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Looking for Reviewers


Jay Amberg, my friend and publisher, just came out with a new novel. It’s an archaeological thriller called Bone Box. Here’s the synopsis:

On a hill overlooking the Aegean Sea in Turkey, an international team of archeologists discovers a stone box that first-century Jews used to rebury their dead. The box’s Aramaic inscription: Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. Sophia Altay, the beautiful French-Turkish archeologist who heads the team, tries to keep the discovery secret until she can authenticate the ossuary. She knows that people will kill to obtain the relics—and to suppress the box’s other contents, documents that could alter Western history.

Joseph Travers, an American sent to Turkey to evaluate the archeological dig, soon finds himself pulled into the web of betrayal, reprisal, and violence. In his journey through Istanbul’s mosques and palaces, the archeological sites around ancient Ephesus, and, ultimately, the strange and mystical terrain of Cappadocia, he comes to understand the epochal meaning of the bone box.

Jay has agreed to give five review copies to my friends. There are a few simple conditions to qualify:

a) be someone who already reads and enjoys thrillers
b) have previously written reviews on Amazon or Goodreads
c) promise to write your review within a month of the receipt of the book

If you are interested, send me an email via the “Contact Me” form on this blog. In your message, include the follwoing:
1) your preference for paperback or ebook
2) the street or email address to send the book
3) a link to your existing reviews–don’t worry, I’m not going to check their style or content; I’m just verifying that they exist.

The first five people who contact me and meet the qualifications will receive a review copy.

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Bone Box excerpt 1: Uncovering the Ossuary

This is an excerpt from a friend’s just-published novel.

Jay Amberg, Author

I’m happy to announce that Amika Press has just published Bone Box, my thriller/mystery novel set at an archaeological site in Turkey. It is available at Amazon and the Amika Press website, on Kindle, and coming soon to Barnes & Noble, iBook, Kobo and Nook.

Here is an excerpt from the book’s second chapter. I would love to find out what you think. Please let me know.

The sky is cobalt, but the sun is already low—and little light reaches the trench in which the two men work. The evening air is hot and still as though it has hung there for centuries. Sweat soaks the stout man’s sleeveless T-shirt and mats the gray and white hair on his arms and shoulders. His nose is bulbous above his mustache, the top of his head bald except for long strands of hair hanging limply over his left ear. He grunts as he pushes dirt…

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Ayasuluk Hill

This is a friend and colleague, Jay Amberg, standing on the site where much of his upcoming thriller Bone Box is set.

Jay Amberg, Author

Jay Amberg at the Temple of Artemis. Photograph by Mark Henry Larson. Photograph by Mark Henry Larson.

In this photo, I’m standing at the foot of Ayasuluk Hill in Turkey, where much of my novel, Bone Box, plays out. The column over my left shoulder is from the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Saint John’s Basilica archeological site is directly above my head. The 7th century citadel stands at the top of the hill above the İsa Bey Mosque built in 1375.

Humans have lived on this hill at least since 6000 BC. From the walls of the fortress, you can look down through Western history at the cathedral’s ruins, the mosque, the remnants of the temple, the ancient city of Ephesus, and the Aegean Sea.

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