Unlimited: A Novel

Unlimited: A Novel

by Davis Bunn


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Unlimited: A Novel by Davis Bunn

Simon Orwell is a brilliant student whose life has taken a series of wrong turns. At the point of giving up on his dreams, he gets a call from an old professor who has discovered a breakthrough in a device that would create unlimited energy, and he needs Simon's help.

But once he crosses the border, nothing goes as the young man planned. The professor has been killed and Simon is assaulted and nearly killed by members of a powerful drug cartel.

Now he must take refuge in the only place that will help him, a local orphanage. There, Simon meets Harold Finch, the orphanage proprietor who walked away from a lucrative career with NASA and consulting Fortune 500 companies to serve a higher cause.

With Harold's help, Simon sets out on a quest to uncover who killed the professor and why. In due time, he will discover secrets to both the worldchanging device and his own unlimited potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433679407
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Davis Bunn is a three-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now serving as writer-in-residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Defined by readers and reviewers as a "wise teacher," "gentleman adventurer," "consummate writer," and "Renaissance man," his work in business took him to over forty countries around the world, and his books have sold more than six million copies in sixteen languages. Among those titles are The Presence, Winner Take All, and Lion of Babylon.

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Unlimited: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Karen02KD More than 1 year ago
Unlimited is a new Davis Bunn thriller. What if energy could be produced for free and given to the poor so that they would always have heat and light?? This is the research project facing Professor Armando Vasquez of MIT and his research assistant, Simon. They have almost solved the problem, when Simon betrays the professor forcing him to be deported to Mexico. Now, several years later, Simon is on a mission of penance. His life is in shambles and he wants to apologize to the professor. On the professor’s invitation, Simon is bringing their unfinished machine to Mexico in hopes of getting a grant from the town of Ojinaga to complete the project. When he arrives, he finds that the professor is dead, the town does not want to fund the project, and someone is trying to kill him. He finds refuge in an orphanage among the professor’s friends as they proceed to sort out this mystery and Simon’s life. This is written in Davis Bunn’s fast paced style. The reader is hardly able to put it down. Not understanding the science behind the machine, I am not sure about the possibility of such a thing, but it sure made for an exciting story! The characters were also well developed, some you will love others you will loathe. I received this from New Galley in exchange for my unbiased opinion.
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
This is the first novel that I've read from Davis Bunn and unfortunately, as excited as I was to read this, it just didn't really work for me. Man, I read the first few chapters and I was really enjoying getting to know the characters, the action was awesome and the storyline was great. But then it just fizzled out. I'm not totally for sure where it actually went wrong. I really connected with the main character, Simon. I thought that he was intriguing and I couldn't wait to get to know him more. But then he became one of those characters that was great at everything and knew everything ABOUT everything and it became tiresome. Even with the intrigue about his past, I was just bored with him. It almost felt like a cop out ... having the character perfect except for one thing in his past. I don't want to read about a perfect person ... I want someone who is flawed and struggling and that is what I thought that Unlimited had in store for me because of the beginning of the novel. I don't know. Maybe I'm just sensitive to that because the constant preaching. Well, it wasn't preaching but it was too much. I know that this is a Christian Fiction novel. But this felt like it was being force-fed to the reader. If I wanted to read the Bible, I would have picked it up instead of this book. I found myself rolling my eyes at the, "What God has in store" comments that happened frequently. Maybe I'm not the Christian that this book was made for. I don't know that I could ever really enjoy a book that made me question my faith - i.e. Am I not Christian enough because I find this annoying?!? All I know is, after I was about halfway through the book, I just kept picturing Elaine from Seinfeld and the whole Jesus fish thing. I wish that the excitement hadn't tapered off. I think it would have kept my attention more if the action had kept at the same pace it was in the beginning. I'm obviously in the minority with this one because there are only a hand-full of negative ratings, most everyone loves it so if you are on the fence, go ahead and get it ... statistically speaking, you'll probably like it. Good luck!