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The Event Group tackles their most challenging mission yet in this no-holds-barred thrill ride from the New York Times bestselling author of Ripper and Legacy Perfect for fans of Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly, the latest gripping thriller from David L. Golemon takes the Event Group---the nation's most secret agency---to the brink in a heart-stopping race The Event Group tackles their most challenging mission yet in this no-holds-barred thrill ride from the New York Times bestselling author of Ripper and Legacy Perfect for fans of Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly, the latest gripping thriller from David L. Golemon takes the Event Group---the nation's most secret agency---to the brink in a heart-stopping race against time. Rumors of the seemingly magical victory that allowed the Exodus of Israelites from Egypt have resonated through the archaeological world for decades. Now evidence has been discovered that points to a new explanation of how the ancient Hebrews destroyed the unstoppable army of Pharaoh with a tribe of warriors who disappeared a generation later, after the destruction of the City of Jericho, taking with them the most valued treasures of a people without a homeland. Today a treasure of a different kind is unearthed at the lost ruins of Jericho, one that will change the history of God's Chosen People for all time—the petrified remains of an animal that could not exist. Enter the Event Group. Led by Col. Jack Collins, the Group's brilliant men and women gather to discover the truth behind not only the Exodus, but also the magnificent animals that led the defeat of Pharaoh's army. On a whirlwind race to save the most valuable treasure and artifacts in the history of the world from those who would destroy them, the Event Group will come face-to-face with every myth, legend, and historical truth that has ever unfolded in the mythic and larger-than-life Carpathians---or as the area was once known, Transylvania, the land of Vlad the Impaler. The newest pulse-pounding installment in the New York Times bestselling Event Group Series, Carpathian pushes the limits of suspense, where every chapter contains new twists and revelations in this exciting, page-turning read.


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The Event Group tackles their most challenging mission yet in this no-holds-barred thrill ride from the New York Times bestselling author of Ripper and Legacy Perfect for fans of Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly, the latest gripping thriller from David L. Golemon takes the Event Group---the nation's most secret agency---to the brink in a heart-stopping race The Event Group tackles their most challenging mission yet in this no-holds-barred thrill ride from the New York Times bestselling author of Ripper and Legacy Perfect for fans of Clive Cussler, James Rollins, and Matthew Reilly, the latest gripping thriller from David L. Golemon takes the Event Group---the nation's most secret agency---to the brink in a heart-stopping race against time. Rumors of the seemingly magical victory that allowed the Exodus of Israelites from Egypt have resonated through the archaeological world for decades. Now evidence has been discovered that points to a new explanation of how the ancient Hebrews destroyed the unstoppable army of Pharaoh with a tribe of warriors who disappeared a generation later, after the destruction of the City of Jericho, taking with them the most valued treasures of a people without a homeland. Today a treasure of a different kind is unearthed at the lost ruins of Jericho, one that will change the history of God's Chosen People for all time—the petrified remains of an animal that could not exist. Enter the Event Group. Led by Col. Jack Collins, the Group's brilliant men and women gather to discover the truth behind not only the Exodus, but also the magnificent animals that led the defeat of Pharaoh's army. On a whirlwind race to save the most valuable treasure and artifacts in the history of the world from those who would destroy them, the Event Group will come face-to-face with every myth, legend, and historical truth that has ever unfolded in the mythic and larger-than-life Carpathians---or as the area was once known, Transylvania, the land of Vlad the Impaler. The newest pulse-pounding installment in the New York Times bestselling Event Group Series, Carpathian pushes the limits of suspense, where every chapter contains new twists and revelations in this exciting, page-turning read.

