New from Jay Amberg

Bone Box by Jay Amberg. Cover photography by muratart and Vladyslav Danilin, Shutterstock.BONE BOX
Now available at AmazonBarnes & Noble or Amika Press.

“A…well-written, fast-paced thriller that follows in the footsteps of The Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones.” —Kirkus Reviews

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.

Excerpt 1: Uncovering the Ossuary
Excerpt 2: The Curtain Wall

Praise foBONE BOX. Read more at Amazon, Goodreads or Amika Press.

Award-Winning Finalist, Thriller, 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Award Contest
Award-Winning Finalist, Thriller, 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards

Award-Winning Finalist, Thriller/Adventure, 2015 International Book Awards

“This story takes you on an incredible and dusty journey from Istanbul to ancient Ephesus, Izmir, and Cappadocia, blended with Christianity, archaeology and Islam, described with accurate detail to bring the story alive.…Jay Amberg is a master of description and intrigue…the plot and characters are believable and interesting.…keeps you guessing through each and every chapter. A cross between The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) and The Sign of the Cross (Chris Kuzneski) this is an “un-put-downable” book of the highest quality.” —Julie Hodgson, Readers’ Favorite

“A mystery of biblical proportions right down to the very last page. As the story unfolds, the characters’ histories, weaknesses, and ambitions are brought to light through their interactions with one another: the lies they tell, the crimes they are willing to commit, and the truths they are willing to confide only to the right person at the right time. And yet, as Joseph and Abrahim put themselves in harm’s way to protect what has become so precious to them, we wonder: What truths are some people willing to die for?” —Ruth Duran-Chea, San Francisco Book Review

“A reflective thriller that will leave you catching your breath while illuminating your own sense of connection with our shared past.” —Michele Fitzpatrick, Author, The Women’s Center

“The lingering questions of what’s real and what isn’t keeps the reader invested in the story. It’s not just the mystery about what’s inside the ossuary and if the artifacts are authentic.…Politics, religion, sexuality, culture, deceit, greed, and prejudices turn this thriller into a page-turner. There’s a need to find out what will happen with the bones and letters, but there’s also a desire to know what will happen to the characters.…The stories within the story demand attention and remind us that one event can be perceived rightly or wrongly from several perspectives.” —T.B. Markinson, Self-Publishing Review

“Will mystify, entrance, enthrall and captivate readers.” —Fran Lewis, Just Reviews

Praise for Jay Amberg’s novels

“Jay Amberg takes his place among the elite of this country’s suspense-adventure authors.”
—Clive Cussler, for Deep Gold

“A taut thriller that will…elate readers. Brilliant.”
—Midwest Book Review, for Blackbird Singing

“The final recovery scenes in the face of a raging hurricane deliver true high seas drama.”
—Publishers Weekly, for Doubloon

“An inspiring call to action…” —Kirkus Reviews, for Cycle

6 thoughts on “New from Jay Amberg

      • Hola, Finished your novel reading every page with interest. The subject was I thought pretty unique, the intrigue kept momentum intense – difficult to do with the archeological theme – and well worth the read. Your use of detail to develop the characters was refreshing – a story about friendship and the growing trust between two main characters. But each character was so carefully fleshed out, people you encounter at the local deli perhaps. The description of Turkey with the ancient reminders of culture that emerged from the Middle East to be presently surrounded by contemporary people, light, trees, sky and water was so well developed I seemed to have experienced the place first hand. Bravo!

        Good luck with new work. Hope to see you on your next visit to Guanajuato.


  1. Dear Jay,
    I have had a kindle since the first version and now read on version #6 That spans a good number of years and many, many books.

    This is the first time I have emailed an author, but I felt compelled to tell you how much I enjoyed your book and how much sleep I lost by not putting it down at night, I pride myself and take it as a challenge to anticipate where an author is going with the story line. You stayed ahead of me as the the plot developed and stayed ahead until the last lines of the last page.

    Thank you for a great read. Now I will take a nap to try to make up for the lost sleep!



      • Dear Jay,
        I admire your courage in working in a part of the world that seems to be increasingly unstable. There are headlines here describing another serious terrorest bombing in Turkey.
        We will pray for your safety.



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