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“A smooth blend of romance, biblical history, archeology, and murder mystery. . . . With this adventure, Bunn should win another crown.” (Publishers Weekly)

“An excellent book—fast moving with plenty of action and history. Read it!” (Sacramento Book Review)

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Davis Bunn is the author of numerous national bestsellers in genres spanning historical sagas, contemporary thrillers, and inspirational gift books. He has received widespread critical acclaim, including three Christy Awards for excellence in fiction, and his books have sold more than six million copies in sixteen languages. He and his wife, Isabella, are affiliated with Oxford University, where Davis serves as writer in residence at Regent’s Park College. He lectures internationally on the craft of writing.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Mystery, Intrigue & Romance Sept. 8 2010
By A. E. Hebbert - Published on
Format: Paperback
Storm Syrrell returns from Gold of Kings for another thrilling mystery, penned by the "Gentleman Adventurer," Davis Bunn. She's still an antiquarian, this time desperate for cash. She should refuse to work with the mystery client who asks her to track down a non-existent antique with miraculous healing powers. But her desperation pushes her to take on this deep-pocketed client. There's grave danger, adventure, and international travel, crafted by Bunn with authenticity and action. And romance. If she can live long enough.

Bunn serves as Novelist in Residence for Regent's College at Oxford University. He also teaches creative writing programming for Oxford. He speaks at writers conferences around the world. Fluent in three languages, Dr. Bunn has done extensive travel in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. He lives with his wife, both in England and Florida's West Coast.

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Review by Audrey Hebbert, M.A., author of Green Light Red Light.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Fast paced Nov. 21 2010
By Janna R. Ryan - Published on
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Davis Bunn brings back the cast of Storm, Emma and Harry in "The Black Madonna" and sends them all over the world in chase of various ancient religious icons. It is full of international intrigue, mystery and suspense - who are the good guys, who are the bad guys? I was guessing through a lot of the book, Russia, Poland, England, America, who is behind the sudden outrageously high priced items at auction. Will it tear Europe apart when its discovered that the Black Madonna in Poland has been replaced with a fake? Who bombed Harry? Who wants Storm dead? This book will keep you on your toes to the end!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Book 2 of the series is just as good as book 1 Nov. 1 2010
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I love this whole series. Lots of suspense. This writer inserts good historical facts and weaves his story expertly. I enjoy all of Mr. Bunn's books. And I certainly hope there is a book 3 of this series.
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Good story, but.... June 1 2013
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While I have always loved stories by D. Bunn, and this one lead me along on an exciting "tour" of intrigue and suspense, the ending left me feeling very "let down," as it is very open ended. I realize stories can be written this way, leaving the ending to the reader's imagination, but this time it left me feeling a little disappointed. I thought it could have ended better, even if "open ended" to a degree. I enjoy the history that D. Bunn puts into his stories, for sure, and everything is "clean" and good. He is one of my all time favorite authors.
Action and Romance, a Win-Win in Fiction Sept. 27 2010
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From the first chapter, this plot gripped me and never let go until the last page. In fact, I'm not sure I have quit looking over my shoulder yet. Just when the reader is sure a character is safe and the worst is over, there's more. Long gone is the T. Davis Bunn, now just Davis Bunn, of the Jeanette Oake days. There is nothing cliché or fluffy here.

In The Black Madonna, antiques expert Storm Syrrell and Homeland Security agent Emma Webb get caught in the middle of a scheme where a mystery bidder wants to purchase artifacts through Storm at exorbitant prices. At the same time, friend harry Bennett vanishes and is assumed dead after an explosion in the middle east.

The story takes Syrrell and several other main characters on a chase through dangerous trek around the world, through the mountains in Switzerland, the desert in Pakistan and much more. I know nothing about antiques auctions, bidding, or security agents, yet I found myself in the world of these people as though I lived it. The glamour of jetting off to this country and that will tickle the adventure bug and thrill the imagination of the reader. And the fast action of this thriller will keep the reader enthralled right to the end. With murderers on the tail of every lead character, no place is safe. Female readers will likely enjoy the thread of romance in the book as well.

I enjoyed this book very much. If there is a drawback it's that the plot is complicated enough that I'm not sure I truly understood how it all ended. I got a little lost in my understanding of the motive of the mystery bidder. However, that was likely because I was rushing to get to the end to see how everything resolved. Perhaps I missed something.

One other drawback is that it seems the editors overlooked passive voice (use of "be" verbs) all over this book. I'm assuming it's because of the extensive publishing record of this author that he can get away with it. What's the big deal? Well, it made some of the description kind of flat. As if he were listing off facts rather than weaving a story. Here's an example from page 42. "The ancient stone breakwater was rimmed by a road...The seafront promenade was as packed...Old women dressed in black were accompanied by...Their speech and soft footfalls were.." And here's another from page 92. "The ceiling above Harry's canvas bunk was rusted through...His side window was cracked...Harry was dressed in...The bandages were wound...A wheelchair was jammed into the space..." Thankfully, the dialogue and action made up for the passive description.

I give the book 4 stars and highly recommend it. I was given a complimentary copy of the book from Glass Road PR in exchange for my fair and honest review.