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Thursday, November 12, 2015

THE BONE BOX. By Jay Amberg_Tour

Review: THE BONE BOX by Jay Amberg

An archaeological excavation in Turkey uncovers an ossuary with documents possibly dating from the first century A.D. If verifiable, these documents could change both religion and history. Now the race begins, either to translate, expose, and publicize; or to literally and figuratively bury the discovery and discredit the archaeologist. A grieving American businessman is trapped in the middle, coming to Turkey at the behest of the site's philanthropist, but kept very much in the dark as to the recent discovery, its wide-ranging ramifications, and all the hidden agendas involved.


Bone Box by Jay Amberg cover

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.

Author Bio:

Jay Amberg

Jay Amberg is the author of eleven books. He received a BA from Georgetown University and a PhD from Northwestern University. He has taught high school and college students since 1972.

His latest book, Bone Box, is now available from Amika Press. Amberg has also published Cycle, America’s Fool, Whale Song, and compiled 52 Poems for Men.

Prior to Amika Press, Amberg published thriller novels Doubloon (Forge), Blackbird Singing (Forge) and Deep Gold (Warner Books).

Among his books on teaching are School Smarts and The Study Skills Handbook, published by Good Year. Amberg wrote The Creative Writing Handbook (Good Year) with Mark Henry Larson and Verbal Review and Workbook for the SAT (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) with Robert S Boone.

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Book Details:

Genre: Archaeological Thriller/Mystery
Published by: Amika Press
Publication Date: March 14, 2015
Number of Pages: 256
ISBN: 978-1937484279
Purchase Links:
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  1. Thank you for featuring Bone Box today!

  2. Thanks for introducing us to this new thriller. Sounds like an intriguing read!

  3. Thanks for featuring Bone Box. I would be happy to answer any questions you or your readers have about the novel or how I went about researching and writing it.