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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.
©2013 Catherine Tetzlaff (P)2013 Catherine Tetzlaff
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4 out of 5 stars
By shacary on 03-29-14

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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4 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 11-22-13

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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2 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 04-04-17

Fed up of waiting for the story to start

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone looking for detailed gay sex rather than a detective story.

Would you ever listen to anything by X. Aratare again?

No I wouldn't listen again. I got as far as chapter 17 of 18 and the story still hadn't started.

What about Chris Patton’s performance did you like?

The narrator did extremely well portraying the various characters.

What character would you cut from The Artifact?

I thought the characters were very good. I wouldn't cut any of them.

Any additional comments?

I felt the romance was very cheesy, predictable and went on for too long.

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5 out of 5 stars
By I. Fenton on 11-22-13

My first ever Audio book and it was great!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Artifact to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book but the audio one had me riveted from the first word.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Artifact?

The end - I was very upset that I have to wait for book two. Apart from that the first meeting between Dale and Sean.

What about Chris Patton’s performance did you like?

His ability to make sure each Character had his/her own voice so that I was never lost as to who was speaking or thinking.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I have no idea I don't watch movies much so I don't know what taglines work.

Any additional comments?

A perefect book to start my listening adventure with.

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