Monday, September 19, 2011

Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn* A Review

Marc Royce works for the State Department on special assignments, most of them rather routine, until two CIA operatives go missing in Iraq--kidnapped by Taliban forces bent on generating chaos in the region. Two others also drop out of sight--a high-placed Iraqi civilian and an American woman providing humanitarian aid. Are the disappearances linked? Rumors circulate in a whirl of misinformation.

Marc must unravel the truth in a covert operation requiring utmost secrecy--from both the Americans and the insurgents. But even more secret than the undercover operation is the underground dialogue taking place between sworn enemies. Will the ultimate Reconciler between ancient enemies, current foes, and fanatical religious factions be heard?

Paperback: 378 pages
Publisher: Bethany House (July 1, 2011)
Language: English
 ISBN-10: 0764209051
ISBN-13: 978-0764209055
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

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 three 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.

  I’ve read many of Davis Bunn’s books and have enjoyed them all. Davis Bunn is a great storyteller and this book Lion of Babylon is very suspenseful. It’s amazing how it talks about the Middle East in such a way that it brings peace and happiness to everyone.
  The Lion of Babylon is about kidnapping, governments against each other, bombings, friends-old and new, being a Christian and just about everything else. This books is full of action and really keeps you interested until the very end.
  This isn’t one of your light, fluffy reads that can be read in an afternoon, this book is full of events and history that take extra reading and understanding. It isn’t hard to understand, but has substance and real  essence in it.
  I like how Marc goes to Iraq and makes some wonderful friends and finds people he can trust and ones who are willing to help him when some in his own government don’t want to. Marc works with and becomes friends with Sameh. They have many things in common and many differences, but work together like they have known each other all of their lives. Sameh is a Christian and holds the respect of many people in his country and government.
 I really recommend this book. It is full of suspense and keeps you reading.

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Thank you to Bethany House for providing this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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