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THRILLS, SPILLS, & ROMANCE...YA STYLE!

An ancient solid gold cross has been buried seemingly forever. Only Young Chase Baker is brave enough to dig it back up.

You know Chase Baker as an adventurer and Renaissance man who loves the ladies but who also loves finding trouble in the form of buried treasure all around the globe. But what was Chase like back when he was a teenager? Turns out, he was a younger version of his adult self.

In this, the first short novel in the new Young Chase Baker action & adventure series, Chase teams up with his two best amigos - the skinny, fun loving, Twigs, and the combative but courageous, Baily. At Chase’s urging, the three embark on a late night quest to uncover the Cross of the Last Crusade, which is said to have been buried along with the body of an old Frenchman, Pierre Menands. When Chase’s “sort of” girlfriend, the beautiful Monique, joins the hunt, the band of teens face down haunted ghosts, angry cops, a speeding locomotive, rabid dogs, a murderous resurrected crusader, and finally, the zombie reincarnation of Menands himself.

For fans of young adult, romantic suspense, alternative history, and action & adventure tales like those created by JR Rain, JK Rowling, Suzanne Collins, and Clive Cussler, New York Times and USA Today best-selling ITW Thriller Award winning author, Vincent Zandri, delivers a brand new thriller written for all ages and for everyone who loves a pulse-pounding, fast, edge-of-your-seat listen.  

Grab your adventure today!

©2018 Vincent Zandri (P)2018 Vincent Zandri

What listeners say about Young Chase Baker and the Cross of the Last Crusade: A Young Chase Baker Thriller

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A good intro to the series

I loved this, I felt fully captivated by the story from beginning to end. A great entry into the books abs I can’t wait to read more of the chase baker series.
I really liked that it was set in the 80’s. Generally enjoyed the main character but the “friends” of the main characters felt a bit empty at times.
The story line felt expected and unexpected at the same time. I knew what wasn’t going to happen but was pleasantly surprised by what did happen. A bit more of a teens book but o still very much enjoyed it.

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I like this audio book got to give it 5 out of 5 😊 ☺

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Today's junk is tomorrow's treasures, son.

Ever wonder what the intrepid explorer, archaeologist, best selling author and egotist was like as a child? Wonder no more. In Chase Baker and the Cross of the Last Crusade, we meet young Chase, 'the self-consciousness teen ... aged 15.' as well as his girlfriend Monique, his dad and his two best friends, Twigs and Bailey. Even then, Chase knew what he wanted to become.
Andrew Werhlen again breathes fast paced life, adventure, fear and fun into Mr.Zandri's action filled stories. A nice partnership, as always, of author and narrator.

The story is fairly short so the last part of the book gives us Chase as an adult, with introductory chapters from his first story, The Shroud Key, a good taster for new readers and a nice past reminder for those who have read it before. My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy of the book, via Audiobook Boom. I'm looking forward to more young Chase Baker exploits in the future.

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  • Shantelle Hazelton
  • 10-10-20

Great audio book

Loved hearing this book. It was a great shorter story. The narrator did a great job

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  • JH & DDDH
  • 02-09-20

YOUNG Chase

Chase Baker at 15 years of age with goofy friends and a Girlfriend! Coming by his adventurousness honestly, (his Dad is like Indiana Jones) Chase goes after The Cross with all the enthusiasm and foolhardiness of "youth." Zandri does it again with this prequel to the Chase Baker series. Fun Stuff!!

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  • Kendall B.
  • 27-05-20

Cute introduction

This was an enjoyable introduction to our avid adventurer, Chase Baker. Even at fifteen, Chase has a love of antiquities, a devotion to friends, and a taste for adventure.

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  • Q Garcia
  • 27-03-20

Magical Cross

Fifteen year old Chase Baker learns of a jewel encrusted cross carried by a Templar Knight during the last crusade. He and two friends decide to rob a grave where it's supposed to be buried. The grave is empty. Chased by police, they continue on their quest. I was gifted this from the author.

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  • Ellen Oceanside
  • 26-03-20

Good Adventures & Narration

Chase, Baily, Twigs, the adventure, was not just for the young to listen to was good adventure and good narration by. Wehrlen. The plots of a valuable religious artifacts, these lead us to his adult stories. Given audio for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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  • RC Holmberg
  • 25-10-19

EXCELLENT story

EXCELLENT story, appro for all ages, and a great introduction to OLDER Chase baker ;-) Highly recommended.

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  • Teresa
  • 15-04-19

A Fit Prequel To The Chase Baker Series

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

It is not often that we get to know the main character of a series we like, but this book does just that and looks into the early life of Chase Baker. It offers us the opportunity to understand how his adult life was shaped by his upbringing. Even as a teenager, Chase is looking for adventures and is willing to risk life and limb and the paternal wrath, as long as he has the chance to unravel a fascinating mystery. His best buddies and first love believe in him, in his abilities and judgement, even when they face the ultimate challenge and what could be their too young demise. The spirit of adventure fueled by his father unorthodox parenting skills, will bring young Chase to become the man whose adventures we learned to love. A great way to give us an intimate peek into the early years of a beloved character. The narrator did an excellent job with the characters' interpretation and the author used his writing skills superbly.

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  • EP
  • 21-02-19

Young Chase Baker and the Cross of the Crusades

What a fun audiobook! Set in the 80s, Chase Baker and two friends (Bailey and Twigs) embark on an adventure of trying to rescue an ancient cross from the European Crusades. The story is action-packed, entertaining and funny, with some nice surprises along the way. The author manages to capture the natures of teenage boys surprisingly well.

Andrew Wehrlen does a great job as narrator; he brought all of the characters to life for me.

The only thing I didn’t care for was the book’s sudden ending.

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 13-01-19

Chase is Awesome!

What a fun listen! I had an absolute blast listening to the adventures of Chase, Twigs & Baily.
Great characters! It's a short thrill ride of adventure that anyone would enjoy.

Andrew Wehrlen is a great narrator, I've been a fan for a long time. Great stuff.
Definitely worth the listen, give it a try, it's a barrel of fun :)

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  • Betababe
  • 17-11-18

Young Indiana Jones

What an enjoyable romp! Set in the '70s with an almost Stand By Me '50s vibe, a young boy and his friends get into serious trouble trying to rescue a valuable religious artifact. Narrator Andrew Wehrlen brought the story to life as he voiced the villains and the valiant, managing boys (and adolescent humor), girls, adults, and foreign accents with aplomb. FUN!