Cleopatra's Vendetta

A Stryker Thriller

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Pub Date 15 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 13 Nov 2022
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Description

Royal secrets. Epic lies. This "dangerous" and controversial standalone thriller from international bestselling VanOps author Avanti Centrae is a fast-paced bombshell of a story about truth and courage.

Global Thriller First Place Winner — Chanticleer International Book Awards

Runner Up — Paris Book Festival

Born a goddess, Cleopatra died a prisoner. But the cobra's deadly kiss was just the beginning...

Bari, Italy, present day. Think tank Special Ops leader Timothy Stryker and his wife Angie, a self-made CEO, haven’t exactly been seeing eye-to-eye. They take a much-needed Italian holiday, but it comes to a shocking end when Angie and their daughter are kidnapped.

Still raw from the death of their infant son, Stryker is desperate to rescue Angie and reconcile their differences. As he works to locate the captors’ lair, he discovers the kidnappers are behind a string of recent assassinations and attempting another high-profile hit in only seven days. But when he learns their plans for his only remaining child, the scab on his heart tears open and blood begins to spill.

Working from inside her brutal captors’ high-security compound, Angie realizes the cabal is hiding an ancient secret using modern propaganda techniques. And as Stryker races hitmen across India, Egypt, and Greece to thwart the next assassination and save his family, he has to connect a series of deadly dots tracing all the way back to the time of Cleopatra. Ultimately, the estranged pair must shake the deeply buried pillars of western civilization to save their four-year-old daughter from an unspeakable fate.

Fascinating, provocative, original, and timely, Cleopatra's Vendetta is a sizzling novel that paints a disturbing picture of some of the most intricate issues that have plagued humanity’s past…challenges that color our days and provide the blueprint for our future.

Royal secrets. Epic lies. This "dangerous" and controversial standalone thriller from international bestselling VanOps author Avanti Centrae is a fast-paced bombshell of a story about truth and...


A Note From the Publisher

Editor: Andrea Robinson

eBook ISBN: 979-8-9863164-2-0
Paperback: 979-8-9863164-1-3

Editor: Andrea Robinson

eBook ISBN: 979-8-9863164-2-0
Paperback: 979-8-9863164-1-3


Advance Praise

“Action, adventure, and suspense! A juicy thriller.”
—Robert Dugoni, New York Times & International Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series

“Race-against-time, action-packed adventure. This is a thriller that will captivate its audience from the first page.”
Manhattan Book Review

"An adventure that will appeal to fans of Dan Brown. It's one of those rare birds: a thriller that will have you turning the pages and leave you thinking."
—Debbi Mack, New York Times bestselling author of the Sam McRae and Erica Jensen mysteries

“If you like your modern global threats to have a dash of ancient mystery and mysticism, you’re going to find yourself with some sleepless nights while reading Cleopatra’s Vendetta.”
—Kevin Tumlinson, bestselling and award-winning author of The Coelho Medallion

"Dangerous and intoxicating."
—Audrey Wilson, screenwriter, producer, and award-winning author of Wrong Girl Gone

“Action, adventure, and suspense! A juicy thriller.”
—Robert Dugoni, New York Times & International Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series

“Race-against-time, action-packed adventure. This...


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This was an excellent book. This historical aspect was very educational. I love learning about Cleopatra, and this was an interesting look into her history. I would definitely recommend this book to others. It was a very well written story and the plot was just awesome. I am giving this five stars.

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I had enjoyed the VanOps series by Avanti Centrae so I was excited to read Cleopatra's Vendetta because of it. I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed going through this adventure, it had what I was looking for in this type of book. I enjoyed the plot of the book, it was fun and interesting. I was pulled into this world and thoroughly enjoyed going on this ride. The characters themselves were great and I enjoyed the way they were written.

"That double-edged sense of paranoid perception stemmed from childhood, when her basic need for security hadn’t been met. She saw the world as a dangerous place, the glass half-empty, the hike uphill both ways. Those tendencies gave her excellent covert ops skills, but they hadn’t worked so well for her home life in Berkshire."

