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The Black Madonna [Paperback]

Davis Bunn

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Book Description

Sept. 7 2010 Storm Syrrell Adventures
Following the internationally acclaimed Gold of Kings, Storm Syrrell returns in the compelling story of The Black Madonna.

Antiques expert Storm Syrrell heads to Europe to investigate the clandestine trade in religious artifacts. She dismisses superstitious tales of miraculous healings and divine omens. Yet when an obsessive Russian oligarch calls—just as her friend Harry Bennett vanishes—all assumptions must be cast aside. Storm seeks answers in a medieval monastery. There, the scarred visage of an icon provokes ever more startling questions. Is she prepared to confront both earthly and spiritual powers? Storm remains haunted by lessons in love and betrayal that lie just outside her grasp. But hesitation now holds mortal consequences.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (Sept. 7 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416556338
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416556336
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.1 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

About the Author

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
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, Intrigue & Romance Sept. 8 2010
By A. E. Hebbert - Published on
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced Nov. 21 2010
By Janna R. Ryan - Published on
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 of the series is just as good as book 1 Nov. 1 2010
By Patijb - Published on
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but.... June 1 2013
By barefootgrma - Published on
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars exciting thriller Sept. 10 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
In Palm Beach, Storm Syrrell fears her business Syrrell Galleries is nearing bankruptcy when a person hires her to attend an auction that includes a painting that her client believes has healing powers. When she arrives at the auction house, she bids against Mr. Rausch, who also represents someone else. However, Storm's instructions are to get the painting at any cost.

Storm knows her business has been saved by the buyer's agent Raphael Danton. However her friend Emma, high up the power ladder at Homeland Security is sent to be with Storm because Raphael Danton, he opposing bidder's agent is on a watch list. Emma is told that treasure hunter Harry Bennet died in Hebron; she is heartbroken with grief until he calls her from a hospital. She leaves Storm to see first hand that her Harry is okay; Emma takes him to a hospital in Germany. Emma rejoins Storm who with a few more auction bids with the same people and results, she is taken to Poland where she sees for herself the Black Madonna is a fake. They need to get it back at all costs again but somehow Harry's injuries Storm's winning bids are linked, but nothing makes sense even who is the bidder competing with Storm.

Davis Bunn has written an exciting thriller in which readers will be hard pressed to determine who the protagonists and the antagonist are. The key characters travel to several countries doing their respective jobs. Armchair detectives will enjoy the ride but find it difficult to putting the puzzle together. Storm is a fabulous heroine who misplaces her courage when she is frightened and instinctively prefers flight but has the curage not to run while the relationship between Emma and Harry ads warmth and romance. Readers will enjoy the return engagement of Harry and Storm (see Gold of Kings).

Harriet Klausner

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