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By Nicholas Pengelley

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Ayesha Ryder bears the scars of strife within the center East. Now her prior is catching as much as her as she races to resolve a secret that spans centuries—and threatens to alter the process history.

As Israeli and Palestinian leaders organize to make a joint declaration on the Tower of London, an influential pupil is tortured and murdered in his well-appointed domestic in St. John’s wooden. educational researcher Ayesha Ryder believes the killing isn't any twist of fate. Sir Evelyn Montagu had unearthed surprising revelations approximately T. E. Lawrence—the famed Lawrence of Arabia. may possibly Montagu were detailed due to his discoveries?

Ryder’s look for solutions takes her again to her previous existence within the center East and right into a lion’s den of killers and traitors. As she attracts the eye of brokers from either side of the clash, together with detectives from Scotland backyard and MI5, Ryder stumbles deeper into Lawrence’s secrets and techniques, an striking case of royal blackmail, even the hunt for the Bible’s misplaced Ark of the Covenant.

Every step of ways, the endgame grows extra terrifying. but if an assault rocks London, the true avid gamers convey their hand—and Ayesha Ryder is left protecting the ultimate piece of the puzzle.

Praise for Ryder

“[Nick] Pengelley units an unconventional tale free on and less than the streets of London. together with his strange heroine, the writer rejects the clichés of action-adventure thrillers and promises a shockingly interesting read.”—Library magazine (starred review)

“An intriguing mystery with characters that you simply can’t support yet like . . . a thrill-a-minute tale . . . really worth interpreting . . . Pengelley has successful with the nature of Ayesha Ryder.”—Fresh Fiction

“This fast paced crime/political mystery not just is well timed for today’s Israeli-Palestinian conflicts however it delves into ancient occasions that contributed to shaping the way in which the region’s political weather has developed. . . . prepare for an edge-of-your-seat experience that includes a kick-butt heroine bent on justice . . . I had a blast interpreting Ryder.”—Popcorn Reads

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Yet he didn't, and he or she used to be compelled into the again of the Ford. one other guy sat there. He too held a gun. while she reduced herself onto the cushions he jammed its barrel into her rib cage. a strong scent assaulted her nostrils: stale cigarettes and burritos. the fellow who’d jumped her climbed into front passenger seat. He pressed a blood-soaked handkerchief to his nostril. The sight gave her small delight. those males weren’t MI5. She had doubtless who they did paintings for, although. without doubt in any respect. Shamir. Nazir. She floor her enamel in melancholy. So shut. She was once so shut. It couldn’t be the top. bankruptcy sixty six “This is him? a similar guy? You’re certain? ” “Yes, sir. It’s a a hundred percent fit for the picture captured by means of the drone. ” “Who is he? ” Danforth studied the picture, a head-and-shoulders photo of a guy in army uniform. The analyst held out a slender folder. Danforth took it and opened it. “Moishe Bortnick. Samal. ” He seemed up, his brow creased in a deep frown. “What’s a Samal? ” “Hebrew observe for a sergeant. IDF rank. ” “Sergeant. ” Danforth nodded. “In the Golani Brigade. ” He gave a low whistle. “Dishonorable discharge, 2009, after Operation forged Lead within the Gaza Strip. What’d he do? ” “It’s all within the dossier. Bortnick was once accused of utilizing Palestinian civilians—children—as human shields. He used to be court-martialed, came across to blame, and dishonorably discharged. ” “Sounds like our man. Any likelihood an Israeli Arab may need served within the Golani Brigade? ” The analyst shot his more advantageous an incredulous glance. The Golani Brigade, shaped throughout the 1948 Arab-Israeli battle, used to be probably the most hugely embellished formations within the IDF. “None in any respect. I additionally doubt there’s any Israeli Arab with the identify Moishe Bortnick. ” “Known affiliates? ” “Those within the database are all ex-military. many of the others additionally convey dishonorable discharges. ” The analyst allowed himself a tiny smile of triumph. “One of them, identify of Dershowitz, ex-paratrooper, is in Israel’s Gilboa legal for the homicide of the mayor of a Palestinian village years in the past. He’s admitted to being a member of Shamir. ” “Well performed, son. ” He clapped the analyst at the shoulder so tough that the more youthful guy winced. “This should provide our cherished secretary of nation anything to contemplate. ” He grabbed up the closest telephone. He was hoping there has been nonetheless time. bankruptcy sixty seven Ayesha’s nostril wrinkled as she was once driven alongside the darkish hallway of the outdated condominium. Whitechapel, she knew that a lot. secure condo most likely. The scent used to be almost like the automobile, basically extra so. Stale takeout and male our bodies dwelling in shut quarters. She got here to an open doorway on her left, hesitated. A violent shove despatched her via it. “Where is Bryan? ” Nazir knotted up. She used to be going to die. This time there wouldn’t be any break out. except Nazir she counted 5 different males within the room. Broken-nose. the 2 who’d been within the automobile. A heavyset guy she famous from Bodmin. And a red-haired stranger. A door opened at the different aspect of the room. She glimpsed one other guy silhouetted within the doorway. The newcomer used to be tall, not less than six foot 5 or 6.

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