Support Group that supports the V Corps units. Her unit is deployed to Iraq as the Commander in Chief President Bush has ordered the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While on Route Tornado in South Iraq, the humvee she rides in runs over hidden barbed wire. --- As she waits for rescue, unknown adversaries try to kidnap her, but fail. However, the chaplain runs into her friend, dying Adara Dunbar, who gives her a silver pendant and a strange message for Jaime to ¿Bring home the lost sword. Where the fourth sister points¿. Jaime follows the clues that Adara left her, which takes her to the biblical city of Ur where she meets Adara's brother searching for the Garden of Eden before evil ones reach the original paradise lost. --- CHASING EDEN is an interesting war tale with the fresh twist of using a biblical quest as the prime story line of this enjoyable thriller. The story line is action-packed and Jaime is a terrific dedicated heroine. Though some implausible spins occur, readers will not care as S.L. Linnea creates an exhilarating tale that uses the early days of the second Iraq war as cover for a unique good vs. evil battle. --- Harriet Klausner