Book Review: The Patmos Deception

25 Feb

211393An 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.


Photo2Born and raised in North Carolina, Davis Bunn 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.

A sought-after speaker in the art of writing, Davis serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University.


My Impressions:

Davis Bunn is a master in taking the reader to exotic locales and putting them right in the middle of intrigue, danger and romance. In his latest romantic suspense novel, The Patmos Deception, he introduces the reader to three great characters, a puzzling mystery surrounding ancient Christian artifacts and international political and economic conspiracies. His deft handling of the subject matter and the romantic possibilities of his characters are added bonuses. This book is a great choice for those who want a page-turning and plot-twisting read.

Forensic archeologist Carey Mathers is pursuing her dream job, but when she arrives in Greece it seems that her dreams have turned to nightmares. Out of a job, she is soon contacted by childhood friend and journalist Nick Hennessy who is on the trail of a BIG story. Nick makes Carey an offer she cannot refuse — assist him in investigating the thefts of religious artifacts. Their inquiries lead them across the Greek islands, to the Turkish coast and back again, centering on the legendary island of Patmos. They soon meet tourist boat captain Dimitri Rubinos, but can they trust him with their lives. And can Carey trust either man with her heart?

I loved the setting of The Patmos Deception. I knew next to nothing about Greece before reading this book. Bunn not only provides beautiful descriptions, but also insight into the political and economic struggles of the country. The characters are easy to like, and I never could decide which man I wanted Carey to end up with. The plot is fast-paced and keeps the reader on his toes. The action and the pages flew by. There are a couple of loose threads left to tie up and this bodes well for more adventures with Carey, Nick and Dimitri.


Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Bethany House for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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