Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Thieves of Darkness by Richard Doetsch and Giveaway!

The Thieves of DarknessFrom Goodreads:
Michael St. Pierre thinks he has left his days as a master thief behind him. He's just started dating again following the death of his wife and has embarked on a new relationship with a beautiful, smart woman named KC. But then, he gets word that his best friend, Simon, is being held captive in a brutal and isolated middle eastern prison, sentenced to death. For the first time, Michael must break into a prison, this time to rescue his friend. Imagine his surprise when he finds KC in the neighboring cell. After a thrilling rescue, the three journey to Istanbul to complete the mission that led to their incarceration.  
Simon and KC are on the trail of a map that holds a secret as ancient as mankind, a secret that has roots in the foundations of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. In order to get their hands on the map and save Simon's life, Michael and KC must complete an amazing series of stunts and thefts, outwitting the authorities and a ruthless and equally skilled enemy. Old family secrets and loyalties come into play as they race through the secret underground tunnels of Istanbul, and eventually travel deep into the Himalayas to a mysterious land that might be the legendary Shangri-La itself.
 Let me just say it. This book is a roller coaster ride. It's a thriller mystery and it is written very well. As soon as one part of a mystery is solved, you find yourself a part of another. It is a never ending ride as well as a compelling read. The main characters are likable and even though they are thieves, they only do "moral" thieving. Just this topic alone can make for interesting discussion, but it was in here only so you can like the heroes and heroine, Michael and KC, in the story. I will say, however, I did not always like the relationship between those two. At times, their distrust and bickering got tiring, but it also makes sense as if they were to trust each other too quickly. I feel that could have been worse. This book also has a changing POV, and it works in this book. You get a feel for all the major players in this running mystery.

I can see some might compare it to another book *coughDavinciCodecough* because there is a priest and it deals a bit with religious myths, but it is a book that stands on on it's own. And on top of that, it is well researched. ;) In fact those parts in the book that deal with religious undertones are only there to give the mystery more presence and it does not preach in any way. It does not step on the toes of any religion mentioned in the book.

I give this book 4 1/2 stars. If you like thrillers, I do believe you will like this one. The hardback version of this book has been out since Aug, 2010 and now it is being produced in mass market format starting today!

The publisher gave me this book for review and no compensation was given.

Giveaway! -is over! Thx for playing!
Would you like to win a mass market book of The Thieves of Darkness? The publisher is allowing me to do a giveaway! All you have to do is mention that you would like to win it in the comments section. Leave an e-mail if you don't have one in your profile. It's US only and ends on March 1, 2011 10PM MST.


  1. Oh I would love to win this one as I think I might enjoy it very much! Splendid review! Thanks !

  2. I think my friend would love this book. He's a big fan of the Davinci Code. I haven't read the DavinciCode, but I really should. ;) Great review.

  3. My daughter loves these kinds of books, I would love to win it for her.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  4. I've read The 13th hour by the same author and I absolutely loved it.

    I would love to read another one of his novels :)

    anedia @ gmail.com

  5. First time hearing about this one, sounds good! tWarner419@aol.com

  6. Ever notice how when ever a book mentions a priest and religion it is compared to The De Vinci Code?

    I don't read many thrllers, but I am interested to know what the heck moral thieving is. Maybe I need to get into this business? :P

    Please enter me.
    missie at theunreadreader.com

  7. I would love to win a copy! Looking forward!

  8. I don't read many thrillers but this one sounds really great. I love when the books are well researched and present the information in a way that's interesting and not preachy in the least. Brilliant review Melissa!


  9. Sounds like alot of fun-- count me in!

    Laura Hartness
    The Calico Critic
    CalicoCritic at gmail dot com

  10. Looks like a good book. I'd love to be entered to win.
    teawench at gmail dot com

  11. looks like an exciting read I would love to have a chance to win it


  12. I think this might just be the book for a friend of mine :)

  13. Love to win this, please enter me :)

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  14. I would love to win this book. It looks so good!!!!


  15. I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the review and giveaway.
    Love & Hugs,

  16. I would love to have a chance to read this book. Please enter me. =)


  17. Set in Istanbul? I would so love to read this book!

    misfitsalon [at] gmail [dot] com


  18. I would love to win this book- I enjoy reading a good mystery thrillers!!

    myra0502 at yahoo dot com

  19. Cool, hope to win!


  20. I really haven't read many thrillers at all, especially out of YA, but this definitely fascinates me. Fabulous review :)

  21. I would love to win this book.

  22. I would love to win this book. Thanks so much for posting the giveaway.


  23. Sounds like a great read! :) Thank you for the chance to win a copy. So, of course I would love to win a copy. ;D


  24. I would love to win this one.

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    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  25. I would love to read this book—please enter me to win!

    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

  26. I'd love to read this - thanks!


  27. Sounds like a great thriller. I'd love to won.


  28. Sounds like a great read. I would love to have this book.


  29. I saw this at the bookstore the other day, even read a few pages. It looked great but I'm trying to keep my budget in line. Your review makes me sorry I didn't get it, but I'll put my name in for the giveaway - thanks!

  30. I would love to win a copy thanks for the chance!


  31. cool! Please enter me in the giveaway!
    hense1kk AT cmich dot edu

  32. I love thrillers and have read great reviews of this one. Please enter me for this contest.


  33. I'd love to win it! Thanks for the giveaway!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  34. Would live to win this for my DH, thanks!


  35. This sounds like an exciting and enjoyable book. It will be added to my must have list.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  36. I've read a few other good reviews of this one. Please consider my hat thrown in the ring for the giveaway.


  37. Thrillers are my favorite genre of books. I would love to win this one. Thank you for the chance.


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