Archive for the ‘Davis Bunn’s Novels’ Category

Reader Mailbag: Marc Royce in ‘Strait of Hormuz’ – Will he be lonely forever?

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Larry writes:

Ouch!! We’ve just gotten into Strait of Hormuz, and you go and release another hot one—The Turning!

Despite the added pressure on us to catch up with you, congratulations on the great reviews.

We’ve have just begun chapter 8, and I wouldn’t want you to spoil the ending of the Marc Royce trilogy for me, but I’m telling you, if things don’t improve rapidly between Marc and Kitra, you’re going to have to spin off two separate—and very lonely—story lines. Sad!

Dear Larry,

I’m glad that you feel pressure, as it means you’re still caught up with the stories on offer. Do so hope the pleasure-meter continues to run in the green as you race to catch up. And by now you’ve hopefully discovered that Marc and Kitra have managed a fairly solid end to this trial.

Gary writes:

Just finished reading Strait of Hormuz for the fourth time. The reason I read it this time: we are moving to South Africa to help in a missions work there. We are excited about it. It has been a desire for 15 years, but now (at 65 years of age) the door is open for us to go.

Of course, I am feeling overwhelmed: we are taking very little with us, so we need to sell everything, we need to raise monthly support, and we need to get tickets and pay for the little we are shipping over — some books and household items.

That is where Marc Royce comes in. In the Strait book, I have always seen him as not knowing what to do, but knowing how to lean on the Holy Spirit as his go-to man. Out of nothing, he comes up with ideas and plans. And though you never say how, I know that he is quite adept at listening to the spirit within him and obeying blindly, but in faith. So I re-read the book for encouragement in my situation. Trusting the Lord one day at a time, even one hour at a time. We just made the decision two weeks ago, and it is amazing how the Lord is putting things together.

I say again, Davis. I think you have no idea the effect that your writing has on your readers. The deeper insights that run between the lines, the constant cascade of spiritual revelation. Your life with God is deeper than you think, and it shows up on every page of your writing. Please keep writing, no matter what!

Dear Gary,

Your lovely words mean more than I can say. I have completed work on my first non-fiction project, an online devotional intended to assist readers in learning what I have termed the discipline of listening. It is available at theturningbook.com.

The project is tied to my latest novel, The Turning, which released from Moody April 1. I have also at their invitation taped 40 radio lessons on this same subject, which will be available as podcasts on moody radio’s website beginning around the middle of next month.

Your comments regarding the Spirit moving in Royce’s decision-making process was remarkable, as this forms the moral of the new novel.

In the meantime, I wish you every blessing in this new phase of your own ministry, and every success in your sojourn and service.

Readers Begin Taking The Turning

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

The Turning 300The Turning released Tuesday, April 1. Here are excerpts from some of the first reader reviews I’ve received. I hope you’ll click each byline and read their full review.

I’m taking a turning after reading this book!

By Deb Killian, Missionary to Missionary blog (full review)

I have a full time job, run an active global ministry and am a lead intercessor at our church. Few things pull me away from the 3 God has given me responsibility over except in the few minutes before sleep when I allow myself the luxury of a good novel. Until this moment. Until this book. Not only did it demand my full attention, it commanded my response.

My life took a turning of its own while reading this incredible new book by Davis Bunn. I have read almost every book he has written and what happened to me while reading this now-relevant novel has only occurred while reading 2 of (his) other books.

I heard God speak. I felt the Holy Spirit take me to the Throne of God and introduce me to a new season of Kingdom Life.

Is there intrigue?

Yes.

Is there a dynamic plot intertwined with a love story?

Yes.

Does it speak to where our society is headed & how God’s love can turn that around for those of us who believe?

Again, Yes.

But it will also call out to you and ask you to reply. From the depths of your heart.

I encourage everyone to take a few hours (with a good cup of coffee) and settle in to one of the best books I’ve read in a long time… The Turning. It will turn your life around.

Did I really hear God speak to me?

By Renia Snyder, Desert Dwelling Mama blog (full review)

Have you ever thought you heard God’s voice, but then decided it was just your imagination?

Or maybe you thought you heard but were afraid to act?

Maybe you thought you heard and felt compelled to respond.

Davis Bunn has captured this felling and experience thru 5 individuals that come to together through no power of their own to stand up against something beyond them. How will they respond?

Davis has me in every chapter. I can relate to so many of the characters in some way. I really like the (free) follow up materials that can help readers learn more about what taking the turning can mean.

Will you take the turning?

Ideal for YA and Adult Book Clubs

By LuAnn Worley, LibraryThing (excerpt)

..A very realistic drama of opposing forces that will certainly catch every Christian and even non-Christian’s attention!

