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Six of the twelve books I’ve written have been thrillers. When I first began writing stories, I realized I had neither the breadth of experience nor the depth of insight into the human condition to write literary fiction. I was reading a lot of Graham Greene, who divided his own stories into serious literary fiction and what he called entertainments. I understood that even his entertainments had some interesting things to say about what’s going on here—and that the genre might be one I could handle.
I also realized that I was too young to write about what I knew but that I very much liked looking into things I wanted to know. My first thriller focused on the sinking in the North Sea of a British cruiser, HMS Edinburgh, during World War Two. The questions I entertained were What If the Edinburgh’s cargo wasn’t what it was purported to be? What if fifty years later the Soviet Union, Great Britain, and the United States still all had reasons to make sure that cargo was never salvaged, never recovered?
I’ve been taken by these What If questions ever since. What if controversial documents concerning the origins of Christianity are unearthed? What if the only child of the most famous athlete in the country is kidnapped? What if vast Spanish treasure is discovered in the Florida Keys? What if a deadly virus is about to be loosed on Las Vegas? In the case of The Healer’s Daughters, What are the extended consequences of a deadly terrorist attack? What if local people are complicit in that terrorist attack? What if the attack is even more cynical and evil than it appears?
I was also taken by the form of thrillers. By definition, there has to be rising action, complications, intrigue, danger. Things have to happen; events have to lead to some sort of climax. Characters have to make difficult choices and impactful decisions, have to decide what is the best thing to do, the right thing to do. This is the form of all good stories, of course, but thrillers, it seems to me, naturally do this. And, as with Graham Greene’s entertainments, there are still plenty of opportunities for a writer to include some insights about the human condition and provide commentary about what it is that we’re all doing here.
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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:
The Healer’s Daughters is the first book I have read by Jay Amberg. This thrilling novel involves a terrorist attack in the Turkish city of Bergama. Three children are among the twenty three dead. The attack is believed to be connected to the ancient city of Pergamon, a city of priceless artifacts and treasures. Tuğçe Iskan is determined to investigate the link between the two. She enlists the help of Özlem Boroğlu, an archealosgist, and her daughter, Elif. These three women must find solve the mystery before it is too late. Will they be able to survive the ordeal and save others from another attack?
I thought The Healer’s Daughters was a pretty good read. It is full of stay on the edge of your seat action, non stop adventure, unpredictable mystery and heart stopping suspense. I admired the main characters are Tuğçe, Özlem and Elif. These three women are so brave and courageous. I was intrigued by their story from start to finish. I had no problem reading the whole book in one day. I just could not put it down. I would have never guessed at how it all ended.
The Healer’s Daughters gets a well deserved five plus stars from me. I would give it one hundred stars if I could. Jay Amberg has earned himself a new fan. I can not wait to read more by him in the near future. I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy a well written suspense filled thriller.
I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.