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In this page-turner reminiscent of The Devil Wears Prada, Bunn alternates between the story of Brent Stark, an Oscar-winning actor and recovering addict who has converted to Christianity in prison, and Shari Khan, a Hollywood underling looking for her big break. When a Nashville-based businessman decides to start a film company, he asks Brent to direct the first movie-a Daniel Boone biopic that eschews "political correctness" and returns Boone to "the pedestal." Conversely, Shari uses knowledge of this independent venture to catapult herself to the upper echelons of the major studio where she is a lowly personal assistant. Soon enough, she is spearheading efforts to get the studio's own Boone biopic, one that vilifies Boone and sympathizes with Native Americans, released first. Bunn's treatment of the ensuing David and Goliath drama is well-paced and entertaining. This novel, like the Christian film at its center, provides an alternative for conservative Christian audiences looking for entertainment that reaffirms both their political and theological values. The Hollywood insiders here are self-serving criminals who cynically promote liberal values in their films, while the Christian filmmakers are stratospherically successful, wealthy, and the beneficiaries of many miracles, all of which affirm that God is in their corner. While not to all tastes, this novel is sure to please fans and increase Bunn's readership. (Sept.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
After being released from prison after serving a six-year sentence, actor Brent Stark thinks his movie days are over until a Southern businessman proposes he direct a new kind of film. However, first he needs forgiveness from Celia, who is not sure she can bury the past and accept the born-again Brent. Bunn (Heartland) lives in Florida and England.
Posted December 9, 2008
Oscar winner Brent Stark assumes his career is over due to his drug addiction and subsequent arrest and conviction. However, instead of feeling sorry for himself, he turns to God. Upon his release, Nashville business mogul Bobby Dupree hires him to direct a Daniel Boone biography on a shoestring that turns the frontiersman back into the legend by ignoring any of his faults or misdeeds. --- Personal assistant Shari Khan will do anything to reach Hollywood¿s top echelon. When she learns of Brent¿s film, she persuades her major company to produce a totally different version that makes Boone into a monster who mistreated Native Americans and abandoned his family for lengthy elbow room escapes. --- This High Noon film war between an international Hollywood giant and a regional Tennessee gnat is very entertaining even with stereotyping both sides of the conflict. Hollywood is selfish while pretending to support moderate values to sell tickets Tennessee is altruistic while supporting Christian values while believing the message will sell tickets. Davis Bunn fans even liberal democrats will root for Brent, who has found the ultimate miracles when he turned to the Lord for salvation. --- Harriet Klausner
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Posted February 8, 2013
It begins with a Disgraced Former Alcoholic and Drug Abuser who also happens to be an Oscar Winning Actor and Film Director... does that sound familiar?
Anyway, Brent (the character's name is Brent) is now out of prison on parole and he's been relocated from Hollywood to Texas. He is 'in business for himself' as a Lawn & Garden Caretaker. He is a faithful and regular participant in a local Alcoholics Anonymous Chapter and he attends Church. He is also involved in the local Amateur Drama Circuit (local plays and Dinner Theaters). He accepts whatever part is offered, performs that part to the best of his ability and does not intrude on the pregogatives of the other cast members or the directors (unless they ask his opinion - which is rarely).
Then, he begins to notice two men in dark suits back in the back of the theater who seem particularly interested in him... Could they be police? He hasn't done anything wrong; what could they want from him?
This is a story of God's Grace and Forgiveness and about New Beginnings for more than just Brent...
Posted January 18, 2012
Love this and everything else I've read by Davis Bunn. His stories are diverse, suspensful, and satisfying. The research put into the book is amazing. Couldn't put it down, yet it has enough substance to keep me enjoying for a while.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2012
Davis Bunn's books cover a wide variety of subjects and always leave me feeling as though I've actually lived in that world. I've loved every subject he's chosen. One of the best writers out there year after year!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 11, 2009
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