The Domino Effect: A financial thriller ‘for such a time as this’

July 19th, 2016

The Domino Effect, my suspense/thriller that releases September 6, 2016, centered around the mysterious and often secret financial world.

A high-level analyst uncovers the threat of a new, even more dire economic downturn than 2008, one that could potentially lead to another global economic recession or even a Great Depression.

I wrote this story because I have been increasingly concerned that banks and global hedge funds have resumed practices that brought us to the brink of economic collapse in 2008. In May of last year, I had the opportunity to interview the head of Britain’s security oversight group, similar to our own SEC. When I mentioned my fears, what was to have been a half-hour meeting turned into an all-day marathon of shared alarms.

The Domino Effect By Davis Bunn

The following month, I met with the president of Bethany House Publishers and his editor in chief. Having delved further into the global issues developing as a result of tactics being used by the major banks and hedge funds, I laid out my concerns along with some of the evidence.

Before our lunch was over, both the editor and the president said I needed to set aside the book I was working on–which was already contracted by Bethany –and write this book instead.

The problem was, at that point I had a theme, but I did not have characters and plot thread.

The next day I met with long-time colleagues and friends from the publishing world, described the issues, and confessed my dilemma. I told them I felt a need to write about this potential threat – I felt called to this.

Even before I finished fully laying out my quandary, though, I had the answer: this should be an Esther story, the ancient “for-such-a-time-as-this” mandate in contemporary circumstances.

As soon as I heard those words, the story began to fall into place.

In upcoming blog posts, I’ll be sharing details about how I built the story.

The Domino Effect releases September 6, 2016. Click here to pre-order your copy from your favorite online bookseller.

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How Quickly Can You Finish This Online Jigsaw Puzzle of ‘The Domino Effect’?

July 6th, 2016

Here’s what I hope will be a fun challenge for you. It’s an online jigsaw puzzle, featuring the cover of my upcoming financial suspense novel, The Domino Effect (releases September 6, 2016). There’s a lot of gray and yellow on the cover, so this 130-piece puzzle will be great exercise for your brain!

Let me know in the comments how long it took you to complete the puzzle (there’s a timer on the puzzle itself that will show you the exact time to completion. Plus, you can restart the timer if you want).

A few tips:

  1. Click the “mountain” icon in the far left corner to view the cover image.
  2. Click the “ghost” icon to “ghost” the image in the playing area.
  3. Click the “arrange” icon to nicely arrange the puzzle pieces, or “disarrange” to mess them up!
  4. Click the “gear” icon for more options (such as restarting the timer)
  5. Click the upward pointing arrow icon in the far right corner to view the full screen version.

Ready? Set? Let the dominos fall as they will, and… GO!

Here’s a bit about The Domino Effect:

Esther Larsen, a leading risk analyst at one of the country’s largest banking institutions, is becoming more and more convinced that she has uncovered a ticking bomb with the potential to overshadow 2008’s market crash. And as her own employer pursues “investment” strategies with ever-increasing levels of risk, she becomes convinced she must do something. Yet what can one person really do?

The markets are edging closer to a tipping point–like the teetering first domino in a standing row that circles the globe. And when Esther does sound the alarm, she wonders if anyone will take her seriously. But as public support grows for her ideas, so does the desperation of those whose conspiracy of greed she seeks to expose. With global markets on the brink, and her own life in danger, Esther is locked in a race with the clock to avert a worldwide financial meltdown.

This fast-paced suspense novel will make you wonder where the fiction ends and reality begins…

Coming September 6, 2016, from Bethany House Publishers

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June ebook Discounts on Davis Bunn Books

June 1st, 2016

During June, my publisher is offering special pricing on several of my ebooks. Click on the title or cover of each book, which will take you to the information and purchasing links for that book.

(Note that not all online booksellers offer special pricing, so please click the link to your favorite online bookseller to double-check their prices.)

