Ryder (Ayesha Ryder #1)
Ayesha Ryder bears the scars of strife in the Middle East. Now her past is catching up to her as she races to unravel a mystery that spans centuries—and threatens to change the course of history.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.

Ryder (Ayesha Ryder #1) Details

TitleRyder (Ayesha Ryder #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 30th, 2014
PublisherAlibi
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Historical, Historical Fiction, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Mystery Thriller

Ryder (Ayesha Ryder #1) Review

  • SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
    January 1, 1970
    ARC courtesy of Net Galley and Alibi Publishing in exchange or an honest reviewBell, Book & Candle | Ryder Review & GiveawayThis is my new favorite book of the year! Action? Check.Suspense? Check.Mystery with History? Check and Check.Plot that will keep you guessing? CHECK?I nearly died and went to book heaven with how good this book was. Not only does it have some good action scenes, but some powerful dramatic scenes as well, that will pull at your heart strings. I love the whole Nation ARC courtesy of Net Galley and Alibi Publishing in exchange or an honest reviewBell, Book & Candle | Ryder Review & GiveawayThis is my new favorite book of the year! Action? Check.Suspense? Check.Mystery with History? Check and Check.Plot that will keep you guessing? CHECK?I nearly died and went to book heaven with how good this book was. Not only does it have some good action scenes, but some powerful dramatic scenes as well, that will pull at your heart strings. I love the whole National Treasure feel, in that you uncover clues leading to a long forgotten historical mystery; except that this was National Treasure: European Edition. Just kidding (on the serious). But seriously, this is not your grand papi's faced paced thriller...so buckle up!I grew up with a mother who deeply loved both English and History, especially when it pertained to the Holy Wars, The Ark, King Solomon and Sheba, Knights Templar, and so forth. Clearly you can see how a novel about a secret treaty granting Palestine independence would interest me. But first I must say that this author is BOLD with the idea (although fictional...maybe) he proposes. For the most part, the Jews run the world, so let's hope they don't read this book. Seriously though...secret treaty? T.E Lawrence assassinated? King Edward a Nazi sympathizer? Forget the latter two, it's the secret treaty that is quite the bombshell (and I'm not talking about Victoria's Secret bras).If, and I do mean if (it's possible) there is a document granting Palestine independence, that would be a huge deal! Especially in light of the recent genocide of the Palestinians committed by the Israelis. (Side note: It's irony of the Palestinians and Israelis fighting, is that they are pretty much the same people and the land they have fought over for centuries isn't even the Holy Land-- in my opinion --it's some where in present day Africa...either around Sudan or Ethiopia). As much as I would love to go in depth over the Israelis and Palestinians, I'll refrain from being too political.Anyways I loved the story (if it is even a story, it could be real) and how you just didn't know what was going to happen next. The heroine, Ayesha, is evidence that there are many people who have it worse in the world. That woman is fierce! I gobbled up the tidbits about her past as it was very enlightening. As for one of the antagonists, I won't name names but it should have been a given to the reader that he was a bad guy-he's Ethiopian! Another Side Note: Ethiopians are the original Jews; they practice the oldest form of Judaism and have recently received asylum in Jerusalem. This is fact. Therefore, the Ethiopian antagonist would be working with the bad guy Israelis...duh! LOL.[image error]There's mutli POV so keep your eyes peeled and pay attention to everything. The suspense and mystery will have you on the edge of your seat, and the thrills will have your heart palpitating. This is one wild ride!
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  • William Bentrim
    January 1, 1970
    Ryder by Nicholas PengelleyThis is a thought provoking book. The author looks at a contemporary world situation, the conflicts in the Middle East, and offers reasons for it's existence and a possible solution. The description of the book leaves out the fact that the author postulates these theories in a very entertaining and thought provoking manner. Ayesha Ryder is an unlikely protagonist. Events conspired to cast her as a victim which was a role she refused to accept. Her tortured past has for Ryder by Nicholas PengelleyThis is a thought provoking book. The author looks at a contemporary world situation, the conflicts in the Middle East, and offers reasons for it's existence and a possible solution. The description of the book leaves out the fact that the author postulates these theories in a very entertaining and thought provoking manner. Ayesha Ryder is an unlikely protagonist. Events conspired to cast her as a victim which was a role she refused to accept. Her tortured past has forged a personality that combines shrewdness with lethality. There are suggestions in the book which will force you to Google historic events and do some research. The author has a good grasp of history and puts his own interpretations on some questionable historic events. Towering figures like Lawrence of Arabia stalk the pages forcing you to reconsider some of the things you never questioned. I liked the book for it's action adventure qualities but perhaps even more so for the challenging of assumed historic events. I highly recommend.
