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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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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Wow... unexpected

I can't wait until the next book comes out... this was pretty good... It is m/m romance... and not actually romancing has taken place between the two main characters as of yet… just two really erotic daydreams about each other; however, the story is really interesting... And is something moving in that museum... Boy O Boy... I want to know....

Narration was great! Good sale or credit book..

Only Book 1 is on Audible... can't wait to hear the rest of the story!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic!

Would you listen to The Artifact again? Why?

Yes! this is a keeper for me, I loved the story but most of all the narrator was fantastic.<br/>everything matched perfectly.

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

There all fantastic.

What about Chris Patton’s performance did you like?

Freaking FANTASTIC!!

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

It kept my attention and Im a fan of this audio, I will listen to it over and over. I want the 2th one ASAP!

Any additional comments?

I need more , Im addicted to good audios with well match narrators and great story lines! and this is one of my personal "Crack"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Riveting and sensual

Almost all of Raythe Reign's series are my favorite series. The Bodyguard/The Artifact won my heart on the writer's membership site. I paid for membership, bought it from the members' store and purchased it again here on Amazon so I could have the audiobook at a cheaper price. Dane and Shawn are so sweet. Their loves builds slowly over the book and you really feel their longer and the tension. You feel for bith of them and wish they can rise above from the pain and find the love they truly deserve. Shawn is truly a man's man as he bravely fights for justice and for Dane. The villain, the Ydrath, is terrifying and insidious. I live the books and highly recommend them and the author's website.

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Book 1 great, not so much.

What did you love best about The Artifact?

Everything

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like both Sean and Dane. They both are dealing with demons and trust issues but lean to trust each other.

Which character – as performed by Chris Patton – was your favorite?

Dane. Really brought him to life as if I could see and hear him.

Any additional comments?

I loved book one and was hooked. Unfortunately in book two they switch to another narrator who pronounces just about everything differently!! His monotone voice is not pleasant to listen to. I returned it and will have to find the print version to find out what happened.

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  • Karen
  • 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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  • I. Fenton
  • 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.