Several people are brought together without knowing why. Other individuals are set on their “course” unwilling to let anything or anyone interfere. The two will certainly eventually interact with each other.

This novel was very difficult for me to “get into” at first while the author was establishing the foundation for the story. Once the foundation was set, the story became captivating. It inspired the reader to contemplate what his/her own position would be in similar circumstances.

This is an ideal book for YA and Adult Book Clubs. There are some very good discussion topics prevalent to today’s world.

Called by God to step out of my comfort zone

By Joy Fry (full review)

Get ready for a fast-paced novel of suspense, intrigue, and spiritual battle. The action scenes will leave you trying to guess what happens next.

John, one of the key characters, introduces us to his private world. As the story begins his desire was to stay in the background and let others get all the attention. Instead, he felt called by God, time and time again, to be in the forefront. He learned to speak about his faith on public television and be a leader for other believers.

My favorite quote in the book was spoken to John by a fellow believer:  “God does not call the equipped, he equips the called.”

On the other hand, Trent, the instigator of all the trouble described in the book, was easy to dislike. He was constantly planning his next battle to demolish the church and had no regard for the feelings or plans of others. His description fit well with my experience of those seeking worldly financial success.

The other main characters allowed the reader to explore their experiences with being “called.” Their journeys lead to my own take away from the book. A greater desire to make time to know and then do the will of God.

I hope Davis Bunn writes additional books based upon these main characters so we can learn more about their continued steps of faith.

You Could Win an iPad Air or Prize Package from Moody Publishers

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

To celebrate today’s release of The Turning, I’ve teamed up with my publisher, River North Fiction, to offer some great prizes.

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Grand Prize:

Apple iPad Air

First Prize:

Ryrie Study Bible, Moody Bible Commentary, and $100 Gift Card for ShopMoodyPublishers.com

Enter Daily

Entering is easy, and you can enter on my Facebook page once per email address per day through April 15! You can also get bonus entries by sharing the contest with your Facebook friends and Twitter followers (follow the prompts on your screen after entering).

Enter Now!

Click this link http://woobox.com/m7ur8y to go directly to the app. Like my Facebook page (if you haven’t already) and input your name and email address.

Or go to my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/davisbunnauthor and you’ll see signs and arrows that point to the app.

If you aren’t a Facebook user, go to the Official Rules and fill out the entry form that’s about halfway down the page. You’ll immediately receive an email asking you to confirm your entry. Click the link in that email and you’re all set.

Preview The Turning

While you’re at my Facebook page, read the first three chapters of The Turning instantly (‘like’ the page to open the chapters).

Free 40-Day Devotionals for The Turning

To prepare you to listen to God’s voice, I’ve put together a series of print, email, and audio devotions. Visit this blog post to get the links.

Three-Day Giveaway of ‘The Turning’ Starts Today

Monday, March 31st, 2014

My contemporary novel, The Turning, releases April 1, 2014. But the party starts today!

For the next three days, I’ll be giving away a copy of The Turning on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/davisbunnauthor.

Visit my page anytime between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time each day (March 31, April 1 and April 2) and leave a comment on that day’s contest post for your chance to win. How easy is that?

Click the image below to zip straight to today’s post on Facebook and enter right now.

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Sweepstakes Starts Tomorrow

Be sure to stop by my Facebook page tomorrow, April 1, when I kick off the sweepstakes for The Turning. The wonderful folks at Moody Publishers are giving away some amazing prizes, which I’ll reveal in tomorrow’s blog post.  You can enter daily from April 1-15.

Free 40-Day Devotionals for The Turning

To prepare you to listen to God’s voice, I’ve put together a series of print, email, and audio devotions. Visit this blog post to get the links.

Take ‘The Turning’: Get a Free 40-Day Devotional

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Turning 300My novel, The Turning, releases Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

To enhance your experience of The Turning and to help you prepare to hear from God, my publisher and I have created a series of devotionals for you to download.

You can receive a daily devotional thought in your email inbox, download the complete 40-day devotional, or download 40 audio devotions. Try one or get them all; they’re free.

Sign up to receive 40 daily devotional thoughts via email: http://theturningbook.com/index.php/devotional/

Download a PDF of the complete 40-day devotional: http://theturningbook.com/index.php/download_file/view/90/194/

Download 40 audio devotions (MP3 files) http://theturningbook.com/files/TheTurning-Devotional_Audio_files.zip

Listen to the audio devotions individually: http://theturningbook.com/index.php/devotional/

I’d love to hear what you think of these devotionals.

