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The Manhattan Puzzle

The Manhattan Puzzle [Kindle Edition]

Laurence O'Bryan
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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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 global puzzle. A secret symbol. A conspiracy that ends in death. Perfect for fans of Dan Brown’s Inferno.

An international cover-up that could change the course of history…

Sean has been tracking a symbol from another age. It provides a clue to a barbaric conspiracy. A puzzle with an answer feared for millenia.

When Isabel wakes to find Sean hasn't come home she doesn't worry. At first. But when the police turn up on her doorstep wanting to interview him, she has to make a decision.

Does she keep faith in him or does she believe the evidence?
The symbol Sean and Isabel have been chasing will finally be revealed in Manhattan as one of the greatest banks in the world totters. Can Isobel uncover the truth before time runs out…or will she too be murdered?

A thrilling, high-octane race to save civilisation that will engross fans of Dan Brown, David Baldacci and James Patterson.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1041 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847562906
  • Publisher: Avon (10 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CCUB80C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Sequel, but also stands alone 12 Oct 2013
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Thought provoking from the first page. Gulpingly gruesome in places and one slightly confusing bit I had to re-read and still didn't make sense - but that excluded a 'can't put down' read from an exciting author. I'd recommend this and his other books which I read earlier this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 21 Oct 2013
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An excellent book. The author's best yet. The book draws you in from the very beginning. The story was intelligent, intriguing and fast-paced, I couldn't put it down, and yet didn't want it to end. One of the best books I've read in a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant fast paced story 12 Oct 2013
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After reading the first chapter, couldn't wait to pre-order the full book. A fast paced well written story that has everything you want. I couldn't put this book down and can't wait for the next book from this author. Definitely worth reading you won't be disappointed
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking page turner 11 Oct 2013
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If you like your conspiracy thrillers fast-paced and high-octane then this book is for you! I read it in one sitting devouring all the twists and turns. I can't wait to see what Sean and Isabel get up to next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars High tension adventure 11 Oct 2013
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Third novel in the series.

Sean is missing in London and suspected of a murder. Isabel is near frantic in her effort to find out where he is. Unknown to her, her son is not safe with her friend, Rose, as the action moves to New York City.

The NYPD, SEC, FBI are all gunning for Sean as a dangerous criminal, while Isabel, with a little help, manages to keep one step ahead of the villains, still convinced of Sean's innocence. Once again the story comes to a head deep underground and the future seems very bleak for Sean, Isabel and their son, Alek. Captivating!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced Global Conspiracy Thriller 29 Jun 2014
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Firstly I would like to say I love the cover on this book, it's perfect for the plot and I love Manhatten too so a great reminder.

When I started reading this I had no idea it was the third book in a series with the Jerusalem and Istanbul Puzzle having come before. However the book can stand on it's own very well, although now I will go back and read the other two and in the correct order as I believe many of the characters in this book appear in those earlier books.

I didn't know what to expect but have to say the book was a very pleasant surprise. It's a very fast paced, high energy, gripping and at times gruesome thriller.

There is a global conspiracy with the focus being the BXH Bank in Manhatten. All the action is located there. Isabel is the main character and the heroine of the novel as she pulls out all the stops to find her missing husband Sean who is being accused/framed for a murder she is convinced he didn't commit. On top of that she is anxious about the safety of her son Alek who she leaves in London with someone she can trust while she searches for her husband in Manhatten. As the story progresses her actions and the people she meets leads to her own life being in danger aswell as her family. She doesn't know what to believe, who to trust and how to get to the bottom of the mystery which is highly complex and involving China, a historical symbol and gruesome rituals involving murder and a plot to bring down or take over BXH Bank as a means to an end.

The book isn't for the faint-hearted but it is thrilling with lots of twists and turns which you have to keep track of and i did find it difficult to put this book down, its great! I can see the ending does leave it open for another sequel which I also look forward to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 23 Mar 2014
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The worrying thing is that this novel is not entirely fictional, but is partially based on how the secret elite societies work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast moving and topical 17 Jan 2014
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Whilst its location isn't as exotic as Jerusalem or Istanbul, this is more than compensated for by the streamlined pace and topical subject matter. Also, the decision to devote a large part of the story to Isobel's point of view and develop her character is a good one, especially given the news that a fourth novel, set in Nuremberg, is in the pipeline. I look forward to their continuing adventures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Started but not finished.
Started this one ages ago but still not finished it. It started off okay but then I found it was a bit laboured...
Haven't enjoyed it as much as Istanbul. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Shell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable read
Published 24 days ago by ann22
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Found it a slow start to get into the story, but improved as it went along
Published 1 month ago by Sheila Storr
3.0 out of 5 stars Weakest of the three
Having read The Istanbul Puzzle and The Jerusalem Puzzle, and enjoyed them, I was disappointed in this third outing: this is the weakest of the three. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Poetry Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Three books is not enough !!!!
I had bought all three books together (Manhattan Puzzle, Jerusalem Puzzle & Istanbul Puzzle) & loved each one. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Helena Boyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
This book was very enjoyable. Good writer. Will read more of his works. Great value for money too. Would recommend to my friends.
Published 3 months ago by Mr Jock
3.0 out of 5 stars Not so good
I really enjoyed the first two books in the series (5 stars!) but didn't think this one was up to the same standard, it almost felt like this book had been written by another... Read more
Published 4 months ago by HJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Puzzle series
I have read the two previous books in this series, the first was good enough to encourage reading the others but this was the poorest of the three.
Published 5 months ago by Judy Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Up To Par
I'd read the earlier ones in this series, which really you need to have done to understand the back story, and to be honest found this story messy. Read more
Published 7 months ago by misty meanor
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good read
The Manhattan Puzzle should definitely be read after the after The Istanbul Puzzle (Book 1) and The Jerusalem Puzzle (Book 2). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Brian T. Logan
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