THE PATMOS DECEPTION
An ancient island holds an ancient secret...
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...
Seriously good. Bunn immerses his readers into the Greek culture from the very first page. Sights, sounds, emotions -- we feel it all right along with Carey as she soaks in her first impression of the country. I love how she gets swept away by a large, boisterous and definitely opinionated Greek family. They nearly smother her but it's just what she needs when she first arrives and they definitely provide some levity in an otherwise tense plot.
Nick has perfected the cool detachment of a seasoned journalist. He's ready to make his mark in his chosen profession and approaches his assignment with passionate single-mindedness. Such a contrast to Carey's wide-eyed wonder. Love watching the two play off each other and even though Carey is somewhat naive, she can hold her own with Nick. Familiarity from growing up together certainly helps.
And then there's Dimitri whose life is as far removed from the Americans as you can get. He and his family are struggling to survive after the collapse of the Greek economy. His story line is fascinating and plunges the reader into intrigue and danger. The author expertly weaves a complicated plot with some serious twists and turns that kept me on my toes. And I really appreciated the vibrant spiritual thread that builds to a startling conclusion. My only complaint with The Patmos Deception is that it ended...and with a few cliff hangers (including the romantic kind) that will hopefully be cleared up in the next book.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
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