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A desperate race to save Japan from a monk’s terrifying prophecy sends two treasure hunters on the quest of a lifetime.
A disturbing prophecy sends a treasure hunting duo on an urgent race to rescue a country in Kaylin McFarren’s heart pounding new novel, Buried Threads. Full of erotic suspense and wild adventures, this is one trip that readers will never forget!
Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen work together as the successful owners of a treasure hunting company. But a seemingly simple assignment – to track down a priceless gem that is believed to buried in a shipwreck deep within the Sea of Japan – takes a starling, and dangerous, turn.
Faced with a monk’s dark prophecy that a natural disaster will soon strike Japan, killing millions, Rachel and Chase must embark on the mission of a lifetime in order to uncover the three cursed samurai swords that can avert the catastrophe.
Chaos ensues as their adventure takes them from shark infested waters and creepy caves to haunted hidden tombs and a confrontation with Yakuza gang members.
Time is running out as the prophecy’s day of reckoning draws near. Will Rachel and Chase succeed before disaster strikes?
1st Place - Winter 2014 Great Beginnings Contest, Paranormal (Mystery) - Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media
1st Place for Adventure in the 2014 Pacific Book Review Awards
“So perhaps we should be introduced?” He thrust out his right hand. “I’m Shinzo.”
Without hesitation, she took the proffered hand. “Rachel Lyons.” She bristled at the man’s touch—the strange sensation it evoked. Although she wanted to draw her hand away quickly, his other hand closed over hers and held it tight. After an endless moment he released his grasp and leaned back in his seat, giving her the space she craved.
He pointed at her files and borrowed copies of Emperors of the Han Dynasty and The Knights of Templar. “Looks like you’ve got some heavy reading to do. We definitely have a lot in common.”
She quirked her brows. “We do?”
“In regard to your interest in history. So what is it you do, Miss Lyons?” He flashed a wide, disarming smile.
She hesitated before answering. “I find missing things too…under the sea.”
“You’re a treasure hunter?” he asked.
“That sounds intriguing.”
She opened her file and felt his gaze sharply, as if he had reached out and touched her skin. She sensed that he wanted to delve further into her life, but for the next two hours she studied ocean topography and reports on strange sea creature sightings, and made a point of not sparing him more than the briefest of glances. The lights on the plane were eventually dimmed, and all around her window shades were pulled down.
It had been three long days since Chase left their warm bed in her father’s beachside cottage for salvage preparations in Japan. His absence and the anticipation of her trip had left Rachel completely exhausted. As the air thickened and the cabin stilled, her eyelids fought gravity. The gentle swaying and steady hum of the engines lulled her into a deep, dreamless sleep.
Eventually the sound of the breakfast cart jolted her awake. Still groggy, she forced her eyes open and inhaled the enticing aroma of hot coffee, reminding her of freshly ground heaven. However, her calm was short lived. With one look to her side, she realized the file she’d been reading prior to drifting off to sleep had been tucked into the seat pocket in front of her.
You’ve got to be kidding me. Rachel studied Shinzo while he sheepishly sipped his coffee. His concerted effort to avoid eye contact left her wondering if he’d taken advantage of her carelessness by snooping through her confidential papers. Everything she’d been sworn to keep secret might have been exposed to this invasive stranger, endangering not only Trident Ventures’s project but also the individual who had risked his life to hire them.
She hesitated before asking, “Did you by chance move my file?”
“Your papers fell,” he answered. “By the looks of them, you might want to keep those close to you, Miss Lyons.”
His inference was unnerving. Although tempted to ask if he’d found anything of interest, she simply mumbled, “Thank you.”
With that, Shinzo turned his view to the window.
Mindful of the cart’s proximity, Rachel stood abruptly and pulled down her carry-on. She emptied the seat next to her, zipped her bag shut, and returned it to the overhead bin. Then she resumed her seat and stared straight ahead with her hands clenched in her lap. Buried anxieties surfaced by the second, curbing her appetite. She shook her head, declining breakfast when it arrived in the hands of the blond flight attendant.