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to read more books by Davis Bunn! From the beginning I was hooked! “Simon crawled away from his burning car, amazed that he was still alive.” (xi) Why was his car burning? Does someone want him dead? Davis Bunn captured my attention and held it throughout the book. Simon traveled to Mexico to meet with a professor that he knew only to find the professor dead, and someone wanted to kill him, too. Simon was there with technology that would harness wasted energy, however, someone wanted that device. Davis Bunn did an excellent job of developing Simon’s character and the other characters in the book. I grew attached to Harold Finch, the orphanage director, and I really liked Pedro who had grown up at the orphanage and now wanted to continue the work. Over the course of the book, Simon grew as a person, and I found this growth satisfying. When I finished the book, I wanted to know about his future. Unlimited the movie is about to be released. It will be just as exciting and engaging as the book! The mystery and intrigue of Simon Orwell’s trip to Mexico made me want to read more, and I look forward to reading Bunn’s other books – this was my first but not my last. I received a complimentary copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
Unlimited By Davis Bunn I loved this book by Davis Bunn. This is the second book I’ve read of his and I will buy a book just because he wrote it. I am hooked! Unlimited is filled with action, mystery, suspense, and God’s love and forgiveness. Simon Orwell is trying to get to Mexico to apologize to his former professor Dr Vasquez for his actions. He doesn’t fully understand what this means, but he is going to give it a try. He needs to make restitution for what he has done; he put his professor in danger and now he needs to make it right. However, by the time he arrives to help Dr Vasquez in his time of need, he has been killed. They were working together on converting raw wasted energy into useable power. Harold Finch is the Mexican orphanage proprietor. Enrique Morales is the mayor of Ojinaga. Pedro Martin is the assistant town manager. Dr Clara leads the city council meeting. Who can Simon trust while he researches how to put the apparatus back together and studies how to make it work without causing a black-out? Who is trying to kill him so he won’t complete his mission? Why was Dr Vasquez killed? People aren’t who they seem. Just when you think you have someone figured out, something happens to change your mind. Who can Simon trust? With vivid descriptions and intricate characterizations, I was drawn into this story and didn’t want to put the book down. I can’t wait to read more by this author!
Literacy_Gal More than 1 year ago
Book Reviews for Bibliophiles: Unlimited NaBloWriMo, Post 5 An Intense and Sublime Story by Davis Bunn, NY Times Best-Selling Author Simon Orwell is an MIT electrical engineering student who makes a serious mistake. Known as a brilliant loner, he worked for years with professor Armando Vasquez, performing world-changing energy research. Yet Simon betrays his friend, who leaves MIT, choosing to return to his home in Mexico. A Breakthrough Leading to Peace? Two years later, Vasquez emails Simon about a breakthrough in their former research. Simon drives to Mexico to find him, anxious to make amends. Simon needs to apologize, knowing he will not find peace until he does. Davis Bunn sets the stage with his trademark vibrant prose: “The Mustang’s engine bellowed a manic note, as though giving voice to all his bitter tumult. Simon blasted out of town and flew into the desert. The industrial zone and border station were masked by the dusky sunset. And beyond that lay two thousand miles of road and the cold, hard reality of nothing to lose.” (page 15) Feral Smiles and Danger Crossing into Mexico, Simon notices a man with a feral smile who seems to watch him as he arrives. Good thing, as the mysterious predator shows up everywhere. After a terrifying car crash in the desert, Simon learns Vasquez is dead, and discovers a web of treachery and political deceit that stuns him. Unlimited becomes a thrill ride in print that keeps you guessing, with Simon’s awareness of burgeoning evil drawing you further into the story. Simon’s journey leads him to an orphanage where he meets inventor Harold Finch, the one character in the book who is real. Harold left a lucrative career with NASA to help children living in the shadows.  He and Simon form a friendship, along with the team that runs the place. Unlimited Power Thus begins the race to discover the source of Vasquez’s unlimited power and the dark elements wanting to capture it. Unlimited inspires readers to confront their personal challenges, and hints that there is a greater purpose in life than mere survival. Treat yourself to the book and the movie, due to release next week. They are both intense and sublime, leading the way to powerful discoveries of their own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Davis Bunn did not disappoint me in his newest book Unlimited. The opening page immediately thrust me into a thrill sequence with clues of "why?" still to be discovered. Throughout the book, the clues kept coming, and the characters kept developing. Rushing along to a very heightened climax, Unlimited left me with a better understanding of the political situation in Mexico, a new quest for ways to love and protect orphans, and a great satisfaction with the book as a whole. I highly recommend this book to any reader, get ready for a great thrill ride!