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Dimitri Roubinos, born into a seafaring family, knows the Aegean and its islands better than anyone alive. But his looks and charm are not enough to overcome the collapse in the tourist trade.
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.
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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...
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Book ReviewDecember 27, 2014MelissaHistory and adventure abound in the disrupted nation of Greece, especially on the isle of Patmos. In sore need of work and money, Dmitri takes on a job to sail some goods for a client to a pick up spot in the midst of the sea. Although he knows the goods must be illegal, he has no idea what he will be asked to do in exchange. Or how he will be caught up in the adventures of two Americans, Nick and Carey, who are in search of ancient Greek artifacts which have gone missing.
With the backdrop of the lovely Mediterranean and a Greek world thrown into economic turmoil, Davis Bunn tells a story of a plot to steal an infamous artifact from the isle of Patmos. Fast paced and easy to read, The Patmos Deception is an interesting book, although the author doesnt give a lot of time to building a truly intriguing plot of missing artifacts or answering the question of how they might be recovered. I thought the mystery could be deeper, but still enjoyed the book.
LadySilverFoxHouston, TXAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Patmos DeceptionDecember 22, 2014LadySilverFoxHouston, TXAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Easy reading, but I was hoping for something more intriguing.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not Bunn's best novelDecember 22, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3This novel takes place mostly on Patmos and some of the near by islands. Nick is a journalist looking to boost his sagging career. He gets a possible break when he is hired to investigate the disappearance of valuable antiquities. He enlists the help of a friend from the past, Carey. She had just graduated with her degree in forensic archeology and accepted a job in Greece. But the Institute for which she was to work has mysteriously closed and Nick's call comes just at the right time.
In the course of Nick and Carey trying to track down the smugglers, they befriend various local Greeks, including Dimitri who is trying to keep his family's charter boat business afloat.
The novel has plenty of action in the second half including a number of boat trips to various islands. It took a while for the plot to get to the point where it was interesting. I found most of the action hard to visualize. I would sometimes reread paragraphs to make sure I understood what was going on. The novel takes place when Greece was experiencing severe economic downturn and we do learn quite a bit about that.
Carey has a spiritual experience that may be considered a Christian rebirth. The theme of Christianity is not prominent in the book, even though most of the action takes place on the island where John received his revelation. There are some allusions to that part of Christian history but they were more on the order of setting the stage rather than being the center of it.
The writing is good but not something I would call superb. There is no clever dialog. No sneaky plot twists. There is talk of characters changing but, except for Carey's religious experience, it is not shown through their actions. It is a good novel but I would not put it in the category of one of the better ones I have read this year.
GabrielleLondon, OntarioAge: 25-34Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Not what I expectedDecember 16, 2014GabrielleLondon, OntarioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1The sign of a great book is a neglected family and house. You can know I've found a page turner when we end up having Frosted Flakes for supper. In fact when my kids were little, I limited myself to one work of fiction every couple of months just so that they would be better taken care of.
While reading "The Patmos Deception", by Davis Bunn, my house was as clean as ever. It wasn't that it was a bad book or that I felt like it dragged, it just wasn't a page turner. Not once did I think, "This book will never end." but not once did I say, "I'll wipe up that spilled milk after I'm done this book."
The author seemed to know the geography of Greece and had insights into it's history and culture. At times the geographical outlining was a bit much. I don't really need to know which city is by which on the next island over from another. I'm just as happy to read about imaginary locations. What I do need in a suspense/action fiction is suspense and action. This was my biggest dislike about the book. I kept thinking, "Surely it's going to get exciting soon." but it just...didn't. It took me a long time to finish reading "The Patmos Deception"; not because it plotted along or was written in old English but rather because it was so easy to put it down. I was never on the edge of my seat.
I can't say I'd really recommend this book. It's not all bad; it just isn't great. At least there was no smut or graphic violence or a leading lady acting like a moron. Always a bonus.
If you like Greece, the sea, and a book that has a quiet feel to it, this one's for you. Just don't be deceived into thinking it's going to be full of suspense and action.
BTW, I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Jocelyn5 Stars Out Of 5The Patmos DeceptionDecember 12, 2014JocelynI was so looking forward to reading Davis Bunn's latest novel, The Patmos Deception. Bunn is, once again, a master story teller. I felt like I had traveled to Greece. The economic downfall, the political upheaval, the historical background, family, traditions, all laid the foundation to a very compelling story. The characters were intriguing and complex. Bunn's use of picture words has always been such an exciting adventure for me. I am there, I am watching, hearing the conversations, being a part of the story. Not many writers can draw me into their stories as Bunn can. If you have ever read any of Davis Bunn's books, you know he can take you to the precipice and leave you wanting for more. This book has suspense, a touch of romance, a man's faith blooming, and a look at life in modern day Greece.
I am a reviewer for Bethany House. I was sent a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. I highly recommend this book.