The Devil's Elixir (Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin Series #3)

The Devil's Elixir (Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin Series #3)

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by Raymond Khoury
     
 

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Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, the heroes of Raymond Khoury's New York Times bestselling Templar novels, return in an edge-of-your-seat thriller that reaches from the present day back to 1700s Mexico—and beyond…

What if there was a drug, previously lost to history in the jungles of Central America, capable of inducing an experience so

Overview

Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, the heroes of Raymond Khoury's New York Times bestselling Templar novels, return in an edge-of-your-seat thriller that reaches from the present day back to 1700s Mexico—and beyond…

What if there was a drug, previously lost to history in the jungles of Central America, capable of inducing an experience so momentous—and so shocking—that it might shake the very foundations of Western civilization?

What if powerful forces on both sides of the law launched a ruthless, no-holds-barred pursuit to get their hands on it?

What if FBI agent Sean Reilly and archaeologist Tess Chaykin were the only ones who could stop the unthinkable from happening?

And what if they’re already too late?  

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
An amazingly powerful drug provides the MacGuffin for Khoury’s exciting thriller with a paranormal twist. Narco kingpin Raoul Navarro (aka El Brujo, the shaman), who for years has been ingesting a medicinal herb known in 18th-century Mexico as the Devil’s Elixir, sees a huge market for the drug if the chemical can be synthesized into a convenient pill form (“It’ll make meth seem as boring as aspirin”). FBI agent Sean Reilly is at home in Mamaroneck, N.Y., when he receives a panicked phone call from ex-girlfriend and former DEA agent Michelle Martinez, who says she’s fled her San Diego home after armed men broke in and shot her boyfriend. Catching the next flight to California, Sean discovers a strange link between Michelle’s four-year-old son and the Devil’s Elixir. Khoury has to work hard to make the drug’s earth-shattering ramifications believable, but fans of the author’s bestselling Templar novels (The Templar Salvation, etc.) will play along. (Dec.)
Library Journal
The tenuous domestic tranquility enjoyed by FBI agent Sean Reilly (The Templar Salvation) and archaeologist-turned-author Tess Chaykin is jolted by a blast from Reilly's past. Fleeing a gruesome home invasion, former DEA agent Michelle Martinez calls Reilly, her ex-boyfriend, to protect her and Alex, the son he didn't know they shared. As Michelle's case unfolds into more than a thwarted burglary, the body count rises, and Reilly is suddenly embroiled in a multiagency investigation. Drug kingpin El Brujo (The Sorcerer) pursues Alex, believing him the means of decoding the formula of the most powerful psychotropic drug ever synthesized. Weaponized or distributed, this drug in El Brujo's hands would wreak global havoc. Khoury's screenwriting experience is evident in the easily visualized action scenes, but unlike his previous novels, the prose here lacks elegant phrasing between the punches. VERDICT This time, Khoury's soapbox topics include biker gangs, Mexican drug cartels, veterans' affairs, and the criminalization of drug use, but his key interests in this thriller are ethnobotany, proprietary rights, and the ethics of bioprospecting. For thriller fans, this exciting if sometimes dry lecture is still worth auditing. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/11.]—Laura A.B. Cifelli, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., FL
Kirkus Reviews
Lust for a potent, mind-ripping drug brings only trouble and dead bodies in this fast-paced thriller set primarily in Mexico and Southern California. In 1741 Mexico, a Jesuit priest has an extraordinary experience that may destroy his soul. Over two centuries later in the same country, a covert U.S. drug operation turns sour. Years later in San Diego, a man and woman are murdered, drawing in ex–FBI agent Sean Reilly, the woman's former lover. Reilly has since married. His wife Tess takes the murdered woman's 4-year-old son Alex under her wing as Reilly tries to learn the reason for this crime. Meanwhile, young Alex has drawn a disturbing picture he can't explain, but that couldn't have any connection to the mystery—or could it? Reilly had killed a man in that botched Mexican operation, and he now learns that all the events are connected. Suddenly he is thrown into a situation much bigger than the mortal threat to him and his family. A cartel is after the ancient secret to a mysterious hallucinogen that may have the power to shake the world to its core. The criminals see Reilly as the key to finding it—or is he the person they really want? The novel is full of twists, one of them hard to believe—or is it? Reilly faces a formidable opponent in El Brujo, a vicious beast with interesting means of punishing his enemies, but they are not the only hazard Reilly faces. Luckily, he has critical support from Tess despite a couple of big surprises. What with all the poisons, gunfire and wholesale bloodletting, he needs whatever help he can get. Vivid, energetic scenes ensure that Khoury's tale never falters or bores. It's the sort of novel that could make a colorful movie, but meanwhile, enjoy the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451237569
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin Series, #3
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
384,162
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Raymond Khoury is the bestselling author of The Last Templar and The Sanctuary. An acclaimed screenwriter and producer for both television and film, he lives in London with his family.

