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The Healer’s Daughters

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Readers’ Favorite 2020 Book Award Winner, Fiction Cultural

A terrorist bombing in Bergama, Turkey kills twenty-three people including three children. Modern Bergama is built on the site of ancient Pergamon, a city whose art and wealth and culture rivaled Athens. It was also the home of the Aesklepion, the world’s greatest healing center, and the birthplace of Galen, the Rom
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Kindle Edition, 313 pages
Published July 16th 2019 by Amika Press
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Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
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The Healer's Daughters is a compelling thriller which takes place around an ancient archaeological site, Bergama in Turkey. I was initially concerned that the story might veer too far towards the Indiana Jones adventure trope, but Amberg avoids such obvious pitfalls and, instead, delivers a complex and scarily plausible tale. The novel begins with a glimpse back to life in ancient Pergamon which helped me to understand the importance of what
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Betty
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book opens with a terrorist bombing at a tourist site in Bergama, Turkey, killing 23 people. Bergama is built on the site of ancient Pergamon, the home of the Aesklepion, the world’s greatest healing center, and the birthplace of Galen, the Roman Empire’s most famous doctor. Turkey is one of my favorite countries, and I found myself searching the internet to see images of the ancient city of Pergamon. I devoured the historical and cultural aspects of the story.

Three strong, independent women
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Samfreene
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the world so filled with news about terrorist attacks this novel brings to light much more. Osama Flynn is about to take the same ride that others have when they set off a bomb, kill innocent people and think they will be forever immortalized as a martyr. Author Jay Amberg takes us inside the mind of this man as he explains his plan, how it will be carried out and the vision that he feels the world deserves. The attack takes place in Turkey and Tugce Iskan is sent by the Ministry of Culture ...more
Grant Leishman
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Reviewed For Readers' Favorite by Grant Leishman

The Healer’s Daughters is a modern-day thriller set in Turkey, among the many major archaeological sites but it has its roots in the early days of the Current Era, when the area was a major health spa, overseen by the renowned healer, Galen. Author Jay Amberg introduces us to an archaeologist by the name of Özlem Boroğlu who considers herself the guardian of Galen’s ruins, around Bergama. After being unceremoniously dumped by the Government when h
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Pat Camalliere
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With all the recent dissention going on in that part of the world, it’s refreshing to read an honest story about present-day Turkey that deals with real people, the challenges they face, and how their culture and world conflicts affect their daily lives. The three women in the story are likeable, admirable and believable in their viewpoints and their decisions. Through the story the author acknowledges the existence of terrorism, but demonstrates that it is as abhorrent, perhaps even more so, to ...more
Ruth Chatlien
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a thriller that defies the formulas. For a start, the main protagonists are three strong women. The portrayal of terrorism and corrupt capitalism is all too real. The story tackles the question of whether art and healing practices can help confront the evils of the world. The Turkish setting is vivid and fascinating. Don't look for easy answers from this novel, but do expect intriguing questions.
Sarah Koz
Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review: “The Healer’s Daughters is a thriller set in Turkey, where archaeologist Özlem Boroğlu and her daughter Elif face not just archaeological discoveries, but the pressing influence of political forces with vested interests in the outcome of their work.

“As terrorists and corrupt officials influence their actions and threaten their lives, Özlem finds herself more than the protector of healer Galen’s ruins. She becomes the pawn in a larger game that threatens her en
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Carla
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Healer’s Daughter is a thrilling novel that takes you on a political, cultural and historical journey. It is the type of novel that you just can’t put down as it pulls you right in with the injustice and corruption.

The novel takes place mainly in present time but pulls in historical events through Galen, the Roman Empire’s most famous doctor. The novel starts off with a terrorist bombing in Bergama, Turkey which kills twenty three local residents and tourists. From here, we plunge right in t
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Amy
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Healer’s Daughters is the first book I have read by Jay Amberg. This thrilling novel involves a terrorist attack in the Turkish city of Bergama. Three children are among the twenty three dead. The attack is believed to be connected to the ancient city of Pergamon, a city of priceless artifacts and treasures. Tuğçe Iskan is determined to investigate the link between the two. She enlists the help of Özlem Boroğlu, an archealosgist, and her daughter, Elif. These three women must find solve the ...more
Jessica Bronder
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrorist bombing in Bergama, Turkey has killed twenty-three people. Investigator Tugce Iskan finds evidence that the terrorists are linked to a powerful criminal family. They are selling artifacts from ancient Pergamon and to the philosopher Galen to fund their plans. Iskan is trying to get help in her investigation but finds herself at a standstill so she enlists the help of local archeologist, Ozlem and his daughter, Elif.