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  • Mieneke
    January 1, 1970
    Ryder by Nick Pengelley is a compelling read, but it is one that may not please everyone, both due to its format and due to its content. To start with the content, Ryder is very much a story in the vein of The Da Vinci Code and The Rule of Four; academic thrillers that work as a sort of treasure hunt following the clues to solve the mystery. It’s the aspect I enjoyed most about Brown’s Langdon books, so I enjoyed it here, but if that is not your thing, then this might not be the book for you.To Ryder by Nick Pengelley is a compelling read, but it is one that may not please everyone, both due to its format and due to its content. To start with the content, Ryder is very much a story in the vein of The Da Vinci Code and The Rule of Four; academic thrillers that work as a sort of treasure hunt following the clues to solve the mystery. It’s the aspect I enjoyed most about Brown’s Langdon books, so I enjoyed it here, but if that is not your thing, then this might not be the book for you.To move on to the content and the biggest elephant in the room: this is a politically charged novel. Whichever side of the dispute you’re on, whatever your thoughts, the Israeli-Palestine conflict is bound to draw a big reaction. There is just so much history, emotion, pain, and complex politics bound into that situation, that a neutral stance on it is almost impossible to find. That means that the book will either agree with your views or it won’t, depending on your stance. While on the whole Pengelley’s narrative seems to come down on the side of the Palestinian case, he doesn’t in any way paint all Israeli’s as bad guys, not at all even in my opinion. In fact, some of the book’s most important secondary characters, most notably Sir Evelyn and Judah Ben David, the book’s Israeli prime minister, are Jewish and Israeli people who support the Palestinian cause and are working for a peaceful solution. Still, I think that this element might be a deal-breaker for some people.As mentioned before the mystery is somewhat Da Vinci Code in flavour, yet (almost) all set in London and dropping in fascinating historical facts about the city, ones I hadn’t learned of before. The mystery centres on T.E. Lawrence and the events just prior to his death. Being largely unfamiliar with the famed Lawrence of Arabia – I’ve never even seen the film – this aspect was fascinating to me and I loved the historical facts woven into the book. Pengelley plots his mystery tightly, with several very unexpected twists, some of which were real heartbreakers. He paces the narrative very well, keeping up a high pace, but letting the tension slack just enough from time to time to give the reader some time to breathe.Ryder features a sympathetic cast. Our protagonist the eponymous Dr Ayesha Ryder is interesting, complex, and also somewhat mysterious. There are secrets in her past the reader only learns during the course of the narrative, The one thing about Ayesha that somewhat bugged me is that there seemed to be somewhat of a disconnect between Dr Ayesha Ryder and the sixteen-year-old Fedayeen she was in the past. Not so much in an internal sense – Ayesha knows who and what she is – but to the outside world at least. Most people are unaware of her past and her extra-curricular skills. It’s also never completely clear how she came to live in London after her time as a Fedayeen.Ayesha is drawn into the murder investigation by DI Holden and DS Bryan due to her expertise on the Middle East which she shared with Sir Evelyn. I liked how these two police officers are built up. Holden is depicted as brash, impatient, and perhaps not as well-educated as those around them, while his inferior, Bryan, is polite, calm, and clearly very smart, a fact that seems to annoy Holden to no end, especially once he notices that his knowledge impresses Ayesha. My favourite secondary characters however were Dame Imogen, the Director-General of MI5 and Lady Carey, a former government agent. These two ladies are made of well-tempered iron and I loved that they are both older, Imogen being middle-aged and Lady Carey being an octogenarian, but both of them are still sharp as blades.I very much enjoyed this high-octane, academic adventure, not in the least due to the history lessons thrown in there. If the political aspects of the novel don’t rub you the wrong way, this is a very diverting read. A second Ryder novel will be released in January and I for one am looking forward to discovering Ayesha’s next adventure.This book was provided for review by the publisher as part of a blog tour.
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  • John Purvis
    January 1, 1970
    “Ryder” was published in 2014 and was written by Nick Pengelley (http://www.nicholaspengelley.com). This is Mr. Pengelley’s first novel as well as the first of the “Ayesha Ryder” series. I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as it contains Violence and Mature Situations. The novel is written in the third person and is set in contemporary London, England. The primary characters are Ayesha Ryder and Judah Ben David.Juda “Ryder” was published in 2014 and was written by Nick Pengelley (http://www.nicholaspengelley.com). This is Mr. Pengelley’s first novel as well as the first of the “Ayesha Ryder” series. I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as it contains Violence and Mature Situations. The novel is written in the third person and is set in contemporary London, England. The primary characters are Ayesha Ryder and Judah Ben David.Judah Ben David is the current Prime Minister of Israel. He is in London to make a joint announcement with Sayyed Khalidi, the current Palestinian leader, at the Tower of London. Noone knows what the two are going to announce. There is great hope that the long violence will be set aside, but there are those ultra right wingers in Israel, the Shamir, who will do anything to stop peace. They are both waiting to hear from Sir Evelyn Montagu, Judah Ben David’s close friend, on the outcome of his research. Dr. Ayesha Ryder is a the director of research at the Walsingham Institute for Oriental Studies. Now a recognized academic, she had been a member of the Fedayeen in her teenage years. She suffered through torture by Israelis after being captured, then fought her way to freedom. Many years later her body is still covered with the physical scars. Ayesha has been called in before by Scotland Yard to consult on cases that concern the middle east. She is called again, this time to consult on the murder of Sir Evelyn Montagu. Unknown to the police, she and Montagu had been lovers a few years earlier. Ayesha has a personal debt to settle in finding Evelyn’s killers. Ayesha soon finds a trail of clues left by Montagu that not only leads to his killers, but to long lost documents concerning Palestine. I enjoyed the five hours I spent reading this thriller. It felt like a combination of James Bond, Indiana Jones and Laura Croft as Reysha followed the trail of clues and fought her way clear of the Shamir. I liked the historical elements of T. E. Lawrence threaded through the plot. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. I give this novel a 5 out of 5. Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at http://johnpurvis.wordpress.com/blog/.