30 review for Carpathian

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Wilson

    4.5 Stars THAT ENDING...WHAT!!!!!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    I think David Golemon needs a copyeditor. Or a proofreader. Something. Anything. I started the Event Group series with the expectation that it would be silly fun, and nothing more. The first few books were silly, but they were also mildly entertaining, so that's fine. Unfortunately, as time passed, the books became less about the unexplained and more about the incomprehensible ... writing. For example, in Ripper (taking the beaten-to-death and back again trope of Jack the Ripper), I literally cou I think David Golemon needs a copyeditor. Or a proofreader. Something. Anything. I started the Event Group series with the expectation that it would be silly fun, and nothing more. The first few books were silly, but they were also mildly entertaining, so that's fine. Unfortunately, as time passed, the books became less about the unexplained and more about the incomprehensible ... writing. For example, in Ripper (taking the beaten-to-death and back again trope of Jack the Ripper), I literally could not understand what was going on in some scenes. Here's a link to my review, because I honestly cannot fathom going over that gelatinous globby mess of a book again. And yet, there's something masochistic in my reading nature. I'll get burned by a book and then pick up the sequel wondering, "Can it really get any worse?" Newsflash to myself: Yes, it can. It will. I promise. Enter: Carpathian. To be fair, Golemon seems to have overcome his allergy to commas, for most of them populate the proper places in this book. Usually. Now we have some truly epic sentences, containing about four independent clauses strung together by random marks of punctuation. There are also completely baffling "sentences" like this one: "The large soldier stood at attention barely Bible in the shadow-inducing tallow-fueled lamp as it spit out its weak light." It took me a full minute to realize that "Bible" is probably supposed to be "visible." How is a lamp "shadow-inducing"? Would a lamp, be it very weak, not drive away shadows? How does one "induce" a shadow, anyway? I would also have thought that a lamp used by the Roman Empire would be fueled by oil, not animal fat (tallow). Per this article from the Craven Museum in the UK, oil lamps were an alternative to tallow or beeswax candles. You can't really pour tallow into a lamp, as it is solid at room temperature. I'm sure you didn't start this review with the expectation of reading about tallow versus oil in Roman army lamps, but nitpicky is nitpicky. And that's just one sentence. The general premise of this book is that Israel's Exodus from Egypt didn't have divine assistance, but rather a "Lost Tribe" called the Jeddah who commanded armies of werewolves, called Golia. Okay, let's just run with this for a moment. It's the Golia who destroy the Egyptian army as they cross the Red Sea (which is more of a marsh than anything), and the Golia who destroy Jericho. After the Jericho business, though, the Golia tell Joshua they're sick and tired of doing all the dirty work, so they request permission to leave and take with them a holy relic. Joshua says, "Hmph, fine" and the Jeddah disappear, trekking north to end up in the Carpathian mountains. Question: if the Israelites had the Jeddah and their Golia at their disposal, why did they wait so long to get the heck out of Dodge? I mean, if you had giant killer wolves, wouldn't you say, "Right, I'm not going to be a slave/servant/hired worker any longer!" and sic them on the Egyptians pronto? Anyway. What Carpathian posits is that the Jeddah become "Gypsies" (the author's words, not mine). All through the book it's Gypsy-this and Gypsy-that and Gypsy Queen and oy vey. As far as I understand it, "gypsy" is a racial slur and has been used in really horrible ways. I believe Rom or Roma is the preferred usage. I felt so uncomfortable with all of the mysterious "Gypsy" ways. You couldn't be bothered to check whether that was an acceptable term or not? Ugh. Aside from that, there is really no story. Colonel Jack Collins, head of security for the Event Group, is being all flouncy about not letting his friends help him track down his sister's murderer (I guess his sister died in the last book? Missed that). He finally accepts that Sarah is not in love with the Evil Frenchman, Henri Farbeaux, and sexytimes are had. Jack's best friend, Carl Everett, requests a transfer out of the Event Group, and Alice, their spunky octogenarian secretary/lady of many secrets commits a serious security breach involving an embedded spy at the Vatican. While these characters were never exceedingly multilayered, this is like watching shadow puppets. There's no depth at all. A character appears, says stuff, and leaves. It's like they used up all of their character in the first few books and are now just cardboard cutouts. The "plot" isn't much better or any more believable. For example, Carl Everett and Jason Ryan (who is referred to as both "Jason" and "Ryan," often in sentences directly abutting one another), fly a military jet to Rome to extract their compromised spy, realizing that a top Mossad operative is on his tail. After many shenanigans (like, no one brought a map of Rome), they get ambushed by the Bad Mossad Guys but manage to escape. At this point, the spy says he wants to stay at the Vatican even though he might be compromised, and Carl and Jason are like, "Okay, dude. That's your choice." NO. Why did you fly to Europe to rescue someone who didn't want to be rescued and then you just leave him there as a bleeding open door to security? This makes no sense! The aforementioned Mossad operative is a dangerously beautiful woman with heterochromia iridium (two differently-colored eyes) which is referenced all the time. I get it. Her eyes are two different colors. Congratulations! Her name is Mika Sorotzkin, and as you may have guessed, she is in fact a "Gypsy Princess" working to gather information for the Jeddah. Now, here's another thing that bothered me, although I could be totally wrong about this, and feel free to correct me. "Sorotzkin" is a Slavic name. I found a book called Jewish Family Names and Their Origins: An Etymological Dictionary by Heinrich and Eva Guggenheimer that listed "Sorotzkin" as a derivative of Soroka, which is a Russian last name, or Sokja, which would be Czech. However, Mika is originally from Romania,where they speak Romanian (duh). Romanian is actually the fourth Romance language (along with Spanish, French, and Italian) and is not related to Slavic languages like Czech or Russian. So why she would have a Russo-Czech last name is just beyond me--presumably she speaks neither Russian nor Czech, but does speak Romanian and Hebrew. Secondly, how did she end up in the Mossad without any past history? I don't think they let just anyone walk in off the street, say they're Israeli, and then join up. Her main abilities seem to be: having two differently-colored eyes and not aging. I made it a third of the way through the book and nothing happened. There was all this weird setup with a casino in Transylvania and the Russian Mafia (naturally), but nothing really ... happened. I assume things happened in the end, because I read the last few chapters. And dangit. The teaser for the next book sounds slightly interesting, so help me. That's the problem with Golemon's later books: interesting ideas but atrocious execution. In my review of Ripper, I called it a "viscous glob of high fructose corn syrup, contaminated with e.coli and coated with hairballs." Carpathian isn't as bad as that; rather, it's more of a neverending river of flavorless flummery spotted with stomach-churning flecks of mold.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dee Haddrill

