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I sotterranei di Istanbul (Puzzle #1)

3.51  ·  Rating Details ·  889 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
Istanbul. Un ricercatore inglese, Alek Zegliwski, è stato orribilmente decapitato.
Il suo cadavere giace presso il sito archeologico di Santa Sofia, dove il giovane stava lavorando. Quando Sean, suo amico e collega, arriva sul posto per identificare il corpo, entra in possesso di una busta con delle foto appartenenti ad Alek che ritraggono luoghi misteriosi e irreali. Ma ne
Hardcover, Nuova narrativa Newton #284, 384 pages
Published June 21st 2012 by Newton Compton (first published 2012)
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Bradley West
May 22, 2016 Bradley West rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, thrillers
I liked TIP much more than the typical thriller for several reasons: (a) the protagonist isn't a superman in respect of physical traits (and he's not a professional spy, either); (b) the plot is fast-paced and sufficiently complicated that the reader has to pay attention (which is a proxy for saying you can't predict the end of the book after the third chapter); (c) there's heaps of historical research and local (Istanbul) color in the book.

While I enjoyed TIP a lot, the decision to give it fou
C.M. Turner
Nov 27, 2012 C.M. Turner rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: never-again
The book started out promising. The opening scene was gripping and dragged you into the story immediately. After that, well... I really could not sympathize with the hero, Sean. It was written with short sentences that sometimes felt awkward and abrupt and there was a lack of transitions. However, the sights and sounds and smells of Istanbul has been beautifully researched and described, sometimes to the point of being overdone (do I really need to know what every inch of the highway looks like? ...more
Stephen Clynes
Oct 28, 2012 Stephen Clynes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alek, a photographer is beheaded in Istanbul. A video of his murder is posted on You Tube. Sean Ryan, who works with Alek, tries to find out why he was killed.

There is a nice mix of chapters in this book, with the bad guys having a brief one to keep the reader in the loop and longer chapters written in the first person as Sean tries to solve this mystery. This novel has a good plot where you read what the bad guys are up to something but Alek got in the way. With Sean investigating what went wro
J.S. Colley
Jan 16, 2012 J.S. Colley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review first appeared on the Booksquawk website.

I entered a contest on HarperCollins’ website to receive a proof copy of The Istanbul Puzzle—and I won! Yeah, me! It was doubly nice as I love puzzles and my guilty pleasure has always been religious conspiracy-theory thrillers. This one certainly didn’t disappoint. The book is due to be released the middle of this month, so this is a pre-publication review.

Just as riots break out in London after a minor incident at a local mos
L.K. Jay
Jan 15, 2012 L.K. Jay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action
This was a great find for all those who like a fast paced action adventure story. This story is in a similar genre as The Davinci Code only with more plausible adventure and more believable characters.

Sean is still traumatised from the death of his wife and his sadness continues at the news of the death of his best friend Alex, who was working on a Turkish heritage site for their academic research. Sean goes out to Istanbul to identify the body and his adventures start there when he meets up wi
Jan 10, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Istanbul Puzzle is gripping and superbly written, with a fluent and judicious storyline building up to a great finale.

The very authentic two main characters are likable and beautifully three dimensional. Their deeds are comprehensible and coherent within themselves.

Laurence obviously loves and knows about Istanbul and its smells and sounds, its dark corners, the century-old history, the diametrically opposed expectations to the future of Occident and Orient just tied together by one bridge.
Albina Hume
Feb 18, 2017 Albina Hume rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O’ Bryan is my next favorite read in 2017.

This adventures fiction reads like a captivating memoir, masterfully built with 61 little chapter-puzzles. Each puzzle triggers imagination to the level when you can't help but start believe each written word and event. Some moments in the book even feel like spooky predictions especially those that mentioned London and its population.

I’ve been to Istanbul twice and after reading this book, I now know that I haven't seen
Apr 07, 2017 Shelley marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guest
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Nov 16, 2011 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review first appeared here and is from a review copy.