“That looks delicious,” Shinzo said, lowering his tabletop. Rachel watched as a tray containing a cheese omelet, blueberry yogurt cup, croissant, and strawberry jam was set down before him. The flight attendant returned a second time with coffee, cream, and sugar.
Wonderful. Rachel picked up the in-flight magazine and flipped blindly through its pages. She rocked her heel nervously, anxious for this tortuous ride to be over. Her cheeks warmed at the practically pornographic noise that came from her seatmate as he threw his head back and munched gratifyingly, his eyes closed in contentment. She noticed a spot of jam on the corner of his mouth and looked away determinedly.
“There’s nothing better than warm bread and eggs in the morning,” he said, recovering from his omelet orgasm.
Rachel glared at the annoying man, willing him to be sucked out the window. But then she’d never know his whole story. “You’re not a private investigator, are you, Mr. Shinzo?” she grilled.
He picked up his torn roll and smeared it with more jam. “I never said I was.”
“But you inferred as much.”
“That was never my intent. If you recall, I never told you what I actually recover.”
She shook her head and sarcastically laughed. “Oh my God…you’re a treasure hunter, aren’t you? I’ve been sitting next to my competition this whole time.”
Shinzo chuckled. “Not quite.”
“So what do you collect then?”
“I think you’d have a hard time believing me if I told you.”
“Try me,” she said then inwardly cringed at her insistence.
After another well-chewed mouthful, he looked directly at her and replied in a matter-of-fact tone, “Souls.”
San Francisco Book Review - 5 out of 5 stars
“Some people come into our lives, leave footprints in our hearts, and we are never ever the same.”
When it comes to the characters of Rachel and Chase, readers will find the two of them leaving those footprints. The character development of Rachel and Chase is that strong, with the dialogue throughout the book authentic in propelling the story. Readers will find them so realistically portrayed that they will come to care about them as if they were part of their lives. Although the second book of a series, a major strength of this novel is its stand-alone quality. If readers never read //Severed Threads// to meet Rachel and Chase, they will come to know them well in //Buried Threads// fully understanding the new story that is presented. Of course, at the story’s conclusion, readers may have the desire to go back in time to the first book to know more of the two as they wait anxiously for the third book’s publication to know even more.
After accepting a contract to recover a lost treasure in the Sea of Japan, Rachel and Chase discover that this job also involves more, with many lives at stake. The story begins with Kenji Ota and Takashi Bekku discussing Satoru Yamada hiring the American company, setting an appropriate mysterious backdrop that pulls in readers. The conflict escalates with both the circumstances of their contracted recovery, as well as within the personal relationship of Rachel and Chase.
The many levels of this story will engross readers into the world of the Japanese syndicate, a Buddhist monk, and the American couple, while they quickly read to a satisfying conclusion, absorbing the culture within which the story is set along the way.
ForeWord Review/Clarion Reviews
Buried Threads, an erotic thriller, combines the action and adventure found in a Clive Cussler novel, the plotting and romance of Danielle Steel’s books, and the erotic energy and supernatural elements of a work by Shayla Black. Equally plot and character driven, it has a superb balance of action, character reflection, and introspection.
While their romantic and working relationship appears to be strained, professional divers and treasure hunters Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen are hired by a mysterious monk to travel to Japan and recover three ancient swords. Priceless, the swords are instrumental in stopping an ancient prophecy that foretells the destruction of Japan. To reach the swords, Rachel and Chase swim through hungry goblin sharks and flesh-eating eels to the underwater entrance of a secret temple. There, they face evil entities and Indiana Jones-like traps and obstacles, such as poison darts and deadly blades, poised to cut them to pieces. Thwarted at every turn, Rachel and Chase must stop apocalyptic forces from annihilating Japan.
