Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Black Madonna by Davis Bunn (Review)



Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Touchstone; 1st edition (September 7, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1416556336

About the book:

Following the internationally acclaimed Gold of Kings, Storm Syrrell returns in the compelling story of The Black Madonna.

Antiques expert Storm Syrrell heads to Europe to investigate the clandestine trade in religious artifacts. She dismisses superstitious tales of miraculous healings and divine omens. Yet when an obsessive Russian oligarch calls—just as her friend Harry Bennett vanishes—all assumptions must be cast aside. Storm seeks answers in a medieval monastery. There, the scarred visage of an icon provokes ever more startling questions. Is she prepared to confront both earthly and spiritual powers? Storm remains haunted by lessons in love and betrayal that lie just outside her grasp. But hesitation now holds mortal consequences.


My Review:
Although the beginning was a bit slow and confusing I did enjoy this Christian thriller. It is the second in the series featuring Storm Syrrell. It can stand on its own but it is better after reading the first to me. Once the action picked up this book was page turner. It had mystery, suspense, and little romance too. It reminded me of National Treasure the movie and Laura Croft: Tomb Raider. The characters and plot were interesting and mostly developed. I hope there is a third book featuring these characters. I recommend the first book and this one. :)
About the author:

Known by his fans as the, "Gentleman Adventurer" Davis Bunn is a multi-award winning best-selling author who consistently delivers engaging stories and thrilling adventures. He has served as the Novelist in Residence at Oxford University for the past ten years and was recently invited into BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).

Davis Bunn is a lover of adventure in many forms, including his decades-long involvement in surfing (yes, he's been bitten by a shark). Fluent in three languages, Bunn's travels include Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He and his wife, Isabella, divide their time between homes in England and Florida's West Coast.

Learn more about the unique life and mind of Davis Bunn at http://www.davisbunn.com/.
Review copy provided by Glass Road PR for book tour.

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