Thursday, May 19, 2011

Davis Bunn's The Black Madonna ~ Reviewed

The Black Madonna
Davis Bunn
Suspense Fiction
Paperback, 315 pages
Publisher: Howard Paperback, September 7, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4165-5633-6

Back Cover Description:

Art historian Storm Syrrell and rugged treasure hunter Harry Bennett travel to the West Bank, Palm Beach, Poland, England, Spain, and other exotic locales to investigate and search for another historic art treasure with significant contemporary implications: The Black Madonna.

And as before, their efforts to shed light on the mystery surrounding the murder of Storm's grandfather, Sean Syrrell, and the contents of his frayed leather journal, puts their own lives in grave danger.

Drawing comparisons to master mystery writers like Dan Brown, David Baldacci, and Steve Berry, Davis Bunn crafts an adventure full of authenticity and action-with a spiritual edge. 'The Black Madonna' will send readers on an exciting journey that explores how historical discoveries can transform life, love, and the course of world events.


I'm pretty sure that this book is part of a series, and perhaps that is why I had trouble following the story well. The storyline jumped so many times and introduced new characters at such a rapid pace with little background information and I had trouble taking in the book as a whole. The "spiritual edge" seemed that it should have been more definite...more concrete-I didn't feel sure I knew where the author and therefore the characters stood spiritually, from this book's standpoint, anyway. Also, the end was abrupt and I'm really not sure what happened. This book was exciting and fast-paced, but it left me feeling a bit disoriented. Again, I believe it's part of a series, and I would be willing to give those previous books a read.

Reviewed by: Rachael Schnitker

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