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I read many different genres and depending on my mood, I read for different reasons—sometimes for comforting relaxation, sometimes to learn and sometimes to enjoy a gripping thriller.

The Istanbul Puzzle was neither comforting nor relaxing.  It was a gripping thriller, but I also learned a lot about ancient history and the city of Istanbul.  I was so enthralled with the history and the description of the city, that I would go online to check out places that were mentioned—some I found, some I did not—and the author explained that in his “tour guide” at the end of the book. I want to say Thank you to Laurence O’Bryan for putting that in.

The storyline was riveting. As I read, it struck me that sometimes when I read a novel the words are just ordinary script on my Kindle, but to me The Istanbul Puzzle almost seemed to appear in bold letters!  I was totally captured by the novel.

The book opens with a horrific murder scene. Later we learn that the victim was Alex Zegliwski, who was Sean Ryan’s best friend and co-worker. Sean is shocked by the savagery and determined to find out why his colleague was murdered and who was responsible. His quest leads him on a perilous journey. 

This book could have been written in 2015—it deals with many of our modern day issues; the threat of Middle Eastern radicalism overtaking Europe, the struggle of good and evil, conspiracy, even the possible spectre of germ warfare on a large scale.

O’Bryan’s writing is full of texture—you see, feel and smell as he describes the scenes. I felt the crush of the crowds in the streets of Istanbul, and again in London when the Muslim masses gathered.  I got lost in the emotions of the characters: Sean’s determination to solve the puzzle, the awakening feelings between him and Isabel Sharp, their terror and anxiety, the equally determined mind of the enemy who sought to kill them.

Did I love this book? You bet I did! I was so involved that I didn’t even think to look for any editing errors if they existed. When I finished it, I immediately went to Amazon and bought The Jerusalem Puzzle and added it to my TBR list.  However—you never know when I might decide to skip ahead and read for the pleasure of it!

If you like a fast paced, suspense filled action thriller with great description and a lot of history and reality woven in, you will probably enjoy The Istanbul Puzzle as much as I did.   

The Istanbul Puzzle can ne purchased on Amazon.com by clicking here

The cover of sid bells book the tests of time_The Tests of Time by Sid Bell

People of Christian persuasion or those who have questions and are seeking spiritual clarification will assuredly enjoy this book.  Sid Bell has studied the bible for over thirty years, and in his own words, “Not all those who read it will agree with the interpretation that I have presented here and have finally come to believe.  I have tried to establish credence to my interpretation by providing scripture reference for the information provided here.”

As I read “The Tests of Time”, I was intrigued by his opinions and theories; as well I learned a few things I had not remembered from my childhood.  One thing that really recommends this book is that it is is written in a simple, understandable way, with spiritual quotes that support the author’s theories.  Sid deals with many aspects of the scriptures, particularly the coming of Jesus Christ and Gods promise to mankind.  He also interprets the end times as recorded in Revelations in a very thorough way.

I will say here and now, that Sid and his wife Darlene have been good friends of my husband and I for several years.  We share many good times and lots of laughs, but while I have always been aware of Sid’s personal convictions, he and I walk different spiritual paths.  When he published this book I wanted to read it in honor of the spirit with which he has lived and the years of work and research that I know he has put into making his dream of publishing it a reality. That has not persuaded my review, because I believe reviews reflect the integrity of the people who give them.

I can honestly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking more knowledge about the scripture, or to simply gain a broader perspective of “the will of God, Jesus Christ and the end days”, which will surely come in accordance with Christian beliefs.

Look for The Tests of Time and Sid Bells other books on this book  site

The Tests of Time is available in soft cover, hard cover and ebook formats on Amazon