The Black Madonna



❴BOOKS❵ ✫ The Black Madonna Author Davis Bunn – E17streets4all.co.uk Following the internationally acclaimed Gold of Kings, Storm Syrrell returns in the compelling story of The Black MadonnaAntiques expert Storm Syrrell heads to Europe to investigate the clandestine tr Following the internationally acclaimed Gold of Kings, Storm Syrrell returns in the compelling story of The Black MadonnaAntiques expert Storm Syrrell heads to Europe to investigate the clandestine trade in religious artifacts She dismisses superstitious tales of miraculous healings and divine omens Yet when an obsessive Russian oligarch calls just as her friend Harry Bennett vanishes all assumptions must be cast aside Storm seeks answers in a medieval monastery There, the scarred The Black PDF/EPUB or visage of an icon provokes ever startling questions Is she prepared to confront both earthly and spiritual powers Storm remains haunted by lessons in love and betrayal that lie just outside her grasp But hesitation now holds mortal consequences.The Black Madonna

Davis Bunn is an internationally acclaimed author who has soldthan seven million books in twenty languages Honored with four Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, Davis was inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame in His bestsellers include The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Book of Hours, and The Quilt A sought after lecturer in the art of writing, Bunn was serves as Writer The Black PDF/EPUB or in Residence at Regent s Park College, Oxford UniversityDavis Bunn also writes under the names Thomas Locke for his epic fantasy and techno thriller novels and T Davis Bunn for books published prior to .

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • The Black Madonna
  • Davis Bunn
  • English
  • 07 June 2018
  • 1416556338

10 thoughts on “The Black Madonna

  1. says:

    I had given up on thrillers all those testosterone laden men, gorgeous women, unbelievable battles where the hero never bleedsyou know But this book s title attracted me because I have researched Black Madonnas and also collect their religious medal likenesses, the centerpiece of my collection being the Black Madonna of Czestochowa that is partially shown on the book jacket So imagine my joy as I read this book because although we travel the world from the Dead Sea and Jordan to Europe and I had given up on thrillers all those testosterone laden men, gorgeous women, unbelievable battles where the hero never bleedsyou know But this book s title attracted me because I have researched Black Madonnas and also collect their religious medal likenesses, the centerpiece of my collection being the Black Madonna of Czestochowa that is partially shown on the book jacket So imagine my joy as I read this book because although we travel the world from the Dead Sea and Jordan to Europe and America, there are no gender specific injuries heroes and heroines are equally breakable and equally heroic , there is no political pontificating on the author s part about which country is right or wrong unless we consider the Madoff scandal in Florida s West Palm Beach and no theories about the over 400 Black Madonnas in the world being related to the Mary Magdalene controversy There is a double love interest and a breathlessly exciting glacier hiking adventure and, best of all, we get to learn about the good and bad in the world of art auctions I recommend this as a first class thriller and intend to readof Davis Bunn s books this week

  2. says:

    Davis Bunn writes with clarity, chills, thrills and makes you work for figuring out who all the bad guys are Loved this story Will be happy to readfrom him.

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    Really my rating would be 2 1 2 if that were a thing The beginning of this book was a bit slow going and then the end was a let down in my opinion Honestly at times the plot was so complicated I kind of just tuned out because there were so many unnecessary parts to it Then the switching from one character to another was so fast I sometimes had to stop and back up to make sure I was following the correct characters story This is not my favorite Davis Bunn Book In general I really enjoy this Really my rating would be 2 1 2 if that were a thing The beginning of this book was a bit slow going and then the end was a let down in my opinion Honestly at times the plot was so complicated I kind of just tuned out because there were so many unnecessary parts to it Then the switching from one character to another was so fast I sometimes had to stop and back up to make sure I was following the correct characters story This is not my favorite Davis Bunn Book In general I really enjoy this author but I personally feel this book was not his best work

  4. says:

    Easy airport read The series reads like a knock off Dan Brown novel.

  5. says:

    This was good definitely worth a read, but I liked Gold of Kings much better

  6. says:

    3.75 I enjoyed this book Good clean fun

  7. says:

    The Black Madonna is the sequel to Gold of Kings I knew this was to be a similar type book, but I did not realize it was a sequel Boy was I excited when I discovered that And I must add that I like the new cover of GoK that matches TBM In May 2009, I had this to say about Gold of Kings Now this was a fun book Gold of Kings is quite adventurous and easily can be visualized as an action film much like National Treasure or the Da Vinci Code films in theory The reading of this book gives The Black Madonna is the sequel to Gold of Kings I knew this was to be a similar type book, but I did not realize it was a sequel Boy was I excited when I discovered that And I must add that I like the new cover of GoK that matches TBM In May 2009, I had this to say about Gold of Kings Now this was a fun book Gold of Kings is quite adventurous and easily can be visualized as an action film much like National Treasure or the Da Vinci Code films in theory The reading of this book gives off a similar vibe to Matt Bronleewe s August Adams series Illuminated, House of Wolves , although it is not quite as cool in my opinion as I just loved those books, but really like this one.There are really three main characters that you are following through out the book in their physical, mental, and spiritual battles The adventure is laid out for the reader to enjoy right along with the characters The only flaw points that draw me back are the parts where a character figures something out, but it is hidden from the reader That makes me feel like an outsider, and I love the stories that are as if you are right along side them, and not viewing from a window, you know One of the best parts about this book are the historical facts and images that are brought to life and explained through out As the characters are learning some historical pieces of the puzzle the explanations are given to the reader as well in an intriguing manner Maybe it is because I have a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and this is just my thing, but over all I was thoroughly impressed and plan to look fortitles like this from Davis Bunn in the future.Now, about this latest adventure with Storm, Emma and Harry is it possible to say almost the exact same thing about the second book The Black Madonna The only thing I d change is my opinion of calling the story point a flaw After reflection as well as an email conversation with the author, I do not think that it s a flaw any It is different to me and something a little out of my own comfort zone, but it does prove to add to the suspense.I both hate and like the ending At the same time it is much like a film that makes you wonder, but that s not my personal preference although I know it sells As a whole I really enjoy Davis Bunn s suspense and adventure novels Coming from reading The Gold of Kings to continuing the story here it was nice to learn a bitof the personality and character of homeland security agent Emma I still would call this Storm s series though Thanks to Howard Books for providing a copy for review through Glass Roads PR

