(A contemporary romantic suspense novel, self-published )
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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.
The mere mention of the Trojan War intrigued me. I knew I needed to read this book with such a unique premise and I'm glad I did. The plot was solid, the suspense good, the ending satisfying.
Charlotte is a strong woman ... occasionally stronger than I would have expected, but her steel spine gets her through some difficult times. Admittedly, it gets her in trouble a bit too. And, while I knew Atakan was our hero, it took a while for both Charlotte and I to warm up to him--but he turns out to be quite the hero!
The story begins quickly, with a shipwreck and mayhem. I felt a bit lost at first, with characters being thrown at me from every direction... it was difficult to know who was who, and which persons were friends with whom. Still, it definitely hooked me, and made me want to continue reading. This is very much a plot-driven story, with details galore. The characters may not have been as easy to get to know as I would have liked, at least not at the beginning. The story was the focus, and the characters necessary to move the plot forward, but they weren't fully fleshed out right off.
Over time, however, they shared their secrets with me, and I came to care about them, enough that I worried terribly for Charlotte several times, especially at the very exciting ending! I've not turned pages that quickly in a long time. I had to know if she'd be okay...
If you like a solid action/suspense story with romantic elements and a solid plot, with heart-pounding excitement and question after question posed (and eventually answered) with an ending that will make your heart sigh, then this is the book for you.
I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.
My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.
I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream.
I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.