D.J.(Psychol),Chester,UK Amazon Reviewer - The pot at the end of the rainbow. The perfect culmination to a series of books which offer a master class in the writing of'thrillers' with an archaeological background.
J.C. Ryan, writing with a deceptively minimalistic writing style, creates story lines and characters that the reader cannot help caring about,set in carefully researched scenarios. His four books to date clearly deserve the attention of Hollywood looking for 'block-buster' films, but those of us who prefer the written novel will realise that this series of 'Rossler Foundation' books will become a classic in the genre which seeks to appeal not only to those with a passion for archaeology, but also those with an interesting the immediate future. Read all four books to gain the maximum benefit! You will not be disappointed. It is to be hoped that J.C. will continue to mine the seam of gold he has created.
Deborah Stachowiecz Amazon Reviewer - So Glad I Persevered And Read Book 4. My journey through the Rossler Foundation series was almost derailed by my reaction to the storyline in Book 3! The author used his excellent writing skills but for some reason there was this dark bleakness for me in the very plausibility of the central pandemic scenario. Though I gave Mr Ryan full marks for his characters again, I wasn't sure I could face another such dark story in Book 4.
And when I encountered the deep and abiding hatred used to logically fuel the "why" behind Book 4's villainous plot, my heart once again dropped. ISIS' despicable actions in the evening news showed Mr Ryan's premise was quite in line with extremist sentiments.
So instead of sailing through Book 4 in a matter of a few hours, I kept just dipping a toe in and then finding some other task or reading project I simply HAD to complete first.
But, because I had SO enjoyed the first 2 books in the series and even the writing skill in Book 3....I never could just give up on reading it. I just had to be in the right frame of mind to "tackle it".
Finally, that day arrived and I began seriously reading the storyline and soon discovered...or rather, rediscovered why I had written such glowing reviews of the first two books.
I admire Mr Ryan's skills in creating interesting and likeable characters I soon find myself rooting for and caring about their "thoroughgoing" their struggles.
The quantum physics connection gave a nice platform for the plausibility of his "solution's alert" mechanism while still giving me a nice hidey hole that all of this was just a good science fiction story."It couldn't REALLY happen." Even when the factors of human hatred and political machinations felt way too plausible in our world today.
At long last the story's dramatic tensions and plot points captured my need to answer "What happens next? Are they going to solve it in time! HOW are they going to solve it?"
That's when Mr Ryan's writing skills once again captured my involvement and made me glad I'd kept reading.
I even started getting excited by the email alert that says Book 5 will soon be released. I'll be interested to see where he takes us, his loyal readers now, next!
Meghan Top Amazon Reviewer - Brilliantly written! JC Ryan's new book, 'The Sword of Cyrus',is as deeply riveting as his previous three thrillers--although having read("devoured" is perhaps the better term) the author's previous books, I get the strong sense that the Rossler Foundation Series just keeps getting better and better. And here I speak as someone who does not make unnecessary high praise lightly. JC Ryan's latest book is astonishingly well-crafted, the layers of meaning cleverly interwoven and meticulously built up so that by the time you're reading the last few chapters, it all feels as satisfying as a desperate embrace.
In 'The Sword of Cyrus', author JC Ryan quite cleverly stabs a finger into the open wound of the old tension between the US and Iran.However, Ryan ups the ante--and in quite a breath-taking literary fashion at that--by making the threat real and palpable--especially when you have a determined villain who takes his cues from Biblical prophecies. Especially when you have a villain who is in possession of the world's most powerful, hitherto unimagined weapon: a bomb so small and portable yet so powerful that it can level multiple cities and annihilate countless millions. The target? The American heartland.Now, it is up to the men and women of the Rossler Foundation to counter the threat. If they fail, the consequence is unimaginable.
It is worth noting that, like any other good book, the plot of 'The Sword of Cyrus' is driven by an emotional gravity that anyone can relate with. Sure, Dalir Jahandar maybe someone you can easily hate or fear,given the current world events and the rampaging onslaught of a group like the ISIS. But Dalir is also coming from a place of incredible loss, and his thirst for revenge--which makes him blind to everything else and sets his path on fire--is utterly believable. On the other hand, the Rosslers are awesome, yet vulnerable in certain aspects. And it is this vulnerability that makes Ryan's books such a joy to follow and inhabit--these novels literally leave you clutching the edge of your seat.
This is the fourth book in the acclaimed Rossler Foundation Series. And these are full-length novels, not one of those "novellas" others keep on churning for the sake of a quick buck. The quality--and the delicious length--of Ryan's books always make any book he releases such an enjoyable literary treat. And yes, although this is the fourth book in the series, it can stand on its own--you get a good sense of what the Rossler Foundation is,anyway, and what its agents do. But then again, as a highly recommended modus,I suggest you pick up a copy of the previous books ('The Tenth Cycle', 'Ninth Cycle Antarctica' and 'Genetic Bullets'). In any case, you'll meet familiar characters (the Rosslers, of course), and a few new intriguing additions that add a deeper dimension to the story.
Most importantly, I have said this before and I'm saying it again: JC Ryan is a literary alchemist: he has the knack for crafting a blend of archaeological facts and scientific knowledge and transforming them into literary gold. There is not a page wasted in 'The Sword of Cyrus'--every moment as tight and gripping as the next one. Read even the first few pages of 'The Sword of Cyrus' and you'll see what I mean.
Get a copy. Techno-thriller fans who actually love well-written suspense books that will take you on an unforgettable ride--you will love this book.
Definitely a five-star novel.