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The Devil's Elixir 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
leisa-lisic More than 1 year ago
A masterfully written thriller, " The Devil's Elixir", is a combination of action packed adventure, with just enough thought provoking science fiction, that leads Sean and Tess on an adventure neither thought possible, with surprises around every corner makes it hard to put down. Sean's 1 st person dialogue pulls you into his world, you' re not just a reader you' re a part of his every thought, feeling, want, need, and desire. This intimate insight leaves you with a breathless passion and sense of urgency that can only be shared with Sean Reilly and Raymond Khoury. By, Leisa Lisic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Devil's Elixir is yet another disappointment by Ray Khoury and his second book that I put aside before completing (The Sign was the other). He failed to develop the historical connections and related modern day action it should generate that he did so well in The Last Templar and again in Templar Salvation. In fact, it was hard to follow any connection back to the meager historical account he presented in the opening while the modern day story was only a monotonous repetition of police and FBI busts and narco-mob counter actions.
Reviews-ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephen B for Readers Favorite Sean Reilly, FBI agent, only wants to enjoy a short respite from an exasperating case over the July Fourth holiday. He can try to recharge from some emotional stress in his relationship with his girlfriend, Tess Chaykin, former archaeologist, with whom he’s had a few adventures. However, his ex-girlfriend, Michelle Martinez, calls pleading for help. Michelle and her four year old son, Alex, just escaped a kidnapping. She also tells Reilly that he is Alex’s father. Hours later, he arrives in San Diego only to almost immediately step into a gunfight with the kidnappers that ends with Michelle’s death. Sean is plunged into a mystery that involves a biker gang, a Mexican drug lord, and recent kidnappings of scientists. Reilly’s past comes back to haunt him, specifically, an operation in Mexico five years earlier where a life or death decision left him with unresolved guilt. Working with local agents and with the aid of Tess, Reilly uncovers a plot to introduce a new super drug to the unsuspecting populace. However, more secrets lie in wait for discovery, including Alex’s strange behavior. This is a thriller with a lot of action from the get-go. Khoury doesn’t take you on a worldwide tour as in his previous novels, but settles in on the California scene with a few background details in Mexico. I really enjoyed the puzzles being solved. There is a bit of science fact along with the fiction, some ‘mind blowing’ possibilities, a little profanity (but not too much), and some edge-of-your-seat action scenes. I have been a fan of Khoury’s from his first novel and was not disappointed in the least with this latest effort. There is always a bit of the mystical and speculation in his novels. "The Devil’s Elixir" is no exception and finishing it left me disappointed that it had to end. Guess I’ll have to wait, anticipating the next novel.
SteveOgilvie More than 1 year ago
Raymond's new book is exactly as I expected it to be... a page turner! I love the way Sean is written in first person and the other characters are not, well done sir. I always must start his books early in the morning, since I can't put them down! The character development between Tess and Sean provides more insight into their relationship and past life... Raymond Khoury never disappoints this reader!
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Enjoyable read. If your planning on reading in bed...you will not want to put it down to go to sleep.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not completed my reading of this book. However, I have enjoyed the other books of the series with Sean and Tess. I am sure I will enjoy this book too. "The Last Templar" was the first book I read by Raymond Khoury. I read the book in two days. I could not put it down. So, far this book is just as exciting.
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Raymond Khoury is excellent and he did not disappoint with this one!
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Really does not compare with the previous two in the series. It lacked the historical and religious undertones that I felt made the first two in the series so interesting. It is really just a cop caper.
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I love the templer series, but this latest effort fell flat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting
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