As with all of Davis Bunn's books this one is superb in every way. I sincerely hope he has a sequel to this story. Every time I start one of his books it is almost impossible to put it down! I would highly recommend this author to anyone who loves a great story line that actually makes you feel like you are there!
I 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.
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.
Having 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.
The 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.