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Economic chaos is threatening Greece's future--and its past. Three distinctive characters are drawn to the storied isle of Patmos, and as they uncover a plot to plunder ancient religious treasures, the stakes are raised to a breaking point. A revelation from beyond time will give new meaning to the sacrifices all three must make...and hold a special promise for each of them.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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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...
LorettaDallas, GeorgiaAge: 45-54Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Welcome to GreeceJanuary 20, 2015LorettaDallas, GeorgiaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. A slow start while the Characters are explained, Had to chug along until Carey gets to Greece. Interesting weaving of characters, infused with some humor. If you like Greek history and archaeology, this is the book for you. Mystery, suspense and wanna be Romance. If you stick with it, it's a decent read.
Annies InklingsWenatchee, WAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Suspense in the Greek IslandsJanuary 20, 2015Annies InklingsWenatchee, WAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleThe Patmos Deception, by Davis Bunn
Davis Bunn is one of my favorite authors of Christian fiction. When I learned about his new book, The Patmos Deception, I could hardly wait for my copy to arrive and get busy reading. And as expected, I was not disappointed. After all, Patmos, a part of the Greek islands, is where the Apostle John was exiled in AD 95 and where he had his Apocalypse vision and wrote the book of Revelation. It was fascinating to read a story that took place on an island that has so much biblical history.
Nick Hennessy, an investigative reporter, is secretly hired by the assistant director of an organization called World Heritage Sites, to investigate the disappearance of historical and artistic icons from the Greek islands. Needing an expert in Grecian antiquities, Nick hires Carey Mathers, a forensic archaeologist who is also a long-time friend.
The third main character is Dimitri Rubinos, who lives on the island of Patmos, owner of a charter boat business that is about to go under, as most of the other businesses on Patmos already had, due to the economic crisis in Greece. Desperate to earn enough money to support his aging father and grandmother and to save his business, Dimitri agrees to use his boat to pick up and deliver cargo for an extremely wealthy English man. At the time, Dimitri thought that what the cargo actually was made little difference to him. By accident, he discovered that it made a great deal of difference because this cargo made him a smuggler. What could he do to make good come of this? He didnt know, but he would figure it out; he would make a plan. Then, Dimitri discovers that the investigation by Nick and Carey has led them to him!
Davis Bunn is a real storyteller. I really like how this story starts out with mystery, then danger creeps in, and then the level of suspense grows and grows with every turn of a page. I got so caught up in the story that I just could not put the book down until I knew the ending! I would recommend it to anyone. Also, it is appropriate for church libraries.
Bethany House Publishers provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.
kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5SO long to get to NO ending!January 9, 2015kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleHaving been to Greece twice, I enjoyed the tour-guide tidbits. But without a real ending, why start a book? I found this highly disappointing and I don't like being spoon-fed either. Dialogue and Greek characters were okay to good, but definitely not the page-turner I expected.
VickyLafayette, IndianaAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not a FavoriteJanuary 8, 2015VickyLafayette, IndianaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2The storyline centers around prized artifacts that are disappearing. Nick and Carey are childhood friends that team up together to find and prevent the artifacts from being stolen and put into the wrong hands. I figured with the title that the artifacts had to deal with the apostle John's writing, but never felt this was addressed within the storyline. The third character, Dimitri, runs a family fishing boat but is also involved in some unethical dealings which added another level of mystery.
This book was very hard for me to stick with. I kept waiting for some suspense to keep me interested and found it very hard to pick up and keep reading. I was tempted to skip to the end to get the book finished, but kept at it. I learned a lot of Greeces' culture, sites and problems with the country they are experiencing. The character development was ok, but I felt the author was more interested in what the country looked like that developing the plot. The ending was another problem with me. I was left with the plot and characters up in the air. Must be another story, because this one never ended. It will be hard for me to read another one just to see how this really ends.
I don't like to give negative reviews, so this one took me a while to put my thoughts together and write this review. Thanks go to Bethany House Publishers for this free book just for my honest opinion.
nonnamaryville, tnAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Suspense and Biblical History come togetherJanuary 7, 2015nonnamaryville, tnAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Carey Mathers arrived in Greece from her home in Dallas, Texas to begin her new job with Athens Institute for Antiquities.
When she arrived, the building was vacant and the gate locked. The Institute had been shut down. She was in a foreign country with no job and no place to live.
Eleni was the former directors administrative assistant at the Institute. She saw Carey outside the closed Institute, realized who she was, and took her to a taverna, a neighborhood restaurant.
Nick Hennessy was a journalist who was working in Paris. He was approached by Phyllis Karras, who worked for an organization to protect historic sites. She needed someone to investigate the disappearance of valuable antiques. She told Nick he needed someone to help himsomeone who was an expert in Greek antiquities, who could tell if something was a forgery and someone who could be trusted. Nick realized his childhood friend, Carey Mathers was just the person for the job.
When Nick discovered Carey was in Athens, he told her the situation, and she agreed to work with him. She also decided to keep her feelings for him to herself, just as she has always done.
Dimitri Rubinos runs a charter boat business from Patmos. The economy in Greece is in shambles with so many people out of work. Dimitris tourist business is suffering, and he is afraid he may have to sell the boat. He then meets Duncan McAllister. Duncan wants to hire Dimitri to transport items to locations familiar to Dimitri. The need for money causes Dimitri to accept the assignment.
Carey and Nick cross paths with Dimitri. They work together trying to find those responsible for the thefts, and encounter danger as the thieves are determined to obtain a valuable artifact.
This books starts slow as the characters and plot are established, and then the suspense builds as relationships develop, lives are endangered, and the reader wonders what will happen next. I enjoyed the history lessons given by Carey, and the tour of Patmos, where John was imprisoned and wrote about his visions in the book of Revelation.