Archive for the ‘Davis Bunn’s Novels’ Category

Eagle-Eyed Readers Spot Errors in My Books

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Rare Earth by Davis BunnBrian writes: 

I recently read Rare Earth. Overall I enjoyed it, and it was great to read a strong Christian hero novel.

I have spent a great deal of time in Kenya, and am married to a Luo. I was a little surprised at some of the inaccuracies in giving the Luo stories, in some of the language confusion (Yebo of course being Zulu), and the overstatement of the dangers of Kenya, Nairobi, and even Kibera. Of course there is the chance of being robbed, but other than that, I and so many others love walking the streets of Nairobi, and have wonderful ministry in Kibera.

I run a disaster response organization, and have traveled fairly extensively. One of my great concerns is this fear, particularly within the Missions community. Over and over I meet missionaries that do live in this kind of fear, and in complete isolation from the culture, and particularly the genuine strength and beauty in so many local churches.

Thank you for the writing you are doing, and I hope to read other books of yours in the future. If you are ever back in Kenya and want to find the joy of the streets and in Kibera please let me know, and I can connect you with various in-laws and Christian Kenyans who can take you around the city and the slums.

Dear Brian,

It was great to hear from someone with your background, and to learn that despite the areas of disagreement you still enjoyed the tale. I realize that many people who travel, work, and serve in these areas do so with complete safety. But everything I used as action scenes were in fact taken from real-life incidences.

It is also important to remember that this was a suspense drama. Just like people do not expect to be attacked on the streets of Washington after seeing a film about espionage, so too is it important to understand the emotive structure of a novel.

 UnlimitedBookCover788x1200Pat writes: 

I am an avid fan of yours and have read almost every book you’ve written. Currently I’m reading Unlimited.

A little disappointed though that some Spanish words/customs were not checked and are incorrect. “Padron” is not a word in Spanish. It is Patrón ( with an accent on the “o”) and it means boss or chief.

Also, OJ as an abbreviation is awkward to say in Spanish but “Oji” would have been a good choice.

I will happily send along other ideas if you’re interested. Since I’m a native speaker and a Spanish teacher with a Ph.D., I’m well qualified!

As always, I’m enjoying your style and wit!

Dear Pat, 

While I’m indeed very glad that you enjoyed the story, I am so sorry to learn of the errors you discovered in the script. Because I do not speak Spanish (German, Italian, some French), I entrusted the manuscript to proofreaders.

As always we do still come across issues at the published state that we wish had been found earlier. But ‘patron’ will most certainly be altered.

As for the ‘OJ’ issue, on this point I can assure you that the locals do indeed refer to their home town in this manner, actually using the English way of saying the letters.

This entire project was a learning experience for me. I left the US and North America for Europe and then Africa when I was twenty, and have not traveled Mexico, Central or South America.  Everything you find in this story comes from people who have lived and worked there all their lives, including a number of amazing new friends who have managed to survive the current difficulties in Juarez.

In any case, I thank you for writing, and am grateful for the keen eye you showed to the text.

Is Fiction Stranger Than Truth?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Strait of HormuzToday, I’m sharing another round of excerpts from reader 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. Samuel Hall
  2. Mary Arndt
  3. Debbie Phillips
  4. Cynde Suite
  5. Gene Mumau
  6. Pamela Morrisson
  7. Dennis Brooke
  8. Lydia Blow

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction

By Samuel Hall

Davis Bunn keeps his hand on the throttle throughout our ride into Strait of Hormuz.

Marc Royce, an intelligence operative from Bunn’s earlier Kenya story, Rare Earth, is in Geneva, Switzerland for the first time ever. Royce is without backup, without a job (he’s just been fired), and without a gun (Swiss security), yet he’s about to enter an art gallery by “request” of the U.S. government to copy files which hold information of vital national importance.

His arrival is anticipated. The gallery has just been broken into and a bloodstained body on the floor draws him to the precise location to trigger a bomb. A suspected leak in U.S. intelligence dictated that Swiss intelligence not be informed of Marc’s mission. Coincidentally, Kitra Korban, a lovely distraction from Marc’s exploits in Kenya, arrives at the gallery at that moment with the express purpose of saving his hide.

