On February 19, 2016, my new historical novel, The Fragment, releases. Here are three early reviews of the book, from Sherry Arni, Dave Milbrandt, and Anne Rightler.
Sherry Arni, on Goodreads:
Against the backdrop of post-World War I Europe and the crumbling Ottoman Empire, Davis Bunn weaves a story of elegance, intrigue, strength, and faith as 23-year-old Muriel Ross embarks on a quest she only gradually comes to understand, along with U. S. Senator Thomas Bryan and mysterious French diplomat Charles Fouchet, a young man deeply wounded by the war and its aftermath.
A reliquary containing a fragment of the True Cross and deepening crisis in the Ottoman Empire pull these characters from Paris to Constantinople in a dangerous journey.
Davis Bunn’s characters, as always, are well-drawn, believable, and real. The story pulls the reader in and doesn’t let go until the last page. The Fragment, which ties in to the story of the Empress Helena in The Pilgrim, is a great read. 5 Stars
Dave Milbrandt, on Goodreads
Bunn’s previous book, The Pilgrim, provides an interpretation of Helena’s discovery of the True Cross of Christ. In The Fragment, we travel to Europe in 1923, where American researcher Muriel Ross is pulled into risky, yet spiritually rewarding search for a piece of this most auspicious of relics.
Having both taught history and written my own tale about a piece of the True Cross, I can tell you first hand that Bunn’s attention to historical accuracy is spot-on. But, where others might have fun taking a more mystical approach, Bunn travels the higher road and focuses on characters being changed from the inside.
Bunn’s writing is always poetic and never pretentious, leaving me enchanted and, to be honest, a shade envious. His details about life in 1920s Paris and Constantinople both ring true and, at times, make the reader crack a smile.
The book is a quick read, and well worth the investment of your time. In The Fragment, it’s clear Davis Bunn has mastered the art of weaving history and story together in a seamless fashion. 5 Stars
Anne Rightler, on Goodreads
The Fragment, by Davis Bunn, is a marvelous post-WWI novel that will delight readers of historical fiction.
Bunn gives a splendid glimpse of Paris and Constantinople from the perspective of Smithsonian researcher and photographer, Muriel Ross. She has been chosen by a family friend who is a U.S. Senator to accompany him to Europe to photograph a piece of the True Cross.
While in Paris, she meets Charles, a young man from the French embassy and realizes all may not be as it was originally told to her.
- Can she trust the Senator?
- Can she trust Charles?
- Just why was she chosen for this project?
- Where does her faith in Christ fit into all that is happening around her?
Bunn details the history of this post-WWI era in an interesting and intriguing manner. As he notes regarding Constantinople–the names were spiced by centuries of tales. The characters are beguiling, believable, and likable.
Despite the ordeals, threats, and disappointments, Muriel knows there is a promise of hope. The Fragment, a thrilling tale of a piece of the Cross and its impact on those seeking it. Don’t miss this newest book by Davis Bunn. 5 Stars