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The 10th Cycle

(Rossler Foundation #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,118 ratings  ·  120 reviews



For thousands of years the truth about human history has intentionally been suppressed and exploited.

For decades scholars have been saying that the truth about human history will be found inside the Great Pyramid of Giza, but up till now no one has ever been able
Kindle Edition, 482 pages
Published July 22nd 2014 (first published April 11th 2014)
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SA Krishnan
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fast paced thriller/mystery
The mystery and the action was excellent. Especially how they had unlocked the ancient mystery and how they put in the effort to arrive at the end. The Pyramid mystery at the end was a very good twist.
However the romance between the main characters felt a little too perfect for belief.
But overall the mystery and the thrill, kept me hooked till the very end. Liked it.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Makes one appreciate good writing.
May 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This book began as a 4 but about 3/4 through became wordy to the point where I was skimming. I have the second book but I think it'll be a while before I begin reading it. ...more
Don Bradshaw
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I liked the premise of the story but it was overly wordy for me. I just didn't feel pulled into the story the way most thrillers do. ...more
Jeff Parker
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, mystery, fiction
The plot moves along at a rapid pace that will keep any Brown fan happy. A new shadowy organization that has been manipulating human events for hundreds of years is introduced and I have to say it is refreshing to not have yet another version of the Illuminati as the antagonist. Mr. Ryan's characters are compelling enough to keep you entertained throughout the novel. In short; fast paced, good mystery, fun characters, neat twist on the Pyramid theme, decent love story, good mystery.

I have a kind
Michael Wood
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*****Definitely a Supurb Adventure/Hidden Heritage Series

J. C. Ryan, who has already demonstrated his mastery as a writer of adventure/thriller novels, has created a truly supurb thriller as up-to-date as any science available today. In his fast-paced story, a small rag-tag group of friends (mostly geniuses of one sort or another) attempt to find and decode any messages the builders of the Great Pyramid may have tried to pass on. Just as Ryan includes in this impressive story, scholars and dingb
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Part one of a Box set follows a NYT reporter and an archeology professor as they follow up on the reporters discovery that the pyramid at Giza was built much earlier that current belief and was built as a repository of the knowledge of a previous cavitation (the 10th in a repeating cycle) that was destroyed in an unknown world changing disaster. Fighting government interference and the plots of an ancient and unknown group they persevere in their discovery and translations. A good tale, but I wi ...more
Paige Ellen Stone
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just because you're paranoid...

Despite a grammatical error here and there, and a repeated misquoting of common colloquialism, this is a great, exciting read and a grand kick-off to what promises to be a great, fun series. The story builds at a good pace and comes to an end that left this reader wanting more.
JC Ryan is self-published, but this book is much more polished than almost any of the self-published ebooks I've encountered previously.
Just to get the petty, but annoying (to me) misquoted
Rachell Coe
Jun 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I LOVE story ideas that involve unlocking ancient mysteries! But this theme has become so popular that the storylines have become redundant. (Understandably so - with so many ideas already out there, how can anyone come up with something new?) Well, let me tell you that JR Ryan has somehow managed it! This book was an awesome read and I will be eagerly awaiting each new book in the series.

Not only was the story idea creative, but how they figured out the mystery was very believable - they didn't
Jeanne Johnston
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
2-1/2 stars because, although I enjoyed the complexities of the research and science as well as the intrigue, the dialogue was so stilted and bizarre ("Victorian" mannerisms was even invoked in the book a couple times) that it all failed to mesh in a way that made sense. The dialogue between Daniel and Sarah, specifically, sounded like a pair of pre-teen girls playacting love scenes... "Know that I love you, my darling!" "As do I, my dear!"! *chaste peck on cheek because old folks are looking on ...more
Deana St. John
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, even if I didn't always understand the science and mathematics involved. The premise and concept were interesting. I always wondered if particular facts stated by one of the characters were true or not. (you can't slip a piece of paper between the blocks of the Great Pyramid? )Main "lovebirds" sure fell in love REALLY fast...

I knew this was a series and I must have enjoyed it because I was disappointed when it ended and a bit miffed that I couldn't find out what happened w
Tom Harrington
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a first novel? Really?

No way. It's too good. This is a highly polished action/conspiracy tale that is simply amazing. The characters are nicely developed, the plot is great, and the subject matter is fascinating. Nice little pilot twists combined with action scenes keep it interesting from cover to cover. Very minimal errors in spelling, syntax and grammar were found, but nothing that detracted from the book. This is a great ride. Sit back and enjoy it!
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Cool concept

Hated the trite comments the characters made to each other. I don’t know when this was written but it had such a fifties feel to it. The women were talked to and described in such a denigrating manner. Wish the author had stuck to the main story and skipped the attempts at personalizing it. I want to read the next one but not with all the creepy conversations about feelings.
Angie Pierce
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved the science, history and theme of the book so I give it 4.5 stars. I thought the romance in the book a bit much (I don't care for romance novels) or I would have given it 5 stars. I will definitely read the next in the series and write a reminder for the third novel that is due in July. ...more
Joe Ganzi
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Good story line but I had difficulty slogging through all the lovey dovey stuff with Daniel and Sarah. Still the premise is good so I'll likely read the others in the series. ...more
Ashley Rommel
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
I rarely write an actual review but this book had such potential that was wasted by a poorly written and unnecessary love story. Very disappointed that such a great concept was ruined.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it
( Format : audio )
"Now let's go change the world."
A book in three parts - an investigation started by a journalist looking for a story series about the building of the Great Pyramid which blossoms into something so much more; a love story; a 'thriller' aspect of nefarious persons determined to halt the discoveries getting out into the world.