That all happens within the first eight pages…

High-energy thriller

By Mary Arndt, Goodreads

Davis Bunn did an excellent job developing authentic characters and a thrilling plot. Strait of Hormuz is easy to read, keeping you on the edge of your seat excitedly waiting to see what will happen next. Bunn uses a great mixture of excitement, romance, faith and travel in this book. You will not want to miss it!

Davis Bunn’s stories have it all

By Debbie Phillips, Debbie’s Digest blog

Davis Bunn is my favorite author these days. I have been enjoying his new books, as well as some older ones I have gotten out of the library. His stories have it all. This one has:

Romance (but not gross icky romance, just enough to make me go awwwww and not enough so my sons don’t want to read the books.

Intrigue. Spiritual battles. Guns. Love. Prayer. Explosions. Friends. Enemies.

New friends found in unexpected places.

Life. God. Uncertainty.

People trying to find God’s will.

People with problems figuring out what to do next…. just like me. Well, not really JUST like me as I don’t usually have people shooting at me or trying to kill me in my everyday life.

I did love this book though. I LOVED the whole series. I still think book two is my favorite though, but I couldn’t exactly tell you why, with books one and three tied for a close second.

I was VERY sorry to hear this was the last of the books in the Marc Royce series. Everyone go awwwww again, this time in a sad way.

Edge-of-my-seat thriller

By Cynde Suite, Cyndecat’s Reading blog

…A finely woven story of courage, faith and stick through- it- ness that makes for an edge of your seat , nail-biting thriller. His characters are believably human, they have their doubts, they have their wounds but they also have their faith to rely on to get them through whatever life throws at them. His characters pray and read the Bible and share their faith with one another. It is a beautiful multicultural blend of sharing together despite their differences.

This was the most enjoyable of the three Marc Royce books. The action was non-stop, the plot was relevant, believable and could have been written from today’s headlines. Christians need books like this not only to help us wake up to the world around us but to visualize how we are to respond to our world.

Global tension and spiritual candor

By Gene Mumau

When Davis Bunn puts pen to paper – or more likely fingers to keyboard – he has an uncanny ability to weave global tension and spiritual candor into a page-turner novel. It is refreshing to read a well-presented mystery without the language assaulting one’s sensibilities in each dialogue. As the reader begins to anticipate the ending he finds he must adjust his expectations with almost every chapter. This adventure will keep you coming back page after page.

My kind of hero

By Pamela Morrisson, Daysong Reflections blog

Marc Royce is my kind of hero. He does not grandstand or try to draw attention to himself but quietly goes about taking care of business to the best of his ability. He plans ahead and tries to be ready for any unexpected problems. Most importantly, Marc does not back down from his responsibilities and will not abandon an unfinished assignment before completion. Although perfectly competent on his own, he does not have to be in charge at all times but works well with others toward the same goals…

Masterful story with memorable characters

By Dennis Brooke, Amazon

My wife and I were talking about what makes a great book. We like novels that take us to fascinating places, put us in the shoes of memorable characters, and surprise us with plot twists. The first two Marc Royce adventures fit that bill and so does Strait of Hormuz, Davis Bunn’s last book in the trilogy.

The way Davis weaves his stories he puts you in the action and scene with a skillful use of the language. Some authors seem to be in love with the sound of their own words. Davis is in love with the art of the story and he immerses you in it.

I like the Marc Royce character because he’s both heroic and real. The way he faces his trials contain great life lessons. One of his lines in the book made me really think: “There is no harder lesson for me to learn than to recognize the moment when I am called to be weak.”

Marc Royce leads the charge!

By Lydia Blow, Amazon

I loved this book – actually the entire series. Strait of Hormuz was very believable considering the world situation today, and it had “real” and likable characters. It kept my interest with many different things taking place, from hidden church groups to shoot-outs to secret operations. The characters were all very different and of different nationalities, but they worked together for a common cause.

A Story of Heartbreak and Mending

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Strait of HormuzToday, I’m sharing a slew of excerpts from reader 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. Geni White
  2. Sarah Judith Cole
  3. Tina Hunt
  4. Kitty Bucholtz
  5. Kattarin Kirk
  6. Beckie Burnham
  7. Russ Hanley
  8. Shari Bradley
  9. Sidney W. Frost
  10. Deb Haggerty

Mark Royce Faces Great Odds to Prevent a World War

By Geni White, Amazon

Marc Royce has again been called to investigate a matter that could involve the whole world in war, started unwittingly by the United States. As usual, Marc’s appointment upsets powerful government leaders, so he must work without official sanction and against numerous attempts to have him removed from the case…

Great book

By Sarah Judith Cole, Amazon

…Royce must solve the puzzle of an attack that seems to be directed against America, but the pieces don’t fit together like he expects them to. After seeing the woman he loved, but had to let go, painful memories and desires resurface. On top of that, he has to find people he can trust, and has to stay out of trouble with the authorities.

