Archive for the ‘Davis Bunn’s Novels’ Category

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.

‘Arm-Chair Action and Suspense,’ Say ‘Strait of Hormuz’ Readers

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Strait of HormuzI love the variety of reader reviews I’ve received for Strait of Hormuz. Today’s reviewers are:

  1. Steve Hilton
  2. Renee Ann Smith
  3. Daniel Leonard

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

Arm-Chair Action

By Steve Hilton, Doc’s Doin’s blog

“Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?  And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” -Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (KJV)

A lesson which Marc Royce and Kitra Korban must re-learn if they are to survive.

In this installment of the Marc Royce adventure series, the story which began with Lion of Babylon and continued in Rare Earth finds an emotional and spiritual conclusion.

Marc, Kitra and a multinational, ethnically diverse cadre of supporters strive to match wits with a determined enemy adept at sabotage, subterfuge, and misdirection.  Racing against time, struggling to overcome insurmountable odds, and battling the enemies both external and internal, the team draws courage and confidence from the most powerful force the world will ever experience:  intercessory prayer.

While written as suspense fiction, author Davis Bunn shines the light of faith on the meta-narrative; the story which lies beneath the story.  Timeless truths are skillfully woven throughout, reminding the reader of two spiritual principles that should be rehearsed before getting out of bed in the morning, or retiring to bed at the end of the day:

1.   There is an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful God who is still ruling the universe.

2.   You are not He.

5 stars for hours of arm-chair action and suspense pleasure.

Page Turner with Heart

By Renee Ann Smith, Doorkeeper blog

When you pick up a Davis Bunn novel, you’re guaranteed to be swept away on an exotic adventure!

In his latest thriller, you’ll join Marc Royce and Kitra Korban as they investigate Iran’s threat to blockade the narrow Strait of Hormuz, cutting off vital shipping routes and escalating global tensions beyond the breaking point.

Marc is the State Department’s best-kept secret.

Kitra runs a kibbutz and occasionally helps the Mossad.

Kitra shows up in Switzerland just in time to save Marc from a set-up. In response, Marc throws her into a lake to keep her out of harm’s way—ruining the first designer suit she’s ever owned. So the story tension is set on high . . .

And the fact that Marc and Kitra are in love and trying to deny it, only adds to the fun.

What I liked best:

  • Action that begins right away—a bombing in the first chapter.
  • Strong, smart women who are vital to the plot
  • Exotic locations.
  • Danger.
  • Excitement.
  • The beauty of a relationship built on faith when Marc asks Kitra to meet each morning and pray about God’s will for their future.

Straight Into A Gripping Story

By Daniel Leonard, GoodReads

Davis Bunn has done it again; he’s written a book whose characters have captured my head and my heart.

Bunn’s pacing is spot on: just as I’m intuitively wanting more action, the story picks up, and just when I’m hoping the characters get to rest (so I can rest too!), a respite is given. A well-paced story is a pleasure to read.

Well done, Davis, well done. You are a man that knows how to distill many human cultures, in much of their misery, glory and beauty, into a fascinating tale that instructs, breathes life and satisfies the human longing for a wonderful adventure in the worlds of our mind, soul and spirit.

Readers Reflect on Marc Royce Series Finale

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Strait of HormuzToday, four readers of Strait of Hormuz reflect on the series finale. I hope you’ll click the link next to each name to read their full review. Today’s reviewers are:

  1. Michelle Rayburn
  2. Marjorie Vawter
  3. Charity Lyman
  4. Jill St. Clair

Tastefully Written Thriller

By Michelle Rayburn, Faith, Creativity, Life blog

Are you looking for adventure?

I have followed fictional character Marc Royce through Iraq and Africa, and now through Switzerland, and in true Davis Bunn style, the journey didn’t disappoint.

This third book in the series continues with agent Marc Royce working on a covert mission for the U.S. State Department in Geneva, Switzerland. For readers who haven’t read the first two books, Strait of Hormuz contains enough back story to pick up without feeling lost, but I highly recommend the first two books, simply because it adds to the depth of the characters who reappear in this book.

