Lion of Babylon (A Marc Royce Thriller Book #1)

Lion of Babylon (A Marc Royce Thriller Book #1)

by Davis Bunn
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Lion of Babylon (A Marc Royce Thriller Book #1) by Davis Bunn

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441232236
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2011
Series: A Marc Royce Thriller , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 129,826
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

A native North Carolinian who now lives abroad, Davis Bunn is a bestselling and award-winning writer whose growing list of novels demonstrates the scope and diversity of his writing talent. Isabella Bunn has been a vital part of husband Davis's writing success, and her careful research and attention to detail have left their imprint on nearly every story. They live near Oxfordshire, England.
Davis Bunn is the award-winning author of numerous national bestsellers with sales totaling more than seven million copies. His work has been published in 20 languages, and his critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. Davis also writes fantasy under the pseudonym Thomas Locke (tlocke.com). He and his wife, Isabella, divide their time between England and Florida. Learn more at www.davisbunn.com.

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Lion of Babylon 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
A_Cluttered_Mind More than 1 year ago
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.
Doug-from-Alaska More than 1 year ago
Marc Royce is summoned by his former boss (the one who fired him several months previous) because he - the 'former boss' - knows that Marc is very likely the ONLY one who can rescue a CIA 'Asset' gone missing. Soon after arrival, he learns that the one missing man is in reality four missing people (and one of them is an Iraqi citizen. To add to the mystery and suspense, he also learns that there are 'powers that be' on BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE that would rather ignore the situation and allow the four missing people to remain 'missing'...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just ok. It starts very slow. Picks up too late.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again Davis Bunn has a series that you cannot put down. I love the fact that there are other options other then war that can unite us together with prayer, and understanding. At this time with news everyday of more war and blood shed, it is sad that the world leaders don't take a page out of Bunn's books. If they did there just might be a chance of peace in this world. If you read this one, just keep going on to the next two books. Thank you Mr. Bunn for sharing you talent and the love of God with us!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
too much extra history - not enough plot.
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Minnesota_ReaderAN More than 1 year ago
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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ChiriKW More than 1 year ago
good read, very interesting
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This was very hard to get into despite the bought plot spoilers that raved over it. It dragged for pages, the muslim names were unpronouncable, and the action just wasnt there.
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TinkCC More than 1 year ago
Great novel....can't wait to read his other books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters in this book especially the main character marc royce took my breath away. this story just blew my mind away, this imy new favorite book. I am in love with this book ,and i especially like the part where he visits the one church, it just amazing how people can put aside their differences and be one in Christ. AMAZING!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were strong and unique. I can't wait for Marc's next adventure. It will surely be suspense at it's best. I am a long time Bunn fan and this was no disappointment.
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