Chris Karlsen

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.

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Reviews for Byzantine Gold
Pure entertainment!, January 25, 2013

Being a great fan of nautical archaeology, exotic settings and long lost treasures, I absolutely loved this book. It is pure entertainment from start to finish. I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the first book in the series, Golden Chariot, and that was also a great read, but I have to say that this second installment was even better. The relationship between the hero and heroine-American archaeologist Charlotte and Turkish agent Atakan-evolves and deepens and their love scenes are a lot more playful, steamy and exciting. Karslen weaves the exotic aspects of the setting, the sensuality of the sea, and the sights and sounds of Cyprus to add even more thrill to their loving relationship. We also see a more complex human side to cold-blooded villain Tischenko that is quite interesting.

Then, of course, there's the constant threat and danger, not only from Tischenko with his revengeful agenda but from a Kurdish terrorist who wants to steal the artifacts and sell them in the black market in order to support the PKK. I loved the tension-filled, underwater segments between Charlotte and the terrorist, as they dive together and she becomes more and more suspicious about his identity. He, of course, is pretending to be an archaeologist like the rest of them, when in reality he doesn't know much about it.

The novel is written in multiple points of view separated by chapters, which works well with this type of thriller, making the action move at a quick pace. The dialogue is sharp and natural and Charlotte and Atakan are good at witty, darkly humorous comebacks and retorts.

If you enjoy romantic suspense or stories about treasures and archaeology set in exotic locales, I highly recommend you pick this one up. You won't be disappointed.

--The Dark Phantom Review

Better than the first book!, February 25, 2013
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As expected, this book did not disappoint. We still have the same lovely archaeological awesomeness we encountered in Golden Chariot. I accidentally learned stuff and I wasn't bored. ;) There is still the lovely romance going on between Charlotte and Atakan. It is still progressing and I still love the mess out of these two characters. They are from different cultures and they clash but I love their banter and Charlotte's teasing. They are so great together. One of my complaints from the last book was that we could not get into Atakan's head. (: I am proud to announce that that cannot be said about this book! I was so excited to continue the hunt for the bad guy from the first book. There was some unresolved conflict and it was tackled head on in this sequel. We still get our different POVs from the main characters and the "villians". When it comes to murder mysteries and bad guys, that is a MUST for getting both sides of the story and getting to know the bad guy as well. hehe. The underwater dives and communications between the two main characters was one of my favorite aspects from the first book, so it was great to see more of that. I love love love how they friendship is still evolving! (: Gah, those two. And Atakan has this kind of hot macho man vibe. *wiggles eyebrows* And Charlotte is no simpering weakling either, as we learned in the first book. You know you love that in your badass Suspense/Action heroes!
This sequel definitely did not disappoint. (: I love romantic suspense and Golden Chariot definitely fits the bill for a great Book filled with action, adventure, romance.. and suspense!! Also... the covers for both of these books are fantastic. I could not even fathom another cover for this series.

Karlsen has another winner!, January 13, 2013 An action packed sequel to Chris Karlsen's Golden Chariot! You'll love the way she weaved her story together with old world history and current events. I enjoyed reading more about Charlotte and Atakan and getting the resolution of a past situation that involved Atakan's arch nemesis Tischenko. Romantic suspense at its best!


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About Chris Karlsen

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 write two different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is, Dangerous Waters.

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.


Also by Chris Karlsen

Heroes Live Forever (Knights in Time series)

Journey in Time (Knights in Time series)

Golden Chariot (Dangerous Waters series)


An Interview with Chris Karlsen
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Chris, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Byzantine Gold and it's part of your Dangerous Waters series. What makes this series different from what readers have seen so far?

CK: My other series, Knights in Time, is a paranormal romance series set in England. Heroes Live Forever and Journey in Time, books 1 & 2 in that series a ghost story and a time travel. I’m editing book 3 now and hope to have it released later this year.

Dangerous Waters series are romantic thrillers. Golden Chariot is book 1 and set in Turkey. Byzantine Gold is the sequel and set in Turkey and Cyprus. The hero and heroine in them, Atakan Vadim and Charlotte Dashiell are archaeologists. Atakan works for the government. He’s an agent for the Turkish Ministry of Culture. The Ministry has a representative present at all legitimate archaeological sites to protect the integrity and safety of the relics and the site itself.