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  • Clare O'Beara
    January 1, 1970
    How about a good fun thriller set on the streets of London, with action galore and a treasure trail of clues! Ayesha Ryder is an expert in Middle East cultures having been born in the Gaza Strip but now a British citizen. She's inherited a home in London and somewhat of a fine lifestyle. The police come to her for help when a man is found dead and he turns out to have been a close friend. The conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Lawrence of Arabia make up a lot of the story as he died in How about a good fun thriller set on the streets of London, with action galore and a treasure trail of clues! Ayesha Ryder is an expert in Middle East cultures having been born in the Gaza Strip but now a British citizen. She's inherited a home in London and somewhat of a fine lifestyle. The police come to her for help when a man is found dead and he turns out to have been a close friend. The conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Lawrence of Arabia make up a lot of the story as he died in 1935 and political issues of the day are revisited. Settings include the Imperial War Museum, a West Country house and derelict tunnels under London. A peace conference is being held on Middle East issues and naturally some fanatic wants to sabotage it; this means that Ayesha is in serious danger as she comes across his trail. The ending is somewhat improbable but it gives us another scenic location and a positive choice. Ayesha comes across as bright, determined and strangely, thinking faster than detectives on security matters. The author is clearly influenced by films about the Da Vinci Code and the American Declaration of Independence so if you enjoy such material you will love this story. The book was first published in Canada as 'Traitor's Gate'.
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  • P.e. lolo
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fast paced book full of action and thought provoking intrigue of espionage throughout London and the Middle East. You follow with a strong female lead character in dissecting clues and trying to find where the next attack is going to happen and follow her as she works to stop it. Ryder is like Laura Croft, and she is working at finding the clues then what there meaning are. You as the reader are taken on her journey and along with her get to figure out what each clue is and where she m This is a fast paced book full of action and thought provoking intrigue of espionage throughout London and the Middle East. You follow with a strong female lead character in dissecting clues and trying to find where the next attack is going to happen and follow her as she works to stop it. Ryder is like Laura Croft, and she is working at finding the clues then what there meaning are. You as the reader are taken on her journey and along with her get to figure out what each clue is and where she must go next. A very good book with a great lead female character, and a great story. I got this book from netgalley. I gave it 5 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com
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  • Barbara McVeigh
    January 1, 1970
    A combination of Middle East geopolitics, Lawrence of Arabia, and Raiders of the Lost Ark -- as well as a tour of Imperial London. Plenty of action and strong female characters. Loved it.
  • Austin
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot put into words how great this book is! Action, adventure, history, mystery, and politics all rolled into one incredible book, featuring one of the strongest female protagonists I have read about before. The way Pengelley weaved history and politics with the non-stop action and mystery was so well done, I felt like I had just started this book when I finished the last page. He combined all these aspects together, but what really made me keep reading was Ayesha Ryder. She is a heroine wor I cannot put into words how great this book is! Action, adventure, history, mystery, and politics all rolled into one incredible book, featuring one of the strongest female protagonists I have read about before. The way Pengelley weaved history and politics with the non-stop action and mystery was so well done, I felt like I had just started this book when I finished the last page. He combined all these aspects together, but what really made me keep reading was Ayesha Ryder. She is a heroine worthy of our times, and her relentless kick butt attitude and personality is incredible. This is one of the best books I've read this year, and Pengelley has definitely put his name in the conversation as one of the best thriller writer's in today's wide world of fiction.
