Golden Chariot

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.

5-Star review- As with her other books, Chris Karlsen has impeccably researched her topic. Golden Chariot is engaging and full of information and insight. I thoroughly enjoyed this smart, well-written story and am looking forward to reading more from this author. Josie–Night Owl Reviews


Dan Brown underwater! I thoroughly enjoyed this romantic thriller. Charlotte Dashiell, the heroine is a nautical archaeologist with an interesting and unique theory she’s trying to prove. I appreciated the imagination behind her theory. Charlotte engaged me from the beginning where she is caught on a sinking boat to the end of the story.” Seattle Examiner


Byzantine Gold

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.

Karlsen delivers another action packed thriller rich with description of Turkey. The romance between Charolette and Atakan continue to enthrall as an old enemy closes in deteremined to finish them off for good. Intense and vivid character portrayals of the villain Tischenko as well as the main characters and terroists. Karlsen keeps you in suspense wondering what will happen next and how it will all end. Highly recommended. – THE LADY DARLENE


In Byzantine Gold, Chris Karlsen, once again, exceedingly crafts a tale of international intrigue…… deeply intricate, layered, and perfectly balanced. Karlsen weaves clever hooks through out keeping the read fast paced and heart pounding! I loved it!!

Feisty heroine Charlotte Dashiell and her now lover archeologist/ government agent Atakan Vadim are back to us from Karlsen’s highly successful Golden Chariot. Throw in their nemesis Maksym Tischenko, buried treasure, brilliant Mediterranean scenery , dashes of history and you have the great combination of suspense, steamy romance, and humor. Highly recommend! – Kathryne Nilsen