    Originally read 3 August 2013; listened to via Audible 25 April 2015 (knowing what comes in the following book made this a bit harder to listen to, but it also made me realise something amazing for future books... cannot wait!!!) How the hell am I going to last before the next book?? Even though this adventure is resolved, "Carpathian" ends with a massive cliffhanger, which, if you're anything like me, you are going to be absolutely desperate to read! But to focus on this book, the Event Group are Originally read 3 August 2013; listened to via Audible 25 April 2015 (knowing what comes in the following book made this a bit harder to listen to, but it also made me realise something amazing for future books... cannot wait!!!) How the hell am I going to last before the next book?? Even though this adventure is resolved, "Carpathian" ends with a massive cliffhanger, which, if you're anything like me, you are going to be absolutely desperate to read! But to focus on this book, the Event Group are this time on the search of the treasures of the Biblical Exodus, and to see if some of the legends about the Carpathian Mountains are real. As before, I feel like I'm back with family as the group interacts in sometimes sad, sometimes humorous ways. And the die hard romantic in me was thrilled to see Jack realise that Sara was not the least bit interested in Henri, and their romance is continuing strongly. Mr Golemon, please write quickly!!! I have been so drawn back into this series that I plan to start from the beginning again, with the original novel "Event".

  4. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    Excellent plot ruined by faulty research, lousy writing, and sloppy editing. The author has set the stage for the next installment, but it will be a tough slog, no doubt...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Reeda Booke