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  • Marlene
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published at Reading RealityThis wild ride of an adventure story features a female combination of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones in a story that bears a marvelous resemblance to The Da Vinci Code, only with much better pacing and an edge-of-your-seat thrill-a-minute narrative.In other words, I loved this book.Ayesha Ryder isn’t quite Indy or Lara, but there’s certainly some resemblance. Including that Ayesha is chasing one of the same relics that Indy chased. In just as much danger but Originally published at Reading RealityThis wild ride of an adventure story features a female combination of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones in a story that bears a marvelous resemblance to The Da Vinci Code, only with much better pacing and an edge-of-your-seat thrill-a-minute narrative.In other words, I loved this book.Ayesha Ryder isn’t quite Indy or Lara, but there’s certainly some resemblance. Including that Ayesha is chasing one of the same relics that Indy chased. In just as much danger but with slightly less success. At least so far.What Ayesha is really chasing is something left behind by T.E. Lawrence (yes, Lawrence of Arabia). Lawrence had documentation for a secret that the English monarchy will still kill to keep quiet. But more important than that, he left behind a secret treaty between Israel and Palestine that would have changed the face of the Middle East. If he hadn’t been murdered and the document suppressed.In the 21st century, the current Israeli and Palestinian leaders are attempting to recreate Lawrence’s plans, without any firm proof that those plans existed. They both belief in peace so much that they are willing to put their lives on the line for it.And there are plenty of forces on all sides willing to take those lives to keep them from redrawing the map.Ayesha, a former refugee from Palestine, a world-reknowned expert on the Middle East and a former member of the Palestinian Fedayeen, finds herself on the run when her ex-lover is tortured and murdered to keep Lawrence’s papers from seeing the light of day.She is chased through London by both MI5, determined to keep the monarchy's secrets, and Shamir, an Israeli organization dedicated to preventing the peace at all costs. While she is on the run, she is also running down the trail of clues that will finally lead to Lawrence’s papers. They may also lead to her death.And possibly the death of the hope of peace for another generation.Escape Rating A: While the stakes in the story are incredibly high, the story itself is amazingly fun!Ayesha is on the hunt for documents that may or may not exist, and on the run for her life at the same time. She is never sure who she can trust, or what the old trail will lead her to.Part of the fun of the story was following in T.E. Lawrence’s footsteps. Probably everyone has watched the movie at some point, so the history is familiar, and yet the implications of it have impacts echoing to today.Ayesha is an amazing heroine. While I compared her at the beginning to Lara Croft, that isn’t strictly true, but it is close. Ayesha gets beaten, tortured and shot, but she always gets up and keeps going forward. She starts out the story grief-stricken, but her mind never stops searching for the answers.There are three threads to this tale; Ayesha’s hunt for Lawrence’s paperwork, the conference that is supposed to announce a new peace accord, and the increasingly violent and desperate attempts to stop that announcement. When everything comes together at the end, it’s a serious WOW!I can’t wait for the next book in this series; Ryder: American Treasure. There is still a LOT of justice to be done.
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  • Dana Kamstra
    January 1, 1970
    I always enjoy an action-packed novel, and Ryder, by Nick Pengelley, definitely fits into that category. With every chapter, the stakes are raised a little bit more.The storyline is both action and mystery. With every page, I found myself trying to unravel a bit of the mystery, especially the pieces surrounding T.E. Lawrence. But it is the action that pushes the story forward. The novel is an intriguing blend of history and modern politics. In some ways, I found the political aspects hard to fol I always enjoy an action-packed novel, and Ryder, by Nick Pengelley, definitely fits into that category. With every chapter, the stakes are raised a little bit more.The storyline is both action and mystery. With every page, I found myself trying to unravel a bit of the mystery, especially the pieces surrounding T.E. Lawrence. But it is the action that pushes the story forward. The novel is an intriguing blend of history and modern politics. In some ways, I found the political aspects hard to follow, but then again, I don't typically keep up with the political happenings in the world very well. In this case, it happens to be the political climate surrounding the Middle East. For this novel, it made keeping track of some characters and groups a bit confusing at times. But I think the fault is more with me. By the end of the novel, I had things a bit more straightened out.As for the characters, I would have enjoyed a bit more development. My favorite novels are character driven ones, or at least ones that have a a pretty well-developed main character. In this novel, Ayesha Ryder's story is given to us in a number of flashbacks, but I never felt like I really got a true sense of who she really is. The kinds of things that make her tick. She just felt shallow, and while I didn't want to see anything bad happen to her, I wasn't emotionally attached.I did appreciate the mystery of the novel. In many ways, it kind of reminded me of a scavenger hunt. One clue would lead to the next, but they were never straight forward, and with a few dead ends thrown in for good measure. While I did enjoy this aspect overall, I felt a little bit let down with the convenience that certain pieces would fall together. Just when a character would be about ready to give up on solving something, a picture would pop up or someone who had obscure knowledge about something would be readily available.In January, a sequel is planned to be released. I think this novel made a good building block for future books in the series in which I hope the main characters will be further developed and the plot become a bit, well, less easily solved. I did enjoy reading the novel overall. It was a fast read and I was anxious to get to the end to find out how everything would connect together. But, I must leave a word of caution to my blog readers. This is a secular novel, and does contain some profanity and violent imagery.**I received a free copy of this book from TLC Book Tours in exchange for my honest review**
