Thursday, 12 July 2012

Review & $20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: The Four Books of Etretat by Matt Chatelain

Original Title: The Four Books of Etretat
Series: The Caves of Etretat #2
Author: Matt Chatelain
Release Date: May 1st 2012
Genre: Thriller, Adventure

The Secret of Immortality Revealed.

In 'The Caves of Etretat', Canadian bookstore owner Paul Sirenne was thrust into a quest for answers in the town of Etretat, France, on the trail of a hundred year old mystery hidden in the pages of 'The Hollow Needle', by Maurice Leblanc. Together with Leblanc's great-granddaughter, Sirenne unearthed puzzles, codes and historical mysteries, exposing a secret war for control of a cave fortress in Etretat's chalk cliffs.

In Book Two, 'The Four Books of Etretat', Sirenne discovers the reason for the hidden war: the secret of immortality. The Abbey, a thousand-year old organization, dedicated to chasing the oldest immortal on earth, known as the Greyman, has given Sirenne control of the caves and its secrets, apparently preparing him for a confrontation with the Greyman. Unfortunately, the serial killer who killed Sirenne's father, Weissmuller, has discovered this knowledge before Sirenne. Now an immortal and constantly dogging Sirenne's steps, Weissmuller seems to be playing a game of his own.

'THE FOUR BOOKS OF ETRETAT' is the second in a four-book epic adventure following Paul Sirenne, an average man unknowingly manipulated into becoming the key in the final phase of a complex conspiracy spanning millennia. Inextricably woven into history, the series re-writes everything we know in a non-stop rollercoaster of a ride where nothing is ever as it seems.

The Saga Continues.


Before writing the review, I will have to admit that I haven't read the first book in this series, so I have to guess some things on my own to understand.

Paul, the protagonist of the novel, and his team is in on an adventure to locate a particular cave, which has been searched by many in vain, in history.  Even if someone manages to find the cave, they don't stay alive to tell its tale.  So, such a dangerous task is upon Paul and his team.  The caves are not seeked for decades because of anything materialistic..its the secret of immortality that draws the attention to the caves.  Naturally, the adventure becomes even more dangerous.

It has been very engaging, fast-paced, thrilling and mysterious from the start.  The constant puzzles only make it more fun.  I found myself taking a pen and paper and trying to solve some of the codes and well, you know what..I always got them right (I shall take a peek or two..or the next paragraphs, if I don't know how to solve them ;-) ).

Some scenes are so thrilling, that I was clutching my Kindle so badly with my face, only inches away from it.  And to add to the emotions, there is some romance too.

There were too many characters in the book, and it was difficult to remember the names - but maybe, that was because I didn't read the first book.  I loved Paul's team though - funny, loyal and intelligent.  Well thought-out mystery and well-made characters!

Had fun.. I just regret not starting with the first book.

4.5 stars!


1.  The Caves of Etretat
2.  The Four Book of Etretat


Matt will be awarding a $20 Amazon GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour as well as to the host whose post receives the most comments (excluding his or the host's) during the tour.

Just comment in this post to enter this giveaway.  Anonymous and Name/URL Comments SHOULD contain their email IDs in their comments.

Giveaway is INTERNATIONAL and ends July 13th!


  1. Sounds like a great book to add to the summer reading list for me and one that my husband would like to listen too on his long daily commute.

  2. I just downloaded for my Nook but do not see this available for Audible. Good for me but not for my husband!

  3. Hi Ruth: While not converted into an audio book, there are a few short audio excerpts available on my website, Go check out smashwords, where I just released books 3 and four of the series. You can read a long excerpt of each book. Thanks for the great review.

  4. this sounds thrilling, thanks for the review! Thanks for a super giveaway!

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. The fact that there is romance too makes the magic even more interesting!

  7. It sounds like an emotional thrill ride...pretty cool!


  8. Sounds interesting :)


  9. This sounds like a wonderful book. I should check if my library has it.

  10. I planned out the series to be a thrill ride unlike most others out there. I wanted the series to jump up a notch with each new book in the series and I wanted to do it in a way that the reader could not anticipate where it went.
    The reviews so far tell me I have succeeded at that and it vindicates the effort that went into creating the series.
    Writing the series was an education unlike any other for me. Thanks all for your great comments.

  11. Really like the historical background; intriguing. Where will this all go? Fast paced. I would certainly purchase the series for a good summer read.

  12. Looks good. Thanks for the giveaway!
    gagaslab at gmail dot com

  13. Very nice interview. Sounds like a good book.


  14. I have to say I am looking forward to trying to solve the puzzles. I love the fact that I will be involved so much more in what is going on.


  15. This sounds like a Must Read series. Thank you for the giveaway.


  16. Sounds like a book I would enjoy, thanks for the chance to win.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  17. I will definitely try and get my hands on the firs book as well and read it. Sounds like a great series.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    givingreadingachance AT

  18. I wanna have a copy...

  19. Awesome giveaway. Thanks.

  20. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  21. The book really looks interesting, and thanks for the giveaway:

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  23. Another book thats definitely going on my wishlist. :)
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  24. Mystery, caves, historical, puzzles and more. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the opportunity to win and review.
    mnleona at aol dot com
    Sorry, had to deleta as my computer had a problem.

  25. sounds like a gr8 read

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  26. sounds interesting
    thx for the giveaway


  27. Thanks for the giveaway

  28. would love to win


  29. This sounds like an intriguing series. The idea of a mystery starting in a book store immediately got my interest ... and continuing on with book 2 ... nice! Putting it on my "wish" list!
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  30. Thanks for the giveaway! Always like getting new books to read :)

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  31. sounds awesome

  32. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

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  33. goodluck. and thanks for the giveaway
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  34. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
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