    If you like myths, legends, secret societies and covert government groups mixed in with some science then this book is for you. The Event Group is an ultra-secret government group approved by the president to investigate the truth of ancient historical mysteries and the impact it can have on our world. This event has to do with an ancient tribe of Israel and a secret weapon they have that was used during the Exodus and the Fall of Jericho. The mystery leads them to the Carpathian mountains where If you like myths, legends, secret societies and covert government groups mixed in with some science then this book is for you. The Event Group is an ultra-secret government group approved by the president to investigate the truth of ancient historical mysteries and the impact it can have on our world. This event has to do with an ancient tribe of Israel and a secret weapon they have that was used during the Exodus and the Fall of Jericho. The mystery leads them to the Carpathian mountains where the group discovers the reality behind some of the legends there and the treasure they are protecting. This was a fun, thrill ride that ends on a tremendous cliffhanger! I cannot wait for the next book to come out!! Highly recommended!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I look forward each year to the newest release in the Event Group Series. The adventures are always fun, the characters are enjoyable and the science fiction/historical aspect to Mr. Golemon's series are informative and entertaining. Generally, I purchase the hard cover of this series as soon as they're out, but this time I read it on my Kindle. One of my ongoing criticisms of this series is that each one has seemed to suffer from lack of a good proofreader. The Kindle version did not differ from I look forward each year to the newest release in the Event Group Series. The adventures are always fun, the characters are enjoyable and the science fiction/historical aspect to Mr. Golemon's series are informative and entertaining. Generally, I purchase the hard cover of this series as soon as they're out, but this time I read it on my Kindle. One of my ongoing criticisms of this series is that each one has seemed to suffer from lack of a good proofreader. The Kindle version did not differ from the print versions in this aspect. I found constant errors. There were multiple typos in Carpathian. The fact that I found them at all makes me think there are many more that escaped my notice. Golemon has a tendency in this one to alternate his pronouns when referring to the animals featured in the plot. In one sentence he uses "he" and the next sentence, "it," even when the story is told from the animal's own point of view. Reading on the Kindle always makes novels seem longer than reading the print versions. Carpathian was slightly longer in page count than previous Event Group novels, but the fact that the first third of the novel weighed heavily toward the villains and another group of characters involved in the story made it seem a slog. I wanted to get to my beloved Event Group personnel. This factor, in addition to a very lengthy action sequence at the end made me think that in addition to a proofreader, Golemon might benefit from a new editor. For all of these reasons, I can only give this three stars. For the first time, I just wanted to finish an Event Group novel. Previously, I've not wanted them to end. All of that said, the payoff as to the "treasure" was quite good, although not unexpected. Golemon's recurring characters were on point and made me laugh out loud, as always. The end of Carpathian sets up the next novel - one I'm definitely looking forward to reading.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Wow! Mr. Golemon has done it again. An encounter on a yacht in Hong Kong Harbor 47 years ago seeking to stop the illegal sale of antiquities sets the stage for the latest Event Group investigation. The team travels to a remote part of Romania, once called Transylvania, on a quest to verify the existence of one of the Lost Tribes of Israel. What they find there shakes the very foundations of Biblical history and there are factions that will prevent that discovery from ever being brought to light n Wow! Mr. Golemon has done it again. An encounter on a yacht in Hong Kong Harbor 47 years ago seeking to stop the illegal sale of antiquities sets the stage for the latest Event Group investigation. The team travels to a remote part of Romania, once called Transylvania, on a quest to verify the existence of one of the Lost Tribes of Israel. What they find there shakes the very foundations of Biblical history and there are factions that will prevent that discovery from ever being brought to light no matter what the cost. Also added to the mix is a ruthless Russian gangster intent on plundering what has been guarded and kept a secret for over 3,500 years. It's well worth reading and now I can't wait for the 9th book in this series as you will find out for yourself as the Event Group prepares for its next investigation into the distant past.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Felix

    The Event Thrillers are always entertaining. David keeps the story evolving & the action mounting to a crescendo's pitch! The Event Thrillers are always entertaining. David keeps the story evolving & the action mounting to a crescendo's pitch!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    My least favorite book in this series so far. Normally with these books you dont want to put them down, but this one did not have that same feel for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    If you came into this series for the cool sci-fi thriller stories, and you made yourself sit through the weird Jekyll and Hyde horror-lite business of "Ripper", go ahead and quit now. Carpathian has established werewolves and vampires as this novel's weird junk, and I'm not going to bother to finish it. Horror is not my cup of tea. Hard pass on the rest of this series. If you came into this series for the cool sci-fi thriller stories, and you made yourself sit through the weird Jekyll and Hyde horror-lite business of "Ripper", go ahead and quit now. Carpathian has established werewolves and vampires as this novel's weird junk, and I'm not going to bother to finish it. Horror is not my cup of tea. Hard pass on the rest of this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    Golemon is an excellent storyteller. The Event series is a phenomenal series. It has everything I love. Great action, well developed characters, humor, mystery and so much more. Every book in the series keeps me fully engaged from start to finish.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    Visions of Fonzie water skiing wearing a leather jacket.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Snorre L

    Weak three stars for this one. You could probably cut at least 1/3 of the pages and get a better story.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mark Garn

    What a great story, the authors blending of historical events and mythology gives the story a realism that hooks the reader and doesn't let go. This may be my favorite Golemon book so far. What a great story, the authors blending of historical events and mythology gives the story a realism that hooks the reader and doesn't let go. This may be my favorite Golemon book so far.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jenny Coyne

    Golemon definitely knows how to get you to read the next book! I didn't see that coming. Golemon definitely knows how to get you to read the next book! I didn't see that coming.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Very original storyline idea I think. Quite a good read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    The Event group takes on werewolves, nuff said

