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In 1923, amateur photographer Muriel Ross meets U.S. Senator Tom Bryan in Paris, France. As she documents the antiques he's acquired in Europe, she's introduced to a piece of the true cross. When she hears of a new fragment having been discovered, will she become entangled in an international scheme to safeguard it?
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Franciscan Media
|Publication Date: 2016|
Its 1923, and a resilient Paris is starting to recover from the ravages of World War I and the Spanish Flu Epidemic. Enter young Muriel Ross, an amateur American photographer tasked with documenting the antiques that her employer, U.S. Senator Tom Bryan, has traveled to France in order to acquire. Although shes exhilarated to have escaped her parents and the confines of their stifling Virginia home, Muriel has lingering questions about why the senator has chosen her for this grand adventure. Nevertheless, she blossoms in her new surroundings, soaking up Parisian culture and capturing the sights and sounds of Paris on her camera.
But events take a dangerous turn when she discovers that the senator is on a mission far more momentousand potentially deadlythan a mere shopping trip. At the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Senator Bryan asks Muriel to photograph an astonishing artifact: a piece of the True Cross, discovered by Empress Helenaa historical figure familiar to readers of The Pilgrim. When rumors surface that another fragment has been unearthed, Muriel becomes enmeshed in a covert international alliance dedicated to authenticating the fragmentand protecting it from those who will stop at nothing to steal and discredit it.
"A great story filled with emotion, depth, and spiritual beauty." Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"There are very few inspirational-style concepts that have the potential to become major mainstream hits. [This] is at the top of this list. Exciting, relevant, and accessible." Norman Stone, director of Shadowlands and Agatha Christies Miss Marple
"A fast-paced, gripping thriller." Phyllis Tickle, compiler of The Divine Hours
"Bunn has created a stunning, multilayered tale of power and, ultimately, hope." Publishers Weekly
"Bunn brings readers into the heart of humanity…. This novel moves quickly with twists and turns along the way that keep readers excited and engaged." Romantic Times Book Reviews (four stars)
"Inventive and incisive, Bunn's fiction never disappoints." Jerry B. Jenkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Bunn is known for novels that are both moving and gripping." Palo Alto Daily News
"Superb writing. In a class by itself." Providence Journal
"An amazing story of the sustaining, redemptive power of faith and a vibrant biblical communityall rolled into a high-stakes, pulse-pounding police drama. Davis Bunn proves once again why he is truly a master storyteller." Mark Mynheer, former homicide detective and author of The Corruptible
"If you are a reader of Bunns electric thrillers, dont miss this one. If for any reason you have missed his previous ones, this is a great place to start." Janette Oke, New York Times bestselling author
"Gripping and topical." Orlando Sentinel
"Davis Bunn is a master craftsman. He blends the perfect amount of compassion, intrigue, complexity, and then overdoses with six parts of excitement. He leaves me with tears in my eyes and thinking I've had three or four heart attacks." Ray Hall, founder of Prison Book Project
"As always, Bunn works Christian themes into the story but in a subtle way. Theyre there if you want to see them, but if youd prefer to see the book strictly as an engaging action thriller with a romantic subplot, that works, too." Booklist
"This exciting, action-packed thriller features a strong sense of place in its depictions of the people and politics of the Middle East. It is sure to please his fans and win him new ones." Library Journal
"The nonstop action and suspense demand to be met by fast-paced reading. I highly recommend this powerful masterpiece." Christianbook.com
"God has blessed Davis Bunn well with great story telling ability and how to apply his talent with what is happening in the world today." Lincoln Davis, former United States Congressman from Tennessee
Russ in ArlingtonArlington, WAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Adventure, Intrigue and a Quest for a Remnant of the True CrossApril 5, 2016Russ in ArlingtonArlington, WAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Fragment by Davis Bunn
The Fragment is jam packed with intrigue, adventure and complex characters all placed in very realistic historical settings from Paris to Constantinople of the 1920s as the world was reeling from the changes brought about by the War to end all wars.
Davis Bunn is a master of character development and his settings are always very well researched. Every time I read one of his stories, I feel like his characters are people I know and his descriptions of their surroundings transport me to whatever time and place hes writing about. The Fragment is an entertaining read, and a good example of Bunns skill.
I especially liked the way The Fragment ties in with his earlier book, The Pilgrim which concludes with Helena (the mother of Constantine) sending reliquaries containing fragments of Christs cross to churches throughout the Empire. The Fragment then picks up with, what we suppose are, some of these same reliquaries nearly 1600 years later.
The story begins in Paris, a few years after the end of World War I where we are introduced to a 23 year old Muriel Ross, a researcher at the Smithsonian Museum and an avid amateur photographer. She is in Paris at the invitation of Senator Thomas Bryan, an old friend of her fathers, who has asked her to join him in search of antiquities that he is interested in acquiring. Her ability with languages, her experience with reliquaries, and her expertise in photography help open an opportunity for her to take detailed photos of an ancient reliquary, containing a fragment of the cross of Christ. The intrigue of world politics, amidst the post-war turmoil and the impending collapse of the once powerful Ottoman Empire, add danger and urgency to Muriel and Senator Bryans quest. As they travel across Europe on the Orient Express on their way to the ancient city of Constantinople, there are attempts by mysterious characters that would prevent Muriel and the Senator from completing their quest.
