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Laurence O'Bryan
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Book Description

19 Jan 2012

Buried deep under Istanbul, a secret is about to resurface with explosive consequences…

Alex Zegliwski has been savagely beheaded. His body is found hidden near the sacred archaeological site of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

When Sean arrives in the ancient city to identify his colleague’s body, he is handed an envelope of photographs belonging to Alek and soon finds himself in grave danger. Someone wants him dead but why?

Aided by British diplomat Isabel Sharp, Sean begins to unravel the mystery of the mosaics in the photographs and inch closer to snaring Alek’s assassin. Evil is at work and when a lethal virus is unleashed on the city, panic spreads fast. Time is running out for Sean and Isabel. They must catch the killer before it’s too late.

An electrifying conspiracy thriller which will entice fans of Scott Mariani, Sam Bourne and Dan Brown.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (19 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847562884
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847562883
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* Short listed for Irish Crime Novel of the Year.
* Top selling Irish crime author in many categories.
* #1 in Amazon charts twice, in two categories.

The Istanbul Puzzle is the first in a new series of mystery-thrillers. I visited Istanbul 6 times to research it. The next in the series, The Jerusalem Puzzle, is out too. It continues the story from The Istanbul Puzzle and features the same characters. The third in the series, The Manhattan Puzzle, arrived October 10, 2013.

My roots go back to a small estate deep in the Mountains of Mourne, near the Silent Valley, in County Down, Northern Ireland.

I went to school in Dublin, drank way too much, studied English and history, then business, then IT at Oxford University. While a student, I worked as a kitchen porter in a club near the Bank of England.

I have also published a guide to social media called, Social Media is Dynamite.

In 2007 I won the Outstanding Novel Submitted award at the Southern California writer's conference. I flew back to Ireland on cloud 999. It wasn't about the money. There wasn't any. It was about knowing I was on the right track.

My research has taken me all over the world, from San Francisco to deep in the Muslim world. I like looking at the stars and listening to the stories of strangers. I hope you enjoy my novels and my guide to social media.

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•'This stylish conspiracy thriller is a Turkish delight…combines plenty of stirring action with fascinating historical detail about a city and a country [Laurence] quite obviously loves.' Irish Independent

• 'A brisk plot…which draws the reader into a conspiratorial rapport…He's come late to fiction, clearly he means to enjoy it.' Telegraph

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A brutal murder. An ancient temple. A long-lost treasure.

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78 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Istanbul Thriller! 30 Jan 2012
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This was a great find for all those who like a fast paced action adventure story. This story is in a similar genre as The Davinci Code only with more plausible adventure and more believable characters.

Sean is still traumatised from the death of his wife and his sadness continues at the news of the death of his best friend Alex, who was working on a Turkish heritage site for their academic research. Sean goes out to Istanbul to identify the body and his adventures start there when he meets up with an intriguing foreign office representative who knocks on his hotel door one morning. Adventure ensues and they chase, and are chased, around Istanbul and London.

If you like a fast paced adventure story with a mystery attached, then this is for you. Once you follow Sean to the Turkish capital it becomes a real page turner and you won't stop until you reach the end. O'Bryan makes Istanbul come to life and the information at the end about the city itself is a really nice touch. Looking forward to reading the sequel.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the ordinary 2 Jun 2012
I always knew that this book is going to be different. But I don't tend to set my expectations high prior to reading one, as more often than not it has only led me to dissapointments. I'm glad that this book is far from being a let down. It has gripped me from the first few pages down to the last. After the first chapter I knew immediately that this is going to be a treat; No dull build up to the story nor a dragging journey to the climax. Reading it is like being there with the characters Sean and Isabel, and sharing their journey. A very well written book, with a kind of story I don't think you would have read somewhere else before. It took a great mind to conjure such plot. I wouldn't say much about the story as I don't want to rob you of the pleasure and excitment of discovering it for yourself. But it is definitely an action-packed suspense/thriller novel, coupled with historical facts (would make you want to visit Istanbul after reading it) and I highly recommend this book. Include it in your list of Summer Reads this year!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Istanbul Prize. 18 May 2012
This is a fast paced adventure novel full of twists and turns that almost leaves the hero hanging out to dry. Sean Ryan has been grieving for the loss of his beautiful wife and hasn't fully come to terms with it yet.His grieving process has seen him lose grip at work when suddenly he's faced with another death, that of his best friend and workmate Alek. Alek was just working in Turkey to photograph some mosaics in the Magnificent Hagia Sophia so who would want him dead?
As Sean goes to try and answer that question and to identify the body he becomes frustrated at the seeming lack of answers from anyone and decides this time he wants answers. In his attempts to find the killers he becomes embroiled in a plot that the killers don't want exposed at any cost. Sean becomes their next target and in this cleverly plotted book we meet characters who aren't always what they seem as he tries to get his answers and keep his own life. His only help is young British Diplomat Isobel Sharp but whose side is she really on as the story opens up to mass disruptions in Europe and the threat of a deadly virus being unleashed on London?
An unputdownable book that won't disappoint from a very skilled and talented writer.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 24 Jan 2012
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I have just finished reading The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O'Bryan. It is 2am, I should be in bed sleeping, but I couldn't put it down. I found it impossible to read 'just one more chapter' as each chapter made me want to carry on reading.