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MAs an avid reader of suspense, I normally prefer page-turners that keep you up late into the night; stories so exciting you can't put them down. This book was not that for me. I found it a bit more predictable than I prefer with not enough twists and turns to the plot for my personal taste. But it IS a good read. In fact, it would be a great book to take on vacation, or something to read when you need a break from more intense drama. I liked Simon's character very much. He was quite believable -a young man who's pretty much given up on any dreams he once had; one who doesn't see any value or potential in himself. I liked how Simon's character grew in strength and confidence with the gentle encouragement from Harold Finch, the orphanage director. My favorite character was one of the orphans, a young boy named Juan, who pops in and out of the story like a Mexican jumping bean. He was delightful, full of mischief, and you just had to smile whenever he was around. I also really liked Pedro and his sister Sophia. I found it interesting to learn that Harold Finch is a true person whose coaching has helped many people find their own unlimited potential. I also learned that the movie screenplay was written first, ahead of the book. I look forward to seeing the movie, but wonder how the book's story might have evolved, had it not been limited by the movie screenplay. I give the book a 4 out of 5 because although I liked it, I didn't love it. Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. ~MamaPris
Russ Hanley More than 1 year ago
Davis Bunn never fails to draw me into his stories, and his latest release “Unlimited” is no exception. The author has a talent for engaging his readers and making is characters and their settings come alive for his readers. The pacing of this story kept me actively interested and eager to keep reading right to the end. I also liked the way he mixes action, adventure and “believable” romance together with an unexpected plot twist that is skillfully crafted. Buy this book if you are looking for a fun, entertaining and uplifting story from a master story teller. If you enjoy this, be sure to check out Davis Bunn’s other books. The story opens as Simon Orwell, a young genius who has led a troubled life, arrives in Mexico to meet his former professor, who wants him to help complete the research they had started at MIT before Simon was dismissed and the professor was fired. They had been working on an energy recapture device that would enable them to recapture energy wasted in the electrical transmission process and transform it into useable electricity. The professor wanted to use the device to provide unlimited energy to help the poor in Mexico, where electricity was scarce and expensive, but the Mexican cartel had other plans. Simon discovers that his professor is dead and is he is being targeted by shadowy characters who, for unknown reasons, are trying to kill him. What follows is an action packed story that should certainly be made into a movie. Oh wait! It is a movie, starring Fred Thompson and Robert Amaya which will be in theaters on October 16th. I will be sure to see it. Davis Bunn was involved in writing the screen play and then wrote the book. I received my copy of the book from the B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dr. Velasquez longs to help the poor people of his native Ojinga, Mexico and especially the orphans. He’s nearly perfected, with the help of brilliant, formerly unpredictable Simon Orwell, a way to produce free electricity. Simon brings the device to Ojinga for promised funding from the city council, only to learn Dr. Velasquez is dead, supposedly of a heart attack. The city council refuses funds, Simon intends to return at once to the USA, but someone tries to kill him. He’s rescued by Pedro Marin, assistant town manager who hides him in the orphanage run by Dr. Harold Finch. Dr. Finch desperately needs money to keep the orphanage going. Sophia Marin, Pedro’s sister and Dr. Finch’s assistant, hates Simon. She fears his presence in the orphanage will endanger the children. The ‘good guy’ in the story is SO good, readers will quickly guess he’s the worst villain in the end. And anticipate how he will be revealed and caught. Readers also will know that vilified Dr. Clara isn’t the enemy she seems. Simon is seeking forgiveness for his past. Sofia doesn’t want to love him. The plot twists and surprises will keep readers intrigued and satisfied with the ending. I was given a copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
libraryboy More than 1 year ago
