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  • 358 pages
  • Djævlens Eliksir
  • Raymond Khoury
  • Danish
  • 15 September 2019
  • 9788763824 Edition Language Danish Series

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Djævlens EliksirMost 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 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 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 I know Khoury mostly from his historical fiction He has written several books in the genre and while they aren t the best of the category, they are often diverting and enjoyable This book, about a mystic belieiving drug dealer intent on revenge for past deeds and in search of the perfect and perfectly addicting synthetic drug, wasn t his best work.It was a quick and easy read a beach read if you will , but it didn t really grab or hold my attention The characters didn t ring true and parts I know Khoury mostly from his historical fiction He has written several books in the genre and while they aren t the best of the category, they are often diverting and enjoyable This book, about a mystic belieiving drug dealer intent on revenge for past deeds and in search of the perfect and perfectly addicting synthetic drug, wasn t his best work.It was a quick and easy read a beach read if you will , but it didn t really grab or hold my attention The characters didn t ring true and parts of the story line were far fetched The key to fiction like this is to make the reader care enough about the characters and the story line to ignore the most far fetched parts of the plot The DaVinci Code for example, had portions of the story line that were completely ludicrous in the light of day However, Brown pulled you in with the intrigue to the point where you stopped caring and just embraced the idea or at least I did That didn t happen here I couldn t find enough realism in characters or narrative to suspend my disbelief It is a fine line, but I don t think it works here.Not a terrible read, but if you re looking for something to pull you in, there are better examples elsewhere I won an ARC of this book Having never read any books by Mr Khoury, I can say this, I will be reading his other works WOW, what a read Kept me on the edge of my seat So much action it was almost hard to keep up Loved all the characters, even the evil ones Would nt have been good without them The story line was interesting in itself Made you think about it If his other books are as good as this one, then I will definitely enjoy them Won t discuss story line because if you have read his I won an ARC of this book Having never read any books by Mr Khoury, I can say this, I will be reading his other works WOW, what a read Kept me on the edge of my seat So much action it was almost hard to keep up Loved all the characters, even the evil ones Would nt have been good without them The story line was interesting in itself Made you think about it If his other books are as good as this one, then I will definitely enjoy them Won t discuss story line because if you have read his books before, then you know what to expect, if not, give it a try anyway You won t regret it very good , did not want to put it down Forget intelligent design This was perverse sadistic designI read this third Templar novel from Raymond Khoury on the back of the first two excellent outings The Last Templar and The Templar Salvation However, I must admit to feeling a little disappointed with this third caper for resourceful but troubled FBI agent Sean Reilly and his partner, the attractive and tenacious archaeologist cum novelist, Tess Chaykin Although badged as a third Templar novel because of the two leading characForget intelligent design This was perverse sadistic designI read this third Templar novel from Raymond Khoury on the back of the first two excellent outings The Last Templar and The Templar Salvation However, I must admit to feeling a little disappointed with this third caper for resourceful but troubled FBI agent Sean Reilly and his partner, the attractive and tenacious archaeologist cum novelist, Tess Chaykin Although badged as a third Templar novel because of the two leading characters, this novel doesn t have its roots in anything to do with the Knights Templar Instead, this story is concerned with the Mexican drug trade and in particular with the obsession of a suitably ruthless and sadistic drug boss, Raoul Navarro aka El Brujo The Shaman , to find the ingredients to a hallucinogenic drug First uncovered by an 18th Century Jesuit priest and then lost for good following Reilly s execution of Navarro s resident chemistry wiz, who had found it again, some five years earlier during a daring raid in Mexico the medicina is wanted by Navarro so he can profit from a predicted explosion in its use when its effect on the mind becomes known Indeed, the five year gap before El Brujo resurfaces, and the reason, is one of the intriguing threads to this tale.It opens promisingly enough in the Mexico of 1741 one of the things I liked about the two previous Templar novels was the switching back and forth from the middle ages to the present day but apart from this opening chapter time slips never happen again throughout the book and the exploits of two Jesuit priests, one of whom comes across a tribe of indians who possess a drug that provides such a high that on trying it he abandons his ministry and disappears despite the best efforts of his colleague to find him.Fast forward to the modern day and the plot embroils Reilly, and so by association Tess, when Navarro for some reason tries and fails to kidnap an old girlfriend from when Reilly was working with the DEA she naturally calls on Reilly for help A big reveal is given when the ex girlfriend, Michelle, informs Reilly that her four year old child, Alex, is actually his son It is the boy who becomes central to this whole story as events unfurl.Anyway, the plot starts to get slightlybizarre