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Ryder: Bird Of Prey (Ayesha Ryder #3)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
The Maltese Falcon was no mere legend—this fabulously jewelled golden bird really existed. Still exists, according to the last words of a dying man. Ayesha Ryder is on its trail, but not just to find the Falcon itself. It is said to contain a clue to the lost burial place of King Harold of England, a potent symbol for ruthless politicians determined to break up the UK and ...more
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Published July 21st 2015 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published May 5th 2015)
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Ian Wood
May 09, 2015 Ian Wood rated it did not like it
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Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Dec 16, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Ayesha Ryder thinks she's about to put her hands on the elusive Maltese Falcon, but then she finds her contact dying in an ally. As she evades his killers, she learns the British prime minister has been poisoned, and she has been pegged as the assassin. What makes this even more difficult is that the prime minister is actually her friend. On the run with librarian Joram Tate, Ayesha must find a way to prove her innocence and stop a dirty politician from dissolving the United Kingdom.

Ryder: Bird
May 04, 2015 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ayesha's latest treasure hunt was supposed to be more academic and sedate than her most recent adventures. Tasked with hunting down the real Maltese Falcon, it seemed she'd succeeded when she tracked down the ancestor of the latest person who'd had it in their possession. She'd taken on the job at the request of the Deputy Prime Minister, a man bent on selling the British government on English independence. It seems a legend connected to the Maltese Falcon promises to reveal the hiding place of ...more
Sep 19, 2015 TheGirlWithTheHeartShapedGlasses rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
First of all,its a kind of book that becomes a good company when you give break reading you feel like you gave a break from a tv-series or movie which keeps you thinking what will happen next.As a girl reader,im interested in librarian Joram moremore than Ayesha.Hes intellectual,smart and caring and mysterious as Ayesha thinks like that too.Ayesha a total cool but I feel like shes very vulnerable inside and one of those girls who acts tough to hide her feelings and has strict rules about ...more
This is the third book in the series and is just as superb as the earlier two! The Bird of Prey being sought by Ayesha Ryder in this story is the Maltese Falcon. The story involves solving historic clues, the attempted assassination of a prime minister, murder, archaeology, ancient weapons - including cannons and bows and arrows, parliamentary malpractice, MPs, students, a special family member, new friends, lots of intrigue and twists and turns.

Brilliantly written, with a strong, resourceful a
Jay Williams
Mar 28, 2015 Jay Williams rated it it was amazing
Each new Ryder story is more intense and exciting than the last. The fabled Maltese Falcon is the new trigger to a Ryder search , with bad guys coming out of the woodwork and true evil in various disguises. The suspense and action is non-stop. I warn you, you will not be able to stop reading once you start until you reach the end. Dr. Ryder's intellect enables her to understand the most puzzling clues, and her uncanny martial arts ability keeps her in harms way with a minimum of damage. When you ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Della rated it really liked it
Good adventure, fast paced, liked the history tied to the story. Our protagonist, Ayesha Ryder is a female Indiana Jones. Story moves incredibly fast never knowing what is around the next corner. This story contains lost treasure and the Maltese falcon. I love this series!
May 03, 2015 Heidi rated it it was amazing
I have never read Nick Pengelley series before but I can all you I will start! This book is brilliantly well written with an amazing strong and resourceful female protagonist. The story takes you on a whirlwind adventure using current affairs to drive you from one adventure to the next.
Sally Brown
Oct 12, 2015 Sally Brown rated it really liked it
May 19, 2015 Marlene rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Ryder: Bird of Prey is the third book in the Ayesha Ryder series, after Ayesha’s awesome introduction in Ryder: An Ayesha Ryder Novel and Ryder: American Treasure.

Ayesha Ryder still feels like the love child of Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, but her adventures have a “ripped from the headines” feel in spite of their setting in a slightly alternate 21st century from our own.

On the one hand, in Ryder, Ayesha’s adventures led to the foundation of a new combined
May 04, 2015 Mieneke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery, 2015
Ayesha Ryder returns in this third instalmentof the Ryder series called Bird of Prey. And with Bird of Prey this series has most definitely entered alternatehistory territory,even if at times referencing real-world developments directly, mentioning Richard III’s body being found in Leicester and some of the intricacies of EU economic and political problems. While I greatly enjoyed parts of the narrative and I really liked the book overall, Bird of Prey wasmy least favourite book of the series so ...more
Dec 28, 2015 Daniel rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.25 of 5

Ayesha Ryder is a an adventurer, much like Indiana Jones, and in this book, she's on the hunt for the Maltese Falcon, a real item of legend (though it looks much different from that in the movie) which supposedly lead the owner to another item of legend: the sword once owned by King Harold of the Battle of Hastings.

When Ayesha meets with her contact, she finds him dying, the victim of an assassin. Ayesha knows she's like
Victor Gentile
May 05, 2015 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nick Pengelley in his new book, “Ryder: Bird of Prey” Book Three in the Ayesha Ryder series published by Alibi gives us another adventure with Ayesha Ryder.

From the back cover: Fans of Steve Berry and James Rollins will devour Ryder: Bird of Prey, the latest white-knuckle thriller featuring Palestinian-born, British-educated adventurer Ayesha Ryder. She’s one of fiction’s boldest heroines—and now she’s rewriting royal history.