Grow Along With the Characters

By Tina Hunt, Pot of Manna blog

…The characters have a depth that makes them quite real. As is typical of Bunn’s writing, they grow as they face their issues and questions. And while faith is an obvious theme and thread that runs through the story, it is certainly not “crammed down your throat” or preachy. Topics of past hurt along with questions of trust for the future are dealt with in gentle wooing ways that may find you questioning your own faith journey and growing with Marc, Kitra, and Rhana.

Loved the Characters

By Kitty Bucholtz

…While struggling to find out where the new threat to America is coming from, sometimes at odds with his own government, Marc meets a really interesting array of people – a Swiss operative and a Swiss police inspector, a Persian art dealer, a knighted English art collector, and many more, as well as several people he’s worked with in the past. (I love it when you see characters appear in multiple books. It feels like you get to know them better.)

Heartbreak and Mending

By Kattarin Kirk, A Gracious Stumble blog

An amazing story of heartbreak and mending. It makes you realize that even when we don’t get our human version of happily-ever-after God has a plan that is so much better.

Pulse-Raising Action

By Beckie Burnham, By The Book blog

A great book for suspense lovers, this novel has it all — terrorists, multinational spies, a threat to Israel and the US, and a group of patriots with the desire and hope of freedom for their countries. There is also a very satisfying romantic element to sweeten the plot. A great conclusion for a great series.

Marc Royce is off on another action packed thrill ride

By Russ Hanley, Amazon

If you like action-packed adventure and suspense, you’ll love this whole series and especially Strait of Hormuz. These books can be read by themselves but the real gem is in reading all three in order because you’ll get to know the characters and understand their history.

Marc Royce is the hero America needs and Kitra Korban is the “girl next door” only with more complexity and interest. Bunn creates characters and stories that are so real you feel like you’re right there and these are people you know.

Journey With the Characters

By Shari Bradley, Amazon

…Though Marc and Kitra are the primary focus, I found the complexities of the other characters and the trials they face to be equally stirring, very much like ourselves and the passages we each face in our own lives.

It is not easy being an operative in this dangerous world of international intrigue and turmoil, nor is it easy to really look inside and see ourselves for who we are. In these engaging stories, we have seen Marc overcome tragic times in his life to live again and love again, all the while serving his country and his God.

Powerful Descriptions

By Sidney W. Frost, Christian Bookmobile blog

…The story moves quickly and the suspense gets intense at times. The descriptions are so powerful you feel you are there with the team and you wonder if the author has firsthand experience with such situations. He knows what he is talking about and he makes what could be a confusing tale understandable and entertaining.

Has Marc Royce finally met an enemy he can’t beat?

By Deb Haggerty, Positive Grace blog

Strait of Hormuz, the third in Davis Bunn’s Marc Royce series, has all the elements of a good story: the beautiful woman, a mysterious older woman, a daunting enemy, and lots of action. Bunn squarely nails every element!

Reader Mailbag: Chinese Subject Matter in ‘The Great Divide’

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

The Great Divide by Davis BunnRosalina writes: 

Recently I borrowed The Great Divide from my local library in New Zealand. I was so hooked into reading it that I ended up purchasing a copy which I have re-read several times.

The Chinese subject matter interested me greatly as my mother grew up in China (we are not Chinese) and I also belong to a China Friendship Association in NZ and naturally I do have Chinese friends.

You handled the Chinese side of things beautifully and it was a topic that needed to be written about.

Dear Rosalina,

It is amazing and gratifying to know that my words have reached your distant corner of the globe, and even more so to learn the story resonated with someone who has this bond to China. My wife’s graduate thesis was based upon this issue, and her research is embedded in virtually every page.

Danger and Dark Alleys in ‘Strait of Hormuz’

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Strait of HormuzI’m delighted to share another round of reader reviews of Strait of Hormuz with you. Today’s reviewers are Mary Hake, Gary Gilmore, Katherine Scott Jones and Faith Farrell. Read on…

Exciting adventure and intrigue!

