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on Oct. 29, 2012 :
Archaeology is an endlessly fascinating subject, and the treasures found are often in dispute with countries who claim the artifacts against the backdrop of the teams that find them. This is a book that focuses on an aquatic archaeologist, Charlotte, who believes she has located a ship that was sunk in the battle of Troy, detailed in the Iliad. The Turkish archaeologist also assigned to this dig is less certain, and has many reasons to mistrust Charlotte, after she was unfortunate enough to witness the death of a state agent placed to ensure the safety of any artifacts recovered.
With a tremendous amount of research into place and procedure, the author has managed to seamlessly blend the multitude of facts into this mystery / suspense / romance in a manner that makes for a page turning read. The characters are developed with panache and substance: both the personal quirks and professional pride combine in a unique way to create a palpable picture.
Dialogue is well developed and feels as if it could happen, while the twists and turns in both the archaeology and the murder mystery have many possible solutions that are scuttled until the picture is complete at the end of the book. A truly unique and well-crafted mystery, with a little romance tossed in to spice up the interactions of the characters.
I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review on the FMB Tour. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
(reviewed long after purchase)