The investigation: quite fascinating and wide ranging, incorporating myth and legend, astrology, archaeology, mathematics, statistics, computer coding and li
Carlos Mock
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
The 10th Cycle (Rossler Foundation #1) by J.C. Ryan

This book is based on the precession of the equinoxes, which means that the equinoxes rotate around and each cycle is about 26,000 years. Accordingly, this has been used to theorize that the world might end at the end of a cycle.

Within that premise, imagine if the civilization that came before ours left a set of information to warn us not to repeat the cycle of destruction. Our heroes, Daniel Rossler - a N. Y. Times archaeology correspondent -
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
For the entire second half of this book, I debated with myself whether or not to continue with the series.
I decided to continue to series, but I may not finish it.
Here's the thing-I love the story and the concept behind the series. However...the writing is horrendous. The characters are not well developed. They're a little flat, and very odd and unrealistic in their relationships. I wish sooooo much that Ryan had not felt the need to romantically tie the two main characters. The parts of the boo
Satrajit Sanyal
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jc-ryan
I gave it five stars because it held my interest to the end; enough to make me want to see where the story would wind up. The ending was a bit of a disappointment and made me believe that this novel was really just a lead-in to a barrage of sequels that would be sure to follow.

The story has a standard "the ancient Egyptians couldn't possibly have built the Great Pyramid (way too difficult!), so it must have been built by aliens from another galaxy" plotline. There's the requisite "Ancient Secret
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read book 2 a few weeks ago and loved it so I've been looking forward to getting to this book, and I was not disappointed. Book 2 had quite a few spoilers in it for this book, so if you plan to read the series I recommend doing so in order.

Even knowing approximately how the book would end I still found myself unable to stop listening and finished the book in 1 day. The writing is excellent and tension and suspense had me 'on the edge of my seat'. I went through a whole range of emotions while
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
This book was a fun read and the series has a ton of potential. It could have been a 5 star book with some more editing to focus it down more. While I appreciate the story of soul mates (I'm fortunate enough to have found mine!), even for me the love story was a bit overwrought. We get it, Daniel really loves Sarah, I don't need every detail of how awesome she is all throughout the book... I also found the character names of the Orion Society to be a bit silly. I understand the author was trying ...more
Tom Wyen
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good read not only exciting but thought provoking.

I really enjoyed reading the book. The plot was complex and required your attention. It is not something you can do a reading in one sit down without missing something. Some areas were common with other adventure stories with hero and heroine being involved in hazardous situations. The amount of amorous events seemed somewhat counterproductive to the story. While there is no graphic details, I read enough about white teddies to last for awhile. I
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating theories all woven together. The mystery of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Someone figures out that the stones themselves reveal the amassed knowledge of the Tenth Cycle of humans on the planet using Fibonacci numbers and a skip sequence. Each cycle is 26,000 years, ending in a cataclysm. This first in a series is about how a group of scientists manage to keep the knowledge from being in the hands of any one government. Okay, so that part was unbelievable.
The science is wonderful, the pl
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Audible:I don't see a whole lot of archeology going on in this book.I'm not sure I will finish it.The narrator is pretty bad.William Andre Gensburger sometimes has a decent accent ,ten he goes back to his reading with no inflection or feeling.It is hard to listen to.It also is very 'HOORAH" men are great,brothers stand together,etc.There is one woman whe doesn't stand out at all.The story is good,even with the detractors.“I was given this free review copy audiobook and have voluntarily left this ...more
Anne Wingate
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Thriller That Really Thrills

Although there are some "facts" that aren't, the overall story is believable . Generally a story of any length is plot-driven OR character-driven. But this novel cannot be stuffed into either category. Plot and characters are seamlessly woven together. Warning: Don't read this book unless you have some money available, because you're going to want the whole series at once.
Janet Horwith
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! JC Ryan captured all my interests (history, archaeology, espionage) and combined it all into this fantastic thriller! The progression of the discovery that will change the world comes at you in little snippets then grabs your attention in a page-turner I just couldn't put down. I read it on my kindle so I can utilize large print as I am legally blind. JC Ryan has got me hooked and now I cannot wait to read "The Ninth Cycle". Brilliant read! Bravo JC!! ...more
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book with a riveting and completely new spin on the mysteries of the Pyramid of Giza. There are a few minor grammatical, spelling and syntax errors, but no biggies. The way the loved-up couple talk to each other is a bit odd, but the romance is not the main part of the story. The main part is the mystery they're trying to solve and all dangerous situations they find themselves in because of it. The story is really well paced, and I very much enjoyed the style of writing. ...more
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story

Hooked on your books I have finished one series and now I am starting on the series and I am excited I love the detail that you go through to make your books so believable. Instead of sleeping I'm reading your books I can't get enough of them I'm so glad they are in Kindle because I am an Avid Reader and an Eclectic reader I have many diverse subjects I love reading about and yours is one of them so please continue writing and don't stop.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: free-ku
Intriguing mystery

Have to say the premise and mystery of this story are what kept me reading. The action and twists and turns kept the pages turning.

However, I really didn’t get immersed into the rest of the story because the characters never really felt real to me. So the emotional part of the story simply felt like words on a page.

Overall a decent story with a intriguing premise but for me was just average.
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J C Ryan writes spellbinding mystery suspense thrillers with an archaeological backdrop.

He has been a combat and intelligence officer in the military, practicing lawyer and information technology project manager.

He holds a military as well as a law degree and is married with two daughters and two dogs.

JC currently makes his home on the Gold Coast of Australia.

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