Lion of Babylon

Lion of Babylon (Book 1 in the Marc Royce series) 99 cents

Library Journal ‘Best Books 2011’

Rare Earth by Davis Bunn

Rare Earth (Book 2 in the Marc Royce series) $3.99

2013 Christy Award winner for Suspense Fiction

Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn

Strait of Hormuz (Book 3 in the Marc Royce series) $3.99

The Solitary Envoy

The Solitary Envoyfree

The Solitary Envoy (co-authored with my wife, Isabella) is Book 1 in the Heirs of Acadia series.

If you’d like to read the Heirs of Acadia series, the books are available from online booksellers and from your local library. Here is a list of all five books in the series, in order:

Book 1: The Solitary Envoy

Book 2: The Innocent Libertine

Book 3: The Noble Fugitive

Book 4: The Night Angel

Book 5: Falconer’s Quest

More blog articles about the Heirs of Acadia series

  1. Readers ask about Heirs of Acadia series
  2. Reader calls Heirs of Acadia series ‘Wonderfully Crafted”
  3. Clarification on Falconer’s Quest and Florian’s Gate
  4. Reader question about Falconer’s Quest

Q&A: Is ‘The Fragment’ a Cinderella Story?

May 17th, 2016

The Fragment by Davis Bunn

Q: The Fragment feels a bit like a Cinderella story: young woman who wants more out of life is swept into a world where she feels like a fraud. Please comment.

Davis Bunn: It is so true. There are certain types of stories that just never seem to grow old.

The structure fit so well here – Muriel’s coming of age in an era where the world itself was coming of age – growing into so many of the dilemmas and challenges that shape our world today.

The Cinderella construct was hardly new with Cinderella, and it was wonderful to use that model here.

‘An adventure story wrapped in historical details,’ writes reviewer of ‘The Fragment’

April 26th, 2016

Today I’m featuring three wonderful reviews of The Fragment, from Judith Barnes, Mary Esque, and Beckie Burnham. These reviews are reprinted with permission from the authors.

The Fragment, by Davis Bunn

Judith Barnes, on Goodreads

Enter the world of 1923. The war is over, and the influenza has eased. Find twenty-three year old Muriel Ross, a researcher at the Smithsonian. She’s concerned that she will remain an observer on the sidelines of her life.

The outlook changes when Senator Thomas Bryan secures her assistance and expertise in Late Roman and early Byzantine antiquities, especially reliquaries. Travel with them to Paris and visit the designer boutique of Madame Coco Chanel. Witness as the Ottoman Empire begins to fall. All the action is focused toward the recovery of a reliquary containing the True Cross.

Davis Bunn has penned an adventure story wrapped in historical details and seasoned with strong accents of Christian faith. The characters are believable. The plot moves along at an understandable pace. History comes alive in this totally enjoyable novel.

While this is a great piece of fiction, I can see using it in a Christian study group. It is rich with discussion points. It’s a natural selection for book groups.

The Fragment, by Davis Bunn

Mary Esque, on Goodreads

From Chanel in Paris to the Orient Express, Davis Bunn’s latest novel set in the 1920s is full of all the things that I have come to expect from his writing – mystery and action with solid faith themes. It was short and easy to read but still engaging. Muriel’s quest for the reliquary is a wonderful story that I will enjoy sharing with my family and friends.

What Davis is so gifted at doing as a writer is transporting you to the places he writes about. I didn’t merely sit on my sofa and read about Muriel in Chanel. It felt as if I was really there. His descriptions are so vivid that is as if I stepped through a door and into Muriel’s world. The other thing I really love about Davis’s writing is that he has such keen insight into people and culture. His characters have depth to them, and they often feel like real people and not just characters. His descriptions of the cultures and political climates of the time are well researched and historically accurate. While he writes fiction, it rings true to what really happened.

I was also challenged by Muriel’s perception. As a photographer, she has keen insight into people. She saw what was written on people’s faces when others did not. She saw faith, despair, longing, distrust, and hope on the faces of those she saw through the camera lens. It made me think about how often I walk through life without ever seeing who is around me. I always find myself challenged to grow after reading one of Davis’s novels. 5 Stars

The Fragment, by Davis Bunn

Beckie Burnham, By the Book blog

The Fragment is an international suspense novel that clearly expresses the wonder of God while keep its readers on the edge of their seats. Centuries after Constantine’s mother, Helena, embarked on a quest to find the cross of Jesus (you can read my review of The Pilgrim HERE), a small group endures danger to retrieve one fragment of that cross. The culture and politics of the world in 1923 serves as a backdrop to this novel. The Fragment is Bunn at his best, and I highly recommend it.

