Archive for the ‘Davis Bunn’s Novels’ Category

June ebook Discounts on Davis Bunn Books

Wednesday, 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?

Tuesday, 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’

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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’

Thursday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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!

Tweet It!

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

Friday, 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.)

Share

Writing Challenge: Describe a jaw-dropping view

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Keeping things short and sweet today. Here’s one of my favorite descriptions from my new novel, The Fragment.

The Fragment by Davis Bunn

Writing challenge

Have you visited a place that is so jaw-dropping, it’s hard to describe in words?

Envision that place. Describe it, helping people who have never been there to see it, feel it, taste it.

This place might be a grand palace, like the one I describe here. Or it may be the view from your yard. Or something you see daily while you commute to work.

Give it a shot in the comments. I’m betting big money that we have more than a few “word artists” out there.

The Fragment: ‘A world of intrigue, romance, adventure, and faith’

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

The Fragment, my new historical suspense (post WW I) has been out less than a week, and the reviews are flowing in. Here are three reviews from Deb Haggerty, Rachel Helms, and Eddie Gilley.

The Fragment, by Davis Bunn

Deb Haggerty, on Goodreads

The Fragment opens in the year 1923. The world is recovering from the privations of the Great War. Muriel Ross, a researcher at the Smithsonian, has had a dream come true. She is to accompany Sen. Thomas Bryan to Paris!

Once in Paris, Muriel falls in love with the people. A photographer of some great skill, she photographs people in all walks of life—struck by the joy she sees in their faces, despite the ordeals of the war.

Sen. Bryan, however, is there on another task—and he hopes Muriel will be the key person he needs to realize his dream.

Wearing a gown designed and fitted by none other than Coco Chanel herself, Muriel meets the Prime Minister of France. She impresses him with her knowledge and demeanor, so she (and the senator) are taken to the Cathedral of Notre Dame where she is allowed to photograph a reliquary holding, tradition states, a piece of the True Cross.

So begins their adventure—from Paris via Orient Express to Constantinople. Muriel finds herself stretched and intrigued and overwhelmed by her experiences. Will they attain their quest? Atatürk is besieging Constantinople … battles rage … alliances shift. The result …?

Muriel Ross is a well-written, very likable character. Beset by doubts and wonderings about her destiny, she nonetheless retains her strong faith. The romantic interest (every story has to have one, correct?) is less believable.

The Fragment by Davis Bunn

Charles Fouchet, an aide to a French official, accompanies them on their quest. Charles has lost a wife and child to the influenza epidemic and, apparently, has lost his faith as well. Given the descriptions, I had a hard time believing Muriel would find him attractive.

The history of the area—of Paris after the war, of the legends of the Cross, of Constantinople prior to Atatürk—is very detailed, but, I’m afraid, most readers will skip the history to get to the story.

Unfortunately, the story without the history is quite slim. I, personally, was enthralled by the history but found the presentation of the historical facts contrived, especially toward the denouement. Four stars—not for The Fragment, but for the historical education and the heroine.

Rachel Helms, on her blog

The Fragment. What a fabulous book. The way the author writes enables you to dive straight into that era; I could almost hear the music that would be playing.  Muriel is an engaging protagonist, whose new discoveries each day aren’t just related to the mystery of who to trust – her spiritual and emotional growth is involved throughout the whole story.

The potential of the story is astonishing – could this really have happened? Piece by piece, Bunn stacks the puzzle so that you believe it. It’s enough to make you want to dig into history, learn everything you can, about the story, the fragment, is it real or not real?

I enjoyed this author’s writing style, the descriptive characteristics of scenery, setting, people, and emotions. Both the story and characters were well written; I finished the book in one night, because I couldn’t put it down. I would definitely recommend this book for all of the above, giving it five stars.

Eddie Gilley, on his blog

Davis Bunn has done it again. That seems to be the way that most of my reviews begin of his books. However, it remains true. Every time I read one of his books, I am always amazed and entertained.

The Fragment is a stand-alone story in many ways, but to fully grasp the importance of The Fragment you need to read his other book, The Pilgrim, which was released in July. You can read my review of that book here. The reason I say it can stand alone is that if you didn’t read the first book, you still get enough of the story in the second book for the plot to make perfect sense.

The reader is transported back in time in The Fragment and we are introduced both to a historical period and some great new characters. My only experience in Paris was a layover in the airport but I feel as if I have been there after reading this book.

The other section of the story happens in old Constantinople or Istanbul for the modern reader and the setting is the time when the nation of Turkey is being born.

The Fragment by Davis Bunn

Having been to Istanbul many times and toured some of the sites mentioned in the book, I can tell you that Bunn has done a marvelous job of describing the architecture and ethos of that wonderful city. You will know exactly what it looks like as you read the pages of this book.

The story is compelling and draws the reader into a world of intrigue, romance, adventure, and faith. It is not only believable but it makes you want to get to know the people involved in a deeper way. The historical side is accurate, the settings are true, and the characters are developed in the typical excellence style of Davis Bunn.

After getting started reading this work, I found myself reading non-stop. I didn’t want to put my iPad down. I read during football games and basketball games over the weekend. My only regret was reaching the last page.

Perhaps there is another story in there that will link the ancient characters of the Pilgrim through the period characters of The Fragment and connect to the characters we met in The Patmos Deception!