||Amber Quill Press
||Jan 1 2003
A Sinister portrayal of the cost of revenge
T. L. Gray’s romantic suspense novel The Chamber is a sinister portrayal of the cost of revenge. Maria is a journalist on a mission, who will bring drug dealer Benito Juarez to justice with her testimony, that is if she lives that long. In order to stay alive long enough to testify, Maria must trust Seth Harris, a retired soldier and CIA agent, as well as his “friends” to keep her safe and out of the hands of Benito Juarez and his crazy family; unfortunately that job is easier said than done. Eventually, Maria and Seth must come to terms with the horrors that they both suffer at the hands of the Juarez family before it is too late and they both die.
. . .the dialogue in The Chamber is superb and flows well within the plot. The emotions that the characters feel are clearly portrayed by the author and I found myself moved by their lives and their stories; these characters clearly capture the reader’s attention and hold on to it until the very end of the novel. The Chamber also meets the definition of a true romantic suspense; the reader is not sure how the story will end until the very last page of the book. While at times I found this book to be difficult to read because of the graphic nature of the writing and the very nature of the subject matter it dealt with; I did find this book to be a worth while read for those readers who enjoy romance with a darker flavor.
A Romance Review
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Can one woman stop a drug-lord?
Can one woman stop a drug-lord? That is what Maria Carvania, the journalist, thought, when she decided to obtain information and agreed to testify against Benito Juarez. Several agents and Maria’s family have been killed as the crime lord has tried to eliminate her.
That’s where Seth Harris comes in. Seth is an ex-Special Forces Soldier, and he has been recruited by the DEA to protect Maria. Seth does this quite begrudgingly. He tries to return Maria to the DEA agent who dumped her on him, but the agent has disappeared. Now Seth must deal with his own connection with this drug-lord, who is the son of the brutal crime lord Seth killed years earlier. Seth is forced to gather his old band of soldiers in order to protect Maria until she can testify.
This is one of those reviews nearly impossible to write. THE CHAMBER is a bone-chilling action story. I was enthralled from the first page, so much so that I am having a difficult time deciding what to write. There are almost too many elements in this book to count? Almost too many to count: romance, suspense, intrigue, action, drama, and light comedy are the ones that come to mind. Reading this book invokes feelings such as anger, sadness, grief, happiness, joy and relief. It has been awhile since I’ve read a book that moved at the pace THE CHAMBER did. You never knew what is going to happen.
One thing that makes THE CHAMBER so compelling is the various mysteries that involved each of the characters. Maria, for example. What is really motivating her? Why is she willing to risk life and limb to catch this drug-lord? What about Seth? Why did the agent dump Maria on him? What is about Seth that makes him the perfect man to find a way to save Maria? The motley crew of men working with Seth are amazing. There are Joan, Francis and Gabe, all men with saintly nicknames. The reader will enjoy finding out what each of these names means to the men who carry them. These men have a history behind them that will make you blink more than once. THE CHAMBER is so thorough that it answers every question about every character, including the three men working with Seth.
I find that I cannot say enough good things about THE CHAMBER. I will definitely make room in my schedule to read Ms. Gray’s next release. She certainly has a way of grabbing the readers’ interest and doesn’t let go until the final page.
2003 Rose Award Nominee
5 stars for this dark romantic suspense
Journalist Maria Carvania will settle the "debt" with legal justice but prefers something more biblically personal like an eye for an eye in her obsession to see Benito Juarez pay for the death of her brother. The truth is that she could never directly get at the Venezuelan drug lord except through testifying against him in a court of law. However, Juarez' thugs murder several agents while trying to kill Maria.
In Kentucky, Will Skaggs dumps Maria on former Special Forces veteran Seth Harris, who insists that he is retired and not trusting the desperate Juarez reach. Seth has no choice but to keep Maria safe because he is now a target too and has a history with Juarez also. As they fall in love, Maria and Seth must trust one another if they plan to live past the trial as Juarez will murder both of them without a qualm.
THE CHAMBER is a dark romantic suspense tale that hooks the reader the moment that one of Maria's protectors stops humming and never lets up until the climax. The writing is superb as it keeps sub-genre fans wondering if the duo and a few close saintly associates are going to make it even when they are supposedly safe in Kentucky. The lead couple is a solid pair trying to do the right thing and survive; however what makes the duo seem genuine is that though they fall in love, the romance serves as a powerful subplot that adds depth and realism to a strong thriller.