By Mary Hake, Amazon

Plunge into the world of international intrigue and danger in Davis Bunn’s newest book, Strait of Hormuz.  Marc Royce, who starred in the astounding Lion of Babylon and its exciting sequel Rare Earth, needs to stay at the top of his game to outwit and survive the enemy’s tricks and attacks. When even his American compatriots seem to suspect him and thwart his efforts to protect the world from nuclear meltdown, Marc must decide whom he can trust and how to carry out his mission—even if it means going it on his own.

Circumstances throw Marc and Kitra Korban together again, which can be awkward as they attempt to deal with the threats they face and the future they long to spend together. They must both overcome the past in order to move forward.

I always enjoy the way Davis Bunn weaves his stories with authentic characterization, thrilling plots, and realistic settings, and includes new technology in the mix. The novel definitely sounds like something from the pages of current history. Let’s hope if such a crisis does develop that the outcome turns out as well as this fictional account ends.

I suggest reading the series in order but each book is an exciting adventure of its own.

Danger and dark alleys

By Gary Gilmore, blog

Full of romance, thrills, dangers, intrigue, high speed, and dark alleys, Strait of Hormuz does not disappoint. Davis Bunn is a masterful writer. From the explosive first chapter to the unexpected ending, you are in for a hair-raising good time.

Strait of Hormuz finds Marc Royce in Geneva, Switzerland, for some unknown reason – unknown to Marc and to Ambassador Walton who sent him there. Marc struggles throughout the whole book to determine his reason for being in Geneva, and the struggles not only define his skills, but highlight the matter of US security.

In every situation in which he finds himself – and he finds himself in some unbelievable situations, he does not seem to know how or why he is where he is. But being the astute man that he is, Marc collects all of these happenstances as clues to some bigger puzzle. He does not so much stumble into situations as he marches purposefully into them. He believes that eventually he will know the purpose, and that it will lead him to the desired end, which he is sure he will recognize when he sees it. Now that is trust with a capital T.

His trust in God, his Ambassador boss, and his country, along with his positive, optimistic attitude of life, seem to keep him afloat and upright. It is tempting to reveal the plot in order to make the point, but you will just have to read the book. And just know that those who have already read the book are looking over your shoulder, eager for you to discover what they have discovered along the way.

Another well-drawn adventure from an author who understands his brand

By Katherine Scott Jones, Story Matters blog

Genre: Fiction/Christian/Suspense

Judge this book by its cover? I can’t decide. On the one hand, it captures the essence of the book’s climax. But it doesn’t hint at its strong romance or the glamorous Swiss setting leading to that point. In my opinion, this cover is meant to appeal to the male audience.

Reminds me of… Brock and Bodie Thoene.

Buy or borrow? Fans will want to buy.

Why did I read this book? For Bethany House for review.

My take: Davis Bunn strikes me as a novelist who understands his brand and knows how to deliver time and again what his readers clamor for: well-plotted, deeply researched stories populated by complex characters and threaded with strong inspiration messages.

In Strait of Hormuz, readers will once again find Bunn’s trademark clean, straightforward prose as well as between-the-eyes Christian themes. They’ll also find another element we’ve come to expect from his novels: a well-imagined, fictionalized take on real-world politics.

I can’t decide, however, which audience–male or female–the Marc Royce series will appeal to more. They contain a balanced blend of action (in this novel alone, I believe I counted four major explosions) and romance, plus heartfelt explorations of spiritual matters. So I guess the answer to my question is that Bunn writes for both men and women (and in this way, he reminds me of John Grisham). Indeed, I’d say his finely honed skill at writing for a broad audience explains much of his well-deserved popularity.

If pressed to give Strait of Hormuz a rating, I’d give it 4 stars–falling short of five only because this style of storytelling doesn’t particularly resonate with me. Nonetheless, I’m confident this latest of Bunn’s well-drawn adventures will surely appeal to his myriad fans–and win him a few more besides.

Lessons of faith, culture and history

By Faith Farrell, Found a Christian By His Grace blog

…While reading this I learned much more about Iran, the history of Persia, Israel’s precision trained Mossad, the Strait of Hormuz itself, and the lives of Christians in the Middle East where faith often has to go underground to survive. There are Jews, Muslims and Christians among the characters, and some characters are not what they seem at first.

