Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Golden Chariot by Chris Karlsen

Golden Chariot by Chris Karlsen
Publisher: Books To Go Now
Pages: 316
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Book Synopsis:

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.

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.

I rate this book with 3 stars out of 5.

About the author:

She was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. She grew up with a love of history and books.

Her parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. She wanted to see the places she read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. She's had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.

She is a retired police detective. She spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. Her desire to write came in her early teens. After she retired, she decided to pursue that dream.

She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.

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Author Chris Karlsen is giving away 15 ebook copies of Heroes Live Forever  and Journey in Time as well as a chance to win an Amazon $50 gift card.

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  1. Great post. I appreciate you giving us indie writers a place to shine.

  2. Hi Pam,
    I'd like to thank you for taking the time to read and review Golden Chariot. I appreciate the opportunity to showcase my story and to interact with your followers.
    Chris Karlsen

  3. Hi Nancy,
    I'm glad you liked the post. A trailer for the book can be seen on my website:

    I agree. It is nice to have a place for the works of authors with small, indie publishers can be seen.
    Chris K.

  4. Chris you are so very welcome. I enjoyed the book, thank you for allowing me to review it. Also thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to interview with me. Good luck with your writing career.

  5. HI Pam,
    If you have a minute, I'd appreciate it if you could email me at: I'm concerned about the formatting mistakes you found. An error occurred between the pdf proof I read from my publisher and the released copy. I'd like to track the problem source.
    Thank you. Have a great weekend.
    Chris K.

  6. Good Morning,
    I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving. Just thought I'd mention that I finished a book board for Golden Chariot on my pinterest page. I had fun putting it together. If you'd like to check it out:

    Have a great weekend.
    Chris K

  7. Hey! I was a part of this book tour along with you and thought you might like to know that the second book has spots open for their review tour at

    I know I am being a dork telling you, but I noticed not a lot of bloggers were signing up to review and I figured it was because they had not read the first book. So I figured the logical thing to do would be to inform the fellow bloggers who I know had already read the book. (: sorry if you already knew of don't care. haha. I just though I would share.

    Ryan Snyder @ Book- Marks The Spot