I’m a fan of Davis Bunn mostly because he has drawn me into a genre that isn’t typically my style. How? He does action, danger, and even violence so tastefully that my mind can fill in the details needed, without having every gory detail painted on the page. This book has its share of mystery, danger, gunfire, and betrayal, which kept a fast pace for readers who like action. It also has a softer, more relational theme, which brought balance to the plot.

There are several threads that don’t seem to connect until near the end of the book. I enjoy that mystery. Royce is on assignment that begins with an explosion in an art gallery, and ends with, well, of course I won’t tell you how it ends. It had plenty of intrigue to keep me hooked all the way to the end. I like how Bunn weaves a faith element into the story line without it feeling pasted in. In this book, I learned something about Messianic believers without it seeming like a history lesson.

There were several aspects of this story that would make it suitable for the big screen, and I’d be thrilled to see that happen. The ongoing action, an attack from a mysterious motorcade, an assassination attempt, a chilling scene where Royce and his team encounter a vessel on the Red Sea, the multilayered relationships of Royce and his team, wondering if any of them was a mole, and much more. It was one of those books that played like a movie as I read.

I love that this and Davis Bunn’s other books have the potential for a broad male and female audience.  The trilogy makes a great gift for the reader who likes a tastefully done thriller.

Fantastic finale

By Marjorie Vawter, The Writer’s Tool blog

Wow! What a fantastic finale to the Marc Royce Adventure series! Strait of Hormuz is nonstop heart-pounding action from start to finish.

Sometimes in series’ fiction, the main characters tend to stagnate after the initial book, but Davis Bunn doesn’t allow his characters sit back on what they learned in the previous adventures. They continue to grow and in spite of heartbreak or looking death in the face over and over, they grow in self-knowledge and toward the Lord, the acknowledged source of life and purpose.

The author continues to show his understanding of the unity believers have in Christ, a unity that surpasses ethnic differences and long-ingrained hostility. For Kitra and Marc, this means not hiding their faith, even when it means putting their lives on the line.

The plot line of Strait of Hormuz comes straight from today’s headlines in every newscast and newspaper. Learning to distinguish between friends and foes is essential to Marc’s staying alive to protect the ones he loves most. The Marc Royce Adventure series is one I can highly recommend, including Strait of Hormuz.

Excellent finale to the Marc Royce series

By Charity Lyman, Giveaway Lady blog

…One of my favorite aspects with a book by Davis Bunn is how he mixes Christianity in a novel without making it offensive. The main character is a Christian, but he isn’t pushy about it. They have real life struggles (okay, Marc is a little above the ordinary but that makes him pretty good in my book), personal battles and you see how they work through them.

Marc Royce trilogy will NOT end here!

By Jill St. Clair, Amazon

I am always impressed with the attachment I form to Davis Bunn’s characters, and Strait of Hormuz did not disappoint.

The plot is rapt with terrorism and geo-political espionage surrounding the all too real volatility of Jewish/Christian/Islam clash in the Mid-East. Every aspect of the story was particularly well researched and dense with local flavors of multiple countries, cultures and religions. Yet, that information flowed weightlessly around non-stop action to form a realistic backdrop, not coming across as contrived or intentional.

I found it refreshing to read about characters guided by integrity and deep faith instead of personal gain or accolades. This book has it all, intrigue, suspense, technology, politics, spirituality and romance.

Strait of Hormuz: Straight to the Heart

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Strait of HormuzToday, I’m sharing four superbly-written blog reviews of Strait of Hormuz. I hope you’ll click the link next to each name to read their full review. Today’s reviewers are:

  1. Laura Lee Groves
  2. Rick Estep
  3. Mary Ann Esque
  4. Sharon Steele

Strait of Hormuz… straight to the heart!

By Laura Lee Groves, Outnumbered Mom blog

This book is the third in the Marc Royce adventures, and I can tell you, it does NOT disappoint. I don’t know how Davis Bunn has managed to hook me on books whose subjects are not my first love, but he has. My guess is it’s the creation of the protagonist, Marc Royce.