They are complex, and once you get to know the good characters, you really like them. You care about them, you are fascinated as you follow them in their mission, and you know that you don’t want any of them to be hurt or killed.

One of my favorite characters was Kitra, a spirited woman who is offered a world beyond the kibbutz of her youth, and a chance to save her people. Kitra is also offered love, true love, and must make choices about how to proceed with that.

The plot is the kind that is fast moving but never at the expense of the details that make it memorable. Military, Intelligence Agents, men and women of espionage, Christians who manage to spread the Gospel through “hidden” Churches… it’s all here.

And the setting. Once again, the writing brings the settings to life. I went online and looked up St. Catherine Monastery in Egypt, intrigued by the way Davis Bunn had described this place. The many photographs confirm that sunrise there is as other-worldly beautiful as it sounded.

Yes, Strait of Hormuz  is a book that you can give a man or a woman of any age, because there are well-drawn characters both male and female. If you read this book you will learn lessons of faith and culture and history while enjoying a great story.

Learning About Other Cultures Through Novels

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Hendrickson Publishers recently re-released the three books in The Priceless Collection series, which had been out of print for seven years.

This family epic blends mystery and romance and is set in the luxurious trappings of contemporary London and the turbulent economies of Eastern Europe.

The Priceless Collection

Florian's Gate by Davis Bunn The Amber Room by Davis Bunn Winter Palace by Davis Bunn

Here are two reader letters that reflect on the books in The Priceless Collection.

Vickie writes: 

I stayed up late last night to finish Florian’s Gate. What an amazing book. I read a lot of fiction, but I love fiction that includes history.

Like the main character, Jeffrey, my view of life beyond the Iron Curtain has always been limited by my own paradigms. It was eye-opening to see the people of this land through Jeffrey’s eyes as he experienced them first hand.

I was not surprised to find that many of the stories of the people in the book came from first-hand accounts of real people. This is a great book about the courage and strength of a nation that has endured so much.

Dear Vickie,

As you may have gathered from the dedication and acknowledgements, this story was based upon the experiences of my wife’s family, and so holds a very special significance for me. I’m thrilled that you connected with it.

Dave writes: 

I recently finished reading the three books of The Priceless Collection. Thank you so much–I learned a lot about what Poland has gone through, just in my lifetime. Also learned a bit about Russia while reading three very interesting stories.

Some of your books are hard to read as they describe working and living conditions in other countries that are so much different than what we have lived through. We had a chance to go to Germany on a work and Witness team in 2000 and spent a week working at the Nazarene church in Frankfurt and another week traveling around in Germany.

We spent three days in Berlin and got to see what the war did and where the city was divided for so many years. While it is now one city again a lot of evidence of what it was like is still there. At the time we were there they were refurbishing the building that used to house the German government before the Soviet Union divided the city.

The leader of our group grew up in Germany because his father was pastoring the church in Frankfurt while it was being built in the 1960s. As it turns out I was only a few miles away in Wiesbaden, in the army at the same time. Did not meet them until we met in a church in Meridian, Idaho many years later.

Because he grew up there he knew of a small museum in Frankfurt that he took us to. It was very small and the only thing I remember from it is the two display cases–one of what Frankfurt looked like before the war and the other what it looked like after we got through bombing it. Not much left standing.

Living in America tends to spoil us as far as our freedoms compared to a lot of other countries in the world.

Dear Dave,

It has been remarkable how these stories have connected with an entirely new audience, 15 years after they were first written. The wall has fallen, and so many people in these affected countries now consider it so far past that it holds no real importance.

They want to focus forward, join Europe, move into better homes and jobs and futures. I was therefore concerned when I heard the books were to be re-released. And yet still they connect, and in such lovely ways.

For details and purchasing information about the books in The Priceless Collection, visit:

Book 1: Florian’s Gate

Book 2: The Amber Room

Book 3: Winter Palace

Complex Female Characters in ‘Strait of Hormuz’

Monday, December 9th, 2013

In these new reader reviews of Strait of Hormuz, the reviewers reflect on faith and friendship. You’ll hear from Mark Buzard, Audrey Sauble and Kim Martinez.