as we move from California biker gangs, to horribly graphic drug trips, disturbing drawings by Alex and ultimately to the realisation that Navarro s belief in reincarnation yes, really could be behind all that is happening Throw in elements of a frankly ludicrous DEA CIA off the books operation driven by one man s desire for revenge, with some law enforcement corruption thrown in for good measure, and I m not sure the literary alchemy works if I m honest.Throughout all this the driving force of the novel is provided by Reilly as he moves from one strange encounter and location to another trying to piece things together, all the while employing a first person narrative to explain things Indeed, the clever and analytical Tess only manages a relatively limited role in this novel, which basically consists of babysitting Alex and working out what his strange drawings are all about.I came away feeling that whilst the book is entertaining enough with an original, if somewhat unbelievable, plot and the James Bondesque action scenes are as compelling as ever, it just didn t match the page turning quality of Khoury s previous Reilly and Chaykin adventures for me The Devil s Elixir sadly does not do well by comparison I first came across Raymond Khoury when I became incredibly interested in Templar history, and since his debut historical thriller, The Last Templar took historical fact and turned into a piece of action packed fiction, well I couldn t really resist could I That and its sequel were extremely entertaining, and when I heard that a third book in the series was to be released, featuring indefatigable FBI agent Sean Reilly and Archaeologist Tess Chaykin once , I instantly pre ordered it.The thir I first came across Raymond Khoury when I became incredibly interested in Templar history, and since his debut historical thriller, The Last Templar took historical fact and turned into a piece of action packed fiction, well I couldn t really resist could I That and its sequel were extremely entertaining, and when I heard that a third book in the series was to be released, featuring indefatigable FBI agent Sean Reilly and Archaeologist Tess Chaykin once , I instantly pre ordered it.The third book in the series is perhaps the most adventurous in terms of personal connection for the main protagonists When Reilly receives a phone call from an ex girlfriend telling him she s in danger, the FBI agent finds himself mixed up with Mexican drug cartel and hardcore biker gangs Reilly world is instantly changed when Michelle, his ex, reveals a secret to him, and he suddenly realises there sat stake than ever before And why is a narcotic killer known as El Brujo after ancient drug that could change the way in which drugs affect the world, and what has it got to do with the ramblings of a Jesuit priest called Eusebio It sounds incredibly dramatic doesn t it At first, I have to admit, that I was a little apprehensive about this one Simply because Khoury strays from the Templar background altogether, so The Devil s Elixir is pretty much a thriller He also takes the brave step in writing it in the first person, from Reilly perspective, which again differs from the previous instalments But, in all honesty, it is one hell of a thriller It is so full of action, you simply get so absorbed by the thrill rides, you could almost forget your train What is so addictive about Khoury s stories, is that they are always dramatic in the good sense you could easily see the scenes play out in your own mind as if you were watching a brilliant high octane TV drama A resemblance to his TV writing days perhaps The change in perspective is actually a bold move that paid off, as it makes the whole book muchpersonal you really do get into the head of Reilly, especially as you follow the action along with him You feel for him, cheer for him, even shout at him forgetting where you are, urging him to get a move on This is not just your average macho, testosterone fueled FBI agent, this is a man that discovers a secret that has been kept from him for years, and you can t help but admire how he steps up in such a mature way to deal with the situation One of my qualms with The Templar Salvation previous book was how Tess Chaykin was portrayed as perhaps a dim secondary character, and I was pleasantly surprised how much she progressed as an adult as well as a character in this She s smart and practical, and you sympathise with herfor it.I loved the twists and turns this Book seemed to have, as they felt muchsmooth flowing and natural I especially loved El Brujo the sadistic antagonist in here as sometimes you just love a bad baddie, don t you He s insane, twisted, and believes the stuff he shouts about, which gives way to some pretty gruesome scenes, so if you are a little squeamish, be prepared.I was a little disappointed to not find any long lost mystery here, simply because you get so accustomed to these revelations, but instead imagine my surprise when I got to the last third of the book, only to discover a slightly paranormal angle Paranormal elements in thrillers are pretty unheard of, so it was exceptionally refreshing to read it, and put in such an authentic way too Khoury doesn t mock or embellish either, so it reads perfectly I loved this aspect of the book, and in fact the last third was so addictive, I devoured it in two sittings, which is unusual for me Sometimes, you have to love the types of books where the hero and baddie meet for the first time and the ending fight begin.On reflection, I did find a few points though that troubled me slightly This is very much an adult book, and such a specialised book too in terms of genre, but the amount of acronyms in here was a little mind boggling at times SDPD, EMS, DEA, NCIC, UCB and that is just the start Sometimes they are perhaps a little unnecessary, although for a reader used to reading this sort of terminology may disagree with me Khoury does explain the