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From the Ashes (Jonathan Rickner #1)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  636 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Graduate students Jonathan and Michael Rickner, sons of eminent archaeologist Sir William Rickner, are no strangers to historical mysteries and archaeological adventures. But when Michael is discovered dead in his Washington, D.C. apartment, Jon refuses to believe the official ruling of suicide.

Digging deeper into his brother's work, he discovers evide
Paperback, 394 pages
Published January 17th 2012 by Fiction Std, E Book (first published January 1st 2012)
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3.5 stars, actually. Extra credit because it was a first work.

A twentieth-century "National Treasure" hunt in New York City seeking a 1930s secret, featuring a "Men in Black" secret government Division as the bad guys. While the premise didn't fully justify the Division's extraordinary actions (past or present), it was no more fantastic than similar conspiracy-based plots.

The writing is not bad, but it kept drawing the reader out of the story. Stiff and "on the nose" at the onset, it actually i
I would have given this three and a half stars. The plot idea is a good one driving the narrative rather than character development. Perfectly acceptable but there are weaknesses in both the plot and telling of the tale.
The plot devices, the MacGuffin of the Dossiers, time constraint due to fatal illness, importance and dangers of the revelation of the secret, and so forth are inevitable in a thriller but all the elements should be watertight. Some seemed not to be, for instance: why did the chi
Initially, the novel seemed as if it would be too violent for me to read, but after the early scenes of murder, the book turned into the quintessential mystery! It was exciting and tense. It held my attention fast. I downloaded this book from Barnes and Noble to my computer Nook app. It was a Free Friday offering, and it is a book I would recommend to all those who love spy novels, especially those with underlying government conspiracies.

The book begins in 1957, with the unexpected suicide of a
Kamas Kirian
It could have been better. Really, I think the author would have benefited from a strong editor, it's his first novel. The first third of the book was quite frustrating to read as it kept dancing around WHAT the big secret was. There was just a little too much ambiguity in the story line for my tastes, and too much concentration on describing physical things. But, the last half of the book was much, much better. It flowed along at a good pace, and the narrative was much stronger. I actually like ...more
Shane Stafslien
This novel was a tale of two distinct and contrasting halves. The first half of the novel by Mr. Burns (the first 200 or so pages), although it had a few shining moments, was very difficult to get through due to the never ending dialogue (both intra and inter-character)and focus on the meaning/role of Michael's life in the lives of the two protagonists(i.e., Jon, his brother and Mara, his fiance). The dialogue between the two seemed forced and downright unrealistic/ridiculous considering the cir ...more
What a thriller! A fast paced, keep you glued to the page, perched on the edge of your seat kind of thriller. If you like the works of authors such as Brad Meltzer and Dan Brown you are going to love this one by Jeremy Burns. “From the Ashes” is a story of secret government agencies and the cover-ups of a conspiracy dating from the depression-era.

When Jon Rickner’s brother Michael is found dead in his apartment by his fiancé Mara, and learns that the authorities are calling his death a suicide J
Really not a bad book, the writing is decent and the characters work pretty well. The thing that kept me from rating it higher is that the whole plot seemed ripped off from a Dan Brown knowledge, to the point where, once I realized they were on a treasure hunt by picking up clues left by a famous person in plain sight, I predicted the entire rest of the book, including the surprise twist at the end.
I picked up this book as a freebie from B&N's Free Friday and it was almost worth what I paid for it. Uninspired characters, ponderous writing style, sloppy editing and predictability made for a long, dull read. The only reason I stuck with it was because I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't. I've read worse but not by much.
Graduate students Jonathan and Michael Rickner, sons of eminent archaeologist Sir William Rickner, are no strangers to historical mysteries and archaeological adventures. But when Michael is discovered dead in his Washington, D.C. apartment, Jon refuses to believe the official ruling of suicide. Digging deeper into his brother's work, he discovers evidence that Michael was murdered to keep his dissertation research buried.

If you are a fan of authors like James Rollins or Clive Cussler, you'll pr
Brian Koeller
I enjoyed this book. It was not great, but I enjoyed the historical ideas here and it was well written. There were some obvious moments, but the action was tight and kept things moving. All in all, well worth reading.
If I read "the young scholar" one more time...
There are always hidden secrets – everywhere you look. The Federal Government probably has more than most and one of them is the subject of this well-written book. A man is murdered and his brother isn’t believing the suicide decision made by the local cops. Jon heard about Michael’s death while climbing in Australia. Michael had just proposed to the love of his life, why would he end it?
Jon and Michael’s fiancé, Mara, both agree on one thing: whatever Michael was researching got him killed and
Kathleen Kelly
From the Ashes is an entertaining read which starts with the very bloody murder of Michael Rickner by an unknown assailant. Jon Rickner, his brother is off climbing, he receives a message from Mara Ellison , Michael's fiancee, that Michael is dead, a presumed a suicide. Why would a young man who just asked his girlfriend to marry him the night before and was so excited about his work commit suicide? It does not add up and as Jon soon learns, Michael was working on his dissertation of something t ...more
Viviane Crystal
Jonathan Rickner and his brother are very close but have not spoken frequently to each other because Michael Rickner has specialized in American history and Jon European history and when this novel opens, Australian. Michael says he has something to share with Jon, a something Michael never gets to tell because he is found dead in his apartment, although the crime has been written off by the police as a suicide! Which is it? Jon races back to Washington D.C. in shock and mind-numbing grief. The ...more
I am often reading two books at one time. I just switch back and forth between them throughout the day...kinda like TV shows. Ironically enough, the book I chose to read in conjunction with this one was "Sarah's Key" (for which I just submitted a review) I don't think that I could have picked two more parallel stories to read together.
This book is complicated...but in a nutshell, the basic premise of the story revolves around the theory that the United States borrowed money from JD Rockerfeller
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Rob 'Crash'
From the Ashes strikes me as being very similar in plot and design to Dan Brown's novels of mystery, puzzle solving, and adventure, of which I'm a huge fan. Despite the 3 star rating, I really did enjoy reading this book. Unfortunately I found much of the dialogue, characters, and situations to be somewhat unbelievable.