Lion of Babylon Rare Earth by Davis Bunn Strait of Hormuz

Making God Part of the Story

By Mark Buzard, Thoughts of Sojourner blog

As with the other two books, the very likable Marc Royce returned as the main character. He is thrown again into some major political suspense and intrigue. I really had a hard time putting the book down, and since I was reading it when I didn’t have to put it down, I let myself be pulled into the story, and through the book traveled all over Switzerland the Middle East. Although the book is fiction, the reality of how much the Arab nations hate Israel is not, and the book had a very scary scenario of what could happen if one of those countries decided to go after Israel.

Bunn is an author who isn’t afraid to write Christian fiction and make God part of the story. The Christian aspect of the book only added to the story, and was such a part of the story that it wouldn’t have been as great of a book without it. Through fiction, the author shows how God can always work for the good, and even when things look impossibly grim, He can save the day.

I was sad to see this series end, but this book wraps up an excellent series with a lot of suspense, drama, action, and some romance thrown in for good measure. I still say the first book was the best, but this third one is even more exciting and action filled, and left me with a great satisfied filling that comes from reading a great novel.

When Friends Need Help

By Audrey Sauble, The Lore Mistress blog

Everyone has a friend who needs help occasionally. Marc Royce’s friend just happens to be Ambassador Walton, a very old friend and a top intelligence official.

It also just happens that Marc’s friend needs help with a very serious problem. The US was tracking a shipment from North Korea to Pakistan when nine containers on the shipment disappeared. US officials believe the containers are headed to Iran, with the missile parts that could increase Iran’s firing range to reach the US. Within a week, the containers will have time to reach Iran, and meanwhile, the US’s best solution is also the worst—to stop ships entering the Strait of Hormuz and search them for the containers. Doing so may stop the attack, or it may give Iran an excuse to declare war.

Marc’s role is to find a way out—specifically, he’s supposed to track the money and find out what really is going on. Unfortunately, his first search effort uncovers a booby-trap instead.

And then Kitra, the Israeli nurse Marc met in Rare Earth, walks onto the scene.

In the background, waits a shadowy, but intriguing, cast. There’s the wealthy backers who can send agents anywhere in the world or to any five-star hotel at a moment’s notice, as well as the underground house-church with members from enemy cultures and a mission to protect believers in hostile countries.

Bunn started the series in 2011, introducing freelance intelligence operative Marc Royce in Lion of Babylon. The middle novel, Rare Earth (which I reviewed last summer), won the 2013 Christy Award for Suspense Fiction. And now, Strait of Hormuz marks the end of the series.

Even as the last book in the series, Strait of Hormuz stands on its own, telling Marc’s latest adventure separate from his previous missions. As with Rare Earth, I would have no problem picking up the action from the first few pages. At the same time, this being the second book I’ve read from the series, I noticed more that Bunn doesn’t spend a lot of time on character-development. I was able to connect fairly well with Marc and Kitra, but part of that was from having met them before.

I’m not sure whether I would classify Strait of Hormuz as a slow-paced spy story or a fast-paced romance. It has elements of both—Bunn balances a race to save the world fairly well against Marc and Kitra’s struggle to understand their emotions and their relationship.

Bunn does well at both, but I found the background characters with their range of motives and backstories to be the best part of the story. They were also, in some way, easier for me to connect to than the story from Rare Earth. So, while Strait of Hormuz ranks 4 out of 5, I liked it better overall than Rare Earth, and I’m not sure I was ready for the series to end.

Another fantastic Marc Royce action!

By Kim Martinez, Amazon

While a lot of our media shows us intrigue that disengages from personal purpose, Bunn shows us how the two intertwine to develop our future.

He doesn’t shy away from the hard questions that real people ask, nor does he give easy answers. Instead, he weaves terrific intrigue with honest human interaction to create a fantastic book that is well worth your time.

Strait of Hormuz is classic Davis Bunn – intricate character development and amazing plot work. In fact, one of the things I particularly like about Bunn is his ability to create very complex female characters. Many authors seem to create complex male characters in their action novels, but Bunn manages to do both.

Strait of Hormuz is a current-day, believable plot that took me inside communities that I hadn’t heard of. I learned a bit about Christianity in the Middle East while reading a great action novel. If you haven’t read Rare Earth yet, you might enjoy both books best if you read them together. Although each stands alone, the character development of Marc and Kitra spans the two, and is really well done.