Reviewer Midwest Book Reviews
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Reader Reviews for "The Chamber"
|Reviewed by TL Gray
|The Chamber by T.L. Gray is an excellent suspense book with a splash
of romance. Journalist Maria Carvania wants justice but she also
wants revenge for the death of her brother by a Venezuelan drug lord,
Benito Juarez. The DEA and testifying against Juarez is the key to
her achieving justice; she needs to remain alive to do it. After
several agents die, Maria is thrown into the witness protection until
she can testify in their case. It seems nowhere is safe from Juarez
and his mob.
Ex Special Forces Agent Seth Harris only wants a simple quiet life in
Kentucky, which he has until the DEA drops off Maria "Pollyanna"
Carvania. Little does Maria know that Seth killed Juarez's father
Maria and Seth each have to deal with their past and learn to have
faith and trust in each other to make it to the trial alive.
From the beginning, T.L Gray draws you into the story and these
characters' lives and seizes your attention until the very end. The
character development is the key to this excellent novel, with the
character intentions and emotions are revealed slowly, but within a
unique and fast past paced story line. The romance aspect is a theme
within the book, yet the suspense takes center stage and more than
makes up for it. The Chamber is a thrill ride with a dark edge that
keeps you guessing until the very end. I can't wait for another
novel by T.L Gray.
Reviewer for Timeless Tales
|Reviewed by Cindy
|Maria Carvania is tired of running. Ever since she was put into the Witness Protection Program because she had gathered incriminating evidence against Benito Juarez, the head of the Venezuelan mob, she has been hauled from one safe house to another. Only they have turned out to be not so safe, and Federal agents assigned to protect her have ended up dead.
Will Skaggs, the agent assigned to the case, knows he has run out of options. No matter where he places Maria, Juarez seems to find her. Will knows that there is only one place where she will be safe until the trial, where she is scheduled to testify against Juarez. Driving her into the secluded hills of Kentucky, Will literally drops Maria onto his friend Seth Harris’ doorstep and drives away. Seth is furious with Will and determined to return Maria to him, but when the danger escalates, Seth knows he cannot leave her at the mercy of Juarez. Calling upon an unusual band of mercenaries to aid him, Seth and the rest of the group swear to protect Maria from Juarez and settle an old score in the process.
THE CHAMBER is a heart-pounding, gut-wrenching thriller filled with fast paced suspense and interesting characters. There is never a dull moment in this book! From the opening line to the epilogue, this book is filled with snappy dialogue and a unique plot that holds the reader’s interest. Ms. Gray carries out the plot and the development of the characters fabulously. Each and every character, including the secondary ones, are well planned down to the smallest detail. Maria is a strong heroine who has faced an extremely trying ordeal without losing the values that she holds dear. Seth Harris is a complex hero who cannot help but admire Maria even though he repels her idealistic nature. The band of mercenaries have seen and done horrible things in their lifetime, yet these men remain compassionate, witty, resourceful and strong. This reviewer especially enjoyed Ms. Gray’s use of “saintly” nicknames for the mercenaries. Throughout the book, this reviewer found herself making fun parallels between the nicknames and each character’s personality.
The romance aspect of the book takes a back seat to the suspense, but the heart pounding tension of the fight for survival more than makes up for that. Ms. Gray has written a wonderful suspense that showcases her talent and her eye for details. This reviewer will be watching as Ms. Gray climbs her way to the top of the ladder of success.
Reviewed by CINDY
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|Reviewed by The Romance Studio
|The hunt is on - for Maria Carvania, who has the misfortunate view that justice is for everyone. A journalist, she stumbled onto the right information at the wrong time. Maria takes on a Venezuelan drug-lord, Benito Juarez, after her brother's death, and finds that the people who try to help her end up dead.
The last resort - ex-special forces soldier Seth Harris and his band of unlikely soldiers, Father Francis, Joan of Arc, and the Arch-Angel Gabriel. But Seth wants the quiet life of his mountain retreat and his literature classroom, not the danger of attacking the son of a man he killed six years ago.
No choices left - when Maria is abandoned on Seth's door-step. He and his men diligently plan to keep Maria alive until the trial two months away. But under constant attack, and running for their lives, the carefully tended block of ice around Seth's heart begins to melt.
This is a keeper for anyone who thrills on the suspense of the chase. TL Gray knows her stuff and keeps the pages turning.
Overall rating:5 HEARTS/Excellent Sensuality rating: Very Sensual
Reviewer: Mary Ann Carman
April 16, 2003
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|Reviewed by Clayton Umbach
|Great story idea. Looking forward to an excerpt...|