  18. 4 out of 5

    Naftoli

    THIS book is very intriguing. I am an aficionado of werewolf stories so this one definitely fills my occasional need for the vampire or werewolf drama. The author is a gifted strategist in that the plot is well-developed and meted out in such a way so as to keep the reader on edge. Every werewolf story - in this case they are called GOLIA - has its origin myth and in this case it was superb. The creatures originate among the early Egyptians and assist the children of Israel in fleeing their Phar THIS book is very intriguing. I am an aficionado of werewolf stories so this one definitely fills my occasional need for the vampire or werewolf drama. The author is a gifted strategist in that the plot is well-developed and meted out in such a way so as to keep the reader on edge. Every werewolf story - in this case they are called GOLIA - has its origin myth and in this case it was superb. The creatures originate among the early Egyptians and assist the children of Israel in fleeing their Pharoahnic servitude and through a compelling and complex storyline end up in the Carpathian Mountains. IT seems to me that the more sophisticated storytellers, including the present author, but extending to Anne Rice (The Wolf Gift & The Wolves of Midwinter) and of course Glen Duncan (Talulla Rising & The Last Werewolf) know how to bridge the relationship between humans and dogs. Clearly dogs were the first domesticated animal some 10,000 years ago consequently wolves/dogs have been there alongside humans at the beginning of civilization and are thus part of our ‘cultural DNA.’ The werewolf writer must tap into that relationship in order to capture the modern reader. This story makes the wolf/man connection intertwined and symbiotic. THE reason that this book did not get a 5 star rating from me is due to its obvious anti-Jewish sentiments. The multi-tiered plot often dealt with Israelis (Mossad and Sayeret Matkal and even the Israeli Prime Minister) as sinister beings. Ben-Nevin was a major player in this drama, this was a character who turned against his own people and killed for avarice. In fact, every Jewish character in this book was bad or evil. That’s right, there was not one good or even neutral Jewish character in the book. Anya, the Gypsy princess, was originally portrayed as an Israeli Mossad agent but 2/3 of the way through the book, the reader discovers that she is really a Gypsy and was being used by the Israeli government. Even the Sayeret Matkal, who have been involved in very public and heroic missions to save Jews such as the incident in Entebbe, were portrayed in the book as the ‘worlds fiercest killers’ and as ‘death squads.’ HOW can it be that the author showcases some ‘good’ gypsies and some ‘bad’ ones, some ‘good’ Romanians and some ‘bad’ ones, some ‘good’ Americans and some ‘bad’ ones and so forth yet the reader is given to believe that there is not one good Jew or Israeli alive – or at least not worth mention, even within the space of one sentence is this 437 page book. OH, and it gets better (read: sarcasm). The reader is treated to the especially dubious narrative that the Israelis (collectively) want the secret of the Gypsies kept on the hush-hush because it will call into question their ‘chosen-ness.’ As a result the Israeli government gives the order to destroy the Gypsy temple and the Golia in order to keep the truth a secret from the world that the Jews were not chosen by God. Sounds like a whole lot of sour grapes to me and all of it is completely unnecessary.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Book

    For those unfamiliar with the David Lynn Golemon book series, the Event Group is a team of people who are trying to uncover the real truth behind greatest myths and stories in human history. His latest book "Carpathian" is set in the Middle East and begins with Moses exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. They are pursued by the Egyptian prince Amun-her-khepeshef who was the firstborn son of Pharaoh Ramesses II and Queen Nefertari, and his army. When the Egyptians tried to For those unfamiliar with the David Lynn Golemon book series, the Event Group is a team of people who are trying to uncover the real truth behind greatest myths and stories in human history. His latest book "Carpathian" is set in the Middle East and begins with Moses exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. They are pursued by the Egyptian prince Amun-her-khepeshef who was the firstborn son of Pharaoh Ramesses II and Queen Nefertari, and his army. When the Egyptians tried to cross the Red Sea, the tide came in and the Egyptian army began drowning. The Egyptian prince also finds himself faced to the creature known only from the Hebrew stories used to frighten Egyptian children - a Golia. The book setting is changed, many years had passed when Nun's son Joshua met Kale of the Tribe of Jeddah, seeking his help to conquer the city of Jericho. At first, Kale will refuse him because his tribe has suffered a lot of casualties, including their valuable Golia whose number was also greatly reduced. Eventually, Kale will be persuaded by Joshua to help and in return Joshua promised to his tribe they will be allowed to leave to some other places not to be followed are asked to help. Three of the Golia would also be sent to help Joshua but his fate would be unfortunate... Thousands year later, after World War II In 1949, secret meeting would take place on a yacht near Hong Kong when few chosen men were invited to observe some great valued history artifacts, few of them part of the Event Group. One of the displayed artifact is a stone allegedly excavated from the Jericho site and within this stone fossilized remains of some creature is found, although similar to wolf's it brings great mystery from the past... Golemon's "Carpathian" is an interesting book that on a fantastic way is giving further details of the events from distant past, about the seeking of truth what happened to the people of the Jeddah and did the extraordinary Golia really existed, what they were... As in all other previously published Event Group book series, during they search they will uncover some truths deeply buried and quite disturbing. This science fiction book has nice pace and especially in this long summer nights was exciting to read. The way book is finished was in a way "cherry on the top" and adds to the excitement of the book. It is intended mostly for the fans of the series but will not disappoint those who will encounter for the first time this unusual group of people and participate in their exciting adventures. Recommended.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bames