The Istanbul Puzzle might be the first novel by Laurence O’Bryan but it is such a confident, atmospheric and thoroughly gripping thriller that I’m relieved to report that the second, The Jerusalem Puzzle, will follow after just a year. That book will continue the adventures of the two extremely likeable leads introduced to us here: Sean Ryan, a director of the Institute of Applied Research in Oxfor
Regina Lindsey
Sean Ryan is a broken man, who in the aftermath of his wife's death in Afghanistan has buried himself in his life's work at an institute he started. The latest project is studying mosaics at Hagia Sofia in Istanbul. When Sean gets a call that his best friend and colleague, an outspoken Greek on nationalist views, has been beheaded he is determined to find the truth and not let down his friend in the same manner he feels he let down his wife. At the same time large numbers of Muslims are gatherin ...more
4.5 Stars

Sean Ryan just learned that his friend and co-worker, Alek Zegliwski, has been killed while working in Istanbul. Sean must leave London in order to identify Alek’s body, but once he lands in Istanbul, Sean realizes there is more to his friend’s death than he realized. With the help of Isabel Sharp, a British diplomat, Sean escapes death numerous times as he hunts for the people that killed Alek. Little does he know that there is a deadly virus being tested and unleashed in Istanbul by t
Βαθμολογία: 7/10

Μέσα στον μήνα το πέτυχα σε πολύ καλή προσφορά στο Public και το παρήγγειλα, διαφορετικά μάλλον δεν θα το αγόραζα, αν και θρίλερ. Δεν έχει και τόσο καλή βαθμολογία στο Goodreads, και καταλαβαίνω λιγάκι τον λόγο, μιας και είχε διάφορα θεματάκια σε πλοκή, χαρακτήρες και γραφή. Σίγουρα πέρασα καλά όση ώρα κράτησε η ανάγνωσή του, διαβαζόταν ευχάριστα και είχε γρήγορο ρυθμό, όμως στο τέλος έμεινα λιγάκι απαθής. Περίληψη της ιστορίας δεν γράφω, την βρίσκει κανείς πολύ εύκολα.

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Arletta Dawdy
Dec 08, 2012 Arletta Dawdy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Irish writer Laurence O'Bryan's breakout novel, THE ISTANBUL PUZZLE, marks his entry into the thriller/adventure genre and he does it with a skilled writing style. I had access to a galley proof from a friend who met the author in Dublin. While not an historical novel, per se, the book is filled with great historical detail taking the reader from the Ottoman Empire to the present day. The storyline is well developed with intrigue and corruption showing the way. The puzzle metaphor works quite ni ...more
Lesley Fletcher
Nov 03, 2012 Lesley Fletcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I completely enjoyed this book from beginning to end and can easily recommend it to any reader who enjoys action, adventure, intrigue, history and travel. O'Bryan has demonstrated his knowledge of Istanbul and then has taken it a step further in speculation.

Part of what I enjoyed about the book, aside from the characters, setting and premise was the fact that the author showed a great deal of respect for the country (Turkey), its people and customs. I personally appreciate that as I am a firm be
Jan 22, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished reading The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O’Bryan. It is 2am, I should be in bed sleeping, but I couldn't put it down. I found it impossible to read 'just one more chapter' as each chapter made me want to carry on reading.

This is a superb first novel by Laurence O'Bryan, it deserves to be a best seller. In my view it has the potential to be turned into a television drama or cinema film.

I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the two main characters and hope they will be tog
Jane Blanchard
Jul 11, 2012 Jane Blanchard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the first page, The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O'Bryan captures the readers interest and then continues with a page-turning story to the end. A gruesome murder, interweaving plots, unexpected twists, cliff hangers, and more make this book hard to put down. Be prepared to stay up late reading this well-crafted story.

This is the first in a series and I can't wait for the Jerusalem Puzzle to be released in January 2013.
Jan 22, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before buying, I "looked inside the book" on Amazon and was able to read the first chapter. I knew immediately this book would capture my attention. In addition to the fast-paced drama, this thriller was set primarily in Istanbul and it was obvious the author had great knowledge of the area. It is a book of fiction, and, in the Acknowledgements (I have the Kindle version), Mr. O'Bryan explains exactly which part of the setting he created from his imagination. Therefore, you can know that the maj ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Nigel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a great find for anybody who likes action, adventure stories. This starts off with a bang and carries on at a real page turning pace. The characters are well written, develop nicely and are very believable. The plot takes from Istanbul, London Iraq and finally back to London for the climax, you can tell the subject matter and places have been well researched. This is a great first novel and I'm really looking forward to the sequel.
Good mystery but the story is partially not believeable enough for me. The historical and gegraphical parts are great. Sometimes I did not agree with the action and decisions of the main characters.

