Once again, Ms. Karlsen delivers. Byzantine Gold is full of beautiful scenery, a tension-filled plot, and strong characters worth rooting for. Set mostly on the island of Cyprus with the backdrop a nautical archaeological find, Byzantine Gold is more than a well-researched, well-written novel. It's informative, engaging on many levels, and well-worth picking up.
New lovers, Charlotte and Atakan are vacationing in Paris when Charlotte spots Tischenko, a man who'd brutally tortured her. Before the couple can fully protect themselves, Tischenko strikes, wounding Atakan.
Charlotte and Atakan, part of a nautical archaeological recovery team, are scheduled to start a new project involving a sunken warship from the Byzantine Empire. With the potential of finding priceless artifacts, the find has drawn interest from the black market and worse, a terrorist cell.
As they begin their work, they fortify the site to defend themselves from criminals and Tischenko, a man who has nothing to lose. But their enemies are crafty and even the best plans have cracks. Before long, Charlotte and Atakan are in more trouble than deep water.
Can they beat Tischenko once and for all and keep the site secure long to recover the artifacts and head off funding terrorist activity?
The sequel novel to the best-selling, thriller, Golden Chariot.
A sunken warship from the Byzantine Era carrying an unusual cargo of gold has been found off the coast of Northern Cyprus. News of the valuable cache has attracted the attention of a terrorist cell. They plan to attack the recovery team’s campsite and steal the artifacts. On the Black Market, the sale of the relics will buy them additional weapons.
Charlotte Dashiell, an American archaeologist, and her lover, Atakan Vadim, a Turkish government agent, are scheduled to be part of the recovery team that brings up the artifacts. While en route to Cyprus, they find themselves caught in the crosshairs of Maksym Tischenko, a Ukrainian contract killer bent on revenge. Charlotte, Atakan and Tischenko share a grim history. As a result, Tischenko is a man who will stop at nothing to achieve his goal—seeing them both dead.