It’s worth your time to find out. A review of Davis Bunn’s The Patmos Deception.
I’ve really enjoyed the last few Davis Bunn novels, and The Patmos Deception is no exception. Bunn moves the setting into the world of modern day Greece and Turkey. The economy of Greece is falling apart, unemployment is rampant, and a young American arrives at a new job in Greece only to find out that the place she was to work is shut down. But her arrival in the country is fortuitous, as an old friend contacts her with a business proposition that involves tracking down some (believed to be) stolen artifacts.
As the story unfolds, the reader is introduced to some sincerely evil characters and some sincerely good ones. But in the middle are those who are fighting to establish how their worldview will affect their life decisions. What is right and wrong? How far can one go in violation of the law in order to provide for his family? One of the disconcerting things about this book is that some of those questions are left unanswered. However, the story moves quickly through the different islands of the Mediterranean, the characters face difficult and challenges situations and decisions, and we get to follow the faith journey of several.
One weakness in the book is that while it has strong religious overtones (the whole story revolves around the island of Patmos, where the apostle John wrote the book of Revelation), there is very little explained about the gospel, and even less about repentance and forgiveness. The characters seem to have more “religious experiences” than they do conversions. This could prove to be very confusing for nonreligious readers. I also found the conclusion of the book to be a little disappointing. That being said, it was a good read overall and I would recommend it to anyone who has read and enjoyed Davis Bunn in the past.
I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.