Buried Threads, the follow-up novel to Kaylin McFarren’s Severed Threads, contains enough backstory about the main characters, Rachel and Chase, that it is not necessary to have read the previous novel. Expert writing allows moments where the reader is given access to each major character’s thoughts. These shifts in perspective and pace are done effortlessly, without the character going off in a direction extraneous to the gist of the story.
The novel is not formulaic. True, it has explicit sex scenes, but they are not gratuitous. The eroticism is enhanced by the variety of emotional relationships between the characters that engage in sexual congress throughout. Rachel’s and Chase’s loving connection is beautifully contrasted with the intense relationship of ritual and submission between Mariko, a geisha, and Kenji, a wealthy Japanese businessman with yakuza ties. McFarren writes, “Kenji was her danna, her master. The man who had agreed to pay twenty thousand dollars for each of her seasonal kimonos, provide her housing, and address all of her needs...She had resigned herself to her fate. There would be no looking back, no shameful regrets...not unless she was willing to negate their agreement and destroy the reputation she valued more than life itself.”
Filled with vivid descriptions that jump off the page, Buried Threads makes Japan a character in the novel. With a Janus-like split personality, modern Japan is described as having elements of old Japan, like honor and tradition, wedded with the influences of Western society and high technology. McFarren writes, “It seemed the only product sold here was pleasure. In both directions were bars, hostess clubs, pachinko parlors, and Turkish-style baths. It was a postmodern red light district complete with air conditioning, piped-in music and automated doormen.” Ironically, Rachel and Chase, who are American, must save this new hybrid Japan from old, malevolent magic with good magic.
McFarren, also the author of the novel Flaherty’s Crossing, has raised the bar for the erotic thriller.
Midwest Book Review
If you’re a fan of murder mysteries but eschew the usual genre-formatted adventures that offer too-predictable protagonists and not enough depth, it’s time to take a look at Buried Threads: a horse of another color. More than a murder mystery, this mingles a treasure hunt, an international race against time, a dark prophecy, Japanese culture, erotic encounters and a clever killer’s modus operandi into a story that just won’t quit.
Buried Threads opens with a bang: “Kenji Ota didn’t fit the description of a bloodthirsty killer. Upon meeting him, it would be difficult to believe he’d gotten away with murdering at least twenty-five men.”
The tension never ends: as new twists pepper the plot, readers will find their expectations and viewpoints enhanced and expanded. As successful owners of a treasure hunting company, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen have, over the years, honed routines virtually guaranteeing success; but their latest lead is anything but habitual and as they delve into international affairs in the process of tracking down a shipwreck’s precious cargo, they fall under the scrutiny of a seasoned, deadly killer.
Fans of Indiana Jones will find a lot to like here: Rachel and Chase move from adventure to adventure with nary a breather. There’s everything from sharks to caves and hidden tombs … and, of course, a gang is involved, thwarting their investigations at every turn. Rachel and Chase grow and learn from their cross-cultural encounters in the process of their hunt: even Buddhist enlightenment isn’t unheard of in the course of events. Japanese history and ethnicity also lends an extra dimension of cultural understanding to the saga. Buried Threads is also about broken relationships, healing, and rediscovery: these elements of psychological tension are another unexpected thread running through the thriller format.
There’s a healthy dose of romance representing one of the ties of Buried Threads, there’s high adventure and much mystery, and there’s solid tension in an erotic thriller that just doesn’t quit. Seasoned fans of romance, mystery, and thriller writing will find this crossover title successfully blends elements of all three under one cover, creating a powerful piece of soft-core porn that adds an extra dimension to all three genres.
From geishas and Japanese street gangs to women just beginning to realize their inner strength, Buried Threads incorporates it all. It sounds almost too busy; but all these elements come together in a logical, satisfying progression that uses life’s slings and arrows, twists and turns to provide an outstanding backdrop to what really matters: love. And without giving away the ending of the story (which will take many a seasoned mystery reader by surprise) suffice it to say that ultimately events come full circle, offering both a conclusion and the seeds of new experiences to come in an earth-shaking epilogue that neatly ties everything together.
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