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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (June 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847562892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847562890
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,023,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.


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.

Customer Reviews

It will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
C. Goodwin
The book has picked up where the last one left off and I look forward to the next installment.
Mark Drinan
A really good blend of history, religion, action, adventure and suspense.
Jim Hendricks
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Iamlisamoreno on 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deb Abel on 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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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 By Robin Moore on 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 By Barry J. Evans on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Thompson on 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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