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Thriller Author 
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The horror is real

Has someone genetically engineered a bioweapon using DNA from stolen relics? Darwin and team face off against a cult hellbent on resurrecting the world's deadliest disease.  

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A talisman that can destroy entire cities.

Darwin Lacroix is a wreck. An ancient booby trap nearly kills his wife, Eyrún. A tabloid reveals his forebear stole American gold. Then he’s slapped with a paternity suit. Could his life get any worse? 

The adventure that began the series

Darwin Lacroix needs to avenge his family’s disgrace. Archaeologists dismissed their claims of Roman treasure buried in the far north, but a diamond cache in Iceland proves the existence of Emperor Nero’s long-lost fortune. 

Roman Ice
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Books in order



★★★★★ “The author is brilliant and is exceptional in understanding ancient history on many continents."

★★★★★ “The vivid imagery and rich character development draw your mind into this story layered with history, archaeology, geography and religion."

★★★★★ “I really enjoy you become 'part' of the adventure with Darwin and Eyrún, and the exotic and obscure places the author takes us on."

★★★★★ “I found myself so addicted that I couldn't put it down."


★★★★★ “Fast-paced and full of adventure.

★★★★★  “a great story exposing the sinister world of art forgery and its effect on global culture." 

★★★★★  “It simply grabs ahold of the reader and won't let go. The author does a remarkable job of making you feel like you're right there.

★★★★★ “A perfect read if you need a few hours away from the real world."

★★★★★ It contains wonderfully descriptive writing, which plays on all the senses."

★★★★★  “The author makes you feel like you really know these characters even though some are 2000 years old! Not only does the story keep moving but he fills the pages with just enough detail to explode the story with vivid images in your mind.”


About Dave Bartell

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Imagine the wonder at being the first person to open King Tut’s tomb? Dave Bartell loves reviving lost history and his novels breathe thriller into archaeology.

As a kid, he was frequently found tinkering in his parent’s garage. His insatiable curiosity to understand how things work led him to study biochemistry and, later, fueled a career in high-technology. His what-if mindset and life experiences combine to make his fiction plausible and feel realistic.

Dave lives in Los Gatos California, a small town tucked into the edge of Silicon Valley. He enjoys hiking in the hills behind his home, where beauty is still analog.

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