Stop Making Me Get Choked Up When I Read Your Books Aloud to My Wife!

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Larry writes:   

While we wait for your next books to be released, my wife and I searched through all your works, and selected Rhineland Inheritance – book 1 in the Rendezvous With Destiny series.

Having been written 20 years ago, I figured your more recent Marc Royce series would reflect a definite improvement in your writing skills. Truth is, you were already a gifted writer then. The good stuff just keeps coming!

One suggestion, though. We read together, and the extremely personal, emotionally poignant passages can choke me up, which makes reading difficult. So, maybe hereafter, you could just write something like, “Moving tenderly toward her, he said, ‘Yada, yada, yada.’”

It would be a lot less emotional, and we could use our imagination, and I wouldn’t get all choked up!!  So now you know why I am not a writer.

Seriously, when Sally Anders opened up to Jake and described her fiancé, she was describing the godly man I want to be.

The man I want to be…?  As in, when I grow up??  But 63 is pretty much already grown up, isn’t it?  Fortunately, God is not finished with us until He calls us home.

It’s difficult to keep reading out loud to your spouse when the character in the book is “talking to you” about such monumental and eternal things.

So, when I say, “Thank you” for writing, you’ll understand that I mean a whole lot more.

Dear Larry,

As for my for my knowing you’re not a writer, sorry, I don’t get that at all. If this is related to your getting choked up, let me tell you, I just finished rereading a manuscript I’m in the process of completing, and I LOVED that I got choked up at a couple of points. This emotional bond to the characters is just vital.

Gun fire, Explosions, and a High-Speed Chase in a Red Ferrari

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Strait of HormuzWow. I wish I could share ALL the fantastic reviews from readers of Strait of Hormuz. Here’s a sampling of excerpts from reviews that have been posted recently. Today we’ll hear from Vickie Taylor, Tammy Griffin, Katherine Wacker, Pris Phillips, Deb Killian, Shirley McDonald and Eddie Gilley! I hope you’ll click on each author’s link to read their full review.

Impact: Worldview

By Vickie Taylor, Book Marks blog

A former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations once noted that “Patriotism… is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”

This mind-set is the framework from which Marc Royce operates. A U.S. intelligence operative, Royce specializes in being the man on the ground in tenuous situations with little prep time and no backup—the man whose instincts and judgment can be trusted when Intel is sketchy and allies are hard to find. Royce is the man you count on when you can count on nothing else, and that makes him the perfect hero for the imminent threat facing the Middle East in Davis Bunn’s latest release, Strait of Hormuz.

The third installment in Bunn’s Marc Royce series, this story opens with Royce being sent to Switzerland to follow up on a lead, but when he arrives, his lead is dead, a bomb is about to go off, and the woman he cares about walks into the building right before detonation. Readers are dropped straight into the action and hit the ground running as they follow Marc Royce into the fray.

The sense of urgency established in the first chapter builds by degrees as the reader joins Royce in his pursuit for answers in the midst of political posturing between competing intelligence agencies and rival governments. On this mission, Marc is searching for a missing freighter carrying what is believed to be guidance systems for long-range missiles. U.S. officials fear that the components, shipped from North Korea, are headed for Iran, and recent Intel indicates that the Atlantic Coast of the United States may be the target.

The United States wants to intercept the cargo before it reaches the Strait of Hormuz, the channel of water linking the Persian Gulf with the open ocean, but the ship has gone off the grid. Marc’s job is to discover the ship’s destination and find the people responsible for its movements before military intervention is necessary.

Royce’s trip to Switzerland was supposed to connect him with the man facilitating the financial transactions for the movement of arms. Instead, it leads him to an ally inside Israel’s intelligence agency and an informant with connections to Iran. These unlikely allies work together to prevent a serious international incident and, in the process, find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Their love for country is surpassed only by their commitment to Christ. Trapped inside a world that would divide them by geography, politics, and culture, these patriots transcend those arbitrary barriers to form a cohesive team.

This unique collaboration allows them to find answers to the questions their governments aren’t asking and puts them all on the front lines of a deadly assault aimed at America’s strongest ally in the Middle East. Tension mounts as the team is forced to work against time and outside official governmental parameters to prevent a biochemical attack on Israel and to apprehend the man responsible for its implementation.