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    When renowned academic Sir Evelyn Montagu is discovered dead in his apartment, Ayesha Ryder is called in to help. Initially, the investigators on the case only want her opinion on some documents found in the apartment. Montagu had clearly been tortured and his house ransacked - clues left at the scene suggest a Middle East link and Ayesha is something of a go to in those matters. To Ayesha, though, nothing about the scene is straightforward. And as someone who was very, very close to Montagu, sh When renowned academic Sir Evelyn Montagu is discovered dead in his apartment, Ayesha Ryder is called in to help. Initially, the investigators on the case only want her opinion on some documents found in the apartment. Montagu had clearly been tortured and his house ransacked - clues left at the scene suggest a Middle East link and Ayesha is something of a go to in those matters. To Ayesha, though, nothing about the scene is straightforward. And as someone who was very, very close to Montagu, she quickly realizes he's left clues specifically for her to find. Those clues send Ayesha and the detectives on the case down a twisted path that places them all in danger. Obscure encoded messages lead them to the long and violent tension between Israel and Palestine and strangely to T.E. Lawrence and incidents that occurred around the time of his death. If Ayesha and the police can tease out the meaning of the clues, they may just find a motive for Montagu's murder and maybe even the identity of the people responsible. But only if they can live long enough to make it to the end.I was quite pleasantly surprised by Nick Pengelley's debut! Ryder blends all of the best elements of political thriller, espionage, conspiracy theory, and history together to create a read that's part puzzle and all action.Ayesha is a character with a mysterious past - terrorist ties (to some) and a reliable consultant (to others). DI Holden and DS Ryan make for good companions, even if they are somewhat cliche (Holden sometimes comes across as a not-quite-so-bright detective while Ryan is a bit of a know-it-all). Throw in the fascinating life and history of T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) and a slew of other well known figures (Churchill, Edward VIII...) and you have all the pieces you need to make a good book. Pengelley goes one further, though, making use of fabulous lesser-known history of London as a further backdrop to the story.The real meat of the tale, though, is set in the controversial establishment of the State of Israel. Montagu, a scholar with an avid interest in T.E. Lawrence, makes a discovery that, on the eve of a new peace talk between Israel and Palestine, could have overwhelming ramifications for everyone involved. Before you know it, Ayesha and her friends are caught in the middle of a decades long political argument, with no real idea who is an ally and who is an enemy. Ryder really was quite fun and clever! This kicks off a new e series, one that will appeal to fans of Steve Berry's Cotton Malone books.
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  • Jillian Stein
    January 1, 1970
    Ryder is the debut work from author Nick Pengelley and was a wild ride from start to finish filled with history, mystery, riddles, murder, and intrigue.Academic researcher Ayesha Ryder finds herself in the middle of an intense search for truths surrounding a mystery her recently murdered colleague, and former lover, had apparently stumbled upon. Mystery involving the potential of political secrets that have been kept hidden for decades and secrets that someone is desperately trying to keep hidde Ryder is the debut work from author Nick Pengelley and was a wild ride from start to finish filled with history, mystery, riddles, murder, and intrigue.Academic researcher Ayesha Ryder finds herself in the middle of an intense search for truths surrounding a mystery her recently murdered colleague, and former lover, had apparently stumbled upon. Mystery involving the potential of political secrets that have been kept hidden for decades and secrets that someone is desperately trying to keep hidden. It’s this quest for truth that will lead Ryder on one hell of a dangerous treasure hunt with the treasure in sight being an incredible and most important one that could potentially change the face of history for a dueling Palestine and Israel. Will she find this long-buried secret or will she die in her attempt?While this isn’t my typical go-to genre, there was something about this story that called to me and I was really glad I picked it up. Yes, there is a lot of history and political aspects to this story but beyond that there was a ton of action that had me hooked from chapter to chapter. Ryder has an Angelina Jolie-esque quality about her, with a heart breaking past and a hardened resolve to never again live through the pain she once did. She is strong, both mentally and physically, and she was an amazing character to read. Along with Ryder there were a couple of characters that really stood out and brought a much-appreciated softer layer to this intense story. One such character being a wonderful woman in her later years who has one hell of an interesting past and drinks martinis at all hours of the day. My kind of gal!Along with the great cast of characters was the feeling that we, the reader, were along on an Indian Jones type adventure. Trying to figure out riddles from the past, only to find another riddle waiting when that one was solved. It had me anxious and hyped while reading and a drive to continue reading non-stop and once and for all solve this puzzle. It was truly exciting!I will undoubtedly be looking forward to the next installments in this series and cannot wait to see what author Pengelley has in store for Ryder. Thank you, Mr. Pengelley, for a literary roller coaster ride I truly appreciated!
