The Hunt for Xanadu
by Elyse Salpeter
My rating: 5 stars
Series - The Kelsey Porter Series - Book 1
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Publisher: Elyse Salpeter
Genre: Suspense \ Thriller
Print Length: 275 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Twenty-two year old Kelsey Porter has dedicated her life to avenging the
death of her parents, murdered in their quest to find the mystical land
of Xanadu. Before she can locate the murderers, she has to discover
their motives for the brutal crime and finds herself at the epicenter of
a Buddhist mystery as old as time. With the help of her companion,
Detective Desmond Gisborne, she hunts the killers across the globe and
discovers a darkness in her spiritual past that tests the very limits of
her soul. Soon she realizes that it is not she who is doing the
hunting, but the one being hunted. Kelsey must find a way to survive,
while ancient demons attempt to destroy her.
The Hunt for Xanadu by Elyse Salpeter
The search for the mythical land of Xanadu, a place of eternal peace, eternal abundance, and eternal bliss has been riddled by death, deceit and devastation and pain. Kelsey Porter knows firsthand how much pain and loss her parents’ search has cost. As a ten-year-old, she watched on as her parents were brutally murdered and she was brutalized and beaten and left for dead, all for the secrets to a land that shouldn’t exist. Twelve years later, she is on a mission of revenge and finds herself caught up in ancient Buddhist beliefs, mysteries and practices, including entering the dreaming minds of those prepared to accept and believe.
Along with an unlikely cohort, Detective Desmond Gisborne, Kelsey soon discovers she is not only the hunter, but the prey, as well. Evil turns up everywhere, and even the truths Kelsey discovers can be painful, If not unbelievable. Kelsey discovers a spiritual past, or several of them that have ended in pain. A land and language she was thought to have made up as a child are real, part of another plane buried deep in ancient Buddhism. Are the monks she once considered friends even using her for their own purposes? Has she been a pawn to everyone? Is the truth of this legend worth dying for?
Mystery, myth and mayhem abound in Elyse Salpeter’s The Hunt for Xanadu. Nevermind that there are paranormal or fantasy elements, this is fabulous reading, so dark, tense and intense, that the most dyed-in-the-wool mystery, thriller reader will see the need for these genre-crossing elements. For those who love a good paranormal read, sans shifters or blood-suckers or aliens, Ms. Salpeter has you covered. Her writing is strong, her scenes life-like and her characters are truly cut from a unique cloth.
If you are looking for something that will stand up to any in its genre for gripping story-telling, brilliant pacing and characters that bolt off the pages, all while you attempt to figure out the outcome, The Hunt for Xanadu could be “the one.” I’d hate for you to miss it.
I received this copy from Elyse Salpeter in exchange for my honest review.