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The Jerusalem Puzzle by [O'Bryan, Laurence]
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4.1 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2213 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (3 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JWB0AO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 119 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,322 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Picked this one up late last night as I fancied reading something different - unfortunately I didn't spot that it was the second in a series, luckily it didn't matter too much. There were references to events in the previous book but I didn't find it detracted from enjoying this one.

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.
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This exquisite novel with its dazzling cover is something to treasure, for it contains such intricate detail as to take your breath away. The electrifying tension radiates off the pages as this thrilling, mesmerizing tale is as gripping as Dan Brown's `The Da Vinci Code' if not more so. I was swept into a mysterious world shrouded in conspiracy theories, deep-rooted history and ancient prophecies. The fast-paced, layered plot is something to loose yourself within as you unravel the truth bit-by-bit, reveling in the delights of the perilous backdrop that is so atmospheric. I was taken on the most thrilling journey to the exotic, piquant and vibrant Jerusalem where an ancient evil lies waiting hidden beneath a troubled, divergent civilization.

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.
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I have waited to get my hands on this book after finishing The Istanbul Puzzle, which quite frankly was one of the best books I have ever read. The short chapters and the fast pace of the book make it a real page turner. You really feel like your with the characters, and the description of Jerusalem is so descriptive, it really captures the imagination. Buy the two books for anyone who loves a good read, and I promise that they won't be disappointed. Roll on no3!!!!
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Having read and enjoyed the Istanbul Puzzle I had to read the latest offering of the Jerusalem Puzzle . Well written with fast action and not spoilt by having too many character names to remember . Sadly this book did not hold my interest as much as the Istanbul Puzzle which is a great read . Too much time towards the end of the book spent trying to find the "lost " characters and the result was not totally convincing . It was still a good read and flowed well but for me it will have just missed its mark .
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Already horrified at the news of Max Keiser's terrifying murder, Sean Ryan and Isabel Sharp are equally alarmed to learn that their friend, Dr Susan Hunter has gone missing in Jerusalem. Dr Hunter, of Cambridge University, had been translating an ancient manuscript, which Sean and Isabel brought back from Istanbul. Was there a connection? Both Sean and Isabel feel they must go to Jerusalem to help find their friend. However, once there, they are thwarted at every turn. Will they find their friend before it is too late?

This is a very exciting novel and certainly keeps the reader on their toes. I also enjoyed reading the vivid descriptions of the city Jerusalem
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I read and really enjoyed the Istanbul Puzzle and was looking forward to this sequel, unfortunately it did not live up to its predicessors standards. It was still a good well crafted story but seemed to take to long to get going and if anything a bit predictable towards the end, having said that I will still be reading the next installment and hope it will be back to the standard of the first.
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This is a fast-paced, gripping thriller written in first and third person style with the main locations set in the common flash-points of the Middle East. Considering these locations are popular tourist and pilgrimage destinations, the story is bang up to date with the current political scene combined with a not inconceivable scenario; it is quite scary, but thrilling too, and not too graphic. The descriptions of the area and the historical content were, for me, essential and well written.
The writing style is very well done but fairly typical of the genre; short, snappy sentences; fast page-turning action; good use of adjectives and the characters fly from the page in full 3D so you feel as though you know them personally. It begins quietly enough, but soon builds into something hard to put down and the tale ducks and weaves through several `screen sets' that positively leap off the page. There are two back stories: a well written love interest and the search for an ancient religious artefact, a document that could blow Christian teaching wide open if found to be genuine. The archaeological dig and the love story are both linked, even if loosely at times, with the main characters and the direction of the book and the whole package moulds together beautifully, adding to the terror when one or both main characters are in mortal danger.
My only gripe, if any, would be that the search for a missing person, in fact two missing persons, towards the end of the novel is drawn out and unconvincing, but nevertheless exciting.
If you like your thrillers with a good mix of people, locations and perfectly feasible scenarios then I would certainly recommend you read this very entertaining novel...
This is the second novel in a series, but I have not read The Istanbul Puzzle, Laurence's debut novel, but I certainly will...
I have now, and have since published a review.
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