I must say, Davis Bunn is beginning to grow on me.  I’m not a real big fan of his earlier work just based on the genre that it was written in (Not many guys like that whole Regency Romance period that I know of).  But I will say that his latest works have been welcomed additions to my church library.  That  continues, then, with his latest release, “Unlimited”.   Simon his headed to Mexico to meet up with his old professor as they continue to work out kinks in a  machine that they have developed that could potentially create an unlimited source of energy.  They are  testing this in Mexico because of the huge need for energy because the power sources there are  controlled by the drug cartels and dirty politicians.  Upon his arrival, though, he finds out that his friend has died of a heart attack and the device is worthless.  After Simon leaves a meeting with the local  council, he’s attacked and so begins this whirlwind adventure.  Sofia and her brother, Pedro,  assist at  the local orphanage where they grew up.  When Simon shows up there, Sofia only wants him gone so as not to endanger the kids.  Simon is sure that he can get the device to work, but he needs to find his mentors notes.  As Simon continues to search for the notes, the noose around his neck gets tighter and  tighter.  Who’s behind the attacks on Simon’s life?  What do the local politicians want with Simon and  his device? Does Simon put the lives of the children in the orphanage in danger?  Does he ever get the device to work properly?  You will get the “energy” to know those answers when you BUY THE BOOK!   From the moment you open this book, Davis Bunn draws you into the intense hunt that has already started.  He continues to turn up the heat on the characters until it doesn’t seem as if they can take  anymore.  And then he turns it up again.  He provides you with some humorous dialogue between his  characters that makes them feel realistic, not like cardboard figures.  Characters that make you want to  cheer for them, that you want to pick up your phone and text them to get their advice.  I appreciate when  I read books like this that not only do I get entertained, but I get to see moral issues resolved in Christ-like fashion.   Is this a "Guys Book"?   Right from the start you see that this is filled with danger and intrigue.  Throw in corrupt politicians, the drug cartels and an unlimited supply of power and you have just the right book to  be read by any guy.   I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Bookmobile_Driver More than 1 year ago
Unlimited by Davis Bunn--Can't Wait to See the Movie. If you've read Davis Bunn's Lion of Babylon, Rare Earth, or Strait of Hormuz, you may expect the central figure in Unlimited to be similar to Marc Royce. If so, you're in for a surprise. Simon Orwell is super intelligent when it comes to science, but he has failed in most every other aspect of his life. He dropped out of MIT, became a bartender and got into illegal activity to the point where he was forced to do things he didn't want to do. He had no family and alienated the one person who cared about him. That person was his professor at MIT, Armando Vasquez. Simon is not a very likeable character, and the more we learn about him, the harder it is to believe that he is worth caring about. The first hint that there is hope for him is that he jumps at the chance to help his former professor even though doing so jeopardizes Simon's life. He wants to make amends, but he is too late. Vasquez is killed shortly before Simon arrives. Simon is attacked and hurt. Friends of Vasquez's take him to an orphanage run by Harold Finch. Simon is forced to stay at the orphanage while he heals and waits for a new passport. Harold, who teaches the children about God and about setting goals for themselves, sees hope for Simon. There is a lot more at stake in the story than the question of whether Simon will become the man his professor believed he was. And it's not a decision that can be made in a vacuum. There are deadlines to meet, scientific equipment to repair, secret codes to decipher, people who are not whom they seem, and bullets to dodge. If Simon fails, lives can be lost, children can become wards of the state, drug cartels can prosper. I found the story compelling. It is the kind you can read in a single setting if life allows. I was also intrigued by the characters. Not just Simon. By the time I got to know them, I cared about all the good ones. In these ways, Unlimited is not so different from other Bunn novels. Unlimited is a movie novelization based on at least some actual people. Usually, an author of a novelization begins with a story and a set of characters. However, since Davis Bunn is credited as one of two screen writers on the movie, he may have had some say in the details of the movie as well. The movie will open October 11, 2013. I can hardly wait to see it. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advance review copy of this book free from the publisher. 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 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am excitedly looking forward to the movie, UNLIMITED after reading Davis Bunn's new high energy suspense called, "Unlimited".  As with each new Davis Bunn book, here in his book called, "Unlimited" I have once again met new people, that I quickly learned to care about; faced new impossible challenges; visited a new environment and culture,; have been challenged to care more deeply for others.. And to believe God for the impossible.  One of my favorite lines: "a good goal is one worth investing that most precious of gifts .. Your life. And it needs to be impossible. " The characters seem real, the villains are dastardly. The pace of the action is just right.  How much more can you ask from an author and a book. Thanks, Mr and Mrs Bunn. You're the greatest. 
