- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Avon (3 Jan. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847562892
- ISBN-13: 978-1847562890
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Jerusalem Puzzle Paperback – 3 Jan 2013
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Praise for The Istanbul Puzzle:
'A brisk plot…which draws the reader into a conspiratorial rapport.' Telegraph
'This stylish conspiracy thriller is a Turkish delight…combines plenty of stirring action with fascinating historical detail’ Irish Independent
About the Author
Laurence was born in Dublin. He studied business, then IT at Oxford University. After going to England he paid for his own courses and began rising at 4AM so he could study and work at the same time. One early job was as a kitchen porter near the Bank of England cleaning the plates of the well connected. He stayed in squats in London and struggled for years. Laurence was first published by a school newspaper when he was ten, for a short story about aliens getting lost. Thirty-five years later, he attended a authonomy workshop and not long after was offered a publishing contract for three books.The Jerusalem Puzzle is his second novel.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story really wasn't my usual kind of read but I finished it in one sitting because the plot carried me along nicely and I wanted to know what was going to happen next. It was also a book that made me think about some of the things going on in the world right now - possibly not what I wanted at 3am but the mark of a good plot. I'm debating at the moment whether to go back to the beginning of the series or wait for the third installment, but will definitely keep an eye out for the author and any other books he releases. I'll also be recommending him to other avid readers.
Starting out in the UK, Sean and Isabel hear that Susan Hunter of Cambridge University, who was working on a translation of manuscript they had found in Istanbul, has been kidnapped after travelling to Jerusalem. Also, an archaeologist Max Keiser has been found dead in suspicious circumstances. Unable to trust the investigation to the authorities, Sean and Isabel leave for Jerusalem to try to get to the bottom of the mystery.
Jerusalem turns out to be a city where everyone seems to know where you are. With the different religious quarters sitting side by side, O'Bryan manages to convey the atmosphere of the narrow lane ways and ancient buildings, of different religions and nationalities as well as tourists all moving about together. Helped by contacts in embassies and through Sean's specialist academic credentials they manage to open some doors but this does not guarantee safety and there are several major setbacks.
On top of all this there are outside prevaricators who are conspiring to bring about war in Israel. The revelation that Susan Hunter has translated could cause an international incident and the meaning of a particular 'glph', a square with a line in it is carried through the novel.
Author Laurence O'Bryan has written a tight and gripping adventure story. The characters have their own personal histories to bring to the story that adds depth and credibility.Read more ›
There is a single manuscript nearly all but forgotten, which contains the key to the greatest, shocking historical secret of all-time...
Sean Ryan and his girlfriend Isabel Sharp are exploring the ancient, mysterious city of Jerusalem when they find themselves drawn into a dangerous game with deadly consequences. Meanwhile in the same city Doctor Susan Hunter was translating an ancient manuscript, until it suddenly disappears without a trace. Behind Lady Tunshuq's Palace in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem the archeologist Max Kaiser is found dead, with murder on the cards now no one is safe...
The sequel to `the Istanbul puzzle' (shortlisted for the Irish crime novel of the year 2012) continues the story from where it left off, by including the square and arrow symbol (that Sean and Isabel discovered within the Museum of Antiquities), in central Cairo near Tahrir square.Read more ›
I first became of Laurence O'Bryan when I read the also excellent 'The Istanbul Puzzle' and absolutely loved it and I've been waiting for The Jerusalem Puzzle to hit the shops ever since I finished reading the Istanbul Puzzle.
I guarantee that you wont be disappointed with either of these books, you feel that you're with the characters from the start, and it will leave you wanting to visit Istanbul and Jerusalem as you will feel like you know the area already.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poor ending, plus a lot adverts for hotels ect in Turkey, hope Laurence gets free accomodation when he stays.Published 6 months ago by Chris Dandridge
This is the second of three books by Laurence O Bryan which I have enjoyed enormously, the reference to the places where the story takes place make very interesting facts. Read morePublished 8 months ago by simmibaba
2nd in O'Bryan's Puzzle series. If you liked the Istanbul Puzzle you'll love this one!Published 12 months ago by Michael Haskins
Persuaded to buy this book by customer reviews of it. But, sorry to say it was just not for me. i thought it was one paced due to the abundance of irrelevant chit-chat dialogue... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Miguel
This was okay. I enjoyed it but I really don't know what I was expecting. It is definitely worth a read.Published 15 months ago by lynne wilson