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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Spell-binding; left me breathless

Gripping. Stunning. Intriguing.
A real "page-turner." Suspenseful.
Creative. Descriptive. Imaginative.
I could go on. Bunn has done a masterful job of transporting the reader to another place, and to what might almost seem, another time. Though set in modern day Ira...
Gripping. Stunning. Intriguing.
A real "page-turner." Suspenseful.
Creative. Descriptive. Imaginative.
I could go on. Bunn has done a masterful job of transporting the reader to another place, and to what might almost seem, another time. Though set in modern day Iraq, during the time when the Iraqis are seeking to establish a post-Saddam government, Davis Bunn describes the setting so well, you'd think you'd been taken back in time to another world. Sights, sounds, even smells float up off the page. Spice, mint, a melange of other odors kept stirring my senses throughout this book.
The plot was first-rate for this genre. I've read a great deal of Vince Flynn, Tom Clancy, Robert Ludlum and enjoy the espianoge genre. I truly enjoyed my first experience at reading Davis Bunn. He does a superb job of keeping the reader into the suspense and tension of the plot. I felt it moved at a great pace (contra other reviews I've read, but it makes me think they've never read in this genre before). There were moments I was breathless and then relieved; drawn in and on edge, as well as moved deeply. There is a scene in a "secret" church gathering with Americans, Iraqis, Sunni and Shia alike gathered for worship, making it only about Jesus that is so touching, I almost felt like I was Sameh el-Jacobi, being moved so deeply by the Spirit that tears flowed down my face.
Bunn's main character, Marc Royce, fits into the "spy thriller" mold: he's reluctant, yet able to take complete charge of a situation; feeling manipulated by handlers, yet still gets the job done for the sake of country (and, in this case, a foreign country that he becomes very fond of very quickly); aloof and yet very human.

If you've never read in this area before, I'd recommend this book. It contains the feel of some of the biggest best-sellers on the "secular" market without all the foul language, innuendo (or worse, blatant descriptiveness) and cynicism. If you're an "old familiar" with this type of book, grab it and read it and wait for a great ride. Once you start, you won't put it down.

I highly recommend the Lion of Babylon.

A complimentary copy of this book was received for review purposes only.

posted by A_Cluttered_Mind on August 31, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Give it a try

Good plot and I like the main character. If you enjoy military stories then this is a good story to try. I gave it three stars because multiple pages were missing and I missed parts of conversations between characters. I also gave it three stars because it didn't hold m...
Good plot and I like the main character. If you enjoy military stories then this is a good story to try. I gave it three stars because multiple pages were missing and I missed parts of conversations between characters. I also gave it three stars because it didn't hold my interest. I put the book down for a few fays at a time before deciding to finish it. But I do think you should try it for yourself...maybe the missing pages threw me off.

posted by 7990616 on August 19, 2012

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  • Posted December 30, 2013

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    A good book that kept me interested throughout the entire story.

    A good book that kept me interested throughout the entire story. The further into the book you go the more it holds your attention. Having said that, I still feel as if the story could have been better. My conclusion is that this book is good, escapist reading. Great for the person having a couple days off or in need of reading when on vacation.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    good read

    good read, very interesting

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  • Posted April 24, 2011

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    Intense and thrilling

    Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn is filled with intensity from the first page to the last. Each page carries a sincerity and a depth of meaning that draws you further into the world of these characters.

    I was fortunate enough to receive an advance reading copy of this book. Marc Royce is a former U.S. Intelligence Operative who was pulled away from his job to care for his dying wife. Without her or his old job his life has been at a standstill. Marc is called upon by the boss who fired him to go into Iraq and locate an old friend of Marc's who has gone missing along with two other Americans and an Iraqi. People that governments in both countries are not sure that they want found. In Iraq, he meets Sameh el-Jacobi, the most honest man in Iraq. The men form a friendship through mutual assistance and respect. They must work together to find the missing persons with the direction of the country and the Middle East hanging in the balance.

    Davis Bunn creates a convincing portrait of a present-day Iraq. His descriptions are vivid enough that you feel the sun beating down on you and taste the dust in your throat. It is a picture of an Iraq searching for its own way forward and a people trying to live their lives with danger and uncertainty around every corner, and the reminders of their tragic past everywhere they look.

    The main characters are fleshed out with fully-examined motivations. They are in many ways impossibly good people, but they still manage to be believable and you come to care about them and what happens to them. The descriptions of the characters are vivid and poetic: "Up close the man revealed an odd aura, like bullets not yet fired." An author with a less deft touch could make these descriptions seem corny, but there is a sincerity that comes through the writing that avoids that here.

    The plot moves along at a steady pace and the action segments are well-written and exciting. The plot and its characters rely heavily on Christian faith. This may work at odds with the middle-eastern setting, but the characters and the writing are so well done that the book stands as an outstanding thriller. Highly recommended.

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