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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (31 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1409117960
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409117964
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.4 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well, since you asked... I was born in Beirut, a Scorpio and the youngest of three. The civil war broke out there when I was 14 and my parents, in a noble effort to keep us alive into adulthood, wisely moved us to Rye, NY. I stayed there until I graduated from Rye Country Day School, then, intent on thwarting my parents' nurturing instincts, I decided to go back to Lebanon to study architecture at the American University of Beirut. Which, in hindsight, wasn't as nutty a decision as you might think. Those years, marred by repeated flare-ups of fighting and a couple of invasions, were emotionally taxing, harrowing, sometimes dangerous, often maddeningly frustrating, but always intense in the most visceral sense of the word and, weirdly enough, I wouldn't have missed them for the world. Maybe that's the Scorpio in me...

So there I was, gingerly studying architecture in the hopes of one day helping rebuild the city (rumours that a local cabal of intensely purist architects was having ugly buildings selectively blown up remain unproven). The civil war erupted again a few weeks after I graduated, and I was evacuated out from the beach down the road from our apartment on a sunny but sad day in February, 1984, by the Marine Corp's 22nd Amphibious Unit on board a Chinook helicopter, to whom I'll be eternally grateful (the Marines, not the chopper).

I ended up in London, where I joined a small architecture practice. The architecture scene in Europe was pretty bleak at that time, so I decided to explore other career options. I got an MBA at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and joined an investment bank, selling gold-linked convertibles and other far less exotic financial instruments, surrounded by Gekko wannabes and hating waking up every day. In fairness, I have to credit those 'wilderness' years with one wonderful thing: meeting my gorgeous wife, who tolerated my exhausting yearnings for something more fulfilling and eventually gave me two incredible daughters.

I left the glamorous (at the time, anyway) world of investment banking after three years to return to my creative roots. I bounced around for a while, trying different things, and during a business trip to the Bahamas (don't ask), I met a banker who dabbled in the film business. I've always been a film geek and harbored a burning desire to make movies, so at dinner one night, I bounced an idea off him, and the idea struck a chord. I had a new partner, and we agreed to develop my idea into a screenplay -- by hiring a professional screenwriter he'd worked with.

Several conference calls later, the outlines coming back from Los Angeles weren't what I had in mind. I offered to write an outline myself. When I faxed my notes to my partner (yes, this was in the early 90s, long before email), he called me up and said, "Our man in L.A. isn't going to write this movie for us. You are. You're a writer."

So I did. And it got shortlisted for the Fulbright Fellowship in Screenwriting award, which I had to apply for under a friend's name (I wasn't eligible, but that's another long story). My next script, a semi-autobiographical screenplay about my college years during the war, was also nominated for the award a year later. Then the next year, in 1995, I optioned the film rights to Melvyn Bragg's novel, THE MAID OF BUTTERMERE and wrote the adaptation myself while completing an original screenplay called... THE LAST TEMPLAR. Buttermere found its way to Robert DeNiro, who announced in Variety that he would be producing it and playing the lead. The Last Templar... well, if you're reading this, you know that after ten years or so, it managed the quantum leap off my laptop's hard drive and into novel form, but that's a longer story, one I'll go through in a separate post...

Since then, and after working as a screenwriter and a producer on shows like the BBC series Spooks, (MI-5 in the US), I'm now solely focused on the novels, the fifth of which is THE DEVIL'S ELIXIR.

And that's about it... Thanks for taking the time to explore my ramblings, and if you do pick up one of my books, I hope you have a blast reading it. And let me know-connect with me on facebook on my Official Fan Page (and NOT on one of the others that I don't manage!). Enjoy!

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A world-class writer of pure-bred thrillers (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Khoury writes big, fast-paced thrillers ... he's a craftsman whose muscular prose carries conviction (GUARDIAN)

Rip-roaring action man stuff (THE TIMES)

A high-octane rollercoaster ride of thrills and spills (IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY)

An impressively powerful thriller. (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)

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FBI agent Sean Reilly has just received a call from his past - and finds himself in a desperate race against time to save a woman he once loved and her four-year-old child.

