An Ancient Island Holds an Ancient Secret…
Nick Hennessy, a young Texas journalist yearning for his big break, finds himself in Europe–his assignment, to investigate the alarming disappearance of invaluable Grecian antiquities. Nick has the credentials–and cover ID–to unearth the truth. And he knows just the researcher to help him…
Carey Mathers, fresh from her studies in forensic archeology, has accepted a job with the prestigious Athens Institute for Antiquities–a dream come true, really, particularly when the Greek isle of Patmos, where the Apostle John received his vision of the Apocalypse, was a particular focus of her research.
Dimitri Rubinos, for whom the Greek islands represent his life, holds on by his fingernails to the family charter boat business. But his country’s economic chaos isn’t the only thing that has turned his world on its head…
Despite Davis Bunn’s extensive back catalogue, I don’t think I’ve actually read any of his books before now. There’s no particular reason for this except maybe the familiar case of ‘too many books, too little time.’ After reading The Patmos Deception, however, I do intend to read more of his titles.
Carey Mathers is making her first trip outside of the USA. Given her studies, Greece is her dream destination and she can’t wait to land in Athens. Her dream evaporates on arrival, however, as she has become a victim of the Greek financial crisis. Thankfully, a former employee of the Institute, Eleni, comes to her rescue. Carey’s old friend Nick is asked to look into the theft of priceless Greek artefacts. Is it coincidence that he just happens to know someone who can help, and who is also in need of a job? Dimitri, meanwhile, just wants to hold on to his tourist business while enjoying the easy life appreciated by young Greek males. These three might be listed as the main characters, but there are others who shine just as brightly. Eleni’s family is a delight as they rally around Carey and Nick, and Dimitri’s first mate, Sofia, is quietly influential in keeping him grounded.
The narrative is fast-paced; the reader is thrust into the action immediately and can feel for Carey when she discovers her job is gone. There are plenty of descriptive paragraphs about Greece, its financial problems, and the idyllic landscape of its islands. During one scene, Carey becomes an historical narrator to Dimitri – and, therefore, the reader – about the place of Patmos in early Christianity. There’s a lot of detail to take in, but I didn’t find it boring. The romance element felt forced, but not hugely out of place. The one slight disappointment is that a couple of questions were left unanswered at the end. I’m hopeful, that this means Bunn plans on writing another novel with these characters.
Thank you to Bethany House for my complementary electronic Advance Reader Copy of The Patmos Deception. It was downloaded from NetGalley and no review was required.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 04 October 2014
Page Count: 336