Jul 28, 2011

Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn

Marc Royce has been a State Department agent involved in covert operations--that is, until personal issues lead to his dismissal.

When Alex Baird goes missing in war-torn Baghdad, State comes calling again. Alex is a CIA agent--and a close friend of Royce. Three others have also dropped out of sight--a nurse, an aid worker, a wealthy young Iraqi. Are these cases linked? Rumors circulate about a kidnapping conspiracy, yet both American and local officials refuse to pursue it.

Blocked at every turn, Royce eventually unearths a trail of secret encounters between sworn enemies. What he discovers could transform the course of rivalry and reconciliation throughout the Mideast. As the human and political drama escalates, can one man summon the courage to make a difference?


Davis Bunn is an award-winning novelist whose audience spans reading genres from high drama and action thrillers to heartwarming relationship stories, in both contemporary and historical settings. He and his wife, Isabella, make their home in Florida for some of each year, and spend the rest near Oxford, England, where they each teach and write. Visit Davis' Web site at www.davisbunn.com


The author takes us into a culture we have a hard time to understand as we sit in our comfortable homes, secure from any violence and immediate danger to our lives.

But this is the reality that the author so vividly portrays in this novel. The setting is of course in Iraq, where violence, corruption, power-plays, greed and brutality are the norm. As you read this novel you feel and see what the characters and the people of Iraq feel and see, and are just trying to survive in this turmoil, which is still going on today.

The main characters are falling in love with the country and the spirit of the people who are risking everything ... even their lives, to bring some kind of peace to the region, with honor, honesty, integrity and trust, which seems so obviously missing in these countries. They try to put things right where others for criminal and political purposes have done so severely wrong.

This novel is full of history, action, human emotion, and human determination and is well worth the time to read as you learn perspectives from a culture so much different than ours. I enjoyed the book tremendously and could not put the book down until I was finished.

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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