Monday, February 2, 2015

Ryder: American Treasure by Nick Pengelley + a giveaway

Good morning, everyone! Today I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for Nick Pengelley's second Ayesha  Ryder adventure, Ryder: American Treasure. Do note there is a tour wide giveaway on this one so be sure to read through to the bottom for the Rafflecopter entry.

Ayesha Ryder has fully recovered from the injuries she sustained at the Tower and it's at the awards ceremony where she's being honored that she finds her next job. Unfortunately, it does mean putting her own search for the Ark on hold, but this new treasure hunt is too tantalizing to resist. 

In 1814, when the British burned the White House, it was rumored that the soldiers absconded with treasures belonging to America. If it was true, the treasure was thought to have been lost long ago in the sinking of the ship that carried it away. But a recent discover seems to indicate otherwise. And this discovery, and its connection to Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener, are what draws Ayesha in. But she's not the only one in search of the Washington Treasure. 

I really enjoyed the first Ryder tale. I honestly wasn't at all sure what to expect when I started, but by the end I found that I'd not only really liked it but that I was very much looking forward to more books in the series (always a good thing). So it was a given that I was going to take part in this second tour, after all it's not everyday that you get to read an espionage action/adventure thriller that also includes alluring bits of history as part of the plot (think Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series).

Ryder: American Treasure proves that Pengelley's first outing wasn't a fluke! Much of the plot does continue veins begun in the first Ryder book (so I do recommend staring there). The Shamir are still after Ayesha and she's still battling memories of her own actions as a member of the Palestinian fedayeen, not to mention the politics surrounding the new Holy Land. But there's politics and scheming beyond even that to face now as well, and it all seems to hinge on this lost treasure.

What's really cool is that much of the main plot points are based in fact! There is a rumored missing treasure said to have sunk in the aftermath of the burning in 1814. There were even reports that a sunken ship discovered near Novia Scotia might have been carrying some of the booty. It's details like these and others that make Ayesha's stories so compelling - in much the same way Indiana Jones or the aforementioned Steve Berry books are. Fans of those series and types of stories will surely find something to love in Pengelley's series.

And there's more to come! Ayesha's third adventure, Ryder: Bird of Prey, is due out in May and this time she's on the hunt for the Maltese Falcon.

Rating: 4/5

To see more stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.

For more on Nick Pengelley and his work, you can visit his website here. You can also like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.

And now for the giveaway, and remember this is a tour wide one.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Unknown said...

Thanks for the fab review! Glad you enjoyed the book.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I'm glad that you're continuing to enjoy this series! It sounds like an exciting series with lots of historical tidbits - my favorite kinds of details!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.