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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 returned. Two centuries later, a British curator finds a vital clue to the long-vanished loot. Within hours, the curator is assassinated—and Ayesha Ryder, a Palestinian-born antiquities expert, is expertly framed for his murder.
Who could be behind such a conspiracy? And why do they want Ryder out of the way? To find out, she picks up a trail leading from a mysterious nineteenth-century letter to the upcoming presidential election. As Ryder dodges killers in the shadow of hidden alliances, sexual blackmail, and international power plays, she finds that all roads lead to the Middle East, where a fragile peace agreement threatens to unravel . . . and another mystery begs to be discovered.
Ryder’s rarefied academic career and her violent past are about to collide. And her only hope of survival is to confront a powerful secret agent who has been waiting for one thing: the chance to kill Ayesha Ryder with his own two hands.
Ryder: American Treasure by Nick Pengelley is the second installment in the Ayesha Ryder series. Ayesha reminds me of a female Indiana Jones. She is tough and fierce and intelligent. I had a little trouble getting into the story at first, but about a third of the way through I really felt pulled in to the mystery and action of it. It didn’t reach out and grab me right away, but once I did get interested in the story, it felt like I was visiting friends – familiar characters that made me feel comfortable. I liked this new book in the Ryder series. While it is a thriller, it is not edge-of-your-seat intense. I found myself excited to see how Ayesha would be involved in the mystery and what would happen for her to solve it. I would be interested in reading more in this series.
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