The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn ~ Book Review

Carey Mathers arrives in Athens to take a coveted position at the Classical Institute, only to discover the building is shuttered, the institute bankrupt.

Journalist Nicholas Tyler believes he is headed for the big time when his paper sends him to Europe. But four months into his assignment, the office is closed. Now he must find freelance investigative projects—or go home.

Dimitri Roubinos, born into a seafaring family, knows the Aegean and its islands better than anyone alive. But his looks and charm are not enough to overcome the collapse in the tourist trade.

Economic chaos is threatening Greece’s future—and its past. Three distinctive characters are drawn to the storied isle of Patmos, and as they uncover a plot to plunder ancient religious treasures, the stakes are raised to a breaking point. A revelation from beyond time will give new meaning to the sacrifices all three must make . . . and hold a special promise for each of them.

About 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.

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

My Thoughts

If you are a Davis Bunn fan, you will enjoy this mystery.  The theme of this novel, discovering the hidden or lost Biblical antiquities, is a subject of personal interest.  Bunn did a wonderful job weaving the historical background and the role of the Greek orthodox church in hiding some of these gems.  I also enjoyed the visual descriptions of the beauty of the book’s setting, and the economic hardship Greece has experienced of recent years.

Although this is a clean Christian novel, you will not find it preachy.  Davis Bunn is an author who has proven that good writing and great plots can survive in the secular.

My only  disappointment of The Patmos Deception was the conclusion.  It definitely left me hanging on for more. The main characters were presented with a life changing decision, and the reader was not given a hint as to the choice made.  I had hoped the novel would be wrapped up without any loose ends, unless a sequel is being written.

This book can be purchased here.

Thank you to author Davis Bunn and Bethany House Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for my review.