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
There are a couple of elements that I really appreciate about Davis Bunn's work. The first is that the story doesn't need a build up. From the first page of the prologue you are immediately dropped into the middle of the action. No need for tedious background information, you get to experience the revelations as they happen right along with the characters. Another thing I like about them are the timeliness of the subject. With this account in particular you feel like you could pick up a paper and the story would be in the headlines. We've all watched as the drug cartel has gained a stranglehold on Mexico.  In Unlimited there seems to be a small haven of peace in the little town of Ojinaga. The mayor of the town, Enrique Morales, is touted as the conquering hero for eradicating the cartel from the area. But as is the case with many things, you can't always believe what you see. This is a great story about the power of Truth over a lie. It is a story of good and evil. It is suspense mixed in with tender compassion. The spiritual and physical maturing of the main character Simon will leave you wanting to continue his story after the final page. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
PianoLady831 More than 1 year ago
Unlimited by Davis Bunn, companion novel to the soon-to-be-released movie by the same name, is a stand-alone suspense novel set in the Mexican border area around the town of Ojinaga. Unlimited is a different type novel from what I usually read, and I found it very interesting. While it borders somewhat on science fiction, it's not all that far removed from the realm of possibility. The narrative focuses on two themes: 1) a device that would be able to harness wasted energy, turning it into cheap energy for the Mexican poor, and 2) the people who invest themselves in the children in the local orphanage, inspiring them to reach their God-given potential. The novel is inspired by the life of Harold L. Finch, who walked away from his career as a NASA space scientist and dedicated himself to the children at the orphanage. I loved this character's wisdom, faith, courage, and love for the children. "The world sees these Mexican orphans as hopeless cases. Born into violence, left without family, lost. But God has planted hope in them. Hope and gifts and a boiling desire to grow beyond where they are. My aim is to help them achieve this." He was also accepting and forgiving of Simon, who initially seemed to be in it for the money and fame. Davis Bunn did a good job conveying a feel for situations that we often hear about in the news: the US/Mexican border, poverty, drug cartels, and political corruption. They may have been slightly understated in this story, but the reality still came through. Sometimes novelizations of movies don't work well as a novel, but the suspense, romance, and spiritual elements in Unlimited make for an entertaining read overall. I believe suspense fans will greatly enjoy this novel. The movie version starring Fred Thompson releases October 11, 2013. This book was provided by B&B Media and B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
Davis Bunn's 'Unlimited' is an action-packed book based on actual events. This is a fast paced story of a young man who was compelled to go to Mexico to assist an ex-professor, Dr. Vasquez, with a high-tech experiment they had worked on. The professor needed Simon's genius to complete the invention they had worked so hard developing well over a year before... Simon owed it to him. Shortly after crossing the border into Mexico, Simon was hijacked by the drug cartel. His car was wrecked and he was forced to flee for his life with no time to collect important items he crucially needed. He only hoped he would find the professor and get the needed help from him. This was just the beginning of many thrilling experiences and incidents that evolved. Amidst it all, there were several dramatic, intense feelings of betrayal, friendship, trust, forgiveness, redemption, loyalty, love and attachments. I am certain the movie will be every bit as good as the book, or even better, if possible. Be watching for it!