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Ryder: American Treasure

(Ayesha Ryder #2)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  36 reviews
Fast-paced, edgy, and action-packed, the perfect read for anyone who loves the novels of Steve Berry or James Rollins, Ryder: American Treasure marks the return of Ayesha Ryder, a woman digging into history’s most dangerous secrets—and hiding some of her own.
During of the War of 1812, British troops ransacked the White House and made off with valuables that were never r
ebook, 240 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by Alibi
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SoWrongItsRANDI {Bell, Book & Candle}
Bell, Book & Candle | Ryder: American Treasure Review

As a fan of the first novel of the series, I am over the moon that I had the chance to read Ryder: American Treasure. Ayesha Ryder is back, and she's kicking butt and taking names! Oh, and she's busy searching for the Ark of the Covenant... The story picks up where the last book left off: in the aftermath of the Tower of London incident and discovery of the secret treaty. This time Ayesha is approached to look for the lost treasure from t
Oct 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
I received this ARC from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

And this is definitely an honest review.

It is not often I give one star.

I really found nothing in this book that I enjoyed. The plot was lukewarm at best and the research and details around it didn't help to bring it depth.

My biggest issue with this book are the characters. These are normally the force that draws a reader into the book. It's our concern for their lives and struggles that keeps the pages turnin
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Publisher via NetGalley as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review. I received no additional payment for my opinion of the reading material provided. I rated this book 5 out of 5 Stars.

An ex-Fedayeen fighter turned scholar, Ayesha Ryder finds herself in a strange and unique position. Awarded the “George Cross”, England’s highest honor for civilian gallantry, for her actions in bringing the new “Holy Land” together, she finds hersel
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Na het lezen van het eerste boek in deze trilogie schreef ik: "Het boek leest ontzettend vlot door de hoeveelheid actie, er zitten behoorlijk wat sterke vrouwelijke personages in (altijd een plus) en hoewel het niet altijd even geloofwaardig is, is het een boeiend verhaal. Meer moet dat niet zijn. Ideaal "zet uw hoofd effe af"-lectuur."

En dat is ook helemaal van toepassing op het tweede boek in de Ryder trilogie. De ene actiescène wordt gevolgd door de volgende. Er zijn hopen intriges. Mas
Cherime MacFarlane
I couldn't put this one down. The lesbian part was central to the political part of the story and actually touched lightly on it I thought. This was not an erotic book at all. I quite enjoyed the story and plan to read the next one.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spannend, maar de vele foutjes in zowel het eerste deel als in dit deel zijn wel erg storend. Je zou verwachten dat er wel kritisch naar de tekst gekeken zou worden voor publicatie.
Victor Gentile
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nick Pengelley in his new book, “Ryder: American Treasure” Book Two in the Ayesha Ryder series published by Alibi gives us another adventure with Ayesha Ryder.

From the back cover: Fast-paced, edgy, and action-packed, the perfect read for anyone who loves the novels of Steve Berry or James Rollins, Ryder: American Treasure marks the return of Ayesha Ryder, a woman digging into history’s most dangerous secrets—and hiding some of her own.

During of the War of 1812, British troops ransacked the White
Patrice Van Trigt
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ayesha is een slimme tante die wel weg weet in de wereld van het onrustige Midden- Oosten en veel verstand heeft op het vlak van conflicten en historische zaken uit die regio. Ze heeft veel ervaring en bezit veel waardevolle eigenschappen. Ze vaart vaak op haar intuïtie, waarbij je soms je hart vasthoudt, maar zoals het in een trilogie gaat: ze gaat heus niet dood, en dus krijg je daar dat Bond/Croft/Jones gevoel. Het is soms wat onaannemelijk maar wel zeer vermakelijk.

In dit deel raakt Ayesha
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ayesha Ryder has fully recovered from the injuries she sustained at the Tower and it's at the awards ceremony where she's being honored that she finds her next job. Unfortunately, it does mean putting her own search for the Ark on hold, but this new treasure hunt is too tantalizing to resist.