From the bestselling author of the TEMPLAR thrillers.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By chelseadude on 8 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Not a new book!!! I read this book in hardback last year when it was
called the devil's elixir, they seem to have changed its title for the
paperback so I thought I would leave a review to make sure others
don't get confused and think it's a new book. I loved it and could
not put it down, I read it in 2 days! Khoury writing in first person
this time made me love reilly even more. The plot moved so fast with
all these great characters (especially el brujo) and kept taking me by
surprise, especially with that great twist at the end which I really
didn't expect. I found myself wondering if it could all be possible
and wondering what I would do in these circumstances.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve Sharpe on 29 April 2014
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Sadly I didn't think to check the previous reviews for this book or I would have instantly realised that I didn't need to buy it as I had already read it under it's original title, 'The Devil's Elixir', and being a fan of Raymond Khoury I didn't think I needed confirmation from the reviews.

There should be a law on Amazon that prevents authors from releasing the same book under a different title without it being clearly noted either on the cover or in the Amazon advertising, i.e., Previously released as "title" etc.

I read 'The Devil's Elixir' when it was first released for Kindle so I didn't recognise it in it's new guise until I was a few chapters in, but then I checked back and found out that I had been screwed.

Nice work Mr Khoury. I won't be reading any more of your books and I certainly won't recommend them anymore. On the contrary, I shall do my utmost to discourage people from reading your material. For an author to treat the fans in this way is reprehensible.
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I first came across Raymond Khoury when I became incredibly interested in Templar history, and since his debut historical-thriller, The Last Templar took historical fact and turned into a piece of action packed fiction, well I couldn't really resist could I? That and its sequel were extremely entertaining, and when I heard that a third book in the series was to be released, featuring indefatigable FBI agent Sean Reilly and Archaeologist Tess Chaykin once more, I instantly pre-ordered it.

The third book in the series is perhaps the most adventurous in terms of personal connection for the main protagonists. When Reilly receives a phone call from an ex-girlfriend telling him she's in danger, the FBI agent finds himself mixed up with Mexican drug cartel and hardcore biker gangs. Reilly world is instantly changed when Michelle, his ex, reveals a secret to him, and he suddenly realises there's more at stake than ever before. And why is a narcotic killer known as `El Brujo' after ancient drug that could change the way in which drugs affect the world, and what has it got to do with the ramblings of a Jesuit priest called Eusebio?

It sounds incredibly dramatic doesn't it? At first, I have to admit, that I was a little apprehensive about this one. Simply because Khoury strays from the Templar background altogether, so The Devil's Elixir is pretty much a thriller. He also takes the brave step in writing it in the first person, from Reilly perspective, which again differs from the previous instalments. But, in all honesty, it is one hell of a thriller. It is so full of action, you simply get so absorbed by the thrill-rides, you could almost forget your train.
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By Poppysixes on 21 Mar. 2014
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Really enjoyed this and have read all of Raymond Khoury's novels so far as each one has kept me turning the page.
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By david flowers on 13 Aug. 2013
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Hard to put down once you start reading, fast moving, Raymond Khoury has a knack of building the plot to keep you gripped
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By Richard Aitchison on 18 May 2013
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Buy this ebook as you will enjoy the storyline as well as the story telling. I have now read all of this author's work and it never fails to command my attention. It is written in such a way to excite the reader and maintain their interest from start to finish. GREAT BUY.
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Brilliant read, really got me thinking! I loved it, a real page turner that had me reading well into the night.
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By Mrs. J. Ludlow on 8 Mar. 2013
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Liked the book a lot. Racy, absorbing and extremely interesting plot. Quite scary about the child, but I did wonder whether it would actually be possible.
Reason for only 4 stars is because somehow it didn't connect with me totally on a gut level. However, a pleasure to read
and I must confess I had to go back and look at it again before I could write this - and if that happens, then the connection isn't as good as it should be.
I shall read more Khoury - have read his previous books and enjoyed them.
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