Davis Bunn’s skill at weaving faith and integrity into the fictional world of covert ops without sacrificing the adventure and intrigue inherent to the genre is unparalleled. Fans of Bourne and Bond could easily identify with Marc Royce’s world and would, no doubt, come to respect a man who values progress over politics and pursues justice rather than glory. Royce’s keen intellect, combat skills, and decisive command make him an admirable warrior while his sincerity and compassion make him an attractive hero. This combination accounts for the character’s overall appeal to both male and female readers.

Also appealing is the view of the world we see through Marc Royce’s eyes. This series depicts more than the age-old conflict of nation rising against nation. It casts a vision for a world where leadership is defined by sacrifice, unity is prized over power, and peace is found in obeying the call of God. In Strait of Hormuz, Davis Bunn offers readers a model of hope for a world in turmoil and a picture of faith that perseveres in spite of the obstacles.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series, in large part, because Bunn portrays a world where peacemakers are recognized as the sons of God and the meek really do inherit the earth. I find the more I read Bunn’s work, the more I want to live in that world. How about you?

Fantastic Christian Suspense!

By Tammy Griffin, Tammy’s Book Parlor blog

From the first page the excitement comes at the reader with a barrel of gun fire, explosions, and a high speed chase in a red Ferrari! And Marc is thrown into a perilous situation with a woman he is attracted to but cannot love… A great end to fantastic trilogy!

Exquisite Detail

By Katherine Wacker, Katherine’s Chronicle blog

Davis Bunn is at his best when he transports readers to places most can only dream of. He tells a story in exquisite detail as few Christian authors do. This gift only enhances the already page-turning, suspense-filled tale that could be ripped from today’s headlines. It is incredibly well-researched and filled with details that even a political junkie would enjoy.

Bunn’s Best Yet

By Pris Phillips, Amazon

I have read both of the previous Marc Royce books by Davis Bunn, and Strait of Hormuz is the best yet! I’m about half way through the book, and can’t put it down! I had to write a review before I even finish it… it’s THAT good!!

Marc Royce is my hero

By Deb Killian, M2M blog

Davis Bunn once again captured my senses as he took me on a new journey of reconnaissance, romance & faith… I was drawn into the story as Bunn wove each character in and out of the tapestry of the rich and beautiful to the dangerous and harrowing moments of international espionage. From prominent art gallery, yacht and luxurious resort to high sea adventure and car chase you will find yourself on the edge of your seat as Marc and the woman he secretly loves zigzag their way through an intricate plot.

Davis Bunn has a gift of interlinking suspense with God’s plan, redemptive nature and hope for each individual person. I love un-wrapping each and every story. You will too.

Marc Royce is back in a great action thriller

By Shirley McDonald, Amazon

…Continuing Marc’s story on another assignment for Ambassador Walton, Bunn uses well-developed characters, fact action, suspense, and multicultural friendships to explore those hard to answer questions that many people have about Christian beliefs. The reader learns much about the Middle East as Marc’s group travels throughout the area in an attempt to stop a vicious terrorist attack. Author Davis Bunn gives the reader much to think about, along with a hard-to-put-down story. A definite 5 star rating!

Thrilling ending to the Marc Royce Trilogy

By Eddie Gilley, blog

…As in the other two books in this trilogy, Lion of Babylon and Rare Earth, readers are treated to detailed descriptions of locations in several countries. Bunn takes the time and effort to thoroughly develop the settings of the events in order to bring the reader along on the incredible and dangerous journey facing Marc [Royce] and [Kitra Korban]…

…As usual, Bunn manages to write an action novel that includes faith without coming off as fake or forced. The story of Marc’s faith and how it affects his life as an agent continues to unfold in way that will seem natural to those who have read the previous two volumes but will also make sense if this is your first foray into the world of Marc Royce.

Reader Question: Why Aren’t All Your Books on Nook?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Margaret writes:

I have read at least 26 of your books. Recently I downloaded The Great Divide and found that I had read it before — totally enjoyed it again! Why do you not put more of your books on Nook? That is my favorite medium and would love to find more recent selections of yours.

Dear Margaret,

I too wish more of my titles were available on Nook, as that was the first reader device I acquired. These decisions are taken by the company and not by me.

In case you are interested, we have just learned that Amazon intends to offer my entire backlist, stretching back 24 years, on Kindle. Hopefully Nook will follow suit.