Ryder (Ayesha Ryder, Book 1)

By Nicholas Pengelley


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

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

Ryder’s look for solutions takes her again to her previous lifestyles within the center East and right into a lion’s den of killers and traitors. As she attracts the eye of brokers from each side of the clash, together with detectives from Scotland backyard and MI5, Ryder stumbles deeper into Lawrence’s secrets and techniques, an brilliant 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 express their hand—and Ayesha Ryder is left maintaining the ultimate piece of the puzzle.

Praise for Ryder

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

“An intriguing mystery with characters that you simply can’t aid yet like . . . a thrill-a-minute tale . . . really worth examining . . . Pengelley has a success 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 historic occasions that assisted in shaping the way in which the region’s political weather has advanced. . . . prepare for an edge-of-your-seat journey that includes a kick-butt heroine bent on justice . . . I had a blast examining Ryder.”—Popcorn Reads

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With one other whoop Holden used to be long gone, disappearing at the back of a tank of the 1914–18 conflict. It had now not been that lengthy seeing that Ayesha had final visited the museum. 3 years in the past. With Evelyn. He’d desired to examine a different show at the conflict among the British and the French in Africa and the center East. Few humans knew that, for far of the 12 months and a part following the autumn of France in June 1940, extra Commonwealth squaddies and airmen had died battling the forces of Vichy France than from struggling with the Germans. Her reminiscence of the stopover at had no longer ready her for the sight that now met her eyes. On that get together the most flooring was once flooded with mild and crowded with humans. Now the indicates have been in basic terms noticeable as darkish shapes opposed to the emergency lighting fixtures. And, in fact, they have been the single ones there. She needed to admit that the exhibit, noticeable like this, used to be greater than remarkable. Tanks stood mum or dad on the edges of the ground, silent sentinels of one other age. Interspersed have been artillery items and various autos, together with, incongruously, a global battle I classic London bus. outdated invoice, it used to be known as, after Bruce Bairnsfather’s well-known wartime caricature personality. The bus as soon as shaped a part of a fleet requisitioned to assist get British troops to the front—the military no longer having adequate autos of its personal for the aim. darkish shapes hung suspended from the ceiling overhead. As her eyes turned familiar with the gloom, she made out V-2 and Polaris missiles, guns of mass destruction a long way greater—and extra real—than whatever Saddam Hussein ever possessed. a few of the recognized plane that bore aloft the 1st aces have been there in addition, menacing of their stillness: a Sopwith Camel, its canvas, wooden, and cord fragility belying the acrobatics of which it used to be able, and close by, its a lot deadlier progeny, the Supermarine Spitfire. She dragged her gaze from the birds of prey overhead and became to Ritchie. The curator leaned opposed to a close-by pillar. Of Holden and Bryan there has been no signal. Squinting into the gloom, she observed circulate off to her right—Holden, clambering excessive of a supply tank. Then she noticed Bryan, sitting within the driver’s seat of previous invoice. “Want to aim anything? ” Ritchie requested her. “It’s one of many purposes i admire operating the following at evening. i am getting to indulge all of my boyhood fantasies. ” “No thank you. the place is the Lawrence convey? ” “Next point. ” Ritchie jerked his head and walked around the flooring towards a vast staircase at the a ways part. She him. Holden and Bryan disengaged themselves reluctantly from their respective autos and tagged alongside at the back of. on the best of the steps Ritchie stood apart to permit his viewers a greater view of the larger-than-life portrait fastened at the dealing with wall. She had noticeable the unique Augustus John portrait on the Tate, and plenty of reproductions of it. yet she used to be nonetheless surprised through how the brilliant colour of Lawrence’s gowns used to be eclipsed through the much more shiny blue of his eyes. She studied his good-looking face. no longer for the 1st time she concept there has been anything very beautiful in his expression of calm sure bet.

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