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  • Posted October 9, 2010

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    The Black Madonna

    In Palm Beach, Antiquarian Storm Syrrell is in desperate need of cash. When a nameless, faceless client calls her with a request to track down an antique that is just a make believe. Rumored to bear healing in its being, Storm should say no, But the man offers too much.



    Storm knows Syrrell Galleries' 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. 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, and 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.


    The Black Madonna, is a novel full of antique artifacts, history, and suspense, follows Bunn's novel of Gold of Kings, where he first introduced Storm Syrrell. Sadly, I didn't get to read that novel first. The Black Madonna, while not one I would have normally purchased from a book store, really turned out to be skillfully penned and gripping. I have read some of Davis's books and a lot of them are with Janette Oke.



    This book was sent to my by Glass Roads Publishers for review.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

    2nd in Storm Syrrell series is another thrilling ride

    The Black Madonna by Davis Bunn is the second book in the Storm Syrrell series. Storm is still trying to rebuild her antique dealership after the death of her grandfather and imprisonment of her father for his embezzling when she gets a too-good-to-be-true job offer to buy a Russian painting at an art auction. When the buyer pays more than twice what the item is worth, Storm becomes suspicious, and her worries only grow when she is ordered to buy more items at a price a good deal more than their value and pitting her against another dealer who is intent to run her out of business. Raphael Danton, her buyer, is an agent for a mystery man, and has a tragic history that has made him angry at the world until Storm's fiery spirit cracks the shell around his heart. When Storm's life is threatened because of her buys, best friend Emma Webb, a agent for Homeland Security, steps in to help, but Emma's heart is torn by the news that her lover Harry Bennett has been killed by a bomb in the Middle East. Bunn brings back all of the interestinDesigng characters from the first book, Gold of Kings, and adds some more fascinating ones. The story is so filled with twists and turns, back-stabbing, assassination attempts, kidnapping, and political machinations that the pages just fly by. Bunn parcels out information to the reader carefully, building suspense and tension to an almost intolerable tautness. Emma is an outstanding character who often beats up the bad guy before the men around her even have time to react, definitely a rarity in adventure novels. The climax is almost anti-climactic after the rest of the thrilling novel, but there is obviously another sequel in the works because the reader is left hanging and worrying about what will happen next to heroine Storm.

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  • Posted September 17, 2010

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    I'd read it again!

    Davis Bunn is a wonderful author. I've only read books by him and Janette Oke, but never any by him alone. Let me tell you that, while this is an excitingly different style of story, Davis Bunn is definitely an author whom you will find on my bookshelf in the future!

    The Black Madonna, a novel full of antique artifacts, history, and suspense, follows Bunn's novel of Gold of Kings, where he first introduced Storm Syrrell. Sadly, I didn't get to read that novel first. The Black Madonna, while not one I would have normally purchased from a book store, really turned out to be skillfully penned and gripping.

    Almost from the beginning, the mystery and suspense begins. The action of the story comes to life when Storm is hunting answers to some powerful questions, when on an antiquing assignment. Storm's character was full of passion for her work, and lent depth to the entire store. She was flawed, yet beautifully chiseled to fit the perfect role of an antique expert full of questions about spiritual emotions. She struggled so much with so many things, from a mysterious caller-turned-boss, to hunting an antique said to have healing powers, to the hurt of betrayal. I wanted to give her the biggest hug ever! Harry Bennet was another character who lent depth to the story. He was full of intriguing power and mystery.

    This book is a wonderful novel of good verses evil, antiques with healing powers, and fascinating events, by an author I highly recommend. Bunn's work is filled with suspense and page turning action that will leave you on the edge-of-your seat with this 4 star book of intensity and question you'll be asking yourself when your through!

    *This book was provided for review by Glass Roads PR and Simon&Schuster Books*

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  • Posted September 8, 2010

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    Mystery, Intrigue, Romance

    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.

    Read more at www.davisbunn.com

    Review by Audrey Hebbert, M.A. author of Green Light Red Light

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