terms upon first use, but when you get two hundred pages or so in and you see one that was told towards the early stages of the book, you can be excused for forgetting that particular term, can t you I also was a tad disappointed about the lack of location in this book In his previous books, you get accustom to travelling to deserts, cliffs, abandoned monasteries hidden in rock faces, old libraries of the Vatican well you get the picture and when reading the blurb, you can picture deep South American rain forests, jungles, but sadly these hardly feature It is a very urban book, with city scapes, safe houses, biker garages etc It s not necessarily a huge downside, but I thought this gave to a slightly false blurb, and when the paperback was released with a different title Second Time Around with a different blurb and tag line, I understood why.There is no denying it however, The Devil s Elixir is one exciting, thrilling, absorbing and you know what, fun to boot thriller It has characters we ve become familiar with and turned things evenauthentic This isn t about chasing after religious and clandestine secrets any, this is a very real, very modern story It s all about characterisation and Khoury proves to pretty darn good at it It has a few shocks along the way, as well as an original paranormal element too, which doesn t cheapen the story, but rather strengthen it If you are a fan of the Reilly and Tess Templar series, then I assure you, despite the deviation, you ll enjoy this evenso, I did This can even be read as a standalone novel too, so if you are just a fan of thrillers, action orientated novels, then this will easily suit you huh p40 Hell, the gun I took off one of them s probably the one they shot him with, and now it s got my prints all over it Remaining ammo can be counted, yeah p70 We were chasing down a new outfit that was cooking up some seriously pure crank that was hitting the street p111 I was starting to feel pretty good about our chances despite the face that SoCal was rampant with one per centers which was what members of OMGs, to stick to the hip abbreviations outlaw motorcycle gangs, no huh p40 Hell, the gun I took off one of them s probably the one they shot him with, and now it s got my prints all over it Remaining ammo can be counted, yeah p70 We were chasing down a new outfit that was cooking up some seriously pure crank that was hitting the street p111 I was starting to feel pretty good about our chances despite the face that SoCal was rampant with one per centers which was what members of OMGs, to stick to the hip abbreviations outlaw motorcycle gangs, not thepopular OMG that s usually followed by four exclamation marks or a smiley face called themselves.p203 He told me he d made contact with the USACIDC the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command at MCB Quantico and requested the service histories that we needed.p212 Lina Dawetta came through for Perrini, as he knew she would wiz She told him that the target was using a new Verizon iPhone, which had helped.Mind boggling, indeed And here I was waiting for the Templars to show up.The truth is out there 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.


About the Author: Raymond Khoury

Raymond Khoury is the author of five consecutive New York Times and 1 international bestsellers, starting with his debut novel, THE LAST TEMPLAR His books have been translated into 38 languages, with over 10 million copies in print.Raymond came to writing thrillers from a career in screenwriting, which including the BAFTA award winning BBC series SPOOKS aka MI 5 in the US and Waking The Dead It partly explains why his novels are often described as cinematic and very visual As fellow bestselling author Steve Berry puts it his expertly chosen verbs cause the scenes to leap from the page You can literally feel the blows as they re landed wince as the bullets find their marks He has an intense brand of storytelling all his own THE LAST TEMPLAR began its journey to print as Raymond s third original screenplay, written for film in 1996 At the time, a book agent suggested turning it into a novel, and a major NY publisher, the first to read it, offered Raymond a huge advance for the as yet unwritten novel, with one condition Lose the religion It s boring Change the Templars secret to gold, diamonds, a physical treasure After much tortured consideration, Raymond turned the offer down, his first potential check from writing Almost exactly ten years later, his novel, based on that screenplay religion included became a global bestseller, hitting 1 in multiple countries and getting adapted into an NBC miniseries.Raymond s thrillers are based on big themes that interest him such as international politics and conspiracies, fact vs faith, why we age and die, what do we really know about reincarnation, about mind control He explores these themes in depth, with heavy emphasis on research, and often combines a historical angle to his stories As such, some of his novels THE LAST TEMPLAR, THE SANCTUARY, THE TEMPLAR SALVATION, RASPUTIN S SHADOW feature dual timelines the bulk of the stories are set in the present day, interspersed with chapters that take place in the distant past As Booklist puts it, Khoury s thrillers engage the reader s mind, even as they move at a breakneck pace Readers who like their thrillers to have a solid intellectual component will enjoy Khoury s books very much Given the high quality of each of his novels, it seems fair to say that he may be around for a while Raymond s 8th novel is an epic alternate history and time travel story that Publishers Weekly called ingeniously inventive and a classic of the genre It is already out in the UK as THE OTTOMAN SECRET, and is out on Oct 1 in the US under a different title, EMPIRE OF LIES.To find outabout him and his work, visit his website at raymondkhoury.com or connect with him on his Facebook page or on Instagram author.raymond.khoury.