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The Manhattan Puzzle by [O'Bryan, Laurence]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 39 customer reviews
Book 3 of 3 in Puzzle (3 Book Series)
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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

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 New York Puzzle is his third novel.


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  • File Size: 1525 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (October 10, 2013)
  • Publication Date: October 10, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CCUB80C
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The opening chapter of "The Manhattan Puzzle" kicked me right in the face. That's part of what this novel did to me as a whole: it doesn't beat around the bush. It gets to the point. Yes, you can read "The Manhattan Puzzle" independently from the previous two "puzzle" novels by Lawrence O'Bryan - I know because I started with this one. Don't ask me why; I guess this title appealed the most to me. The promise of something hidden in the history of Mahattan and the involvement of modern times bankers was inviting to me. I read all sorts of fiction, though this genre is new to me. "The Manhattan Puzzle" has a kind of gothic quality; an unmistakable violence, a web of intrige involving both ancient -and bloody- rituals and 21st century finance. That works out compelling here. Several things work out in favor of O'Bryan: he opens in the middle of serious and tone setting action; his chapters are short, sometimes even ultra; and the action is almost continuous. There's this weird and attractive mixture of shock-story developments on the one hand and Wall Street calamity economics on the other. Bloody murder, and then all of a sudden there's a slice of daily, post-Lehman life. The end comes appropriately in apocalyptic form. And although I had been anticipating someting radical - the novel builds up to that - I certainly didn't see this one coming. I must say the end worked well for me, because it was gross by my personal standards and it sure gave all control to the author. Of course I haven't read the previous "The Jerusalem Puzzle" and "The Istanbul Puzzle", so it's probably not up to me to judge all character developments here. In my opinion, if you're looking for a thrilling, entertaining novel to read between more serious stuff, a novel that reads like a movie on paper, and is downright creepy at times, "The Manhattan Puzzle" could work for you. See what you think.
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The Manhattan Puzzle by Laurence O'Bryan

This is the third book in the puzzle series, the first being The Istanbul Puzzle and then The Jerusalem Puzzle, although there isn't too much of a "puzzle" in the books there is certainly mystery and thrills.

There is plenty of background on the previous two books to remind the reader, but I don't recommend reading this third book without having read the first two.

So far in the third book there are various story lines, Isabel is the main character as Sean goes missing, there are also Xena's story line and Henry Mowlam, with the majority of the story line from Isabel's point of view as she searches for Sean, there is also Sean and Isabel's little boy 4 years old Alek in the story now.

nice quick short chapters which I enjoy as it makes it easy to pick up and put down. If you have already read the other two, then you might want to read this, but don't expect the same stuff, this is different, but all the same it is good and I really enjoyed it.

4 out of 5 stars.
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THE MANHATTAN PUZZLE
By
Laurence O'Bryan

Having read The Istanbul Puzzle and The Jerusalem Puzzle, I could not wait to receive my copy of The Manhattan Puzzle. On October 10th. at 2:00a.m. my Kindle Copy appeared and I immediately began to read. The Manhattan Puzzle is a fast-paced, intriguing, and terrifying sequel to Laurence O'Bryan's Puzzle Series. Isabel Ryan awakens to find her husband Sean has disappeared--and the search is on. The hunt for Sean takes her through the glamorous skyscrapers of Manhattan, down into the dingy and dangerous tunnels beneath the city's towering buildings, and past their glossy façade. When her whole family, including her young son, is endangered, Isabel draws on her courage and prior experience and becomes a valiant combatant. Congratulations to author Laurence O'Bryan, who has fulfilled my highest expectations for this book and beyond. Mr. O'Bryan has captured the very essence of Manhattan and its inhabitants, as well as the banking culture with all of its deviant twists and turns. Again I say, move over Dan Brown, there's a new guy in town-- and he is incredible. Incidentally, each one of these three books is fulfilling enough to stand on its own merits. Although it is not necessary to read all three books I highly recommend that you do, for your own pleasure.
Mary Firmin, author Deadly Pleasures
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This Irish writer has done it again only this time he's switched POV. Now it is Sean Ryan's wife Isabel who is the heroine in the third "puzzle" edition and it turns out to be a very smart move. Women readers especially will enjoy the female perspective, the inner turmoil, the conflict and the rending of her heart as she faces some terrible decisions regarding her husband and her son.
I liked the pace, the short snappy descriptions, the fact that New York comes alive in front of your eyes. I also liked the very disturbing blood letting! Tension is well maintained in this author's hands. He knows how to turn up the heat and keep you guessing.
All in all another great read from this accomplished Irish crime writer - how does such a small country keep turning out such compelling talent?
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A fast paced read, THE MANHATTAN PUZZLE, reminds us to "trust your gut" when something seems so very wrong. I liked that the story is told from Isabel Ryan's POV as she searches for her missing husband, Sean, along with several law enforcement agencies. The evil Lord Bidenor plots to use Sean and his family to provide the last step needed to a world-affecting banking takeover. Bidenor even snares Chinese financiers into his plot for personal gain. His twisted mind warps the long hidden symbol of a square with an arrow--a symbol unearthed and researched by Sean and Isabel in the previous two books in this puzzle mystery/thriller series by Laurence O'Bryan. This reader highly recommend all three books. The Istanbul Puzzle The Jerusalem Puzzle
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