The Caves of Etretat: Part One of Four

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Fantastic new version. Canadian bookstore owner Paul Sirenne heads to the town of Etretat, France, on the trail of a hundred year old mystery hidden in the pages of 'The Hollow Needle', by Maurice Leblanc.Together with Leblanc's great-granddaughter, Sirenne unearths puzzles, codes and historical mysteries, exposing a secret war for control of a cave fortress in Etretat's chalk cliffs. More
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About Matt Chatelain

Born in Ottawa, fifty-two years ago, I have been the owner of a used bookstore I opened in Ontario, since 1990. I have been writing since I was ten. Beginning with poetry, I quickly moved on to short stories and non-fiction pieces. I stayed in that format for many years, eventually self-publishing a franchise manual, as well as a variety of booklets.
Having semi-retired from the bookstore, I embarked on the project of writing my first serious novel, which I expanded to a four-book series after discovering an incredible mystery hidden within a French author's books.
My interests are eclectic. I like Quantum Physics,Cosmology, history, archaeology, science in general, mechanics, free power, recycling and re-use. I'm a good handyman and can usually fix just about anything. I'm good with computers. I love movies, both good and bad, preferring action and war movies. I can draw and paint fairly well but am so obsessed with perspective and light that I cannot think of much else. I am too detail-oriented.
I have been around books all my life. In my mid-forties, I decided to focus on writing as my future job. It took me five years to learn the trade. Now I know how fast I can write and how to develop my story and characters. I always wage an internal war to decide if my next story is going to be a mild mystery or a big stake epic. So far the big stakes are winning

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Review by: JORDAN MAHLE on Aug. 21, 2013 :
Awesome Book that keeps your interest from the beginning!
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Review by: Julie Mahle on Aug. 20, 2013 :
I loved this book and was totally hooked from the first chapter!!!
Can not wait to read the other three books in the series!
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Review by: ade on Dec. 06, 2012 :
so good just bought the follow ups.
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Review by: Carolyn Magura on Sep. 06, 2012 :
In my opinion – as a voracious reader (3/4 books each week) - this first book in author Matt Chatelain’s 4 book Sirenne Saga - The Caves of Etretat - compares VERY favorably with the style of writing, pacing, character and story development and plot complexity with books written by popular authors such as Jeffery Deaver, James Rollins, Gayle Lynds, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs. This complex, thought provoking, conspiracy action/adventure story sets the stage for the whole saga.

This first book in this epic series tells the story of Paul Sirenne – an average Canadian Bookstore owner in his mid-thirties who considers himself an armchair puzzle and mystery solver. An only child, Paul has grown up in a magical environment wherein his father continually developed increasingly more complex riddles and search problems for Paul to solve.

When the book opens, Paul learns that his father and his father’s wife had just been murdered, and that their bodies had been mutilated into forming the letters H. N.. A note sent by Paul’s father to him just before the murders sends Paul to the little town of Etretat, France. And so begins this epic quest by Paul and 4 very close friends.

The author has done an amazing job of weaving historical events into this book such that it had me wondering about whether or not the book’s version of history wasn’t more accurate than my previous perception! When I finished this book I was filled with 2 major thoughts: 1) YES, history is being re-written like it really could have been; and 2) how soon could I download and read book #2 in the series.

When checking out the author’s website, he admits that he purposely made the first 2 books in the series for free so that readers who liked his writing style and the story line would rush to read books #3 and #4. Count me in; I also invite you to come back and see my reviews of these books too.
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