Saturday, January 3, 2015

The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn

An Ancient Island Holds an Ancient Secret . . .
Nick Hennessy, 
a young Texas journalist yearning for his big break, finds himself in Europe--his assignment, to investigate the alarming disappearance of invaluable Grecian antiquities. Nick has the credentials--and cover ID--to unearth the truth. And he knows just the researcher to help him...
Carey Mathers, fresh from her studies in forensic archeology, has accepted a job with the prestigious Athens Institute for Antiquities--a dream come true, really, particularly when the Greek isle of Patmos, where the Apostle John received his vision of the Apocalypse, was a particular focus of her research.
Dimitri Rubinos, for whom the Greek islands represent his life, holds on by his fingernails to the family charter boat business. But his country's economic chaos isn't the only thing that has turned his world on its head...

My review:
   This is my first book review of the year, and this book is deserving of that honor. Davis Bunn has become one of my favorite authors. In my opinion, he is one of the most versatile Christian authors, penning books all across the Christian fiction spectrum. This book falls in the suspense genre', which is my favorite genre'. It intrigued me as soon as I read about it, and I wanted to read it whether I reviewed it or not, but I managed to snag a copy to review, to my delight.

  The book starts off a bit slow, especially in the suspense department, but picks up later. The book kind of builds up to the suspense, instead of it being all through the book. But I still thoroughly enjoyed the book. I liked the characters a lot, and the book is full of historical information via conversations of the characters in the book. As the title would indicate, the Island of Patmos, where the Apostle John was exiled, plays a big part in the book. Davis Bunn being the author and traveler that he is has most likely been there, or at least researched the area and its history in great depth, and it shows. I found the history of Greece, especially of Patomos fascinating.

 The book takes place during the rioting and financial and economic hard times of Greece, and that gave an interesting look into what the country has been going through.

  The book had a great ending, though I would have liked things tied up a little better between the two main characters, but all in all, it was a great read, and I not only found myself entertained, but educated also.

About the author:

Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now serving as writer-in-residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Defined by readers and reviewers as a "wise teacher," "gentleman adventurer," "consummate writer," and "Renaissance man," his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages. 

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  • The Patmos Deception is available from Bethany House Publishing.

    Thanks to Bethany House for the review copy.