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Posted January 22, 2013
Reviewed by: Marissa
Book provided by: Author
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
While the book started out a bit confusing, once I got past the first few pages I delved into this Mediterranean mystery whole-heartedly. Charlotte, a marine archeologist, begins her time in Turkey at the site of a sunken gulet (I had to look that one up – it’s a two-masted schooner of Turkish design, built in Bodrum and used mainly on the coastal waters of the Eastern Mediterranean) and with the death of a colleague.
Charlotte is a straight-forward type woman. Her mind is solely on her thesis and her career, on finding the link to Troy. She’s doesn’t take one look at Atakan and start thinking about sex like so many other heroines out there. I admired that about her. I also liked the fact that when faced with arrest, she is not a cool cookie – she paces and sweats just like the rest of us would. Every once in a while, she even gets her snark on. In other words, Charlotte is real. She is one of us, Dear Reader, more or less.
Atakan, a representative for the Turkish Ministry of Culture, is as much a mystery as the rest of the story. I thought he exuded an authentic maleness about him, keeping the details of his case to himself and only hinting at his life in general. Even his feelings are held somewhat close to the vest. A part of me wonders if this is a characterization of the typical Turk male, stoic in all things yet passionate about the one thing that matters most – in Atakan’s case, the art and history of Turkey.
The one thing I would have liked to see was more embellishment in the descriptive text. While the author described an open grill and the smells wafting from it in detail, there was no real depiction of the undersea world they were exploring. That is one area I would have loved to see more of, to feel as if I were there diving with them.
Lastly, and this has nothing to do with the writing or the story, the formatting in the PDF version is just horrible. I wouldn’t normally say anything about formatting but in this case it is so bad that it makes the book hard to read. Some pages are formatted singly; others are formatted two-to-a-page. I found myself having to turn my reader and zooming in on one page then out on the next. I’m sure the Kindle and ePub versions must be formatted better, but beware if you pick up the PDF.
Posted December 19, 2012
Chris takes us to Turkey in "Golden Chariot". A fast paced, action packed, murder mystery with characters are strong and interesting. With romance thrown into the story you will find it hard to put down. Recommended to all who love the excitement of romance and murder thrown together.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Posted December 13, 2012
Another great adventure from this author. I am impressed by her knowledge of the subject matter. Her descriptions of the dives and
the area are awesome. I could almost smell the salt water. It's as if she had been on a dive for treasure herself. Great read! I eagerly look forward to her next book in this series.
Posted November 14, 2012
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for the purpose of review. The review is my honest opinion and I was not paid for this service.
Golden Chariot is an unusual story about an archeological quest based on Homer's The Iliad. I like how the author uses her imagination to pull you into the story. It is a romantic in it's own way but not like a Harlequin novel. It has action and adventure with Charlotte, the heroine, being caught up in the middle of a murder for which she is blamed. It is also suspenseful as the author throws in all these twists and turns to get you hooked; you think that it's definitely one person and you find out that it was someone else.
Now, the only thing that I disliked about the book was the fact that in several different places throughout the book there are missing pieces, there are many sentences that only contain the last part of the sentence and you're left wondering what was going on in that part. But this is an easy editing fix. Overall, Chris Karlsen did a good job with the story.
Posted November 13, 2012
Being trained in anthropology with a curiosity for marine archaeology, I felt this book was spot on. It is clear that Chris did her research.
I loved this book. The characters have personalities, they aren't just words on the page. The story is great, keeps you wondering how things are going to play out. It is awesome how Chris is able to bleeding in so much myth into the story- makes you wonder if she likes this particular topic.
Throughout the book the reader wants to slap the smugness out of the bad guys- well, at least I did. I love Charlotte's personality and how she knows that she's worked hard to get to the place she's at. The way she's pushed her dream forward is amazing, and how's able to deal with things as they are thrown at her is great. She is an excellent example of a strong female heroine! Chris even gives a perfectly logical reason for why Charlotte is so strong- Cop father and brother. Yes, take some of that kickassness that they have and turn it into an amazing, powerful, smart female that doesn't need to be rescued at the drop of a hat!
I recommend this book to anyone that likes murder books, mysteries, adventures, or books that relate to the field of archaeology! It's a great read!
Posted July 2, 2012
Talented author Chris Karslen has written an action-packed adventure story set in exotic Turkey that will be relished by fans of underwater archaeology and lost treasures.
Our feisty protagonist, Charlotte Dashiell, is about to complete her doctorate in nautical archaeology. She travels to Bodrum, Turkey, to start a new excavation for the Maritime Institute of Archaeology and Research. In fact, she’s there to investigate a wreck possibly associated with Troy. This is her dream come true, as she’s always wanted to focus her research on shipwrecks located in the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean. Her field of interest, the Trojan War, is focused on that area. Her work there could mean the proof she needs for her theory: that the shipwreck contains the lost treasure of the king of Troy.
Unexpectedly, though, her boat is broadsided and the craft responsible mysteriously explodes. To make matters worse, the only man who has any answers goes missing and then is found dead. As a result, the local authorities don’t believe her story—not only that, but they suspect her of criminal intent.
Our hero, Turkish archaeologist Atakan Vadim, is there to protect the relics and the integrity of the shipwreck. He’s warm, genial and has a good sense of humor. However, with Charlotte he behaves cold and somber. He doesn’t trust her one bit. For him, she means trouble in all the sense of the word. He also thinks her mad and an utter romantic because of her theory.
As tension escalates and more deaths happen, Charlotte knows she’s in grave danger and should go back home, but there’s no way she’ll do that. If she does, she’ll miss the chance to be part of the exploration. It could mean a break or make opportunity for her theory.
This is one of the most entertaining novels I’ve read in a long time. I loved the whole scenario of the exotic location and the underwater shipwreck, and also the connection to the enigma of the lost treasure of Troy. I’ve always been an avid fan of underwater archaeology, so this was right up my alley. Charlotte is a smart, sympathetic heroine. I also enjoyed the fact that the hero is Turkish and that the story is rich with local flavor. I lived in Turkey for five years and know the author did an excellent job with the setting, local customs, language and people. The historical facts and everything about the underwater exploration was fascinating. The villain was particularly terrifying in a cold blooded way. I highly recommend this novel to anybody who enjoys a good story full of action and adventure, especially those who love archaeology and/or are interested in Troy.
Posted June 23, 2012
Chris Karlsen has supreme talent! Golden Chariot is a story that will grip you instantly taking you on a whirlwind ride of suspense, murder and romance. From start to finish, you hang on every word, every page turn hooking you, and by the end, your draw is dropping and you are completely pulled into an author's fan base, as if you've been there all along. Charlotte Dashiell is an archaeologist exploring a ship that sunk on the coast of Turkey. Trying to prove a point about the Trojan War, she's stoked to be on the team that's searching it. But, when a murder is committed, she better have some explanations....she just became the number one suspect!  Agent Atakin Vadim is the investigator assigned to the murder case, and when Charlotte and Atakan meet.....well, let's just say that more than sparks fly!  Can Charlotte and Atakan work together to piece the puzzle together before another water world murder is committed? It's a fantastic thrill ride watching the case unravel, the passion ignite between Charlotte and Atakan and the twists and turns that Karlsen blends into the story. From start to finish this book will keep you so engrossed you feel like you are part of the story! Karlsen is a fantastic author and one that I highly recommend to everyone who loves murder mystery and romance blended perfectly into one addictive read!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 29, 2012
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Posted February 3, 2013
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