Brigid Gallagher
The Istanbul Puzzle had me gripped from the first page; I read it in one day. I could well imagine it translated into a fast paced action movie. I shall definitely read the next books in the series.
I can tell after one chapter this isn't going to be my thing. Severed arteries bubbling like coffee percolator? Um, no thanks. *ding* Next please.
Feb 08, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012, kindle
I really enjoyed this book.Loved the characters and I look forward to reading The Jerusalem Puzzle when it is released in January 2013.
Dan Thompson
I have to admit that ever since Dan Brown seemed to revolutionise the Historical Thriller genre, I’ve become extremely fond of these Uncover-A-Long-Lost-Treasure-That-Will-Change-The-World-As-We-Know-It type books; they’ve even become a sort of guilty pleasure. Released in 2012, The Istanbul Puzzle comes from Irish writer, Laurence O’Bryan, who attempts to add his own unique voice to the mix, by introducing Sean Ryan, who’s dragged into a sinister terrorist plot when he is summoned to Turkey to ...more
Jun 26, 2017 Les rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really couldn’t make up my mind as to whether I enjoyed this historical thriller by Lawerence O’Bryan and his introduction of “hero” Sean Ryan.
It begins when Sean’s friend and business partner is brutally beheaded while working at the Haghi Sophia in Instanbul.
There are things to both like and dislike about the story.
Here are what is good about the book (in my opinion). The author shows a tremendous amount of knowledge about Instanbul and backs this up with very detailed descriptions of the ci
Christie M. Stenzel
Since this is not my usual genre, I did not know what to expect with this book, but I really enjoyed it! The plot was very engaging, kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat, and I really liked the main character Sean. The descriptions of Istanbul were fantastic and made it easy to picture in my mind which is very important to me in the books I read. Everything seemed to be well researched also which gave credibility to the story. I definitely recommend this book and I will be reading the seq ...more
Anirudh Parthasarathy
Aug 25, 2013 Anirudh Parthasarathy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: None
Shelves: books-owned
The Istanbul Puzzle is the first novel in Laurence O’Bryan’s Puzzle series featuring Sean Ryan, a widower working at The Institute of Applied Research, Oxford.

It begins with the murder of Alek Zegliwski, an employee at the Institute of Applied Research, Oxford. The murder attracted a lot of attention considering how he was beheaded in Hagia Sophia. This brings his closest acquaintance into the scene, Sean Ryan, the director of the institute and by entering the scene; he ends up risking his own l
Dec 09, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brutal murder. An ancient temple. A long-lost treasure.

Buried deep under Istanbul, a secret is about to resurface with explosive consequences…

Sean Ryan arrives in the ancient city to identify the body of his friend and colleague Alek Zegliwski. Alek has been savagely beheaded, his body discovered near the sacred archaeological sit of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Aided by British diplomat Isabel Sharp, Sean inches closer to snaring Alek’s assassin. Evil is at work and when a lethal virus is unleas
Gloria Antypowich
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 on line to check out places that were mentioned—some I found, some I did
Sian Wadey
For ages I've been searching for an Indiana Jones style book, with plenty of puzzles, action, likeable characters and a quick pace. Unfortunately this is not the book.
The Istanbul Puzzle may be called so, but there is no puzzle involved. The characters spend a great deal of time looking for a mosaic, but it's not dwelt on much.
Action there is plenty of! Bullets flying, people dying left, right and centre, explosions! My particular favourite bit is when Sean and Isabel get stuck in a drain below
Michele Thulborn-chapman
Feb 19, 2012 Michele Thulborn-chapman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michele by: twitter feed
Reading the Kindle edition but can't find the version on here yet.

A great start with an unusual murder.

I agree with some other comments that this novel is a more plausible story than the Da Vinci Code, which I hated and couldn't wait to get to the end of. The film was even worse than the book!

At the moment Sean Ryan has been escorted to the tarmac by two F-35's into Irag while he tries to find out where his dead colleague Alex managed to take some photos of an unknown mosaic. Only for the Orhto
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My first novel, The Istanbul Puzzle, was short listed for the Irish crime novel of the year 2012. My second novel, The Jerusalem Puzzle came out in January, 2013. My third, The Manhattan Puzzle, was published in October, 2013. The fourth novel in the series, The Nuremberg Puzzle, was published April, 2016.

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