This was an interesting read. You can tell that Jay Amberg clearly l
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Bob Boone
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Red City Review: “A superb, thrilling work of historical fiction with believable characters and a captivating plot. Full of Turkish traditions, Amberg invites readers to immerse themselves in the country’s culture and customs…[the] complex and layered plot—delicately laced with mystery—keeps readers engaged, eager to learn what happens next, and the illustrations which appear throughout the book provide helpful glimpses into Bergama and the ancient sites…a uniquely gripping story that will appea ...more
Amika Press
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kirkus Reviews: “In Amberg’s (Bone Box, 2015, etc.) thriller, a bombing in Turkey intensifies a search among various parties for artifacts and an ancient villa that reputedly houses a treasure.

“An Islamic State group’s attack at the acropolis in Bergama, Turkey, kills numerous tourists and devastates the citizens. Tuğçe Iskan’s boss at the Ministry of Culture in Ankara sends her to investigate. Inside the pocket of the bombing’s sole survivor, Tuğçe finds a Roman coin dating back to the second c
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Sherry Lynn
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling ride that is hard to put down. The Healer's Daughters
is filled with lots a lover of books can enjoy. There is suspense and danger,drama and much more. It is interesting because of it's setting and just might give the reader a glimpse into a culture that is somewhat foreign.

The main characters and their heart and strength pull you into the story and keep you interested through the twists and turns and the
suspense.

If you enjoy a good thriller. Check this one out.

I received a compl
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Jay Amberg
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Lesley Jones, Readers’ Favorite: “The small town of Bergama, Turkey, is about to be brought to its knees when terrorist and Muslim convert Osama Flynn’s mission of martyrdom is ‘successful’. Tugce Iskan is sent by the Ministry of Culture in Ankara to investigate the motives behind the attack. When she discovers one of the victims of the attack had an ancient gold coin on his person, she must find out if indeed the attack was an act of terrorism or connected to the ancient cache of Galen, a well- ...more
Vicki
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to be honest, this is not a book that I probably would have picked up to read for no real reason. My book group chose this book. The author is a friend to a member and he came to our book group. It was nothing short of fascinating listening to him and how he writes. It took me a bit to get into the book and get a handle on the characters but once I did, I was completely hooked. It has mystery, intrigue, a little history, a little geography, it really is all you could ask for in a book. I' ...more
Nancy
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This is the first time I’ve read anything by jay Amberg. His novel, The Healer’s Daughter, is a fast paced thriller, with interesting characters, and a complex story that kept me interested to the end. It did take me a few chapters to get into the story, but I think that was due to me being unfamiliar with names and setting. I recommend this novel if you like thrillers and learning about other cultures.

Thank you to the author and Amazon for the kindle copy I received on Goodreads Giveaways.
Diane Griffiths
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I won this as a giveaway on Goodreads.

This book takes place in Turkey and starts with a terrorist bombing at a tourist site in Bergama, Turkey, that kills 23 people. I like that the main characters are three very strong women. The story shows terrorism and the realities of a corrupt system. Was very well done for a non history lover here. I enjoyed the story and it brought up some interesting thoughts.
Tamara Benson
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A complicated, uplifting story of female courage.
After spending the first chapter with a young Galen at the bedside of his dying father in Pergamon, Asia Minor, in 148 CE, we are abruptly dropped into the mind of a suicide bomber in Bergama (modern-day Pergamon) in 2017. The man, an Irishman by birth but converted in prison, drives his truck toward the Aesklepion, the world’s historical center of healing, with the intention of blowing up the Acropolis cable car station and becoming a famous mart
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Barbara Monier
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully done.

Beautifully written from the first stunning chapter to the last. Impeccable research has been seamlessly woven through a fascinating story. Jay Amberg has given us a novel with overarching themes ranging from the carefully-observed relationships among family members to the largest questions of individual's and societies' relationships with our history and with our Earth itself.
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Jay Amberg is the author of twelve books. He received a BA from Georgetown University and a PhD from Northwestern University. He has taught high school and college students since 1972.

His latest book, The Healer’s Daughters, is now available from Amika Press. Amberg has also published Bone Box, Cycle, America’s Fool, Whale Song, and compiled 52 Poems for Men.

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