    The Event Group is a secret agency that dedicates itself to uncovering the truth behind legends and myths all throughout history in whatever corner of the world. Carpathian begins with the Moses and his chosen people crossing the Sea of Reeds while they are being chased by the Egyptian army led by Amun-her-khepeshef -- Ramesses II's firstborn son. When the Egyptians tried to cross the Sea of Reeds, the tide comes in and the army finds itself drowning. Amun-her-khepeshef finds himself face-to-fac The Event Group is a secret agency that dedicates itself to uncovering the truth behind legends and myths all throughout history in whatever corner of the world. Carpathian begins with the Moses and his chosen people crossing the Sea of Reeds while they are being chased by the Egyptian army led by Amun-her-khepeshef -- Ramesses II's firstborn son. When the Egyptians tried to cross the Sea of Reeds, the tide comes in and the army finds itself drowning. Amun-her-khepeshef finds himself face-to-face with a creature that he had thought existed only in tales told by his Hebrew servants that were meant to scare Egyptian children. He came face-to-face with a Golia. Many years later, Joshua son of Nun met with Kale of the Tribe of Jeddah. Joshua needed Kale's help to bring down the city of Jericho. Kale refuses stating that so many members of the tribe have died and their precious Golia has almost been decimated. Yet Joshua was able to convince Kale to help in return for allowing them to leave for other lands and will not be followed or called upon ever again. Kale agrees to send 3 of the Golia and during the attack on Jericho, all three of the Golia died. In 1949, during a secret meeting on a yacht off Hong Kong, several people were specially invited to view some historical items of great value. Among the people aboard the yacht were two employees of the Event Group. Among the items that were displayed, there was a stone that was claimed to have been dug up from the site that used to be Jericho and in the stone is fossilized remains of what appears to be a wolf. But before anything else could take place, there were explosions and the yacht sank. Carpathian is about the search for the truth about the people of the Jeddah and the extraordinary Golia.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Alice, a member of the top secret government agency known as the Event Group, has been fascinated with a relic since 1949 that was found in the wall at Jericho. It was the remains of an animal that she has been told cannot be. Fast forward to present day, and Project Grimm is born as Alice continues to research the animal and the associated events of the Exodus. Things come to a head and she is forced to share her research with the team before she is quite ready. The evidence shows that it leads Alice, a member of the top secret government agency known as the Event Group, has been fascinated with a relic since 1949 that was found in the wall at Jericho. It was the remains of an animal that she has been told cannot be. Fast forward to present day, and Project Grimm is born as Alice continues to research the animal and the associated events of the Exodus. Things come to a head and she is forced to share her research with the team before she is quite ready. The evidence shows that it leads to a small town in the Carpathian mountains. Reluctantly it seems, an Event is declared, and they are off. The team will find themselves racing against time and dangers in the land of the legends of vampires and more particularly werewolves. One of the best lines in the book was: "Major Mica Sorotzkin followed what she believed were the Mossad agents and the archival priest out of the square and into the darkest of hours that would conclude somewhere in the mountains of Eastern Europe." Overall this is a good book. It's fast paced. The characters are interesting and well developed. It ends in a heck of a cliffhanger that has nothing to do with the current story other than that the characters involved are the same. The blurb says that readers of Clive Cussler would enjoy the book, and I agree. I give this book 4 stars out of 5. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    Carpathians is the latest from David Lynn Goleman. In following his formula with the Event Group and the explorations of legends, this does not fall short. At times the book seemed hard to follow due to Goleman’s writing style or I was tired. It does take some effort to make sure you get all the details in this detail ridden book. That, by all means, is not a bad thing at all. The adventure is about two legends, the Exodus and the legend of the Werewolf that are now in the Carpathian Mountains. Carpathians is the latest from David Lynn Goleman. In following his formula with the Event Group and the explorations of legends, this does not fall short. At times the book seemed hard to follow due to Goleman’s writing style or I was tired. It does take some effort to make sure you get all the details in this detail ridden book. That, by all means, is not a bad thing at all. The adventure is about two legends, the Exodus and the legend of the Werewolf that are now in the Carpathian Mountains. Some great historical filler, bad, bad guys, some odd character placements and some great actions segments. The odd character placement would be, in my opinion, includes Dr. Niles Compton and Alice Lee in this Event. As the director of the Event Group, it seems extremely odd to have him in the field risking his life as well as Alice’s 80+ years young climbing around the mountains (although she was needed to close the circle). We did not see Col. Henri Farbeaux in this adventure but did see a very bad mobster and Israeli traitor that put the “ba” in bad guys. Worth the read if you are a serial Goleman. Different view of werewolves than I have had but not in a bad way and that is what makes it interesting.