According to the last words of a dying man, the Maltese Falcon was no
Jun 16, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review and rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

At the end of Ryder: American Treasure, historian and adventuress Ayesha Ryder was tired, a little beat up and desperate to go back to her research. Something that’s not exactly easy to do when you’re the female version of Indiana Jones and your friends keep getting you involved in solving historical mysteries. Lured by the tale that “The Maltese Falcon”, of Dashiell
HornFan2 (Mike)
Thanks to, Alibi publishing and Nick Pengelley for the advance copy for my review.

I enjoyed the read, although I'm at a disadvantage since I haven't read the first two and it refers to the previous books. Along with references to Ryder's family, her mother's murder and her deceased sister, Ghayda.

I have purchased both the first and second books, probably will re-read this one afterwards or just add to this review at a later date.

I really liked the Ryder character, it's cool to h
John Purvis
Jan 06, 2016 John Purvis rated it it was amazing
“Ryder: Bird of Prey” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Nick Pengelley ( This is Mr. Pengelley’s third novel and the third of the “Ayesha Ryder” series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The setting of this Thriller novel is contemporary London, England. The primary character is Ayesha Ryder.

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Indiana Jones’ sister on steroids!
Ayesha Ryder is an internationally famous researcher in Middle East History, Politics, Culture and Religion. As a teenager she was a member of the Palestinian Fedayeen and is still proficient in the martial arts taught by the organisation. This training comes to her rescue more than once when she’s forced to go on the run with the librarian of the Walsingham Institute of Oriental Studies (where she is also employed)
May 09, 2015 Hannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Book Three in the Ayesha Ryder series. Ryder Bird of Prey is about the search of the Maltese Falcon and the lost sword of King Harold II. Requesting this book from Netgalley was a mistake I thought I could just jump in and start off at book three. I miss some character development and background. I didn't much care for the characters it's an uneven blend of Lara Croft, Indiana Jones and James Bond. I think the saving grace for this book was the action.

On the search for the maltese falcon Ayesha
Feb 29, 2016 Marisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The more I read about Ayesha Ryder, the more I like her spunk and how Pengelley mixes action with history. The books are very much in the vein of the movie “National Treasure” or books by Dan Brown with a Middle Eastern twist. This book alone had me googling many historical events to figure out what out there could possibly be true…

In this installment, Ayesha is racing the clock as the fate of the United Kingdom, or England?, is at risk. I love Joram’s balance to Ayesha and I hope to see more o
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Ayesha Ryder is fast becoming one of my favorite literary characters. She's a female Indiana Jones with guts and gumption and skill. Her history is tragic, but she has risen above it and her curiosity for history has made her an expert. Searching for the not-so-mythical Maltese Falcon, Ayesha is drawn into a dangerous game involving murder and an overthrow of the British Prime Minister. In order to stop it, she must discover the tomb of King Harold, who died at the Battle of Hastings, and locate ...more
May 13, 2015 Pamela rated it it was amazing
Ryder: Bird of Prey is the third book in the Ryder series. It is an extremely well written and professionally edited mystery/suspense/action novel.

Ayesha Ryder has become one of my favorite heroines. She is intelligent, strong, and outrageously fearless. Yet, she is not without faults, but she turns those faults into motivation to succeed. She's a historian and a treasure hunter, backed by an interesting assortment of politicians, historians and spies.

In Bird of Prey Ayesha is searching for the
Clare O'Beara
May 17, 2015 Clare O'Beara rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-crime
This is a fun and somewhat over the top adventure, in which a Prime Minister falls victim to poison sent by her own party members, while a Mediterranean scholar embarks on a treasure hunt.

If you've read the first Ayesha Ryder book you'll know what to expect; suffice to say that the daring lady chases under and over London and out into the countryside, following clues that may or may not lead her to a great prize. The Maltese Falcon of Dashiell Hammett's book is discovered to be real and is only
Sep 19, 2015 Cindy rated it it was ok
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for providing me with an ARC of Ryder: Bird of Prey by Nick Pengelley.

Bird of Prey,is the third installment of the Ayesha Ryder series. It follows the same format as the previous books - insane action, unrealistic plot, ridiculous thugs, sexual violence and some anti Israel narrative just because the author deems his politics necessary. While book two was entertaining, this sequel is sheer lunacy! Of course, book three ends with the set-up for book
Philip Bailey
Apr 18, 2016 Philip Bailey rated it it was amazing
Another homerun for Nick Pengelley as Ryder continues to seek treasure and trouble continues to seek Ryder. With the mix of British politics and America minding everyone else’s business there is enough backstabbing to fill the Red Cross needs for blood donations. The action is fast paced and nonstop from the first page to the last. As expected there is some carryover of characters from American Treasure but the plot is new and the scheming is just evil. Go Ryder, looking forward to next episode.
Jana Gundy
May 05, 2015 Jana Gundy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I typically go for books with more romance but this author is so good at story telling, I am hooked! Follow our heroine as she tracks down ancient artifacts with some help from a new friend and new allies. As always, people are out to get her but that won't stop Ryder from her mission. There is a shock in this one about her family that you won't see coming.
Patricia Moren
May 04, 2015 Patricia Moren rated it it was amazing
Another non stop, action packed adventure with Nick Pengelley and Ayesha Ryder. I love these books, so imaginative but rooted in reality. The characters are interesting and all of them essential to the story. I wait with anticipation for the next one
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Nick Pengelley cites many influences on his writing. Readers of "Ryder" will not be surprised that authors like H. Rider Haggard, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, John Buchan and Peter O'Donnell figure prominently. He is a fan of the ripping yarns of the inter-war years - by writers such as Sapper, Dornford Yates, Edgar Wallace and Leslie Charteris. His more modern favourites include Umberto Eco ...more
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