Muriel Ross, aged 23, feels her dreams have come true as she wanders the streets of Paris photographing the people she encounters. She is traveling with a US Senator intent of retrieving ancient artifacts. Muriel is an expert employed with the Smithsonian and is crucial to his quest. But Muriel is unaware of the stakes involved — intrigue, danger and betrayal.

The Fragment is written with short chapters keeping the story fresh and fast-paced. The action is only interrupted by the sacred moments Muriel encounters. I loved the suspense, but the moments that Muriel is swept up in her encounters with God were truly special.

Plot takes center stage, but the few main characters are developed enough to get a sense of their thoughts, dreams, struggles and doubts. Muriel is an interesting heroine, at once daring and reflective. Her faith is challenged, but remains firm.

For fans of history, The Fragment has it all — a great sense of place and time and well-researched details of the political atmosphere of Europe and the Middle East of the 1920s. Throughout The Fragment, Bunn weaves a faith message that never wavers. Not all the characters are believers, but those that are rely heavily on God’s promises in the midst of trials and tests.

Although the action is concluded in The Fragment, I sense that Bunn is not done with Muriel Ross. I hope that I am right. I would love more books like The Fragment.

Q&A: How I designed parallel themes in two stand-alone novels

April 12th, 2016

The Fragment, by Davis Bunn

Q: Although The Pilgrim and The Fragment are stand-alone stories that take place many centuries apart, the quest for The True Cross entertwines the plots. Tell us about your thinking/plotting process in designing these parallel stories.

Davis Bunn: My intent was to create parallels within the story of the artifact. This whole issue of reliquaries and what they represent has been a divisive factor between parts of the Christian community for 700 years.

Within the Protestant world, we tend to forget that for tens of millions of worshippers today, within the Russian church and Greek and Armenian and Catholic, these are still considered holy.

Because of my mother’s and my sister’s strong Catholic faith, I wanted to try and bring this story to life. Not just the controversy, but what this entire aspect of our shared history could mean.

Click book cover images to learn more about each book and to order from your favorite online bookseller:

The Pilgrim by Davis Bunn The Fragment by Davis Bunn

$1.99 ebook special on ‘The Patmos Deception’

March 31st, 2016

Patmos Deception_WebThe ebook version of The Patmos Deception, a stand-alone suspense novel, is on sale for $1.99 today, March 31, 2016.

Amazon: $1.99

Barnes & Noble: $1.99

Christianbook.com: $1.59

Baker Publishing Group offers great deals (and lots of free ebooks) every month. Check out their eBook Deals page and load up your e-reader!

We can’t force another’s spiritual journey

March 25th, 2016

Today I’m featuring three fabulous reviews of The Fragment, from readers Laura Ozinga, Nancy Lohr, and Judy Crewdson. Love your insights, ladies!

Quote from THE FRAGMENT by Davis Bunn

Laura Ozinga, on her blog:

With The Fragment, Davis Bunn has yet again woven a story of intrigue and reconciliation.  Set against a backdrop of a collapsing Ottoman Empire and the end of the Great War, young Muriel is sent to France and later to Constantinople to use her talents as a photographer and antiquities researcher to identify a reliquary believed to hold a remnant of the cross of Christ.

Muriel, with the help of U.S. Senator Thomas Bryan and French diplomat Charles Fouchet, sets out to uncover mysteries held long secret due to the silence of time.

With governments changing hands and political tides ever changing in 1920s Europe and Southwest Asia, will Muriel and her new friends be able to piece together 2,000 years of history before new powers once again hide away the past?

This book served as a reminder to me that we can’t force another’s spiritual journey.  We can pray, and we can be examples, but ultimately, the choice to follow Jesus is in the hands of each person.

