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The Jerusalem Puzzle [Kindle Edition]

Laurence O'Bryan
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An archaic manuscript contains a secret, one that could change the world …

The second in the series, from the author of The Istanbul Puzzle.

Behind Lady Tunshuq’s Palace in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem, archaeologist, Max Keiser, has been found dead.

In the same city, Doctor Susan Hunter who was translating an ancient script discovered in Istanbul, is missing.

With his girlfriend Isabel Sharp, Sean Ryan is about to piece together the mystery of his colleague Max’s death and Susan’s disappearance. But as they explore the ancient and troubled city, they soon find themselves drawn into a dangerous and deadly game of fire.

A taut thriller in the tradition of Dan Brown and Robert Harris.



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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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 830 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1847562892
  • Publisher: Avon (December 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JWB0AO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action and suspense! February 15, 2013
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This is the first of Lawrence O'Bryan's books that I've read, and I was quite impressed! I found "The Jerusalem Puzzle" to be fast-paced, well-researched and carried off with well-developed believable characters. Sean Ryan and Isabel Sharp were the perfect duo cast in the center of the oldest religious conflict-Jerusalem. Historic and biblical references were worked in well. I can see why comparisons were made to Dan Brown. I'm a research buff and Mr. O'Bryan passed with flying colors. Can't wait to read "The Istanbul Puzzle"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down, a must read! January 19, 2013
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This is a great part two in the lives of Sean and Isabel, filled with rich history and wonderful adventures. I can't wait to see what they will take on next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Lucinda
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Puzzle Maker February 9, 2013
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The Jerusalem Puzzle creates another intense look at an ancient city. This second book in Laurence O'Bryan's mystery/thriller series offers believable historical locations, cultural references, and puzzling clues as to the location, and drive of a mad man; the reader is able to look into this mystery's misery through the plight of the victims. There's also the purpose of war for financial gain--another failed repeat of history. I recommend reading this story along with O'Bryan's first novel, The Istanbul Puzzle. Istanbul Puzzle The Dark Horse of Shanghai
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continuation of an Excellent series February 10, 2013
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After thoroughly enjoying O'Bryan's excellent Istanbul Puzzle, i got this as soon as it was available in the US. It certainly didn't let me down. He continues the development of the main characters expertly, and intertwines the "bigger story" with a very visual description of the locations in the book, this time mainly Jerusalem. I can't wait until the next chapter of the series to come out, so if you haven't already, read the Istanbul Puzzle then this one, so you too can enjoy a fine series of books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Addictive Sequel September 7, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed Laurence O'Bryan's debut historical thriller, The Istanbul Puzzle, but there were issues that stopped it from becoming brilliant. His sequel, The Jerusalem Puzzle promised to carry on the story, with increased action, increased tension and a revelation that would shock the religious community. I got stuck into this straight after finishing its predecessor, and I was left pleasantly surprised by the fast pace and addictive relationships within.

It may sound exceptionally unoriginal when I say it hides a secret that will shock the religious community, especially as over the past five years or so, we've been inundated with similar works of fiction that offers the same. However, I've got to admit that The Jerusalem Puzzle does so with ounces of authenticity and a respect for the religions of today. As it is mostly set inside Jerusalem, O'Bryan does a wonderful job at setting the religious and political scene; two religions, Christianity and Islam, living side by side amongst a backdrop of tension and suspicion. It must take a great insight and understanding to portray, and so it becomes so evident of the author's insightful research.

Within the pages, we are reacquainted with Sean Ryan and his girlfriend, Isabel Sharp as they continue the quest to understand and unravel the mysterious manuscript they unearthed in the first book. Flamboyant archaeologist, Max Kaiser, is found burnt to death and so sets of a series of catastrophic and sinister events that draws the pair to the ancient city. Doctor Susan Hunter, who was working and translating on the manuscript, is missing and our protagonists are stuck for ideas. What they do know however, is that it is up to them to play detectives to discover the truth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best one I've read
Took longer to get interested in this book. Thought main character was a little weak. Good story line. Will check out Manhattan though.
Published 10 months ago by Grandma Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars A great first novel....................
The action is quick, from the opening chapter to the end of the book.

The 'chase' scenes are well thought out and depicted here and you almost feel like you're right... Read more
Published 11 months ago by James Farmer
5.0 out of 5 stars UNPUTDOWNABLE!! A MUST READ!!
THE JERUSALEM PUZZLE
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Laurence O'Bryan

This book is a continuation of the Istanbul Puzzle which I absolutely loved and definitely could not put down. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mary Firmin
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
it was okay. didn't like the character so it was hard to feel invested in the storyline. Read 2 of the series, won't buy anymore
Published 15 months ago by Kathi Lowstetter
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Read
This my favourite novel by O'Bryan. It is a well paced novel, with a tight storyline, and theme. The historical references add lustre to the tale as do the characters.
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Laurence takes us (the reader) to picturesque and mysterious Jerusalem...
Laurence O'Bryan strikes again with an exciting thriller that takes place in a foreign country. Very descriptive and keeps the reader on the edge of the seat, lol, and up all... Read more
Published 20 months ago by sandra f kinzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-paced thriller
The book is a masterclass in how to write a thriller... each chapter end on a hook as the excitement mounts. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Frank McGrath
2.0 out of 5 stars The Jerusalem Puzzle
Action was good with graphic detail regarding action scenes. Book was somewhat disjointed and sometimes hard to follow. Seemed to rush to conclusion.
Published 20 months ago by carol brundege
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Gruesome
I found this book to be a little too gruesome for my taste. I also had a hard time connecting the links in the beginning. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Barbara Ann Derksen
5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Piece of the Puzzle
A really good blend of history, religion, action, adventure and suspense. Character development is done well, even the secondary characters are given more depth. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jim Hendricks
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More About the Author

* 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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