This book has a great story line. Davis Bunn is able to weave emotion and detail together to bring the reader to a full understanding of the surrounding background. Having lived in the area as a teenager, I was able to relate and identify with the backdrop of the setting of the story. Marc Royce is a relatable hero and there are plenty of subheros that are heros in their own right. Can't wait to read the next one in this series.
After reading secular mysteries for a while, it was nice coming back to a Christian-value story--I'd forgotten how encouraging this can be. The story kept my attention and gave me insight to the life of Believers in other countries.
I was an avid reader of Bunn for many years but a few years ago, his books became boring and poorly written in my opinion. This book and this series is written like those first series of his. My husband and I both enjoyed them.
As I have just closed the pages of this book a few minutes ago, all I can say is "wow." This is a book that I normally would not have picked up in a bookstore because it is action. That is typically not may favorite genre but this one left me wanting more. It was action packed but it wasn't scary in any way. It was full of suspense, gripping me and dragging me from page to page from start to finish. If this is how Davis Bunn always writes, then I'm a huge fan. I'm going to definitely have to check out the rest of his books because this one was great. I've already told several people about this book and how they need to read it because it's that good. I am anxiously awaiting Book #2 in this series.
So what's the book about that makes it so great? It's the plot. When I was telling my husband about this book, he joked that they needed to make a movie about it. I agreed because it would be an incredible movie. Just picture this plot in your head, although you'll have to read the book to get the full picture.
Alex Baird, a CIA agent, is in Baghdad and has gone missing along with 3 other people--a female nurse, a female aid worker, and a wealthy young Iraqi. Are all of these people being held in the same place by the same people or are they each a separate case? What could they all possibly have in common?
Marc is an ex-State Department agent involved in covert operations who left the field after his wife got sick. However, he's the best in the business and is called back on the mission to specifically bring Alex home.
Sameh is a lawyer that also works to bring children home to their families after they have been abducted. When Sameh tries to find help on a case, he ends up working with Marc. Neither is sure whether they can trust the either but after a series of incidents, they realize that they are both trustworthy people.
How will Sameh and Marc bring home the hostages? Will they get there in time or will something unexpected occur? You've got to check out this book to find out! You won't be sorry.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
I received "Lion of Babylon" by Davis Bunn for free from Bethany House Publishers. This book is about the Iraq situation and the US and Iran part in it. Marc is the main character. He is a US former intelligence, presently accountant, who is sent to Iraq to find and recover three missing US citizens: a soldier and two nurses. The US government denies they are missing, the Iraqis deny they are missing, and yet, they are. Marc's mission is to find out why no one wants to find them and then find them. His side kick in the story is Sameh, a Christian Iraqi attorney who assits Marc in the mission.
First of all this is sort of a guy book. Lots of action and intrigue. Its also full of information about Iraq: their culture, history and religions. Religions as in plural. The muslim religion is as complex as the prodestant religion with all of its splits and miniscule differences. As an average American whose country has been at war with Iraq for almost 10 years, I was amazed at how little I know about Iraq. Very little in fact. This is an interesting and informative book. I liked it.