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  • Boekenvlinder
    January 1, 1970
    Voor de blogtour van WPG Uitgevers België mocht ik “Ryder” van Nick Pengelley lezen en wat ben ik hen hier dankbaar voor! Dit is tevens mijn eerste deelname aan een Nederlandstalige blogtour. Eerder had ik het plezier om mee te doen aan de blogtour van het boek “One Night Unveiled” van Jodi Ellen Malpas.Na de gruwelijke moord op haar ex-partner en goede vriend Evelyn, kon Ayesha niet anders dan erachter komen wie hiervoor verantwoordelijk was en waarom hij vermoord was.Al snel blijkt dat Evelyn Voor de blogtour van WPG Uitgevers België mocht ik “Ryder” van Nick Pengelley lezen en wat ben ik hen hier dankbaar voor! Dit is tevens mijn eerste deelname aan een Nederlandstalige blogtour. Eerder had ik het plezier om mee te doen aan de blogtour van het boek “One Night Unveiled” van Jodi Ellen Malpas.Na de gruwelijke moord op haar ex-partner en goede vriend Evelyn, kon Ayesha niet anders dan erachter komen wie hiervoor verantwoordelijk was en waarom hij vermoord was.Al snel blijkt dat Evelyn vermoord werd omdat hij achter uiterst vertrouwelijke informatie kwam in verband met het conflict tussen Israël en Palestina.Ayesha vindt het haar verantwoordelijkheid om dit alles tot de puntjes uit te zoeken en dus start ze een zoektocht. Via verscheidene tips en aanwijzingen vallen de puzzelstukjes langzaamaan in elkaar, maar Ayesha is niet de enige die deze aanwijzingen volgt. Al snel komt Ayesha erachter dat ze gevolgd wordt. Dit leidt tot een wilde achtervolging door de ondergrondse tunnels en gangen van Londen. Dit gedeelte van het boek vond ik trouwens zó spannend, dat ik er die nacht over gedroomd heb. En dat wil al wat zeggen.“Ryder” bevat ook een schat aan geschiedenis, wat ik heel leerzaam en aangenaam vind om te lezen. Zo heeft het boek buiten het verhaal op zich nog heel wat meer inhoud.Nick Pengelley creëerde met Ayesha ook meteen een hoofdpersonage dat je niet zou verwachten, mede door haar achtergrond. Dit maakt het boek ook meteen zeer intrigerend. Op de achterflap van het boek wordt “Ryder” geprezen als “De Da Vinci Code van het Midden-Oosten” maar net omdat Ayesha zo’n onconventionele achtergrond heeft, is zij niet te vergelijken met Robert Langdon, maar dat maakt haar zeker niet minder goed!Af en toe vond ik het boek een beetje moeilijk te volgen omdat er nogal veel personages aan bod komen maar gelukkig omschrijft Nick Pengelley alles zo uitvoerig, dat ik vrij snel weer mee was. Al bij al maakt dit alles dat ik “Ryder” heel graag heb gelezen en ik kijk alvast uit naar het vervolg op deze thriller!
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  • Elaine
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book so much that I forgot to review it on here - I was too interested in reading the sequel!This is the first book I've read by this author and I certainly want to read more! This book has Ayesha Ryder, who was born in the middle East but is now a British Citizen working in London as an academic researcher specialising in Middle Eastern affairs, as the heroine. When another influential scholar, Sir Evelyn Montagu, who also specialised in the Middle Eastern affairs, is tortured an I enjoyed this book so much that I forgot to review it on here - I was too interested in reading the sequel!This is the first book I've read by this author and I certainly want to read more! This book has Ayesha Ryder, who was born in the middle East but is now a British Citizen working in London as an academic researcher specialising in Middle Eastern affairs, as the heroine. When another influential scholar, Sir Evelyn Montagu, who also specialised in the Middle Eastern affairs, is tortured and murdered Ayesha is called in to help the police with their enquiries. Sir Evelyn and Ayesha were very close friends (and lovers) and he has left clues for her to follow. These lead her into great danger as the race to discover just what T. E. Lawrence has left, something that could change to future for Israel and Palestine.This is an edge of your seat, roller coaster ride filled with mystery, intrigue, danger and deception. It is brilliantly written, totally engaging and a fantastic read that I have no hesitation in recommending, one of the best books I've read in this genre so far and I look forward to reading others in this series in future!P.S. The next one in the series is published on the 20th January and is also brilliant! I've already read and reviewed it here: Ryder: American Treasure by Nick PengelleyMy rating: 5 of 5 starsView all my reviews
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  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    January 1, 1970
    Wow and wow. I'm 2 for 2 this week on my thrillers and I'm loving it. Ryder invokes feelings of Indiana Jones and National Treasure. The race to discover clues and secrets was edge-of-your seat thrilling.I really liked Ayesha. Seriously an awesome heroine and tough ass woman. She's been through hell and back, literally, and she can hold her own against terrorists and killers. I loved that it was the women who were strong and who ultimately figured out the answers to the Lawrence puzzle. I hope w Wow and wow. I'm 2 for 2 this week on my thrillers and I'm loving it. Ryder invokes feelings of Indiana Jones and National Treasure. The race to discover clues and secrets was edge-of-your seat thrilling.I really liked Ayesha. Seriously an awesome heroine and tough ass woman. She's been through hell and back, literally, and she can hold her own against terrorists and killers. I loved that it was the women who were strong and who ultimately figured out the answers to the Lawrence puzzle. I hope we see more of Dame Imogen and Lady Madrigal in later books.Historically rich and detailed. Now, in the interest of full disclosure, my understanding and knowledge of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is minimal at best. My knowledge of T.E. Lawrence is even scantier. I've never seen Lawrence of Arabia. So, I have no idea how much of the history is real or how much, if any, is fictional. And I don't care. The book was fast-paced and thrilling and I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough. I can't wait for the next book in the series.Mild profanity and descriptions of torture.
