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The Istanbul Puzzle Paperback – September 1, 2015
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While I enjoyed TIP a lot, the decision to give it four rather than five stars hinged on three factors. The verbal interplay among the hero and heroine didn't quite ring true as authentic conversation all the time (though that's probably my ear rather than any inherent weakness in the author's dialog). Second, the bubonic plague is caused by bacteria (noted in the book) and is not a virus (which it is referred to several places); while this is a minor point, it is pretty basic and raised the further question as to whether other areas of research (which I know nothing about, e.g. Constantine, Byzantine Greek church history, Istanbul's history) also had holes in them. Finally, the ending appeared truncated. There were lots of loose ends that ended up either dead ends or were simply dropped. It's as if the editor said, "OK, you've written enough here and let's wrap it up over the next 10,000 words." The multiple plot lines were laid out intricately and I would have enjoyed seeing a more detailed denouement.
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I don't want to sound too negative. This book is very good and I'm going to buy and read the next couple in the series. I'm a fussy thriller reader probably because I'm an author and I'm always picking my own work to bits. "The Istanbul Puzzle" is easily a top 20%'er for fans of realistic espionage novels set in exotic locales.
The characters, especially the main protagonist Sean Ryan, are finely drawn and believable. I like when an author makes characters three dimensional - not all good and not all bad. Sean, a widower, is on an emotional journey as well as his determined quest to discover what happened to his work colleague, and that is evident throughout the book while not overshadowing the main plot line. The story flows well, the action is thrilling and almost non-stop. The story itself benefits from what I believe must have been careful research. The author appears to have excellent knowledge of his subject matter, which adds depth. You don't get an information dump at the beginning of the book, the different levels that this story is working on are uncovered as you read.
The historical and religious aspects have the ring of authenticity, which is important for a book of this genre, and the care and attention to detail make this a pleasure to read. The historical facts and wonderful descriptions of Istanbul are an added bonus, and for that reason alone I will be reading more of his work.
This adventures fiction reads like a captivating memoir, masterfully built with 61 little chapter-puzzles. Each puzzle triggers imagination to the level when you can't help but start believe each written word and event. Some moments in the book even feel like spooky predictions especially those that mentioned London and its population.
I’ve been to Istanbul twice and after reading this book, I now know that I haven't seen the beauty of this historical city the way I've experienced it in the story. Thanks to Laurence O’Bryan and his helpful great recommendations mentioned in the story, I am going to visit Istanbul again. I am ready this time.
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