Michael St. Pierre thought he had left his thieving days behind him, his security business is going well and he has finally found a woman, KC, who can keep up with him. In The Thieves of Darkness by Richard Doetsch, Michael is called upon to commit a crime that even he has not undertaken before, breaking into a prison to rescue his friend Simon. He is shocked when he discovers his new girlfriend, KC, in the cell next to Simon and scheduled to be killed the following morning. Thinking they had escaped the prison free and clear the group travels to Istanbul to refuel their jet before returning to the United States. But the escape from the prison is just the beginning of this globe-trotting adventure that will take the group from hidden sites in Istanbul to the mountains of the Himalayas.
KC has done what she has needed to in order to provide a stable home for her younger sister after her parents are killed when KC was just a teenager. KC finally starts think she is able to leave her thieving days behind her when her sister is captured and KC finds herself in a race against time to save her sister by solving a centuries old mystery by figuring out where an ancient treasure has been hidden. But as the clues start to be revealed KC and Michael must decide if they are ready to unleash this possibly evil treasure out into the world and whether their relationship can stand this intense test (not to mention the lies they told each other about their pasts).
The Thieves of Darkness is the first adventure thriller I have read in years and now, based on the author’s descriptions, I want visit Istanbul to see the compound that KC and Michael broke into. The novel started off quickly and never lost momentum, think Indiana Jones meets The Italian Job. Doetsch’s descriptions of the areas they visit are vivid but not boring or overpowering to the main plot line. The action is consistent and the arguing between KC and Michael is fast-paced and entertaining with a great cast of secondary characters (for me it is all about the secondary characters, they can make or break a story). I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and will be picking up the other books in the series to read.
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The Thieves Series:
Title: The Thieves of Darkness
Author: Richard Doetsch
Format: Paperback, eBook
Page Nos.: 480
Release Date: August 2010
Available for purchase: Amazon.com
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher but was not required to provide a review and it did not impact my review in any way.