The Story is captivating and, as usual for Davis Bunn, leaves me wanting more. I would heartily recommend The Fragment to anyone looking for a good read, well written and inspiring. The publisher, Franciscan Media, provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review and I can honestly say I enjoyed The Fragment immensely. I hope you also read and enjoy it.
LadySnowAngelAge: 18-24Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5Broken FragmentsMarch 25, 2016LadySnowAngelAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3The Fragment is a good book with a mildly interesting plot. I had a hard time getting into the story as nothing really stood out to me. I do have a very high expectation for Davis Bunn's books because of One Shenandoah Winter and the Marc Royce series; The Fragment did not live up to my expectations.
Muriel Ross, Senator Bryan, and Charles Fouchet would have been solid secondary characters; however as main characters they failed to capture my heart and imagination.
On the back cover of The Fragment it says it is a high-stakes thriller, but it never reached the point of being a thriller for me.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Franciscan Media in exchange for my honest review.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5History and faith merge...March 25, 2016TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The Fragment is a slim little novel, under 200 pages, but it packs a powerful story. Whether you believe the True Cross still exists or not, you can't help but be moved by Muriel's journey of faith and by the sheer awe-inspiring magnitude of thousands of years of dedication to a Belief despite horrendous opposition.
Davis Bunn isn't called a master storyteller for nothing, he captures his readers with the first page and holds them captive until the last. The Fragment definitely did that for me, I even sneaked my booklight for some midnight reading and wound up finishing because I just couldn't put it down.
I truly enjoyed The Fragment. Davis Bunn has woven a tale epic adventure, suspense, and danger, but it is also a realistic story of one nation recovering from great tragedy and another nation descending into chaos. As a student of history I really appreciated the real history and even historical characters embedded within the exciting storyline.
A moving story of a young woman finding her purpose and deepening her faith. The Fragment is a loose sequel to The Pilgrim and is a thought-provoking read for Catholic and Protestant alike. Don't miss Davis Bunn's latest thrilling historical.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An Exciting StoryMarch 23, 2016kathaeFront Royal, VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Quiet, unassuming Muriel Ross is thrilled to be able to accompany family friend, U.S. Senator Thomas Ryan, on a trip to Paris. While there, she delights in discovering the city and photographing its people, who are recovering from the devastating effects of The Great War. She is moved outside her comfort zone as she accompanies Senator Ryan to state events and meetings. Her photography skills, education, and research abilities become invaluable to Senator Ryan in his quest to obtain a reliquary containing part of the True Cross. Their quest takes them to Constantinople, the old city which is in great turmoil. This is a wonderful story of politics and intrigue, balanced with faith.
Once again, Davis Bunn has taken something totally unknown to me, and crafted an exciting story in which I learned much about the history of that time period. Those who enjoy history, intrigue, and politics will enjoy this story.
dlphsmom5 Stars Out Of 5A Wondrous book...Deep...Mysterious...Intense...Fantastic.March 2, 2016dlphsmomQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Franciscan Media in exchange for my honest review. The review is my own and I was not influenced by the fact that I received the book for free.
I really got in to this book. It kept my attention and demanded that I keep reading... and so I did. Finishing in less than a week.
The characters are outstanding, as usual in a Davis Bunn book. Endearing and talented Muriel. The powerful but kindhearted Senator Bryant. Scarred (in more than one way) and mannerly Charles. A myriad of other secondary characters: upstanding ones, sinister people, virtuous citizenry, villainous enemies and everyday folk.
A quest. The search for a religious artifact. A fragment of the True Cross.
Muriel has just the qualifications Senator Bryan needs. She is a Christian. She is a gifted photographer. She has studied History and antiquities. But she doubts her own talent and worries that others think more highly of her than they ought. She feels out of place. Then she helps to create an opportunity to photograph, up close, an authenticated fragment of the True Cross in the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The fragment is kept in a reliquary in the shape of a cross.
"The wood was brownish red.... She knew it was most likely a patina of blood that concealed the grain.
Muriel felt the emotions well up in her like great waves, crashing upon her heart, sending her to her knees. Even then she could not take her eyes off the small sliver of wood. She had lived with her faith her entire life. She was child of the church. And yet it seemed to her as though she never experienced her Savior's gift I such a way as now." (pg 45)
The quest is just beginning. They must travel to Constantinople. A place of unrest. They hope to find another reliquary. Muriel hopes to find answers for her future.
What about Senator Byran. What is his aspiration?
"That has been my lifelong dream, sir. To bring a fragment and plant it in our land, where it may take root and grow a family of God." (pg 148)
That is what the senator wants. Will he fulfill this desire? Will they succeed?? Read the book and find out!
These are the things that kept me reading. They will keep you reading also. I highly recommend this book.