Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Patmos Deception

GIVEAWAY

BUNN, DAVIS
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...

My Review:

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.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Patmos Deception please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday November 23 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

24 comments:

  1. Good Morning Kav,

    The Patmos Deception sounds like another great book from Davis Bunn.

    Have a wonderful day!

    ~Tammi

    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

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    1. He is certainly a talented author. Good luck!

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  2. This is one I've had on my radar for a while now. Only problem is that I could only request one book to review on the most recent Bethany House list and there was another I wanted more.

    I'd love to be entered in the giveaway for this one.

    dawn(dot)janis(at)gmail(dot)com

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  3. I just won a book so I don't want to enter, but I just had to read your thoughts on The Patmos Deception. Looks great! Love Davis Bunn's work. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. LOL - no worries about entering, Kelly. It's all random so if you're meant to win twice in a row you will. Good luck!

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  4. Having a somewhat useless degree in international studies means that even if I never leave the state again, I'll still be a sucker for stories rich with foreign cultures and places I'll probably never go to but for which I can acquire a sudden passion . . . so sign me up!

    rachaeldalquist(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh, Rachael, you will love this one then. Honestly, the way the author gets right to the heart of the Greek culture is amazing. Good luck.

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  5. A great review for a great book. Thank you, Kav!

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    1. Thanks, Melanie. And thanks for adding your email address. Makes it easier for me to contact the winner. Good luck!

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  6. Forgot my email...so sorry!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  7. Sounds lovely! Have never been to Greece (popular destination here in Europe), but I love to read about the country of sea and sun :)

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That's right -- you are close to so many exotic locales. Good luck, Janka.

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  8. Very interesting, would enjoy reading this!
    dkstevensne AT outlook DOTCom

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  9. I'd like to read about the Greek culture.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  10. I love this author, have read many of his books and I'm sure this one will be a winner too. rrwalter34 ATgmailDOTcom

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  11. Davis Bunn is such a versatile author. I especially like his action/suspense books so I'm sure I'll enjoy The Patmos Deception. Thanks for the chance to win.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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  12. I don't think I've read a Davis Bunn book yet. Include me, please, Kav!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. You're included, Cheryl. Good luck!

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  13. The Greek setting plus antiquities and suspense sounds so interesting. Oh, and romance too... perfect. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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