In 1814, when the British burned the White House, it was rumored that the soldiers absconded with treasures belonging to America. If it was true, the treasure was thought to have been lost long ago in the s
John Purvis
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“Ryder: American Treasure” was published in 2015 and was written by Nick Pengelley ( This is Mr. Pengelley’s second novel and the second of the “Ayesha Ryder” series.

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

This novel picks up
Mieke Schepens
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De lezer wordt meteen in het verhaal gesmeten. Een flashback van de hoofdpersoon zorgt ervoor dat je bij de les bent en de vlotte schrijfstijl en korte hoofdstukken zorgen ervoor dat het zo blijft.

Ayesha Ryder is op zoek naar de Ark des Verbonds en is ondertussen ook verwikkeld in een internationaal conflict. Dit wordt wordt niet openbaar uitgevochten maar achter gesloten deuren die niet voor iedereen toegankelijk blijken te zijn, zodat het grote publiek hier niets van merkt.
Symbolen en gehei
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Ayesha Ryder wants nothing more than to recover from the events of Ryder and search for the Ark of the Covenant. She soon finds herself drawn into another mystery involving the British attack on the White House during the War of 1812. Rumors abound that the British stole valuable artifacts and when proof of the theft surfaces, America understandably wants them back as one of those treasures could be proof that there was a British spy, high up in the fledgling American government. Against her wil ...more
Avid Reader P
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and was given an advance copy of the second. I have to say that I think this one is even better than the first so I was really surprised to see such a negative review posted! I suspect it may be owing to the fact that the novel is based around some very strong female characters (including a fantastic old bird who drinks martinis and would be perfectly played by Helen Mirren). The characters are unique and complex - not your generic female sterotype ...more
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another recommendation from a fellow blogger.

Even the name Ayesha Ryder sounded exotic. The combination of a very Middle Eastern first name with a Westernised surname made me think of some exotic creature and Ayesha very much is one.

Very fast paced, bursting with intrigue, lots of violence and violent imagery the storyline was a good one.

The year 1812 at war with Britain, America lost a great deal of artifacts all looted by the British. There are lots of people very interested in getting them ba
Cindy H.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Kudos to Nick Pengelley, as he has written a second installment in the Ayesha Ryder series, which happens to be equally as thrilling and action-packed as the original. Surprisingly and pleasantly, Mr. Pengelley somehow managed to tone down his anti Israel litany making this read much more enjoyable for me than the first book. There is plenty of ass-kicking and excessive violence, with some graphic sex thrown in, combining all the elements needed to turn this series into a major blockbuster movie ...more
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ryder: American Treasure is the second book in the Ryder mystery/adventure series. It is well written and professionally edited.

The Ryder books have become a sort of Indiana Jones/intellectual mystery series all wrapped up in political intrigue. It is definitely a combination that works for me.

The main character is Ayeesha Ryder; an ex-Fedayeen fighter that regrets and is haunted by her past. She is a historian that loves hunting for lost historical objects and is capable of doing great physical
William Bentrim
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ryder American Treasure by Nicholas Pengelley

The author looked at a contemporary world situation, the conflicts in the Middle East, and offers reasons for it's existence and a possible solution in the book, Ryder. This book is more of a urban Indiana Jones with references back to the previous book. This book stands alone just fine though.

Ayesha Ryder is a protagonist of deep feelings. She has great regrets, great angers and a love that will forever be unrequited. Lady Madrigal, a beautiful but
Philip Bailey
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A good mix of America, England and The Middle East, throw in a few Russian phrases and were off to the races. Absence British slang which can be indecipherable is a plus to this tale of treachery. A mix of CIA, MI5, American diplomats, British political figures, Israeli and Palestinian representatives continuing their everlasting pissing contest all make for a decent read. Chasing coveted artifacts in a race against time and the forces of evil seems to be a popular theme. Like favorite recipes e ...more
I enjoyed the earlier book in this series, so I had high hopes that I'd enjoy this one, too - and it certainly exceeded expectations! A rip-roaring roller coaster ride involving MI5, CIA, politicians, fanatics, Lawrence of Arabia, a fantastic mystery and, of course, threats galore for Ayesha Ryder! The historical, religious and political intrigues are combined in a page-turner, 'don't put it down till you've read it all', first class story!