Charlotte and Atakan are lovers living in Istanbul. They met on a Bronze Age shipwreck project in Golden Chariot and are now assigned a Byzantine wreck recovery team.

In the course of the series, they’ve dealt with artifact smugglers, death threats, actual attempts on their lives, and terrorists.
As in my Knights in Time series, many of the favorite characters from Golden Chariot have been brought back in Byzantine Gold.

HH: What can you tell us about the books in the series?

CK: Charlotte and Atakan are lovers living in Istanbul. They met on a Bronze Age shipwreck project in Golden Chariot and are now assigned a Byzantine wreck recovery team.

In the course of the series, they’ve dealt with artifact smugglers, death threats, actual attempts on their lives, and terrorists. In Golden Chariot, artifact smugglers plan to steal a very valuable relic and frame Charlotte for the theft with the ultimate goal of murdering her. When she’s kidnapped by the contract killer hired by the smugglers, Atakan and his team must first figure out where she’s been taken and then try and rescue her before she’s killed.

HH: How does Byzantine Gold fit in?

CK: With Byzantine Gold, an attempt is made on Atakan’s life by an old enemy who he and Charlotte know will try again. At the same time the rich cargo of artifacts on the wreck they’re working has attracted the attention of a terrorist cell. The leader of the cell has infiltrated the recovery team. He’s become Charlotte’s dive partner. His behavior makes her suspicious and she works with Atakan to discover who he really is. When his true identity is known, Atakan and his partner must race the clock to prevent an attack on the team’s campsite an action which will expose him to the man bent on killing him.  As in my Knights in Time series, many of the favorite characters from Golden Chariot have been brought back in Byzantine Gold.

HH: Why will readers like Charlotte?

CK: Charlotte is smart and very well educated. She has a doctorate in nautical archaeology. She’s enthusiastic about history and her work. She’s no shrinking violet. When her life has been threatened, she fights back. She uses her intellect and what physical strength she has to give the villains a run for their money. She’s also got a great sense of humor and loves to tease Atakan who sometimes finds her American candidness a tad bold.

HH: What will readers love about Atakan?

CK: He too is well educated and very intelligent. Like Charlotte, he’s close to his family. His father is retired military and Atakan’s been raised with a strong sense of honor, purpose, and professionalism. He’s a man whose true nature is revealed layer by layer. He appears on the surface rather stern but as time wears on his sense of humor and friendliness come through.

HH: What do you think readers will enjoy most about this world you've created?

CK: I believe they’ll find the underwater world, especially as it is seen through Charlotte’s eyes fascinating and beautiful, although frightening at times. I’ve tried hard to recreate Turkey and Istanbul in particular. I’ve been to Turkey a number of times and love the country. I’ve worked to give the reader a sense of the look through architecture and village life, the smells of the spice market and the warmth of the people through interaction with the characters.

HH: What else can readers look forward to from you?

CK: I hope to release book 3 of my Knights in Time series later this year. It is called: Knight Blindness and is a time travel. I am considering starting book 4 in that series, which will also be a time travel. Next year sometime, I would like to write book 3 in the Dangerous Waters series. I am thinking of having two heroes in that book. One would be Charlotte’s brother, Nick, who is a Chicago SWAT cop. The second would be Atakan’s friend and partner, Iskender, who is an agent with the Turkish Ministry of Culture.

HH: What hobbies or interests do you have outside of your writing?

CK: I love to travel. I am a big reader and when I’m not reading for research enjoy catching up with my favorite authors. I am fascinated by the concept of time travel and reincarnation. I am a huge animal lover and try to participate in animal causes.

HH: What's your favorite quote ever?

CK: That’s a tough question because there’s so many favorites of mine but let me go with one from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. “The moving hand writes, and having writ, moves on: all your piety, nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line nor all your tears wash out a word of it.”

HH: What's your favorite social media and how to use it to let readers know about your books?

CK: You can find me on Facebook with news about my books, funny quotes, comments on movies I like, and once in a while pix of my dogs.

On Pinterest, I have boards of all my books with my “dream” cast. They’re good fun.

On my website I have trailers for all my books and other info like reviews and I also like to list my references for different stories.
I hope to have a Twitter acct. soon but don’t have one yet.

My books can be purchased at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, & Smashwords.

HH: Thank you!


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