  23. 4 out of 5

    George

    The Event Group will not be denied in its mission to protect the United States from artifacts and truths that would change recorded history and current day realities. It is there’s to pave the way in avoidance of the mistakes of our ancestors and forefathers and to protect the fragile balance of our existence. To do so with deniability taxes the capabilities of even the talented pool of scientists, archeologists, teachers, professors, and military personnel assembled as Department 5656 of the Na The Event Group will not be denied in its mission to protect the United States from artifacts and truths that would change recorded history and current day realities. It is there’s to pave the way in avoidance of the mistakes of our ancestors and forefathers and to protect the fragile balance of our existence. To do so with deniability taxes the capabilities of even the talented pool of scientists, archeologists, teachers, professors, and military personnel assembled as Department 5656 of the National Archives. Securing the evidence goes beyond even the legendary Area 51. The Carpathian Mountains of Romania are the last refuge of a Lost Tribe of Israel and the hiding place of a treasure beyond imagining. An unscrupulous Russian mobster teams with a Gypsy Prince to capitalize on priceless artifacts from the Exodus without even conceiving of the true secret. The Event Group must secure or spirit the secret to safe keeping before it is exposed to the world or destroyed to prevent disclosure. As always, David Golemon and the Event Group spin a fast-paced tale filled with suspense, heart racing adventure, and life or death situations. There are no better. And there is yet another in our future.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

    Add myths, legends, secret operatives, Gypsies, and a little bit of science, mix well, et voila, you have Carpathian! A top secret US government agency, known as the Event Group, goes on a search for a previously-unknown wolf species (known as the Golia) that is connected with one of the Lost Tribes of Israel and had direct impact on Biblical and historical events. Of course, they are not alone in their quest as international forces collide, although each group has a different motive. What secre Add myths, legends, secret operatives, Gypsies, and a little bit of science, mix well, et voila, you have Carpathian! A top secret US government agency, known as the Event Group, goes on a search for a previously-unknown wolf species (known as the Golia) that is connected with one of the Lost Tribes of Israel and had direct impact on Biblical and historical events. Of course, they are not alone in their quest as international forces collide, although each group has a different motive. What secrets have been hidden in the Carpathian mountains for over 3000 years? The book began with a lot of action that promised non-stop thrills. However, once I got to around page 50 the pace seemed to really slow down for quite a long time as the narrative jumped around all over the place (both geographically as well as in time). At a certain point I actually wondered if I'd be able to finish the book. However, once all of the various groups vying for the same prize finally came together in the same time at the same place, the action picked up and was truly non-stop until the end. Interestingly enough, this is the second new book that I've read in the last couple of months that was set at least in part in a new Dracula's Castle tourist attraction, the other being Stoker's Manuscript.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cynde

    Fabulous!!!! The Event group is spectacular again. Alice is on the trail of remains and answers that began at an event in Hong Kong more than 50 years ago before she and Garrison Lee were even married. The artifact looked similar to a wolf but like none ever witnessed or recorded in history. Then a mysterious woman and her grand-daughter send the ship it was displayed on to the bottom of the sea. However the event group has another vault in the complex with similar fossilized remains that have i Fabulous!!!! The Event group is spectacular again. Alice is on the trail of remains and answers that began at an event in Hong Kong more than 50 years ago before she and Garrison Lee were even married. The artifact looked similar to a wolf but like none ever witnessed or recorded in history. Then a mysterious woman and her grand-daughter send the ship it was displayed on to the bottom of the sea. However the event group has another vault in the complex with similar fossilized remains that have intrigued Alice for years. Now that Garrison has passed away and can't stop her, she begins to gather research to present to Niles Compton to declare an Event. She contacts an agent who is in deep cover in the Vatican against all orders but gets the evidence she needs. However this evidence exposes the agent to other eyes who have an interest as well. This breach of protocol is met with a harsh reaction from the director but he declares an Event. They are all off on the event of their lives in Romania. Lost tribes of Israel, The Jeddah warriors, wolves, Russian Mobster, and the Israeli army are just a few of the interesting challenges that face the group. This is a rip-roaring thriller which will have you on the edge of your seat to the end!