The characters are superbly brought to life, with strong
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ryder gets dropped right into another thriller when she is pressured into hunting for treasure from the 1814 Washington, D.C., that may reveal a traitor from the time who has ties to possible U.S. presidential candidates. Then there is the treasure Ryder wants to find, the Ark of the Covenant. Despite being framed for murder, suffering flashbacks to her past, and physical damage, Ryder manages to pull off another save for the good guys with unexpected help. Nick Pengelley kept Ryder and other ch ...more
Jay Williams
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
All the characters are familiar, but the story is brand new, and takes the reader on a thrilling mystery, combining ancient artifacts with modern treachery and deception. The American Treasure is only one of the mysteries Ryder has to solve, and there is no shortage of bad guys to keep things interesting. The beginning of the book seemed a little slow, but it quickly became a real page-turner. Pengelley's imagination knows no bounds, and nothing is sacred, making the story all the more exciting ...more
Patricia Moren
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another action packed adventure starring Ayesha Ryder. This time she is chasing down the Ark of the Covenant and 1814 treasure from Washington USA. The combination of Secret service, terrorism and quests of religious/political significance is again evident in this story and makes an absorbing read. I enjoyed every minute.
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in a series of mystery/thrillers that are so smart. I love the combination of murder mystery with political/historical thriller. My review is at my blog here:
Jane E Cerullo
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining

Loved the suspense. Was fast paced and a fun read nice to have a female kick butt heroine I enjoyed
Ian Wood
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

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-
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

If Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) and Indiana Jones had a love child, it would be Ayesha Ryder. After her first hair-raising adventure (Ryder, reviewed here) Ayesha is still following T.E. Lawrence’s clues to where he hid the Ark of the Covenant.

And yes, that’s the same Ark that Indy found. In a different continuum. It’s still just as awe-inspiring in this story as it was in the movie, and very nearly as deadly. But unlike the movie, this Ark isn’t spewing death
Feb 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, thriller, mystery
Last October I reviewed the first Ayesha Ryder novel, appropriately called Ryder. I really enjoyed this Dan Brown-esque tale with a strong political flavour. So I was really pleased to be able to review the second book as well. Ryder: American Treasure is set six months after the first book and is very much a tale in the same vein as the first, a thrilling treasure hunt, following clues left behind by some of the great figures of history. Yet there were also some very big differences to the firs ...more
2 1/2 stars. I am such a huge fan of the first Ayesha Ryder novel that I almost feel bad saying this one was just okay, instead of amazing like the first novel was. Unfortunately I did not find this one as interesting, but by saying that I still feel like I need to say it's still a good book. Pengelley does a great job of advancing Ayesha as a character, from the first book into this one, with her own past actions always on her mind. The reader can tell that what happened in the first book still ...more
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I initially had trouble getting into the book. The characters that drew me in were not the main ones and I struggled to relate to them. That being said, the last third of the book, I was completely consumed and read it in one sitting without interruption. I was a little disappointed that after Ayesha found A SPOILER we didn’t have more time to see her reaction and follow up with it, but the events that happened afterward were a bit of a bonus. I thought the story was going to end, but there was ...more
I received this book from Goodreads.

Read the first book first!!! I can not stress enough about reading the first in the series on this particular book. I didn't and I was totally confused. I didn't know what was going on and who was who, that's why it took me much longer then usual to read this book.
I considered on giving this book only two stars but I knew that wasn't a fair assessment because the confusion was my fault for not reading the first book. However, once I had a feeling for the who
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