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  • Marguerite Gilles
    January 1, 1970
    Compelling suspenseful novel complete with rich historical backdrop and fascinating, gritty characters, both male and female, Pretty accurate history, and historical conjecture, in a page-turner of a riddle wrapped in a mystery. A few years ago I read a book called "Lawrence in (not of) Arabia" - my parentheses - because, as an American, I wanted a better grasp of the true history and diplomacy among Palestine, Britain and the subsequent State of Israel surrounding World War I and its aftermath. Compelling suspenseful novel complete with rich historical backdrop and fascinating, gritty characters, both male and female, Pretty accurate history, and historical conjecture, in a page-turner of a riddle wrapped in a mystery. A few years ago I read a book called "Lawrence in (not of) Arabia" - my parentheses - because, as an American, I wanted a better grasp of the true history and diplomacy among Palestine, Britain and the subsequent State of Israel surrounding World War I and its aftermath. I also recommend that enlightening book. This novel was the proverbial 'icing on the cake' after reading that history. However, anyone could enjoy this story simply as a webmaster versus terrorist spell binder even without the mid-east history and current political events overlay. As suspenseful as any Ian Fleming offering but minus the 'girl agent as sex toy' aspect that drives, and dates, the James Bond books, in my opinion. Great read; I'd even read it again. Enthusiastically recommended.
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  • Mieke Schepens
    January 1, 1970
    Het is alsof je in een spannende avonturenfilm stapt, met een verhaal dat steeds grimmiger wordt naarmate het vordert.De auteur heeft een schrijfstijl die zeker weet te boeien, je leest het boek met een sneltreinvaart. Er is enorm veel onderzoek gedaan naar een nog steeds actueel conflict; het Palestijns-Israëlisch conflict. Het was voor mij als lezer heel leerzaam om dit mee te mogen maken via dit verhaal.De spanning levert helemaal niets in door de hoeveelheid informatie, deze wordt er nog doo Het is alsof je in een spannende avonturenfilm stapt, met een verhaal dat steeds grimmiger wordt naarmate het vordert.De auteur heeft een schrijfstijl die zeker weet te boeien, je leest het boek met een sneltreinvaart. Er is enorm veel onderzoek gedaan naar een nog steeds actueel conflict; het Palestijns-Israëlisch conflict. Het was voor mij als lezer heel leerzaam om dit mee te mogen maken via dit verhaal.De spanning levert helemaal niets in door de hoeveelheid informatie, deze wordt er nog door ondersteund.Bovendien wordt veel met codes gewerkt in het verhaal en het uitpuzzelen hiervan is een hele belevenis op zich. Dat doet denken aan de werken van Dan Brown.Naar mijn mening kan deze thriller op dezelfde plank staan.Ryder is een spannende, boeiende thriller met een link naar historische feiten die nog van belang zijn. Een aanrader, zonder meer.Ik heb dit boek graag gelezen en kijk uit naar het tweede deel van de trilogie van Ryder!Mijn waardering: 4/5 sterren.
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  • Vera VB
    January 1, 1970
    Het begint met de wrede moord op een invloedrijke geleerde in Londen, vlak voor een Israëlisch-Palestijnse top die eindelijk vrede zou moeten brengen. De moord en dingen die erop volgen kunnen de mogelijke vrede in de war sturen. En er zijn verschillende partijen die liever geen vrede willen. Ayesha Ryder was een goede vriendin van de vermoorde geleerde en wil weten wat er precies gebeurd is. De manier waarop hij gemarteld is, doet haar denken aan haar eigen marteling van twintig jaar geleden. M Het begint met de wrede moord op een invloedrijke geleerde in Londen, vlak voor een Israëlisch-Palestijnse top die eindelijk vrede zou moeten brengen. De moord en dingen die erop volgen kunnen de mogelijke vrede in de war sturen. En er zijn verschillende partijen die liever geen vrede willen. Ayesha Ryder was een goede vriendin van de vermoorde geleerde en wil weten wat er precies gebeurd is. De manier waarop hij gemarteld is, doet haar denken aan haar eigen marteling van twintig jaar geleden. Mevrouw Ryder is dan ook een vrouw met een ingewikkeld en geweldadig verleden, maar nu niet meer. Dit boek heeft een hoog Dan Brown gehalte met een geheim of document uit het verleden dat de wereld kan veranderen eens het bekend wordt. De vrouwelijke hoofdpersoon beschikt over de nodige vaardigheden om zich uit de penarie te redden. De problematiek van het midden-oosten komt niet zo dikwijls in boeken voor, dus dat is er wel nieuw aan.
