Self-Publishing Review, Bone Box

Self-Publishing Review on Jay Amberg’s Bone Box.

Jay Amberg, Author

An exciting review today from Self-Publishing Review. Highlights below. Remember, only two days remaining to enter the Goodreads Book Giveaway.


What helps this story hit all the right spots, is Amberg’s ability to bring not just the characters to life, but Turkey as well.…Amberg not only sets the scenes, he does it with ease making the reader nearly feel at home in an exotic land.…

All the characters are nuanced, and at times, everyone’s motives are questioned.…Most of the turmoil is boiling under the surface, adding to the tension. Who and what will explode creates anxiety adding layer upon layer of intrigue and suspense.

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…

View original post 78 more words

Bone Box excerpt 2: The Curtain Wall

Here is the second excerpt from Jay Amberg’s new thriller, Bone BoxRemember the Goodreads giveaway happening now until May 9.

Jay Amberg, Author

Joseph Travers, the novel’s main character, is an American who has come to Ayasuluk Hill in Turkey to evaluate the Saint John’s Cathedral archeological site. This scene takes place early in the morning after his arrival in Selçuk.


Travers wakes from a dream of tunnels, caverns, and subterranean cities. Lost in a labyrinth lit only by flickering votive candles, he makes his way along stone corridors lined with images of saints so faded that the red of their robes and the gold of their halos are barely visible. The passageways widen and narrow in a pattern he can’t figure out. Intermittently, shadows sweep the periphery of his vision, but he remains alone. The ground beneath his bare feet is sometimes smooth flagstones and sometimes gritty cinders. The air blows hot, then becomes cool and still, then sultry, then dank. Behind the sweet odor of melting wax lurks a mustiness, as…

View original post 848 more words

Ayasuluk Hill

Jay Amberg on the scene of his new thriller, Bone Box.

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.

View original post

Bone Box now on sale

Bone Box, the new thriller by Jay Amberg, is now on sale.

Bone Box by Jay Amberg
Cover illustration by John Cowlin. Type is Jessen Schrift, set by Sarah Koz.

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. (Read more and purchase now at Amazon or AmikaPress.com.)