Reader Question: Can Godly Characters Dabble in Deception?

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

FloriansGateCoverBrad writes:

I’ve been reading Florian’s Gate, which I realize you released over a decade ago, and have been greatly enjoying it.

Last night, I was reading Gregor’s story about how he was able to get back into Poland after the death of his wife. Obviously, it involved deception—which I’m sure would be very realistic in an unlikely situation like that.

I’d like to ask whether you hesitated at all about having one of your godliest characters dabble in deception? He doesn’t seem to regret having lied to the officials at all when he tells the story to Jeffrey. Did the circumstances justify the lies?

I’m an indie author and I’m currently working on the second book in my Christian fantasy series. The protags are godly characters who are really defined by their relationship with God. The story has been working up to two of the magi going undercover amongst the enemy. Some people have shared their opinion that it is impossible for a Christian to go undercover without sinning (again, deception).

While I can cite a handful of passages in which people were commended for lying—the midwives in Egypt, Rahab—and even point to a prophet in 1 Kings 20 that God apparently instructed to flat-out lie to King Ahab to prove a point, I’m not sure how persuasive this evidence is.

So when I came across Gregor’s story last night, it reminded me a bit of this portion of mine. I wondered if you had any insight you’d be willing to share. I realize that this is a reference to a random paragraph in a book you wrote long ago, but any thoughts you have on the subject would be greatly appreciated.

Dear Brad,

 It is great to connect with readers on a level like this, where we’re discussing a substantive issue like the one you raised.

There is no cut and dry answer, for as you rightly pointed out, there are indeed times in the Scriptures where deception is apparently condoned. Doing the wrong thing for the right reason, is really what we’re talking about. In Gregor’s case, I justified this by the simple fact that he did it to save others besides himself. He was working for the benefit of others, in effect momentarily sacrificing the truth in order to keep them sheltered from the dark events threatening to overwhelm them.

As a rule of thumb, it would definitely be better if your characters representing the faithful adhere to the ‘rules of the road’. But sometimes this simply won’t work. In my case, I decided to write the scene in the manner that seemed most realistic, and in this particular case I was actually following real events that had been related to me by Baptist seminarians who had survived in East Germany under the Communists. In your case, working in fantasy…Pray hard, is basically what I would urge you to do.

P.S. All three books in The Priceless Collection were re-released last year. Click here to learn more about them.

The Making of a Book Trailer Video: A Behind-the-Scenes Peek

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Have you ever wondered what goes into the production of a video book trailer?

In this Q&A at the River North Fiction blog, Michele Forrider, Audience Development Manager at River North Fiction, takes us behind the scenes of the trailer for my upcoming novel, The Turning.

She reflects on the fun aspects of shooting the video, the challenges they faced (particularly with weather and lighting), and how they “aged” one of the actors. Fascinating stuff!

Here is the trailer:

Publishers Weekly Reviews ‘The Turning’

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The Turning 300Early reviews of The Turning are starting to come in. Here’s an excerpt from the review in Publishers Weekly:

“A small band of believers vs. a powerful media conglomerate: Bunn has created a stunning, multilayered tale of power and, ultimately, hope.”

Click here to read their entire review.

A New Genre: Devotional Fiction [Video]

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

There are certain elements of listening to God that follow a pattern, unbroken from the Old Testament prophets through the early church fathers, right up to the contemporary teachers. All of them say that, in truth, God is speaking all the time.

The story, The Turning, is based around the idea of five very different characters who come together unexpectedly after having studied a series of lessons that have taught them the discipline of listening to God. And to their surprise, God answers. They’re brought face-to-face with an invitation from The Divine. They’re invited to do things they can succeed at only if they rely on God’s help.

We are calling this “devotional fiction” because we are starting with the idea of applying a lesson plan to the story. If, as a result of the story, readers are interested in learning the discipline of listening, they can explore two options:

  • A 40-day lesson plan will be available at TheTurningBook.com.
  • Radio lessons and podcasts will be available at the website. (Watch my Facebook page and blog for more information about when the lessons will be available).

Learning the discipline of listening is, in effect, creating a space in your life where God has the ability to communicate in the way that He chooses. What we are seeking is not words from God, but that God dwells more intensely in our walk.

Here is a video in which I talk about The Turning (releases April 1, 2014):

Reader Reviews: Marc Royce – A Sensitive Man of Action

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Strait of HormuzToday we wrap up  our reader reviews for Strait of Hormuz with three fantastic reviews that reflect on Marc Royce’s character. Today’s reviewers are:

  1. Peter Leavell
  2. Gigi Murfitt
  3. Lonzine Lee

I hope you’ll click the link next to each name to read their full review.

