Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Fragment

GIVEAWAY

BUNN, DAVIS
THE FRAGMENT

In the newest high-stakes historical thriller from master storyteller, Davis Bunn, skepticism vies with faith amid the grit and grandeur of post World War I Europe.

It's 1923, and a resilient Paris is starting to recover from the ravages of war and the Spanish Flu Epidemic when young Muriel Ross, an amateur American photographer, visits the City of Lights. Exhilarated to escape the confines of her Virginia home, she is tasked with documenting antiques for U.S. Senator Tom Bryan. But events take a dangerous turn when Muriel discovers that the senator is also on a mission that's momentous -- and potentially deadly.

At the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Bryan asks Muriel to photograph an astonishing artifact: a piece of the True Cross. But when rumors surface that another fragment has been unearthed, Muriel becomes enmeshed in a covert international alliance dedicated to authenticating the fragment -- and protecting it from those who will stop at nothing to steal and discredit it.

My Review:

I'd compare this book to a sleeper movie -- you know a quiet little film that becomes a success despite having very little promotion. The Fragment is like that...at least in the corner of cyberspace I frequent. I didn't even know about it's release until I spotted a copy on the new release shelf at my public library. I was familiar with Davis Bunn as a quality Christian author and intrigued by the back cover blurb enough to take it home and give it a try. And I'm glad I did.

It's a short book -- 168 pages -- but the story carries an alluring mystique that captivated me. Told entirely from twenty-three-year-old Muriel's point of view, the author takes us on a fantastical, faith-filled journey across post-war Europe. Muriel's wide-eyed innocent wonder makes a sharp contrast to the worldly events that transpire. Mystery and intrigue and a myriad of secrets against the opulent backdrop of Paris and Constantinople -- including a trip on the Orient Express! I found The Fragment to be both riveting and puzzling...but uplifting nonetheless.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:
 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  The Fragment 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 January 15 2017. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

18 comments:

  1. I don't recall reading a book by Bunn but my husband has & really likes his work. I bet this would be one he'd read as well :-) Sounds intriguing enough to warrant my interest.

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. It's very different, but there's something about Muriel's story...Good luck, Trixi.

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  2. Have been wanting to read his books....
    mindyhoungATmsnDOTcom

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    1. He is a unique writer with a stupendous descriptive writing talent. Always makes me think. Good luck, Mindy.

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  3. I've been seeing this book around. Thanks for sharing your review and for the chance to win. iamabho(@) gmail (.) com

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    1. You're welcome, Linda. Good luck.

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  4. New author for me. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I used to read a lot of his work. Thank you!
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Lucy. Good luck.

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  6. I enjoy Davis Bunn's books and am also interested in this time period. Thanks for the review of The Fragment. It does sound good.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. I kept seeing Downtown Abbey images when he described her dresses. :-) Good luck, Pam.

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  7. Sounds intriguing. Kav, thank you for bringing this book to our attention.

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Caryl. Good luck.

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  8. I would love to read it just because of the travel sites! Paris sounds good to me.
    Dianna G.

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    1. And Davis Bunn makes you feel like you're really there. Rich descriptions. Good luck, Dianna.

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  9. Have you heard of The Pilgrim by Davis Bunn? It introduced the True Cross ;)
    I've been wanting to read these two books! Thanks for the chance!

    samanthabis23 at gmail dot com

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    1. I just heard it mentioned in relation to a review for this one. I haven't read a lot of Davis Bunn's books -- but what I've read I've really enjoyed. Good luck, Samantha.

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