New from Jay Amberg

The Healer's Daughters by Jay Amberg. Cover photography by Yakira_photo, Shutterstock.THE HEALER’S DAUGHTERS
Now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Amika Press.

“Keep[s] readers on their toes. An exceptional thriller that proves hard to put down.”
—Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

A terrorist bombing in Bergama, Turkey kills twenty-three people including three children. Modern Bergama is built on the site of ancient Pergamon, a city whose art and wealth and culture rivaled Athens. It was also the home of the Aesklepion, the world’s greatest healing center, and the birthplace of Galen, the Roman Empire’s most famous doctor.

Tuğçe Iskan, a Turkish Ministry investigator, finds evidence that links the terrorism to a powerful criminal family and to Galen’s life and Pergamon’s lost treasures. But Iskan is alone, an outcast in the Ministry because she is honest, diligent, and a woman.

As Iskan delves more deeply into the heinous attack, she needs allies outside the Ministry. She must turn to Özlem Boroğlu, a local archeologist, and Boroğlu’s daughter Elif, an artist with an affinity for ancient Aegean goddesses. Can these three women defeat ISIL terrorists, criminal oligarchs, and corrupt officials? Can they even survive?

Praise foTHE HEALER’S DAUGHTERS. Read more at Amazon, Goodreads or Amika Press.

“Superb, strong and focused… Cleverly woven… Complex family dynamics… Brilliant twists… Recommend it to anyone who loves a gritty, powerful story.” —Lesley Jones, Readers’ Favorite

“All the elements [of] a compelling thriller—international terrorism; a greedy, powerful and ruthless criminal family; a group of inept, corrupt and ‘bought’ government officials; a secret, elite, and clean anti-terror department of the said, corrupt government; and a principled, high-minded academic who will stop at nothing to ensure her country’s past and valuable heritage is preserved for the ages.” —Grant Leishman, Readers’ Favorite

“Drama, pressure, and tensions mount in a plot with great descriptive writing and scene setting.… A glimpse into different cultures, beliefs, and economies [and an] adventure filled with fear, danger, and discovery.” —K.J. Simmill, Readers’ Favorite

“Amberg…shines at creating distinctive characters. Elif and others, for example, conduct a ritual to remember lost lives, which is a striking contrast to others who use the ‘Bergama Bombing’ to boost their political careers. Moreover, Amberg deftly shows how viewing unfamiliar cultures as exotic can be insensitive; Özlem confronts a crass British photographer who thinks nothing of snapping pictures of praying mourners… A large, memorable cast augments this dramatic mystery/thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Jay Amberg’s novels

“Fast-paced thriller that follows in the footsteps of The Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones.” —Kirkus Reviews, for Bone Box

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

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

“Among the elite of this country’s suspense-adventure authors.” —Clive Cussler, for Deep Gold

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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