Gold of Kings    -     By: Davis Bunn
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Gold of Kings

Howard Books / 2009 / Hardcover

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After Storm Syrrell's grandfather is murdered, she discovers that he served as a trusted go-between for those in the highest ranks of international business and government. Desperate to solve the mystery of his death, Storm joins forces with professional treasure hunter Harry Bennett. Will she uncover the truth---or suffer the same fate as her grandfather? 320 pages, hardcover from Howard.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1416556311
ISBN-13: 9781416556312
Availability: In Stock

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Author Bio

Davis Bunn is the author of numerous national bestsellers in genres spanning historical sagas, contemporary thrillers, and inspirational gift books. He has received widespread critical acclaim, including three Christy Awards for excellence in fiction, and his books have sold more than six million copies in sixteen languages. He and his wife, Isabella, are affiliated with Oxford University, where Davis serves as writer in residence at Regent’s Park College. He lectures internationally on the craft of writing.

Discussion Questions

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

One of the key elements of Gold of Kings is the leather diary that antiques dealer Sean Sorrell bequeaths to his granddaughter, Storm. She values this more than the precious works of art he also leaves her. Have you ever inherited a special item from a relative, and what did that mean to you?

When Storm Sorrell realizes that there is a plot against the family antiques business, she suspects that her aunt is in collusion with criminals seeking to ruin their firm's reputation, then seize the assets. It turns out that she was wrong. Have you ever falsely suspected someone of wrongdoing? Did you consider apologizing?

Gold of Kings threads together two story lines: one is a material quest for a long-lost treasure; the other is a spiritual quest for truths that may similarly lie long buried within us. If you consciously set out on a spiritual quest, what discoveries would you hope to make?

How does greed figure in the story, and what lessons can be gleaned from the ways this vice shapes the characters and their actions?

The treasure that the protagonists in Gold of Kings are seeking is priceless because of both its monetary and its symbolic value. The gold beam from the temple represented "The Vine" -- the tree of Israel -- and onto it returning Jews would graft their own small leaf of gold. That made it a powerful metaphor for continuity and community. Does any such symbol hold a special meaning in your life or religious practice?

Gold of Kings tries to link the past to the present, breathing new life into old legends and instilling a sense of wonder. Have you ever experienced a moment that seemed infused by history, and what difference did that make in your life?

What about her marriage vows? What about sticking through sickness and health, through good times and bad?

When a marriage is in crisis, what are some of the ways to resolve issues rather than to resort to divorce?

Jack caused great pain and suffering to others. How do you feel about those individuals when they have attempted to make amends?

Do you think Jack did all within his power in hoping for and praying for Camille's conversion to faith? Name things he might have done, but didn't.

Once Camille and Jack are reunited, what do you feel their future holds? Will Camille have difficulty assuming the role of a minister's wife?

Publisher's Weekly

The first of a new adventure series for this three-time Christy Award winner brings together an odd couple for an international trail of clues and near-death experiences. Grieving Storm Syrell, an antiques dealer and art historian, must fathom the circumstances behind her grandfather's death. She and ex-con treasure hunter Harry Bennett team up to uncover a conspiracy that led to the demise of the old treasure trader. For readers interested in politics in the Middle East, travel in the Mediterranean and the biblical and historical ruminations in the story, this Oxford University writer-in-residence has plenty to offer in a smooth blend of romance, biblical historical archeology and murder mystery. Christian fiction readers will enjoy a more evangelically orthodox story than Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code; they will get a similarly long string of clues and a command of this genre mix as well. With this adventure, Bunn should win another crown. (June)Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Texas
    Age: 55-65
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic!
    July 27, 2013
    MathGeek
    Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Davis Bunn delivers again! Gold of Kings has interesting characters, captivating plot, and is an all-around great read.
  2. Tacoma, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 25, 2013
    Christine
    Tacoma, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Davis Bunn once again weaves together a good story with his knowledge of historical and biblical artifacts, intelligence services and geographical locations around the world. The characters are uniquely interesting, and the material takes us into a very real world that few ever experience. The plot is well developed. It mades us look forward to the sequel, The Black Madonna.
  3. Odessa, Tx
    Age: 55-65
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great page turner read!!
    July 20, 2012
    Texgrandma
    Odessa, Tx
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Gold of Kings.
    Mr. Bunn came into my life with The Book of Hours and continues to wow me with each of his books I read.

    This one will keep you awake at night trying to finish it. Then when you think the book is ending another twist keeps you reading more. Wow!!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 18, 2010
    Jacque Entzminger
    This review was written for Gold of Kings.
    I am a total fan of (T) Davis Bunn, but kept waiting for the powerful and inspirational message of Book of Hours, which I've sent to missionaries, recommended, loaned out and read over and over. Hey, who has my copy?Oh, and does anyone know why he uses two different names?
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 27, 2010
    Pat Weston
    Olympia, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    This review was written for Gold of Kings.
    I enjoyed this read from cover to cover. Unsual adventure with lots of twists and turn. Loved the characters. Hated to see it end.
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