Books by Jay Amberg

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Bone Box by Jay Amberg. Cover photography by muratart and Vladyslav Danilin, Shutterstock.Bone Box

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.

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

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CycleCycle

Redwoods thrive for centuries in the coastal regions of America’s Pacific Northwest. A monarch butterfly takes the amazing journey from the Northern meadow of its birth to its winter roost in the mountains of Central Mexico. The mother of four wolf pups leads her family through the Arctic’s stark terrain and bitter storms. One of the greatest seagoing mammals roams the Pacific Ocean from the Gulf of Alaska to the Galapagos. All of these voices speak to us of the meaning we seek in our lives.

Gold Medal Winner, Environmental Issues, 2014 Literary Classics AwardsBronze Medal Winner, Nature Conservation, 2013 Living Now Evergreen Book Awards.

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America's Fool

America’s Fool: Las Vegas & The End of the World

The most lethal poison ever concocted is about to be loosed on Las Vegas. TV reporter Andrew Wright is the only one who can stop the apocalypse. Confronted by madness on all sides, he stumbles into a conspiracy of racial, religious and military fanatics. His only allies are a beautiful Iranian doctor and a mysterious desert wanderer. But who can he really trust? While lunatics on the fringes receive so much media attention, Wright must resist the spotlight and somehow do the right thing. He must make the decisions that truly patriotic Americans now face.

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Whale Song

Whale Song

Each of our lives is a voyage of discovery. In Whale Song, we hear the voice of a fellow traveler, an albino sperm whale. We hear of life in his words—the joys of family, the pain of loss, the confusion and frustrations of a changing environment—familiar aspects of life even in the ocean. His observations and insights give us much to consider. If we listen, we may better understand how we affect the global society, and what we now need to do.

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52 Poems for Men52 Poems for Men

Every poem in this collection speaks directly to men, capturing powerful moments, deep insights, and honest glimpses of life. The themes are universal: birth, death, love, loss, war, beauty, and family. Both classic and contemporary poetic masters are represented, including William Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Pinsky, Langston Hughes, and Dylan Thomas. Each poet speaks to men in a voice and language they trust and understand, without using contrived poetic forms, avant-garde imagery, or esoteric references. This anthology will leave no reader unmoved.

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Doubloon coverDoubloon

In the half-light of the Gulf of Mexico’s false dawn, the salvage boat Sea Devil capsizes and sinks, killing Nick Gallagher, a well-known treasure hunter. When his estranged son Jack, a recently retired navy fighter pilot, comes to Key West for the funeral, he discovers that the sinking may have been no accident.

Amid the torrid, honky-tonk atmosphere of Key West and the volatile weather of the Gulf, Jack Gallagher attempts to find out what happened to his father and why. He confronts a motley group: his father’s vindictive ex-partner, Cuban exiles, a Cajun dive master, a venal and pompous politician, a bombastic lawyer, a high-handed archaeologist, and a sultry, seductive reporter. As he searches for answers, Gallagher inexorably becomes captured by his father’s obsession for the Magdalena treasure: a vast array of gold doubloons, silver ingots, exquisite jewelry, and priceless artifacts lost when a hurricane destroyed the Spanish treasure fleet in 1642.

A second dive accident, a burglary, a courtroom brawl, and another death all lead to the violent climax at the heart of a hurricane in the Gulf. Ultimately, Gallagher finds not only the truth about his father’s death, but about his father’s life, as well as his own, and about the real treasures in life: loyalty and friendship.

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Blackbird Singing coverBlackbird Singing

A thrilling and compulsively readable novel about megalomania, kidnapping, and computer technology. Everyone thinks Robert “Sky” Walker has it all. And they’re right. He’s the world’s most famous athlete and the darling of the Chicago Bulls; his wife is a beautiful, internationally adored anchorwoman; his nine-year-old daughter, Tonya, is the apple of his eye. He has money, fame, awards, and a picture-perfect family. Sky Walker has everything. And he loses it all in a twinkling.

Sky Walker’s world comes crashing down when Tonya is kidnapped. At first, there is no ransom demand—only deranged email messages, incendiary faxes, and provocative photographs sent to the media. As the world watches on television, lead after lead evaporates. Tom Hopkins, the head investigator, is rapidly caught in the middle of what is fast becoming an out-of-control media circus when he realizes that he’s dealing with an insane hacker whose motives are highly complex—having more to do with revenge and megalomania than with money.

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deepgoldDeep Gold

1942. The British ship Edinburgh agrees to ferry tons of Russian gold to the Americans as payment in war-debt but a Nazi torpedo sends her beneath the waves of the Arctic Ocean. Fifty years later, the three governments agree to raise the treasure and a crew comprised of British, American, Russian and Germans head once more to her watery grave. As the gold is brought up and battleships circle closer, conspiracies begin to fly and relations fall apart. Who will end up with 200 million in gold?

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School Smarts

School Smarts

Here’s an invaluable desk reference with over 2,000 words students need to know for school. Alphabetically arranged entries answer such questions as “What does B.C. mean?” quickly and concisely. Resource is indexed and cross-referenced. Grades 5+

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The Study Skills Handbook coverThe Study Skills Handbook

The author’s experience with Boy’s Hope, a program for tutoring inner-city students, led to this easy-to-read summary of the key skills needed to “study smart.” First and foremost, advises the book: take control. Understand your strengths, establish a study spot, set goals, and plan your time. Subsequent chapters address managing time, improving memory, reading textbooks (a specialized skill!), listening effectively, taking useful notes, building vocabulary, taking objective tests, and writing essays. Grades 6–12.

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The Creative Writing Handbook coverThe Creative Writing Handbook

The Creative Writing Handbook is your personal tool for learning how to write narratives, short fiction, and poetry. Each self-contained unit provides the framework and materials needed to build a young writer’s skills including: sequential writing process; real writing samples from student writers; prewriting activities; clear drafting directions; editing and proofreading activities; excerpts and quotes from famous authors. Grades 4–8.

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Verbal Review and Workbook for the SAT coverVerbal Review and Workbook for the SAT

This book is a complete guide to preparing for the verbal part of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). It includes practice tests, word lists, information charts, and test-taking strategies—all of the standard materials of test preparation guides.

Yet this book is unique in its approach to learning. Instead of merely explaining each section of the verbal SAT separately, this book presents 20 Reading and Vocabulary Units, each of which prepares students for the entire verbal SAT. The readings have been selected because of their excellence. Each selection is, in its own way, a literary classic. Because of the method of instruction, the high quality of the readings, and the difficulty level of the vocabulary, this book will aid students in developing basic English skills as well as helping improve their verbal SAT score.

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