Gold of Kings    -     By: Davis Bunn
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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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