Book Title: Drachen

Author: Brendan Le Grange

Publisher: Le Grange

Publication Date: August 19th 2015

Genre(s): Thriller

Pages: 300

Format Received: ARC (eBook)

Goodreads: A marine archaeologist standing up for herself. A psychopath with mother issues. A hitman who hates failure. A soldier with a point to prove. And a treasure that tests every allegiance.

Brett Rivera has spent three years searching for the Drachen. The day she finds it is the day her life changes: there is no sign of its legendary treasure and now a cold-blooded killer is hunting her. What does he know that she doesn’t?
Brett is chased in Finland, double-crossed in Tallinn, abducted in Lübeck, and shot at in Bremen as this action-packed thriller dashes across northern Europe, barely pausing for breath.

A shipwreck. A lost treasure. A hell of a race from one to the other.

Readers’ Favorite give it 5 stars, calling it an “enthralling adventure tale filled with secret passageways, puzzles, codes and clues.” 

My Review: Thanks so much to Brendan Le Grange and Booklover Catlady Publicity for my copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest professional review.

I adored this book. It was right up my street. It was fast paced, thrilling, full of intrigue and mystery, and codes and symbols.

It reminded me of a mix between Indiana Jones, James Bond, Ben Hope (by Scott Mariani) and a Dan Brown novel. Yes, I know that is one hell of a mix up, and that is why it only took me one sitting to read the entire novel, it was so good that once I had started, I couldn’t stop.

As a polar opposite to the characters mentioned above, this novel doesn’t have a hero, it has a heroine and she is one smart cookie – tough and durable, and is probably what every girl dreams of becoming one day.

Overall, Drachen is a fast paced thriller that will have you turning page by page with such quick succession that you will read the final word, finish the book, sit back and draw a breathe – it is phenomenal.

As a leaving note, I give this novel 4* and not 5* due to the structure of the novel. I prefer longer chapters, not 1 or 2 pages. Also, some of the chapters ended a little too abruptly, leaving me wondering if something was amiss.

About the Author: Brendan le Grange was born and educated in South Africa, though he now lives between Manila and Hong Kong with his beautiful wife and daughter. As a business consultant, he has travelled to forty countries and lived in three. And it was during the reading binges to break up these transits – with the likes of Clive Cussler and Jack du Brul – that the writer began to emerge, bringing to life the cities, characters, and history he encountered. Le Grange’s debut action thriller, Drachen, is a wild chase through North Europe along the Baltic coast. Based on a reimagined history of the medieval Hanseatic League, a young marine archaeologist discovers evidence of a treasure so valuable, it will test every allegiance. For more information on Brendan Le Grange, visit his website.


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