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My Sister’s Books #14

The Seventh Scroll

By: Wilbur Smith

The Seventh Scroll is the sequel to River God; though this book is set in modern time. Duraid Al Simma and his wife, Royan, have uncovered the ancient scrolls. However Taita has made several unique designs and descriptions not found in the Egyptian language. While Duraid and Royan are working on translating the scrolls, they are brutally attacked and the scrolls are stolen. With Duraid’s last breathe, he urges Royan to continue their work and seek help from Nicholas Quenton-Harper. Royan goes back to England to find Nicholas and the two of them must work together in order to survive the hunt for the scrolls.

This book is well written. The suspense is overwhelming, while the interaction between Nicholas and Royan is predictable. Readers do not need to read River God first, since that book takes place over 4,000 years earlier. The author does mention that book and himself in this book, which is unique. Some brutal scenes make this book not acceptable for everyone, but overall thriller fans will enjoy this book.

Similar authors:
Tom Cain, Alex Rutherford, Dan Brown, Clive Cussler

This review was written for My Sister’s Books.

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The Istanbul Puzzle

By: Laurence O’Bryan. Format: Paperback. Read: February 2013.


Sean Ryan just learned that his friend and co-worker, Alek Zegliwski, has been killed while working in Istanbul. Sean must leave London in order to identify Alek’s body, but once he lands in Istanbul, Sean realizes there is more to his friend’s death than he realized. With the help of Isabel Sharp, a British diplomat, Sean escapes death numerous times as he hunts for the people that killed Alek. Little does he know that there is a deadly virus being tested and unleashed in Istanbul by the same people that are trying to prevent him from finding out the truth.


The Istanbul Puzzle is full of suspense, while history comes alive in this fast-pace, action-packed thriller. With each new twist and turn, more information is revealed about Istanbul’s past and the religions that have fought to control it. Laurence O’Bryan writes with a passion as he describes the scenery in Istanbul and he sets up intriguing possibilities for the next book. O’Bryan even includes a travel guide for those interested in visiting Istanbul. Each chapter rotates between Sean’s story and what is happening in the world, which gives readers extra insight into the truth and builds up the . Fans of conspiracy theories, mysteries and suspense need to mark this book as a must read!



I absolutely love books that combine historical facts with conspiracy theories. Authors that can build the suspense in a fiction setting, while still relaying facts have a supreme talent. I enjoy the ‘what-ifs’ these books create and love the fact that I can discover something new each time I re-read the story. This book has all of this and is set up as the first in a series. I cannot wait to read the next book! So, who are some of your favorite historical conspiracy theory authors? I know I have a few on my list and was able to add another author after reading this book!



Note: The author provided a copy of this book for me to review. To learn more about this book, please visit his website.

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