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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
|Publication Date: 2010|
Dimensions: 8 X 5.5 (inches)
Antiques expert Storm Syrrell heads to Europe to investigate the clandestine trade in religious artifacts. She dismisses superstitious tales of miraculous healings and divine omens. Yet when an obsessive Russian oligarch calls—just as her friend Harry Bennett vanishes—all assumptions must be cast aside. Storm seeks answers in a medieval monastery. There, the scarred visage of an icon provokes ever more startling questions. Is she prepared to confront both earthly and spiritual powers? Storm remains haunted by lessons in love and betrayal that lie just outside her grasp. But hesitation now holds mortal consequences.
The Black Madonnas back-and-forth style between several storylines makes the plot more intricate. Storm and Emma are two friends going about their jobs in Florida and Washington D.C., respectively, until the CIAs interest in Storms unknown client and his spokesman, the arrogant Raphael Danton, link the two women. Storm and Emma have been through plenty together and rely upon each other for moral support. Treasure hunter Harry Bennett is an old acquaintance of Storm and Emma, whose connections greatly assist the heroines on their quest. Raphaels relationship with the women gets off to a rocky start, but once his condescending exterior is shattered, his resources prove to be of vital importance.
As Storm overspends on ancient Christian icons for her anonymous client, she is given the task of recovering the Black Madonna, a sacred painting that stands as a symbol of hope to a longsuffering nation. Storms life is targeted as she connects the dots between her mysterious client, the Black Madonna, and a premeditated Israeli bombing. Storm and Emma boldly disregard American and British authorities as they search for the painting, knowing a quick recovery could divert widespread conflict in Europe.
Storm and Emma possess similar personalities as strong, determined women operating in male-dominated fields. Storm is trusting and a master planner, whereas Homeland Security agent Emma is cautious and an expert in hand-to-hand combat. Bunns decision to emphasize the characters personalities, while leaving physical appearances up to the readers imagination, is effective It allows their personalities to influence appearances in the readers mind. Miracles are a prevalent theme, both in Storm and Emmas perilous mission and in their love lives. The storys events transform the women from skeptics to believers. The final chapter says of Storms outlook on love, Before this day, this very hour, she would have called such things impossible. Storm wiped her face and wondered if this was what it was like to come face-to-face with miracles.
The Black Madonna is a gripping adventure tinged with romance skillfully dispensed by Bunn, who delights in peppering the novel with vivid description and imagery. It is tailored toward young adults, particularly those who would enjoy a modern thriller packed with historical facts. Although the story contains nothing objectionable besides mild violence, Christian material is very subtle. Storm and Emma are too busy saving the world to discuss faith and religion frequently, but follow the biblical principle of helping others according to Philippians 2:4, which says, Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Although the conclusion feels a bit weak after the intense build up, The Black Madonna is an exciting story. Just dont expect it dramatically to impact your walk with God. Nick Van Heest, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
“An excellent book—fast moving with plenty of action and history. Read it!”
villasylSan AntonioAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Great AdventureMay 17, 2012villasylSan AntonioAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Antiques expert Storm Syrrell heads to Europe to investigate the clandestine trade in religious artifacts. She dismisses superstitious tales of miraculous healings and divine omens. Yet when an obsessive Russian oligarch calls - just as her friend Harry Bennett vanishes - all assumptions must be cast aside. Storm seeks answers in a medieval monastery. There, the scarred visage of an icon provokes even more startling questions. Is she prepared to confront both earthly and spiritual powers? Storm remains haunted by lessons in love and betrayal that lie just outside her grasp, but hesitation now holds mortal consequences.
In "The Black Madonna" Emma and Harry go all over the world in chase of various ancient religious icons. It is full of international intrigue, mystery and suspense - who are the good guys, who are the bad guys? Who is behind the sudden outrageously high priced items at auction? Will it tear Europe apart when it's discovered that the Black Madonna in Poland has been replaced with a fake? Who bombed Harry? Who wants Storm dead? This book will keep you on your toes to the end!
This amazing new novel takes you all around the world, while Storm and her friend, Emma who works for Homeland Security begins to unlock the secrets in the antiquities that are being auctioned off and just what their true motives are in obtaining religious items especially one item that has claims to stop time.
The Black Madonna is just the book for you adventure fans. A great historical adventure with a little political intrigue. I recommend this book
WindaOregonAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This story kept your attention.October 31, 2011WindaOregonAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Davis Bunn does a wonderful job of keeping the reader's attention. With interesting details of history and wonderful scenery he interweaves an intriguing tale. The characters are well developed and the reader can empathize with the personal dilemnas of the characters. Although we might not have their occupations or adventures, many of their personal challenges are universal. I will buy more books by this author.
linda mallalieu5 Stars Out Of 5September 23, 2011linda mallalieuQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I'm reading this now and is great. I loved what I'm reading about other countries. The story is thrilling. My friend can't wait for me to be done so she can have it.
cheetahKeizer, ORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent ThrillerJune 3, 2011cheetahKeizer, ORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The "Black Madonna" is another excellent thriller from one of my all-time favorite authors. With all the plot twists, you can never quite be sure exactly where this story is going until the last page. It certainly left me longing for a sequel, and what more could a reader ask for!?!
M TanavamelLake City, FLAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Heroines RuleDecember 28, 2010M TanavamelLake City, FLAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Storm, Emma, Tanya, and even Muriel - these formidable female characters are courageous, loyal, intelligent and beautiful. Together they can save the world -or at least Harry and one of Poland's national treasures. Such excitment and intrigue, I wanted the story to go on and on. Bunn never disappoints!