The Artifact : The Bodyguard (Aratare)

  • by X. Aratare
  • Narrated by Chris Patton
  • Series: The Bodyguard (Aratare)
  • 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dane Gareis is a wealthy, reclusive young man with a traumatic past, but a spine of steel. When his father is killed in a mysterious plane crash, Dane carries on the family business and continues his passion for the very antiquity that got his father murdered - a golden sarcophagus belonging to an ancient cult known as the Ydrath.
Soon, the Ydrath threaten him as well, and Dane seeks to hire a bodyguard he can trust. Someone who can protect him, and someone who will respect his boundaries. While he gets the first two, the third requirement falls apart when he hires Sean Harding.
Sean Harding is an ex-detective with a sixth sense for danger. After his entire unit was murdered in a drug bust gone very wrong, he is a broken man who thinks only of revenge until he takes the job protecting the Gareis CEO.
Sean's attraction to the vulnerable Dane gives him new purpose, but his past is not escaped so easily, and his sixth sense tells him that there is more to the Ydrath than even Dane knows.

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Customer Reviews

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eerie , if a bit slow

If you could sum up The Artifact in three words, what would they be?

Complex, haunting, eerie


Who was your favorite character and why?

Sean, the inner dialogue and perhaps the catalyst


Have you listened to any of Chris Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I adore Chris Patton's narration. He pauses in just the right place, delivers the dialogue crisp and full of emotion. I have begun looking at all the books I notice he narrates.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was like a great old fashion horror movie. one where it wasn't just about mutilation, where the story rolled out with enough " mysterious incidents" to continually drive the story forward.


Any additional comments?

X. Aratare writes a fascinating scintillating horror story, that also has haunting realistic characters with depths of intrigue and flaws . I'm looking forward to hearing the next installment.

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- shacary

Unfinished Story

What did you love best about The Artifact?

I really love the characters and the story line has promise. Just wish something would have been resolved in the book.


Any additional comments?

It is as if the story stops in the middle. There are no answers and apparently book 2 is not available at this time (audio or ebook). I would recommend you wait to listen to this one until book 2 is released.

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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-19-2013
  • Publisher: Raythe Reign Publishing