This is a superb first novel by Laurence O'Bryan, it deserves to be a best seller. In my view it has the potential to be turned into a television drama or cinema film.

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the two main characters and hope they will be together again for The Jerusalem Puzzle. It is such a shame that it will be 2013 before I am able to enjoy their company once again.

I first read this book as a kindle download, I enjoyed it so much that I have now bought the paperback
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed but very readable 3 Mar 2012
By nixlyn
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I see that this one has really split the reviewers!
I often find that my views can differ wildly from the majority but in this can I am as split as they are. The main thing is that I found the book very readable - this is a key issue for me as you can read read lots of books and no matter how they are paced or how good the characterisations are... they just don't have a high readability factor - this one does!
Some of the critical reviews make good points in that the author has created stands of story lines that he seems to have forgotten about as he has become more involved in the story. He rarely brings theses fractured lines to any real conclusion and the ending, insofar as the plot is concerned does seem a bit abrupt. I liked the hero and the growing relationship between him and the main lady - I felt that it was handled nicely.
However, I do think that some readers/reviewers make notes as they go through looking for areas to criticise. I am not like that - I just want to be entertained and distracted. In general this book did a reasonably good job of that and I believe that this is Mr O Bryans first book so he has plenty of time to tighten up his plot lines.
I know that there is going to be a new book involving the main protagonists so maybe some of the loose ends will be tied up then?
In any case I will buy it as I enjoyed this book!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs down
I actually didn't finish this one. Not a thing I do often. It lost me half way through, Might try again sometime !
Published 13 days ago by Miss E Mc Clelland
5.0 out of 5 stars The Istanbul Puzzle
Fantastic read. Had visited this amazing city a few years ago and was attracted by the title. Compulsive reading, couldn't put it down.
Published 1 month ago by MS S AMATUZZI
5.0 out of 5 stars Long-sought thriller series found
Since reading the Dan Brown novels I have long sought after a similar type of fast paced action-adventure thriller with a protagonist that I can be interested in and I am delighted... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Craig Johns
5.0 out of 5 stars well written
Interesting & exciting book. Very well written. Enjoyed it to the end. Definitely would read more books by this author.
Published 2 months ago by JudithJ
4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling page turner.
I discovered this book through a tweet from an Irish writers group and, boy am I glad I did! I love when a writer injects their passion for a location in their writing and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Synnott
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
I loved it, think I'll go straight onto the next one right now and follow the rest of the story
Published 3 months ago by kelly james
5.0 out of 5 stars great
perfect just what i was looking for good quality delivered promptly certainly recommend to anyone will use company again thanks
Published 4 months ago by graeme1229
5.0 out of 5 stars Fact and Fiction
A fast paced thriller/ history book makes you want to visit Turkey to visit the historic sites which the adventure is based on. Read more
Published 4 months ago by HUD
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I really enjoyed reading this book and liked the plot and style of authors writing, comes across as a mix between a Dan Brown with a touch of the Robert Ludlum. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this
This was a book group recommendation and I couldn;t put it down. I want to visit old Istanbul now :-)
Published 5 months ago by Julie Cooke
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