by Nick Pengelley
Copyright: 2013, 2014
Read: Sept. 23 – 28, 2014
Challenge: RIP IX
Yearly count: 44
Source: NetGalley via TLC Book Tour
Series: Ayesha Ryder #1
Blurb: As Israeli and Palestinian leaders prepare to make a joint announcement at the Tower of London, an influential scholar is tortured and murdered in his well-appointed home in St. John’s Wood. Academic researcher Ayesha Ryder believes the killing is no coincidence. Sir Evelyn Montagu had unearthed shocking revelations about T. E. Lawrence—the famed Lawrence of Arabia. Could Montagu have been targeted because of his discoveries?
Ryder’s search for answers takes her back to her old life in the Middle East and into a lion’s den of killers and traitors. As she draws the attention of agents from both sides of the conflict, including detectives from Scotland Yard and MI5, Ryder stumbles deeper into Lawrence’s secrets, an astounding case of royal blackmail, even the search for the Bible’s lost Ark of the Covenant.
Every step of the way, the endgame grows more terrifying. But when an attack rocks London, the real players show their hand—and Ayesha Ryder is left holding the final piece of the puzzle.
Review: I received a copy of this book for free via NetGalley in conjunction with a TLC Book tour, all opinions expressed below are my own.
When I was first pitched this book I was immediately intrigued. I love a good action adventure novel. What I didn’t realize was that this book would have a lot of references to the Middle East. I am not a very political person. In all honesty, I know very little about what goes on in that side of the world. So for me, this book was a little over my head in regards to everything Middle Eastern.
That being said, I still liked the book. Because I liked Ayesha’s character. I wanted her to succeed. There came a point in the book when someone who I thought was trustworthy did a total 360 on Ayesha. I actually gasped out loud. And from then on I was hooked. It was at that point when I went from being slightly intrigued by this book to being full-on, Ayesha-has-to-succeed-no-matter-what. There were so many twists and turns, but it was that one revelation that really turned the whole book around for me.
The writing was very good. The action was extremely well written. The storyline, while I personally found it somewhat hard to follow just because of my lack of Middle Eastern knowledge, was still easy enough to follow that I wasn’t completely lost. The characters were interesting (Lady Madrigal Carey! What. A. Character!)
Overall it’s definitely a good book, but not necessarily the easiest book to read just because of the Middle Eastern slant. But I’d definitely like to revisit Ayesha again in the future.
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About the author: Nick Pengelley is the author of the political thriller Ryder. Australian by birth, he’s had careers in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom as a law professor, legal consultant, and analyst on Middle East politics, which is his passion. Pengelley lives in Toronto with his wife, Pamela.
Other tour stops:
Monday, September 22nd: Bell, Book & Candle
Monday, September 22nd: Omnimystery News – guest post
Tuesday, September 23rd: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, September 24th: D. L. Kamstra | Writing about Stories
Thursday, September 25th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, September 29th: Reading Reality
Tuesday, September 30th: Tales of a Book Addict
Wednesday, October 1st: Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, October 6th: Crime Book Club
Tuesday, October 7th: Read Love Blog
Wednesday, October 8th: 2 Kids and Tired Books
Thursday, October 9th: Queen of All She Reads
Friday, October 10th: A Fantastical Librarian
Friday, October 10th: Mystery Playground – Drinks with Reads guest post
Monday, October 13th: By the Book Reviews
Tuesday, October 14th: the smitten word
Wednesday, October 15th: Dwell in Possibility