Royce is flawed, but strong. In Rare Earth, his decision to walk away from a young lady, Kitra, was heartbreaking and compelling. And now, in Strait of Hormuz, Royce finds himself knee-deep in a clandestine operation, only to discover that the Mossad has sent someone to keep an eye on him. And (as the book’s back cover says) it’s someone Royce knows…

The tension surrounding Marc and Kitra is engrossing, but as all of Davis Bunn’s books, this one displays an even more compelling and thought-provoking theme. I have never read a Bunn book without learning something, and this one opened my eyes even more to the missionary church movement.

Strait of Hormuz goes straight to the heart—for more reasons than one.

Review from a man’s perspective

By Rick Estep, Rick’s Readings blog

…Are there really nuclear weapons being shipped through the Strait?  What is the final target of the terrorists?  Who is providing help to Marc along the way?  Are these people friends or foes?  Begin your own undercover op when you BUY THE BOOK!!!

Mr. Bunn provides us with a fitting end to this great series.  While the body-count and action scenes aren’t as plentiful as in the first couple of books, there is still a great story-line that is easy to follow.  The character of Marc Royce continues to be a very godly man, using his spirituality to help in his decision making throughout the different situations in the book.  I appreciate seeing how a “manly man” can still be humbled before God and drawn to a personal relationship with Him.

Is this a “guy’s book”?  This is a tremendous book with foreign governments, terrorists, global travels and more.  With the addition of seeing a strong man bring his faith to his daily walk, this book is definitely a “guy’s book.”

Marc Royce is back with an adventure you don’t want to miss!

By Mary Ann Esque, Reflections of Radiance blog

Marc Royce, our favorite intelligence operative, is back with a story that is alternately heart-pounding and thought-provoking. From the luxurious and breathtaking beauty of Switzerland to the desert allure of the Sinai Peninsula to adventure on the high seas, Marc finds himself pursuing a mission that appears to be nothing short of impossible.

The opposition is formidable, and failure is not an option. Once again, Marc finds himself with an unlikely group of allies in a race against the clock. With intriguing characters, rich faith themes, and incredible suspense, Marc Royce’s latest adventure is well worth your time to read.

Though this is a work of fiction and a superb one at that, I find it is the faith theme that is the most memorable part of this book. It can be summed up with one word – surrender. All too often, we as believers set out trying to make our dreams and plans happen. In so doing, we leave no room for our Heavenly Father to work.

Is it any wonder that we find ourselves as hurt as Kitra Korban is when her relationship with Marc fails because she tried to make him do what she wanted? Trying to manipulate people and circumstances never has and never will work because God moves on His timetable, not ours. We have to surrender to His plans and purposes for our life and trust Him for the dreams we carry inside us.

Marc and Kitra surrender the dreams and goals they have for themselves to the Father, and they found that He had some God-sized dreams for them, dreams that they could not have dreamt up on their own.

On the five point scale with 1 being awful and 5 being amazing, I’d rate this book as five stars. This is a book that stayed with me long after I had read the final page.

Tense action, but not excessively gory

By Sharon Steele

…Bunn skillfully weaves themes of forgiveness, faith, and unity into each of the books.

Strait of Hormuz is a fast-paced action thriller. From bombs exploding in the first chapter to gun-fire battles, and high speed chases in a red Ferrari, it is non-stop action and mystery. Nine nuclear bombs have gone missing from North Korea and seem to be on their way to Iran. Mark and his team must discern the true threat and prevent an international incident which would likely lead to war. The key players use a mixture of skill, intuition, prayer, and godly intervention to thwart the devilish intentions of a very sophisticated group of terrorists.

Interwoven into the story is the romance between Mark and Kitra—a romance that honors God, yet leaves you guessing as to the outcome until the final pages.

Strait of Hormuz has intense action, lots of excitement and tension without excessively gory details. It has gentle romance without smutty sex scenes, and throughout it portrays Christian values. I enjoyed it and if you like adventure stories, you will too.