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What does Cleopatra and a Special Ops commander have in common? More than you would imagine. Tim Stryker is the leader of an elite Special Ops team. He is in Italy, with his wife, a smart, driven, powerful CEO. They are on holidays with their daughter, Harper, trying to save their fast crumbling marriage following the death of their infant son. The holiday comes to an abrupt halt when Angie and Harper are kidnapped.

Stryker will stop at nothing to get his family back. But this is more than a simple kidnapping. As his team gets to work on the case, working to find where the kidnappers base is, they discover a connection to a recent string of assassinations. While Stryker and team are working from the outside, Angie is using her smarts to work on escaping from the kidnappers' compound. She unearths a dark secret, linking the group to a plot that connects all the way back to Cleopatra herself.

This book managed to weave two completely seemingly unrelated, and unrelatable, topics together in a fascinating manner. As a thriller, it would have been action paced and engaging, but not the most memorable of reads. But weaving in the historical fiction, and the mystery wound throughout was a tantalising hook, keeping you completely vested in the outcome throughout.

Think Indiana Jones, meets Dan Brown, meets National Treasure, meets Liam Neeson in Taken. Then stir it all up, add in some kick ass female characters, and you have a page turner on your hands!

*I received this book from NetGalley for review, but all opinions are my own.

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Bari, Italy, present day. Think tank Special Ops leader Timothy Stryker and his wife Angie, a self made CEO, haven’t exactly been seeing eye to eye. They take a much needed Italian holiday, but it comes to a shocking end when Angie and their daughter are kidnapped.
Still raw from the death of their infant son, Stryker is desperate to rescue Angie and reconcile their differences. As he works to locate the captors’ lair, he discovers the kidnappers are behind a string of recent assassinations and attempting another high profile hit in only seven days. But when he learns their plans for his only remaining child, the scab on his heart tears open and blood begins to spill.
Working from inside her brutal captors’ high security compound, Angie realizes the cabal is hiding an ancient secret using modern propaganda techniques. And as Stryker races hitmen across India, Egypt, and Greece to thwart the next assassination and save his family, he has to connect a series of deadly dots tracing all the way back to the time of Cleopatra. Ultimately, the estranged pair must shake the deeply buried pillars of western civilization to save their four year old daughter from an unspeakable fate.
Fascinating, provocative, original, and timely, Cleopatra's Vendetta is a sizzling novel that paints a disturbing picture of some of the most intricate issues that have plagued humanity’s past…challenges that color our days and provide the blueprint for our future.
Wow I totally couldn’t put it down really enjoyed this book totally gripping and totally recommend
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Another winning effort by Avanti Centrae! A great start to another action filled series. Once again, the depth and amount of historical information shows that the author has done her research. It is great to see the main characters develop and mature as this story unfolds. This is yet another page turner with lots of adventure, action and twists.

Thank you to NetGalley and Thundercreek Press who provided me with a copy of this book. I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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Centrae's book is a fast paced action thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and read it quickly. Cleopatra discovered a Roman group that was fighting her. She hid the secret in her storeroom with other treasures, that have never been discovered. A present day think tank operations group leader has a spouse and child disappear. The ops team quickly deploys and trys to quickly find the spouse and child. A secret organization is discovered with an interest in Cleopatra.

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An astonishing novel that keeps a great pace, and every chapter is more exciting than the others, until I could not wait to find out the ending. The Sons of Adam have kidnapped Angie and her daughter Harper. Stryker and Sam set out to look for them, accompanied by others. What happens next I will not say, for fear of spoiling the novel, but I do recommend the novel for readers who love Dan Brown and anyone who likes a tense thriller, full of suspense. I was entranced until I finished the novel.

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This book took me by surprise. I truly enjoyed it and the action kept you turning page after page. I will definitely be checking out the authors previous works and I cannot wait for more by her

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