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Antiquities dealer Storm Syrrell finds herself in a high-stakes game of cloak-and-dagger. Handsome Raphael Danton has hired her to represent a mysterious buyer who's snapping up sacred relics. When the Black Madonna of Czestochowa is stolen, she's determined to find it. Can she trust Danton---or has she lost her heart to a deceitful adventurer?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Touchstone
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781439164891
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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.

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.

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Davis Bunn’s The Black Madonna takes readers on a thrilling treasure hunt all over the world, from the war torn alleys of the Middle East to the remote lodges of the Swiss Alps. Antique dealer Storm Syrrell’s business is dangerously close to bankruptcy, when a mysterious, deep-pocketed client propels her and her associate, Homeland Security agent Emma Webb, onto a journey fraught with abductions, political intrigue, and romance. As Storm and Emma seek the answers hidden behind holy Christian relics, they resolve to take chances on the men they love.

The Black Madonna’s back-and-forth style between several storylines makes the plot more intricate. Storm and Emma are two friends going about their jobs in Florida and Washington D.C., respectively, until the CIA’s interest in Storm’s unknown client and his spokesman, the arrogant Raphael Danton, link the two women. Storm and Emma have been through plenty together and rely upon each other for moral support. Treasure hunter Harry Bennett is an old acquaintance of Storm and Emma, whose connections greatly assist the heroines on their quest. Raphael’s relationship with the women gets off to a rocky start, but once his condescending exterior is shattered, his resources prove to be of vital importance.

As Storm overspends on ancient Christian icons for her anonymous client, she is given the task of recovering the Black Madonna, a sacred painting that stands as a symbol of hope to a longsuffering nation. Storm’s life is targeted as she connects the dots between her mysterious client, the Black Madonna, and a premeditated Israeli bombing. Storm and Emma boldly disregard American and British authorities as they search for the painting, knowing a quick recovery could divert widespread conflict in Europe.

Storm and Emma possess similar personalities as strong, determined women operating in male-dominated fields. Storm is trusting and a master planner, whereas Homeland Security agent Emma is cautious and an expert in hand-to-hand combat. Bunn’s decision to emphasize the characters’ personalities, while leaving physical appearances up to the reader’s imagination, is effective It allows their personalities to influence appearances in the reader’s mind. Miracles are a prevalent theme, both in Storm and Emma’s perilous mission and in their love lives. The story’s events transform the women from skeptics to believers. The final chapter says of Storm’s outlook on love, “Before this day, this very hour, she would have called such things impossible. Storm wiped her face and wondered if this was what it was like to come face-to-face with miracles.”

The Black Madonna is a gripping adventure tinged with romance skillfully dispensed by Bunn, who delights in peppering the novel with vivid description and imagery. It is tailored toward young adults, particularly those who would enjoy a modern thriller packed with historical facts. Although the story contains nothing objectionable besides mild violence, Christian material is very subtle. Storm and Emma are too busy saving the world to discuss faith and religion frequently, but follow the biblical principle of helping others according to Philippians 2:4, which says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Although the conclusion feels a bit weak after the intense build up, The Black Madonna is an exciting story. Just don’t expect it dramatically to impact your walk with God. – Nick Van Heest, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. San Antonio
    Age: 55-65
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    A Great Adventure
    May 17, 2012
    San Antonio
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 even 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.

    In "The Black Madonna" Emma and Harry go all over the world in chase of various ancient religious icons. It is full of international intrigue, mystery and suspense - who are the good guys, who are the bad guys? Who is behind the sudden outrageously high priced items at auction? Will it tear Europe apart when it's discovered that the Black Madonna in Poland has been replaced with a fake? Who bombed Harry? Who wants Storm dead? This book will keep you on your toes to the end!

    This amazing new novel takes you all around the world, while Storm and her friend, Emma who works for Homeland Security begins to unlock the secrets in the antiquities that are being auctioned off and just what their true motives are in obtaining religious items especially one item that has claims to stop time.

    The Black Madonna is just the book for you adventure fans. A great historical adventure with a little political intrigue. I recommend this book
  2. Oregon
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This story kept your attention.
    October 31, 2011
    Winda
    Oregon
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    This review was written for The Black Madonna.
    Davis Bunn does a wonderful job of keeping the reader's attention. With interesting details of history and wonderful scenery he interweaves an intriguing tale. The characters are well developed and the reader can empathize with the personal dilemnas of the characters. Although we might not have their occupations or adventures, many of their personal challenges are universal. I will buy more books by this author.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 23, 2011
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    I'm reading this now and is great. I loved what I'm reading about other countries. The story is thrilling. My friend can't wait for me to be done so she can have it.
  4. Keizer, OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Thriller
    June 3, 2011
    cheetah
    Keizer, OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Black Madonna.
    The "Black Madonna" is another excellent thriller from one of my all-time favorite authors. With all the plot twists, you can never quite be sure exactly where this story is going until the last page. It certainly left me longing for a sequel, and what more could a reader ask for!?!
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Heroines Rule
    December 28, 2010
    M Tanavamel
    Lake City, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Black Madonna.
    Storm, Emma, Tanya, and even Muriel - these formidable female characters are courageous, loyal, intelligent and beautiful. Together they can save the world -or at least Harry and one of Poland's national treasures. Such excitment and intrigue, I wanted the story to go on and on. Bunn never disappoints!
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