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by Raymond Khoury

Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, the heroes of Raymond Khoury's New York Times bestselling Templar novels, return in an edge-of-your-seat thriller that reaches from the present day back to 1700s Mexico—and beyond… What if there was a drug, previously lost to history in the jungles of Central America, capable of inducing an experience so momentous—and so shocking—that it might shake the very foundations of Western civilization? What if powerful forces on both sides of the law launched a ruthless, no-holds-barred pursuit to get their hands on it? What if FBI agent Sean Reilly and archaeologist Tess Chaykin were the only ones who could stop the unthinkable from happening? And what if they’re already too late?  
Download The Devil's Elixir (A Templar Novel) epub
ISBN: 0451237560
ISBN13: 978-0451237569
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Raymond Khoury
Language: English
Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (August 7, 2012)
Pages: 528 pages
ePUB size: 1761 kb
FB2 size: 1344 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 780
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I'm a big fan of Khoury and while I respect him for trying to take the series in a new direction (let's face it, the Templars have been beat into the ground), I felt like this third book was not as good as the first two.

I think part of the reason for it is that the other two books were written entirely in third person whereas this one jumps between third and first. It was especially strange because one of the main characters, Sean Reilly, is now written in first person when he was not in the past. To suddenly have a character be written so differently in the middle of a series is kind of awkward. Plus, in general, I'm STILL not a fan of this increasing trend of swapping between first and third person. I find it jarring and it comes across to me as a lazy way of getting around the drawbacks of each POV type. Some of my favorite authors are succumbing to it and I'm disappointed because I feel like they are better than that.

I was also disappointed that it wasn't as historical as the first two books. In fact, apart from an opening scene set in the 18th century, there are pretty much no historical elements in the entire book. Aside from the main characters being the same, there is nothing to link this into the "Templar Series".

It was otherwise well written with a good plot, Khoury still knows how to bring a scene to life and the premise of the book, although not very historical, was still interesting. So while not my favorite from Khoury, it was still a good read.
Beginning in the ancient world of the indigenous tribes of the Amazon, to today, an ancient manuscript creates a belief in reincarnation in a dangerous narco-terrorist, while also providing hints about a powerful drug he will stop at nothing to discover how to manufacture and distribute as the next scourge to decimate the youth of our country and others. It's up to Reilly and Tess, and their friends at the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to stop one of the most dangerous, ruthless men they've encountered, while also saving their son.
This is the third book in Khoury's Templar series, and if I'm not mistaken it might be the first one written in the first person style, as told by Sean Reilly. It took me a little getting used too but after adjusting it was a typical Khoury novel. As is sometimes the problem, he wraps things up very quickly in the last few chapters, with a lot of questions and answers coming in the last 40 pages or so. I love Khourys first three books and will continue on to book four, Rasputins Shadow soon...hopefully we'll get back to the Templar theme as that isn't addressed at all in this volume.
For Petes sake,what a rook. Jungle on cover n exciting plot write up. A soapopera story of guy n girlfriends n bad guys. No jungle adventure. We are to get excited over some butcher drug guy. THEN comes the last part of the book. Outrageous treatment of a child! Double,double crosses n twisted minds. Bizarre drug uses.. I did not read authors other books n do not want to.
I was such a fan of the first two books in this series, at first I was skeptical, as this storyline varied significantly from that. The main characters are deep and developed enough that the story was still excellent even without the strong historical pull. In my opinion, start from book one in the series. The development of the characters makes this such an enjoyable ride.
A story has a beginning, middle, and an end. This novel begin in an interesting page-turner way, and died in the middle. I tossed the book. I love this author, but he missed the mark with this book.
The author write exciting books that are hard to put down and this one does't disappoint. A different subject than the Templar books, but there plot is exciting. The last part of the book appears more hurried than one comes to expect from Khoury and some of the knotty elements are solved quicker tan expected from him. Perhaps he needed to finish more quickly. Still, the story line, characters, and pace were of high quality.
An enjoyable read especially for those who want to continue to follow the heroes of the Templar set.
Intriguing story, good book & good vendor