New Novelist Grows Along With Marc Royce

By Peter Leavell

Marc Royce, Davis Bunn’s leading character in Lion of Babylon, Rare Earth, and Strait of Hormuz, showed me something important during a vital time in my life.

I met Davis Bunn the week I won Operation First Novel in 2011. Two things dominated my time that week: wandering the hotel in a state of shock, and chatting with Davis Bunn. That day he signed my copy of Lion of Babylon, and that night I met Marc Royce.

Royce, the main character in the trilogy, is like no one I’d ever met. On one hand, he’s sensitive to the leading of God, and on the other hand, he’s a man of action. Very rarely had I seen the two come together so well.

While I tagged along in the world of Marc Royce, in my personal life I was plunged into the world of being an author. Out of my comfort zone, I floundered. I had many friends and confidants, all who helped me along. But looking back, it was Marc Royce who showed me the way.

Time and time again, especially in the newest book, Strait of Hormuz, he steps out on faith, not knowing the future, but knowing Who holds the future. The results are usually not as the reader would guess, or Marc Royce would hope for, but like the real world, God knew the larger picture.

And so, as Marc Royce and I grew together, we found that if we place our trust in Christ, we would be led to grow, expand, and He would change lives for the better. It may hurt, but the outcome far outweighs our current discomfort.

That is why I keep copies of Davis Bunn’s Marc Royce series on hand. My signed copy of Lion of Babylon is as worn and dog-eared as my other copies. Because I keep going back to read certain passages, my favorite parts, and to relive that special day when I won Operation First Novel, met Davis Bunn, and started my journey with Marc Royce.

Marc Royce: My New Favorite Hero

By Gigi Murfitt

Get ready for an adrenaline rush because this book has it all. Money laundering, explosions, assassination attempts, fast cars, a castle, high-tech spy equipment, a multi-million dollar yacht, and international  terrorism threats.

Strait of Hormuz is the first book I’ve read in the Marc Royce Adventures by Davis Bunn. It certainly won’t be my last. I’m hooked! The pace is fast and descriptions of scenes well written. I could feel the chill of excitement on my skin as I waited for the next surprise. I was rooting for the characters all through the book.

Marc Royce is on assignment to follow a rumor trail to the Mid-east. Time is of the essence as he pulls a team of operatives together to outsmart the terrorists. Failure to do so could escalate into global disaster. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way through this thrilling book.

Now I’m anxious to go back and read Lion of Babylon and Rare Earth, the other books in this series.

I am most excited to hear Davis Bunn in person at the Seattle area Northwest Christian Writer’s Association Conference this year from April 11-12, 2014. He is an excellent writer who has captured my attention. I’ll be a reader of Davis Bunn books for a long time.

From Lion to Warrior to Friend

By Lonzine Lee, GoodReads

First Lugal (a lion), then Shujaa (a warrior), and now he confirms, “It’s my job to protect the innocents… to serve my country.”

That’s Marc Royce, the consummate man of conscience, daring and focus that author Davis Bunn has gifted to his readers in his exciting Marc Royce trilogy.

I’ve long admired Davis Bunn’s amazing ability to draw his readers into a story with compelling dialogue, compassion and action scenes. With the character of Mark Royce, he has outdone himself. We first meet Marc Royce in Lion of Babylon, the first book in the series. He’s emotionally bruised from the death of his wife, and spiritually thirsty.

We next meet Marc in Rare Earth in Kenya on another undercover assignment. There he meets Kitra Korban, an Israeli nurse searching for her missing brother. Those are understated references to two highly recommended, excellent reads.

If you have read the first two Marc Royce books, the expectation is different, the bar has been raised. We know more about Marc, and we expect great things of him. We expect a compelling witness of his Christian life; we expect to be introduced to a different culture, to grow to better understand a people; fights, intrigue, peril and a miraculous exposure of some type of deadly evil. Book three in the Royce trilogy, Strait of Hormuz, meets those expectations with a flourish and a twist.

Marc Royce is the heart of the trilogy. His journey from a bruised soul to a man of purpose to a man awakened to hope and finds true joy is such a wonderful transition. You begin to see how one person that chooses to give of self for others can truly make a difference, and possibly you will arrive at the realization that you, too, are one person that can be led by God to influence a people or a nation to the greater good of all.

It sounds lofty and ethereal in some camps I’m sure, but that’s what Davis Bunn has created with Marc Royce, a man that faced the worst within himself, took a stand for others, and embarked upon a great adventure. I really hope you take it upon yourself to read this trilogy.