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Christy Lockstein4 Stars Out Of 5May 19, 2009Christy LocksteinGold of Kings by Davis Bunn is a fast-paced suspenseful thriller about the quest for an ancient treasure. Storm Syrrell's world has fallen apart. Her grandfather Sean fired her from the family business of selling rare and high priced pieces of art just before dying of a heart attack. To make things worse, she's not even mentioned in the will. Harry Bennett has spent the last three years of his life wasting away in a jail cell in Barbados for a crime he didn't commit. Sean's actions in his last days will bring them together, along with federal agent Emma Webb on a search for treasures from the Second Temple in Jerusalem that sends that traveling across the globe and fighting for their very lives. In the growing genre of treasure hunting books, Gold of Kings is unique in its various subplots of family betrayal and international money laundering. Harry and Emma are a interesting, romantic couple who seem to have too many differences to ever overcome their chemistry, and Storm is the emotional touchstone of the book with her grief over Sean's death and her struggle to understand his life. There's a lot of suspense, double-crosses, and treasure, and it would make a fantastic movie. My one quibble with the book, is that I never felt emotionally connected with the characters. I didn't feel Storm's grief or the romantic sparks between Emma and Harry. Even the nail-biting scenes were a bit removed. I'm not sure why I didn't connect with this book, but if Bunn writes a sequel (as the ending seems to imply), I'll definitely check it out to give the characters who have so much potential another chance.
Stacey4 Stars Out Of 5May 16, 2009StaceyGold of Kings by Davis Bunn is an incredible work of Christian fiction. Its a masterfully crafted epic treasure hunt that meets God in a head-on literary collision. When Sean is murdered, leaving behind his granddaughter, Stormy, who is an art dealer, she finds herself in the midst of an ancient and intricate conspiracy. Stormy teams up with Harry, a treasure hunter just released from a Barbados prison, and Emma, a government agent. This threesome is in for the adventure of a lifetime.The short, fast-moving chapters deftly weave this story from start to finish. It is truly an enigma wrapped in a mystery salted and peppered with faith. This book is an exhilarating thrill ride! I have found a new favorite author in Davis Bunn.