  26. 4 out of 5

    James

    Another good entry in the series. This time the historical background is the destruction of the Eygptian army as the Israelis flee Eygpt followed by the fall of the city of Jericho. We are introduced to one of the lost tribes of Isreali, the Jeddah and their allies the Golia, a werewolve. In our time line the Jeddah have established themselves in the Carpathian mountains having stopped the advances of the Roman army, Alexander the great, tGhenghis Khan, supported Vlad the Impaler in halting the Another good entry in the series. This time the historical background is the destruction of the Eygptian army as the Israelis flee Eygpt followed by the fall of the city of Jericho. We are introduced to one of the lost tribes of Isreali, the Jeddah and their allies the Golia, a werewolve. In our time line the Jeddah have established themselves in the Carpathian mountains having stopped the advances of the Roman army, Alexander the great, tGhenghis Khan, supported Vlad the Impaler in halting the advance of the Ottoman empire and more recently resisted the Nazis. The threat now comes from the Russian mafia who are finded to build a resort by the sale of artifacts by the Jeddah (read Gypsies). The story ends with the archiligical find of the remnants of the Ten commandments given to Moses. But more worryingy evidence that Jack and Ryan died 30,000years ago.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    I'd previously read Leviathan and Ripper. I know, I'm reading these completely out of order. But it's still possible to enjoy the series that way. This one is exciting, with a fascinating premise involving one of the lost tribes of Israel and an interesting and unique take on the classic werewolf legends. There are a lot of characters in the secret U.S. government "Event Group" known as Department 5656, but it gets easier to keep them straight if you read more books in the series. Although these I'd previously read Leviathan and Ripper. I know, I'm reading these completely out of order. But it's still possible to enjoy the series that way. This one is exciting, with a fascinating premise involving one of the lost tribes of Israel and an interesting and unique take on the classic werewolf legends. There are a lot of characters in the secret U.S. government "Event Group" known as Department 5656, but it gets easier to keep them straight if you read more books in the series. Although these characters are experts in their various fields, David Golemon has created them with their own intriguing personalities, back-stories, and problems. Carpathian is suspenseful, and you can really picture the well-described setting in the mysterious and dark Carpathian mountains of Romania. Read it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Golemon has been inventive and origin in all of his books, but this one will give your mind a twisting like no other. From the Biblical Exodus to the South China Sea to the Carpathian Mountains this book will take you on a twisting and turning race to the finish line. I liked the werewolf aspect of it. The Biblical links made it even more special. In all it ranks above all the other books on a stand alone basis, but as part of the series, it leads you in new directions. Now that I've read all th Golemon has been inventive and origin in all of his books, but this one will give your mind a twisting like no other. From the Biblical Exodus to the South China Sea to the Carpathian Mountains this book will take you on a twisting and turning race to the finish line. I liked the werewolf aspect of it. The Biblical links made it even more special. In all it ranks above all the other books on a stand alone basis, but as part of the series, it leads you in new directions. Now that I've read all the Event Group books that are out, I can't wait for the next one!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dave Moore

    One of the best things that has occurred in my reading career was literally 'stumbling' across Golemon's "Event Group" series because I liked the cover on the original volume. Having read all but two, (Primeval & Overlord), I have to say 'Carpathian' was the best. No other writer so successfully employs the technique of weaving real history, convincing (if sometimes pseudo) science, action, and characters the reader cares about into a compelling read like David Golemon. I sometimes wish there we One of the best things that has occurred in my reading career was literally 'stumbling' across Golemon's "Event Group" series because I liked the cover on the original volume. Having read all but two, (Primeval & Overlord), I have to say 'Carpathian' was the best. No other writer so successfully employs the technique of weaving real history, convincing (if sometimes pseudo) science, action, and characters the reader cares about into a compelling read like David Golemon. I sometimes wish there were 30-40 of these books to read, and then start over.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jim Short

    The story is good and matches previous tales in the serious well. My only issue is the basic tenet/motivation behind the villain (ABN) - there is no explanation of how his actions are supposed to produce the end result he seeks. That pulls his motivation into question. Any time the subject is brought up, it's only vaguely referenced and in a book that is supposedly exposing ancient secrets, generating more of them seems foolishly inept. The story is good and matches previous tales in the serious well. My only issue is the basic tenet/motivation behind the villain (ABN) - there is no explanation of how his actions are supposed to produce the end result he seeks. That pulls his motivation into question. Any time the subject is brought up, it's only vaguely referenced and in a book that is supposedly exposing ancient secrets, generating more of them seems foolishly inept.

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