I first became suspicious early in the story when Jon, the main protagonist goes of into a long dissertation about the history of the World Wars and the depth of politics surroun
Shayna Gier
What I Loved:

Twists, twists, and more twists! This story absolutely captivated my attention by the end of the first chapter. And if enthralling plot twists around every corner isn't enough, the word choices that Jeremy Burns uses are exquisite. I'd be reading along and just be like "What?" and then I had to go back and re-read this just-beyond-awesome quote that is genius. An example of such a quote was featured in my Teaser Tuesday on April 10th. And finally, though certainly not least, I loved
Steven R. McEvoy
This story is the debut novel from Jeremy Burns. It is a thriller novel, but more than that it is historical fiction with a twist. It was a fast-paced race from the beginning to the end. It was more enjoyable than the Dan Brown books I have read and almost reads like a cross between Tom Clancy and John Grisham. The writing was superb and the story excellent. The greatest strength though was probably the characters. Once you start reading about Jonathan Rickner you will find yourself wanting more ...more
Alan Williams
This is a great conspiracy thriller which mixes accurate historical facts with just enough fictional make-believe to spin a very strong tale. The action takes place both in Washington and New York, with both cities being accurately portrayed, adding to the strength of the story.

The historical elements are very well done, without being overplayed or making the story drag. There’s just enough of a taste of history to make the whole story believable. The fictional side also seemed plausible, althou
Feb 04, 2012 Liz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: dan brown fans
Recommended to Liz by: bn free fridays
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Dana Burgess
The prologue of From the Ashes is gripping. It totally hooked me. Then I was sad when the first chapter took me from Manhattan 1957 to Iraq 2010. The sad didn't last long. The first chapters of this book are intriguing and fast moving. I was settling in for another action filled ride - and, for the most part, that's what I got. The story does get bogged down in the middle for just a bit in order to bring the reader up to date on all the history that is necessary to the conspiracy, but then it pi ...more
William Bentrim
From The Ashes by Jeremy Burns

An action thriller with historic inferences might best describe this captivating book. Two Indiana Jones type brothers face a government cover-up and a generations old secret in this first of (I suspect.) the Jonathan Rickner thrillers.

Mr. Burns does a nice job on the back story. He fills in blanks and fleshes out both the characters and the story. There is plenty of material alluded to that may provide the seeds for forthcoming books. I liked the characterizations
I downloaded this book from Barnes & Noble to my Nook from their Free Fridays and this is the 2nd book I've gotten from there that I've really enjoyed.
Yes, this is a "National Treasure" kind of story. Were there areas of the book that I felt were a little cheesy, of course. But that's why I liked it. It was a light, easy, enjoyable read. It was adventurous and fun.
I liked the characters (at least most of them) and I liked the mystery - even if it was slightly predictable - because that's the
This is a solid 4.5 stars for me. The government has been covering up its involvement in Hitler's rise to power. There's this uber secret group that makes its business to eliminate anyone with any idea about the secret cover up. A history student discovers it and is killed for his efforts. His fiance and adoring younger brother take up the task of finding out why and who killed him. Plenty of twists and turns, plenty of action, plenty of turning the spy, plenty of tourist guide to keep anyone ha ...more
Audrey Grant
I could have loved this book...It would have gotten 5 stars from me if it weren't for one problem. Cussing, Now let me explain. When I read a mystery or thriller that lays no claim to being a Christian novel then I know what I can expect and I take that responsibility and make the decision as I read if it is too much for me and if I will continue or stop reading the book.

What bothered me about this book is the fact that Jon kept talking about him and his brother being Christians and yet cussing
Stacy Schmidt
Overall this was an enjoyable book. Fans of suspense novels a la _The Da Vinci Code_ will enjoy the trip through NYC with the main characters as they search for clues to the historical secret that drives the mysterious Division. While some of the plot is easily predicted, the pace of the novel is quick enough that the reader can forgive some of the more pedestrian plot devices.

For me, the "historical" scenes were entertaining and lent the novel some authority that it would otherwise have lacked
A fun fast paced thriller involving a race to uncover a secret that has lead to the murder of grad student Michael Rickner and now has his brother in it's cross-hairs. Kind of a Dan Brown light or a National Treasure (the Disney movie) type race by his brother Jon and fiancee to uncover secrets and conspiracies before it's too late set in New York and involving a high level conspiracy that backfired and the decades old cover-up to keep the information from the public. A good mix of the real and ...more
A very well written thriller. The plot is about a secret government organization trying to cover up an American cooperation with the Nazis prior to 1933. that part is very great and the author shows his excellent grasp on historical facts about the Weimar Republic and the sentiments leading to Hitlers early political success. the second part of the book reads more like a treasure hunt for clues to find the documents to proof all this. This said second part is a little bit weaker and reads to muc ...more
National Treasure meets The Da Vinci Code. After a slow start, From the Ashes turned into fast-paced suspense/thriller. Michael has discovered information that will change history as we know it and is found dead. The police suspect suicide. His brother Jon and fiancee, Mara think differently. With information from Michael's notebook, they set off for New York City to continue the search Michael had started, for secret documents that have been hidden for 80 years. I appreciated the author's atten ...more
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