Whether or not the True Cross was actually split into reliquaries and divided among the early churches doesn’t really matter. This is a work of fiction, after all.  Yet, the idea of the cross still existing is oddly comforting.  Relics don’t save souls, but the idea of see what it is that brought about the blood of Savior is a unique perspective.  Salvation came to us on that cross, and all of God’s promises since Adam and Eve were forced out of Eden for their disobedience came to fruition the day Jesus overcame the cross.  Hallelujah!

As always, Bunn creates believable, well-rounded characters who draw in the reader into an adventure of suspense and spiritual discovery.

Quote from THE FRAGMENT by Davis Bunn

Nancy Lohr, on Amazon:

Davis Bunn is an award-winning author who has appeared on a number of bestseller lists over the course of his career. The Fragment will remind you just how he earned his reputation.

Post-WWI is the backdrop for this historical thriller that opens with young Muriel Ross jumping at the opportunity to travel to Paris with U.S. Senator Tom Bryan, her father’s good friend. The senator is hoping to purchase an antique he’s been seeking for years. Muriel thinks she will be photographing the Parisians in natural settings, but soon her real mission is revealed as her skills as a Smithsonian researcher are called on to document the authenticity of an artifact she never thought she would see.

She interacts with ambassadors, priests, and one French veteran of war, and not all are to be trusted. Political intrigue, potential theft, and personal safety drive the plot. Muriel’s knowledge of the artifacts and the stories they hide adds another layer to the book.

Bunn’s reputation is bolstered by this newest addition to his body of work. 5 Stars

Quote from THE FRAGMENT by Davis Bunn

Judy Crewdson, on Amazon

Set after WWI, this book brought out many things for me.

One: it gave a beautiful picture of the people of France after the war and Influenza epidemic had ravaged the country.

Two: through Muriel’s pictures, she captivated the people, their hopes for better, and their struggle to live.

Three: The weaving of her faith throughout the story, especially with Charles, was direct and meaningful. She tried to get him to see that faith in Christ would help him find his way after the tragic deaths of his family, but alas, he never did find that peace.

I think what fascinated me the most was her ability to decipher what was real and what was a copy of the True Cross. Her observations and techniques were meticulous in finding the real True Cross. The book did not drag on like I thought it would, at first, but flowed smoothly throughout. I will read it again, and in fact, I read it twice just to make sure I didn’t miss anything. Well done! 5 Stars

Free Download: Complete List of Books by Davis Bunn

March 16th, 2016

Readers frequently ask if I have a complete list of all the books I’ve written. Ask and you shall receive! This list is updated for 2016, and it even includes a few titles that will be coming in 2017 and beyond.

To get your downloadable PDF, click the button below and fill out the form. You’ll receive an email from me that’ll include a link to open the file. Be sure to save it to your hard drive and print it so you can refer to it throughout the year.

I’d love to hear in the Comments how many you’ve read… or what’s next on your list. And if you enjoy the list, I hope you’ll click the “Tweet It” link below to share with your friends.

Thanks for being a faithful reader, and best wishes for a bookish 2016!

I’d love a free PDF of Davis Bunn’s books!

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Q & A with Davis Bunn: Why take a naive woman on a clandestine mission overseas?

March 11th, 2016

The Fragment by Davis Bunn

Q: Why would a U.S. senator choose to take such an inexperienced and sheltered young woman as Muriel with him on such a clandestine and dangerous mission?

Davis Bunn: The twenties marked a dramatic turn in the rights and freedom of women. Suffrage had finally resulted in women receiving not just the vote, but legal recognition of their status.

As a result, a number of avenues were opening for them, including opportunities to do what for their mothers’ generation would have been considered utterly impossible.

Senator Bryan had, in effect, been grooming Muriel for this adventure since she entered university. He did this with her father’s approval.

Plot inspiration from my life

A personal event from my own life colored the emotional side to Muriel’s adventure. When I was twenty I left the United States for England. I graduated early from university and went to the UK to do a masters.

It was the first time I had ever traveled any distance, much less by myself. A lot of the emotions that Muriel experienced were based upon my early days.

Back to you

Tell me about a time you sensed God calling you to do something you’ve longed to do, but was outside your comfort zone.

How did you respond? What were the results? (This could be something that’s happening now, too – a tugging on your heart that you are prayerfully considering.)

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