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  • Forgeron
    January 1, 1970
    I found Ryder to be a fast-paced, easy read. However, my pace slowed down as I found myself fact checking because I was unaware of some of the historical information I was reading and was quite fascinated by it. (no spoilers here)The story is constantly moving along, I found myself wary of characters that posed no threat at all which is always surprising when you are an avid reader and believe you can sniff a dubious plot line from Chapter 2!Readers need to keep in mind that this is a work of fi I found Ryder to be a fast-paced, easy read. However, my pace slowed down as I found myself fact checking because I was unaware of some of the historical information I was reading and was quite fascinated by it. (no spoilers here)The story is constantly moving along, I found myself wary of characters that posed no threat at all which is always surprising when you are an avid reader and believe you can sniff a dubious plot line from Chapter 2!Readers need to keep in mind that this is a work of fiction and I did not get the impression that there were negative connotations in one direction or the other. Quite simply, a story was told from an angle the average reader usually does not get to see. This is an enjoyable read and one that would cause a lot of discussion at a book club.
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  • PopcornReads
    January 1, 1970
    Canadian author Nick Pengelley has a legal background and a love of political intrigue, and his work as a Middle Eastern consultant and analyst lends weight to his writing. That expertise really shows in Ryder, Book #1 of the new Ayesha Ryder series. This fast-paced crime/political thriller not only is timely for today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflicts but it delves into historical events that helped shape the way the region’s political climate has evolved. From T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of A Canadian author Nick Pengelley has a legal background and a love of political intrigue, and his work as a Middle Eastern consultant and analyst lends weight to his writing. That expertise really shows in Ryder, Book #1 of the new Ayesha Ryder series. This fast-paced crime/political thriller not only is timely for today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflicts but it delves into historical events that helped shape the way the region’s political climate has evolved. From T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia, to the most insidious kind of terrorism, get ready for an edge of your seat ride featuring a kick-butt heroine bent on justice. Read the rest of my review at http://popcornreads.com/?p=7756.
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    Ryder is the first book in the Ayesha Ryder series. It is a wonderfully written and professionally edited murder mystery, political intrigue, suspense, and historical novel. Yep, there is something for everyone in this book.The background and characters were fully developed. I particularly enjoyed the main character, a kickass and highly intelligent woman. The secondary characters were great and some of the bad guys were truly vile.The plot is thought provoking, exciting and fast paced.I highly Ryder is the first book in the Ayesha Ryder series. It is a wonderfully written and professionally edited murder mystery, political intrigue, suspense, and historical novel. Yep, there is something for everyone in this book.The background and characters were fully developed. I particularly enjoyed the main character, a kickass and highly intelligent woman. The secondary characters were great and some of the bad guys were truly vile.The plot is thought provoking, exciting and fast paced.I highly recommend Ryder and look forward to reading more books in this series.ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.
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  • Hannah Mary McKinnon
    January 1, 1970
    The first in the Ryder series is a wonderful read. The characters are interesting and intriguing, the settings are slick and the plot thickens with every page. Fascinating historical facts and political aspects pepper the chapters and make the read even more interesting, without turning the story into a lecture. If strong female protagonists, murder, mystery, riddles and intrigue are your thing, then read this book. You won't be disappointed!
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  • Jay Williams
    January 1, 1970
    An Exciting story that is beautifully written and packed with interesting characters that have real depth. I found it hard to stop reading at any point with the on-going action and suspense. The story is contemporary but feeds off facts from the past. Ryder follows clues more challenging than anything in "The Da Vinci Code." The ending is emotional and heart-warming, with solid satisfaction for Ryder, and for the Middle East. I recommend this book for a stimulating and exciting read.
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  • Lauren Bromley
    January 1, 1970
    I received an uncorrected proof of this book via NetGalley.I couldn't put this down. This book looks at a modern world issue quite optimistically. If only things were so easy. But this book was thrilling. I breezed through it, because I needed to know what was going to happen next. I can't wait to read the next one.
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  • Iris
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this thriller which reminded me of James Bond and Indian Jones. It is not totally believable, but that does not matter. Ayesha Ryder is Palestinian, and a British citizen and researcher in London. She out wits and out fights professionals. I totally enjoyed this even though I could not believe it. I loved the plot involving Lawrence of Arabia.
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  • Lis
    January 1, 1970
    Written by my big brother, Nick.I thoroughly enjoyed this book (maybe just a tiny bit biased, with Nick being my brother :-) I found it hard to put down. It's a great ride - action packed - and kept me on the edge of my seat all the way through. Would make a terrific film.Looking forward to reading Nick's follow up book, Ryder: American Treasure.
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  • Patricia Moren
    January 1, 1970
    I haven't read a spy thriller for several years, now I remember why I enjoyed them so much; non stop action, always happening against the clock; believable and unbelievable mixed together; capable heroes and great storylines, which are very topical. They were all in this fascinating story which had a great ending. Excellent book
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  • Hilary
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting and exciting ... I definitely wanted to get to the next chapter to see what would happen, so many twists and turns, maybe a bit violent for me in some chapters. Great to read a local author. I would compare this type of story and writing to the movies "Bourne Identity with Matt Damon, or the "Da Vinci Code" type of story.
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  • Cindy
    January 1, 1970
    A very well written spy novel that keeps one guessing who is chasing who and what is the ultimate goal.
  • Steve Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome thriller. Ayesha Ryde is combination of James Bond and Indiana Jones. Hard edged action combined with a quest. Read this in one night.
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