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

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

by Raymond Khoury

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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?  

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: 165,980
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Raymond Khoury is the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Templar, The Sanctuary, The Sign, The Templar Salvation, The Devil’s Elixir, Rasputin's Shadow, and The End Game. His novels have been translated into more than forty languages and, in the case of The Last Templar, adapted into a comic book and an NBC television miniseries. An acclaimed screenwriter and producer for both television and film, he has also penned several scripts for BBC series such as Spooks and Waking the Dead.

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The Devil's Elixir 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 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!
repb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ponderous and too complicated to fully enjoy. A mad Mexican narcotics character driven to any means possible to help decode some oddball ancient Indian narcotic .... yada yada. Way too long for the message.
suetu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Third in a series, but works fine as a stand aloneAs many thrillers as I read, somehow I hadn¿t yet made it around to Raymond Khoury. So, even though I hadn¿t read earlier Templar novels featuring Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, I decided to dive right in. Fortunately, Khoury¿s enough of a pro to gracefully exposit everything I needed for this novel without spoiling past tales. I didn¿t feel like I was missing a thing.The Devil¿s Elixir opens with three brief prologues that establish elements of the story. After that, the action takes off with a bang. Specifically the bang of the gunshot that kills former DEA agent Michelle Martinez¿s boyfriend the moment he answers the door to her apartment. The killers then go after Michelle. She grabs her four-year-old son, gets out, and calls the most trust-worthy person she can think of, former flame Sean Reilly. He gets on a plane no questions asked and gets sucked into Michelle¿s inexplicable nightmare. She hasn¿t worked in law enforcement in years, but these killers won¿t quit. Of course, this is barely the beginning of what turned out to be an entertaining page-turner. As noted earlier, there¿s plenty of action, but story doesn¿t suffer in service of it. Things move at a consistently fast pace. I won¿t claim these are the most well-developed characters of all time, but they¿re likable enough that I cared about their fates.Finally, there was a major twist in the last quarter of the novel. Ultimately, I¿m not sure what I thought of it, but I didn¿t see it coming at all. Overall, it was well-handled. This was a positive enough introduction to Khoury¿s work, that I¿m much more interested in reading the earlier Sean & Tess novels and will certainly consider reading future works.
RGazala on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Most novelists with robust sales in their rear view mirror stick rigidly to the tried-and-true format that earned them their past successes. In the highly competitive arena that is modern fiction book publishing there's nothing inherently wrong with a writer clinging tightly to formula, particularly when that formula has resonated with readers and the people cutting his royalty checks. It happens all the time. So it's both noteworthy and laudable when an author with Raymond Khoury's estimable track record not only probes a new path, but does it with a result as satisfying and enjoyable as his new thriller, "The Devil's Elixir."Khoury burst onto international bestseller lists in 2006 with his blockbuster novel, "The Last Templar." "The Last Templar" and the three books that followed it have been translated into dozens of languages, and have charted in scores of countries. If any bestselling novelist could rest on his stylistic laurels and adhere to formula, it's Khoury. Kudos to him for choosing instead to present something a little different in his latest release. For the legions of ardent fans of Reilly and Tess there are no worries, because the engaging duo are back in "The Devil's Elixir." However, in this breakneck thriller the whirlwind plot (excepting the prologue) unfolds entirely in the present day, as opposed to interweaving with a historical adventure as in Khoury's previous works. And while Khoury's prose gets better and more engaging with every book, with this release admirably continuing that trend, for the first time in any of his novels Khoury elected to write a large part of the book in (Reilly's) first-person narrative. Given his prior triumphs, Khoury certainly didn't have to craft the book that way. That he did speaks well for him spreading his wings as a writer, and also enhances the immediacy and impact of the story for readers. Yet while exploring narrative techniques unprecedented in his earlier books, Khoury still delivers what his fans have rightfully come to expect -- a gripping plot with astonishing twists, consistently alluring protagonists, and a really nasty villain who earns his menacing epithet, El Brujo ("The Sorcerer"), many times over during the novel's course.This is Khoury's best book to date. It will please his steadfast fans, and it will gain him many new ones.
dpbrewster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Khoury's other books, but I have to say this is his weakest effort to date. Not a bad book, but not up to his prior standards. Plotting and pacing seems a bit forced. Maybe the change to using a first-person narrative. I get the sense Khoury struggled with this one. Nonetheless it reads well. A nice read, but not as deep as his prior books.
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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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