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Djævlens Eliksir MAKKERPARRET FRA KHOURYS TO TEMPELRIDDER B GER, FBI AGENTEN SEAN REILLY OG ARK OLOGEN TESS CHAYKIN, ER TILBAHE I EN BARSK NUTIDIG HISTORIE, OM STOFFER, GR DIGHED OG H VN ET UVENTET OPKALD En stemme, han ikke har h rt i fem r En desperat b n om hj lp, han er n dt til at reagere p Og to ord, der vender hans liv p hovedet Uden t ven tager Sean Reilly af sted for at hj lpe sin gamle ven, og pludselig befinder han og Tess Chaykin sig i et d dsensfarligt kapl b Et kapl b med tiden, med kidnappere, med en brutal mexicansk narkobarron og endda med deres eget lands myndigheder for at spore hemmeligheden bag et stof med en s unik og kraftig effekt, at det vil kunne ryste hele den vestlige civilisations fundament Fast paced thriller A maniacal Mexican drug lord is the centerpiece of the story Early into the book we get a big revelation about Agent Reilly The inerplay between Tess and Reilly is nice, some loose ends in Reilly s story are left for later. Reading Raymond Khoury s The Devil s Elixir can be hazardous to your sleep cycle You won t be able to put the book down until you reach the last page Once again, Khoury pairs up FBI agent Sean Reilly and archeologist Tess Chaykin whom long time Khoury fans already know from their tangled and dangerous destinies in The Last Templar and The Templar Salvation In this high energy thriller, Reilly and Chaykin shift their focus from Templar and Vatican mysteries to a potentiallydangerous secr Reading Raymond Khoury s The Devil s Elixir can be hazardous to your sleep cycle You won t be able to put the book down until you reach the last page Once again, Khoury pairs up FBI agent Sean Reilly and archeologist Tess Chaykin whom long time Khoury fans already know from their tangled and dangerous destinies in The Last Templar and The Templar Salvation In this high energy thriller, Reilly and Chaykin shift their focus from Templar and Vatican mysteries to a potentiallydangerous secret extracted and resynthesized out of the South American rainforest Eusebio, the priest who learned about a psychoactive alkaloid from a tribal shaman in 1741, viewed the sacred brew as a catalyst that could lead a seeker toward mystical enlightenment lvaro, his Jesuit brother at the mission, called the drug the devil s elixir In the hands of a present day drug lord named El Brujo the drug represents not only a belief changing experience but a chance for unlimited profits with a potionpowerful than meth, cocaine and heroine combined Reilly is is drawn away from New York into the high body count world of drug cartels and kidnappings when a former girlfriend calls to report her life is in danger Former DEA agent Michelle Martinez s story is so compelling that Reilly packs his bags and heads for San Diego immediately Soon, his life will be at risk as will Chaykin s One way or another, sparks fly when Reilly and Chaykin are involved in a case This time out, there are a couple of additional complications, one being that Reilly never told Chaykin about his earlier relationship with the seriously hot Martinez Khoury s story moves briskly with alternating chapters from the perspectives of El Brujo, southwestern FBI operatives, the drug lord s foot soldiers, Reilly and Chaykin This approach heightens the intrigue by showing the reader thrills, chills and plot twists that the primary characters have yet to discover Reilly is a strong willed, indefatigable FBI agent who gives everything he has to keep his loved ones safe while keeping the devil s elixir out of the black market supply chain At the same time, his conscience constantly asks him whether the ends justify his means Readers new to Khoury s fiction may think as they finish each chapter in The Devil s Elixir, certainly things can t get any worse than this Those who have read The Last Templar and The Templar Salvation know things never get better until the story s over because following a Khoury plot is similar to riding a snowball through hell The Devil s Elixir is a delightfully breath searing ride Most novelists with robust sales in their rear view mirror stick rigidly to the tried and true format that earned them their past successes In the highly competitive arena that is modern fiction book publishing there s nothing inherently wrong with a writer clinging tightly to formula, particularly when that formula has resonated with readers and the people cutting his royalty checks It happens all the time So it s both noteworthy and laudable when an author with Raymond Khoury s estimable tr Most novelists with robust sales in their rear view mirror stick rigidly to the tried and true format that earned them their past successes In the highly competitive arena that is modern fiction book publishing there s nothing inherently wrong with a writer clinging tightly to formula, particularly when that formula has resonated with readers and the people cutting his royalty checks It happens all the time So it s both noteworthy and laudable when an author with Raymond Khoury s estimable track record not only probes a new path, but does it with a result as satisfying and enjoyable as his new thriller, The Devil s Elixir Khoury burst onto international bestseller lists in 2006 with his blockbuster novel, The Last Templar The Last Templar and the three books that followed it have been translated into dozens of languages, and have charted in scores of countries If any bestselling novelist could rest on his stylistic laurels and adhere to formula, it s Khoury Kudos to him for choosing instead to present something a little different in his latest release For the legions of ardent fans of Reilly and Tess there are no worries, because the engaging duo are back in The Devil s Elixir However, in this breakneck thriller the whirlwind plot excepting the prologue unfolds entirely in the present day, as opposed to interweaving with a historical adventure as in Khoury s previous works And while Khoury s prose gets better andengaging with every book, with this release admirably continuing that trend, for the first time in any of his novels Khoury elected to write a large part of the book in Reilly s first person narrative Given his prior triumphs, Khoury certainly didn t have to craft the book that way That he did speaks well for him spreading his wings as a writer, and also enhances the immediacy and impact of the story for readers Yet while exploring narrative techniques unprecedented in his earlier books, Khoury still delivers what his fans have rightfully come to expect a gripping plot with astonishing twists, consistently alluring protagonists, and a really nasty villain who earns his menacing epithet, El Brujo The Sorcerer , many times over during the novel s course.This is Khoury s best book to date It will please his steadfast fans, and it will gain him many new ones I actually loved the first book in the series, The Last Templar with its shifts between the ancient and current stories Plus the TV miniseries was nice, even though there were quite a few changes in the conversion The second book was interesting too, but muchaction oriented than is common to the ancient treasure genre And then, this book continues the same trend, and belongs a lotto the pure action genre than the previous books I strongly believe I would have enjoyed this as a I actually loved the first book in the series, The Last Templar with its shifts between the ancient and current stories Plus the TV miniseries was nice, even though there were quite a few changes in the conversion The second book was interesting too, but muchaction oriented than is common to the ancient treasure genre And then, this book continues the same trend, and belongs a lotto the pure action genre than the previous books I strongly believe I would have enjoyed this as a standalone book, but as a continuation of the character s previous adventures, it feels like this story doesn t belong and my rating would probably be higher in that case view spoiler The prologue did promise a nice treasure hunt in New World, and I was expecting it until almost the end I almost expected this to be part 1 of 2 part book, with this book being a modern thriller, and part 2 would go in the details of the search for the ancient secret Maybe this is what he is planning, though there is a very tenuous secret left over from this book, and a bigger cliffhanger was pretty firmly resolved after all, who else will second guess the author s intentions, but us critics In short, it felt like this the entire story would still stand just in modern setting, minus the connection to the history.Putting Tess in the background, and making Reilly as the main character again, a process probably started in the second book was a bit disconcerting at first, but this may be understandable because the story revolves around his history and his area of expertise hide spoiler In short, if you have read the previous books, I would recommend this, with the caveat that you shouldn t judge the book by its cover or the previous leanings of the series And if you haven t read the previous books, and like a good action story, go for it

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