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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn

The Patmos Deception
ISBN: 9780764211393
Publisher Synopsis:                                 An Ancient Island Holds an Ancient Secret . . .

Nick Hennessy, 
a young Texas journalist yearning for his big break, finds himself in Europe--his assignment, to investigate the alarming disappearance of invaluable Grecian antiquities. Nick has the credentials--and cover ID--to unearth the truth. And he knows just the researcher to help him...

Carey Mathers, fresh from her studies in forensic archeology, has accepted a job with the prestigious Athens Institute for Antiquities--a dream come true, really, particularly when the Greek isle of Patmos, where the Apostle John received his vision of the Apocalypse, was a particular focus of her research.

Dimitri Rubinos, for whom the Greek islands represent his life, holds on by his fingernails to the family charter boat business. But his country's economic chaos isn't the only thing that has turned his world on its head...

 MrsK's Review:
When I was given an opportunity to review this book, I had a bubbling of excitement to return to Patmos after all of these years. The intrigue of a sacred document, the mysterious disappearances of ancient antiquities, and the character's passionate work as a journalist, a forensic archaeologist, and a charter boatman was a mixture that I could not resist.

"Carey Mathers arrived in Greece in a state of breathless exhaustion... 
She had never been too worried about what her grandmother called the store-bought life.
But this trip was different. Her journey to Greece was all about dreams coming true."

I remember that exhaustion. I was hooked with her dreams of Greece coming true... I would be enjoying this book and I would not be disappointed. Great beginnings always create a perfect opportunity for enjoying a journey with a satisfied "sigh" of relief.

If Carey's worn out invitation to come and work for the Athens Institute for Antiquities brought hope and joy, imagine what a chained gate... an empty building... and chaos in the streets were doing to her emotions as she arrives in Greece (I was not expecting this turn of events at the get-go).

Befriended by Eleni, Carey begins a journey of unexpected events that will land her on the island of Patmos. These events are orchestrated to bring her together with a dear friend from the past, with a women of God who will guide her beyond survival, and with breath-taking sights in which she stops to take its grandeur in as often as possible (so many memories were shared within this character's discoveries...I loved the connections).

Each character is so interesting. Their stories are woven in such a way that you will agree with their choices, or you will be tense and on alert, or you could feel yourself drawn to race to their defense:
  • Where do you go with no money, home, family, or friends?
  • What do you do when men with guns board your boat and there's a storm thundering all around you?
  • What can you do when the local police begin questioning your involvement and connections?
  • How do you get out of a kidnapping?
  • What happens when your heart strings are being played?
  • What has the Patmos Monastery of Saint John have do with this definite life-changing espionage and illegalities of others?
  • Who is Prochoros? 
  • What wisdom can Kyriaki share that will keep every character on the right course?
  • How will  Dr. Karras provide safety for Carey and Nick when the UN Heritage Sites commissions can't be trusted?
  •  Just how deadly will McAllister get if the Bishop doesn't turn over the artifact?
If their lives depend on them getting this mission right, then Carey will need to depend on her relationship with God. Can a life-long "pilgrimage" be found in the Cave of Revelation? For those who have entered this cave, the vivid detail will take your breath away!

"Carey pressed her hands to her cheeks, her eyes brimming with tears...
 She tried to look everywhere at once, desperate to take it all in, every shred of the morning and the sounds that he had taken for granted all his life..."

Don't overlook this journey with Carey, Nick, and Dimitri in and out of Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, and Patmos... 

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Meet the Author:

  Born and raised in North Carolina, Davis left for Europe at age twenty. There he first completed graduate studies in economics and finance, then began a business career that took him to over forty countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Davis came to faith at age 28, while living in Germany and running an international business advisory group. He started writing two weeks later. Since that moment, writing has remained both a passion and a calling.

Davis wrote for nine years and completed seven books before his first was accepted for publication. During that time, he continued to work full-time in his business career, travelling to two and sometimes three countries every week. His first published book, The Presence, was released in 1990 and became a national bestseller.

Honored with four Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, his bestsellers include The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Warning, The Book of Hours, and The Quilt. 

"I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for this review."
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