The Istanbul Puzzle Paperback – 19 Jan 2012
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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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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.
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
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!
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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Sean Ryan is dismayed when he learns his friend and business partner Alec, has been found dead while working in Istanbul. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Eileen M. Thornton
The Istanbul Puzzle is a fast-paced and exciting adrenaline fueled adventure that takes you from London to the streets and tunnels of Istanbul. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Deb McEwan (Multi-genre author)
It never ceases to amaze me the amount of research some authors must put into writing novels like this. Often more fascinating than the story itself. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Literary Junkie