John Oehler is a multiple award-winning author of thriller/suspense novels. His stories are often compared to those of Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, and Wilbur Smith. John has worked in dozens of countries and lived in places as diverse as Nepal, Australia, and Somalia. He combines those experiences with his love of history and his background in the natural sciences to create stories that cause readers wonder, “How much of this could really happen? It sounds too real to be entirely fiction.” A third novel soon to be released, Tepui, is based on John’s experiences in Venezuela coupled with the 16th-Century chronicle of Francisco Orellana’s voyage down the Amazon River.
Great perfumes have always had one purpose: to seduce.
Aphrodesia is a mystery novel that takes place in this world.
Eric Foster, the top student at the world-famous perfume institute in France, creates an aphrodisiac of astonishing potency. But when a critical ingredient of his perfume goes missing from the institute’s collection, he is accused of the theft and expelled. Disgraced, he takes a mind-numbing job in New York testing scent additives for supermarket products. The only bright spot in his life comes from moonlighting — with his three-legged bloodhound Daisy — as a “forensic smell expert” for the NYPD.
When police call him a crime scene where a woman has killed her lover in a fit of insatiable lust, he is shocked to recognize a familiar smell, his aphrodisiac. The cops tell him they found the same perfume at three similar homicides, and suddenly Eric becomes the prime suspect. Convinced the perfume is a counterfeit, he sets out on a desperate mission to prove his innocence and discover why the knockoff is killing people.
Smell is the most primal of our senses. How it affects us, emotionally and physically, and how experts use it to manipulate us are at the heart of this story.
Aphrodesia was a Quarter-Finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition.
With Papyrus, John Oehler “delivers a fusion of mainstream thriller and historical fiction reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code.”
Rika Teferi, a young woman who formerly led midnight raids in Eritrea’s war for independence from Ethiopia, is working on her doctorate in the Cairo museum when catastrophe strikes. An accidental tea spill damages the royal papyrus she has been struggling to interpret, the papyrus purported to be Queen Tiye’s last message to her son, Tutankhamun. But the spill also exposes something more shocking, hidden writing below the surface hieroglyphs.
Horrified at the damage but aching to read the entire secret text, Rika agrees to let visiting remote-sensing expert David Chamberlain smuggle the priceless document out of the museum and scan it with instruments on his aircraft.
The results are stunning. They show Tiye, previously a footnote in history, to have been the power behind the thrones of her husband and sons, as well as the architect of a monotheistic religion unique in ancient Egypt. Riveted by these revelations, Rika and David devise a covert plan to locate Tiye’s tomb. But Major Hassam of the Egyptian Secret Police misreads their activities as a plot to overthrow the government and vows to stop them at all costs.
Reared in revolution, Rika feels a spiritual bond with Tiye, an African commoner who revolutionized Egyptian society by introducing a religion that freed Egypt from the tyranny of the Amun priests. Rika’s quest to find Tiye’s tomb parallels the queen’s last journey up the Nile, three thousand years before, to be buried alive in a tomb like no other.
In a league with Michael Crichton, Dan Brown, and Wilbur Smith, John Oehler has created a cinematic page-turner of explosive yet poetic brilliance. And readers who liked Lisbeth Salander in Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, will love Rika.
Papyrus was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award competition (top 1% of 10,000 entries) and garnered more than a hundred 5-star reviews.