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    Title THE BLACK MADONNA Author Davis BunnPublisher Howard BooksSeptember 2010ISBN 978 1 4165 5633 6Genre General Fiction InternationalPrepare to be moved Physically, spiritually, and emotionally Your journey will begin once you open the pages of THE BLACK MADONNA Author, lecturer and writer in residence Regent s Park College, Oxford University Davis Bunn has once again demonstrated his mastery of the craft of writing as he literally propels his audience from the comfort of their reading Title THE BLACK MADONNA Author Davis BunnPublisher Howard BooksSeptember 2010ISBN 978 1 4165 5633 6Genre General Fiction InternationalPrepare to be moved Physically, spiritually, and emotionally Your journey will begin once you open the pages of THE BLACK MADONNA Author, lecturer and writer in residence Regent s Park College, Oxford University Davis Bunn has once again demonstrated his mastery of the craft of writing as he literally propels his audience from the comfort of their reading rooms into a world of political intrigue, set against a backdrop of faith, hope and love.Storm Syrrell is sole proprietor of an arts and antiquities establishment in West Palm Beach, Florida Struggling to stay afloat amidst the aftermath of the Madoff scandal, Storm is miraculously snatched from a second bankruptcy by a mysterious deposit of a large sum of money into her business account Minutes later, she receives equally mysterious instructions from an anonymous individual, who informs her what she is to do with the funds Purchase one painting which is going on the auction block that very day At any cost.And so begins Storm s modern day odyssey, which transforms into a pilgrimage, as she is literally whisked around the world at break neck speed, at the behest of the anonymous individual who increasingly pushes her boundaries, tasks her stamina, and tests her will at every turn Along the way, Storm enlists the assistance of her best friend, Emma Webb, and the services of Harry Bennett, a self proclaimed treasure dog, with world wide contacts and a reckless disregard for his own safety The greater the odds, thedesperate the circumstances, theimpossible the chances for success the better This was, in the words of Harry Bennet, living large As Storm s relationship with her mysterious employer unfolds, and Emma begins to sort out her own feelings for Harry, the reason for the pilgrimage becomes clear Poland s only national treasure, The Black Madonna, has been stolen, and a forgery left in its place The icon must be retrieved, both to avoid international scandal and to restore faith to a country that had already seen enough suffering If you are a fan of Limoges china, smoked salmon sandwiches, and chilled champagne at eight in the morning, this is the book for you This is vicarious living at its best You will experience sights, sounds and pleasures that make Donald Trump appear a panhandler And you will begin to understand the importance nay, the necessity of faith, hope and love 313 pages 14.99

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    Stolen art and international intrigue in exotic places fill the pages of The Black Madonna, author Davis Bunn s next spellbinding novel scheduled for release in September Treasured art, steeped in historical significance, dramatically changes the lives of art historian Storm Syrrell, treasure hunter Harry Bennett, and U.S Treasury agent Emma Webb.For those of you who ve read Davis previous novel, Gold of Kings, these names Storm, Harry and Emma should sound familiar They return in The Black M Stolen art and international intrigue in exotic places fill the pages of The Black Madonna, author Davis Bunn s next spellbinding novel scheduled for release in September Treasured art, steeped in historical significance, dramatically changes the lives of art historian Storm Syrrell, treasure hunter Harry Bennett, and U.S Treasury agent Emma Webb.For those of you who ve read Davis previous novel, Gold of Kings, these names Storm, Harry and Emma should sound familiar They return in The Black Madonna to locate another historic art treasure that will have international repercussions And their efforts shedlight on the killing of Storm s grandfather, Sean Syrrell, an art broker found murdered in the first novel.There is another aspect of The Black Madonna that I found fascinating Davis conducted intriguing research for both these novels rubbing shoulders with real life treasure hunters, talking to intelligence sources, and visiting exotic locations Readers will travel from an auction house in London, through hostile mid eastern countries, to the Monastery of Jasna Gora, located near Czestochowa, Poland.Do you have an urge to travel Davis takes you on a journey that won t gouge your wallet places like the Herodian dig above the Judean Desert whirling through European cities of intrigue or traveling a bumpy Jordanian road from Madaba to Mt Nebo, where God gave Moses one last look at the promised land This author seems to have taken a modern day Indiana Jones journey to be able to write this thriller.Again, Davis demonstrates why he is a bestselling author Needless to say but I ll say it anyway he s one of my favorite authors I became hooked on his novels after reading The Great Divide several years ago I ve enjoyed reading a number of his novels ever since

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    The Black Madonna by Davis Bunn is the second book in the Storm Syrrell series Storm is still trying to rebuild her antique dealership after the death of her grandfather and imprisonment of her father for his embezzling when she gets a too good to be true job offer to buy a Russian painting at an art auction When the buyer paysthan twice what the item is worth, Storm becomes suspicious, and her worries only grow when she is ordered to buyitems at a price a good dealthan their The Black Madonna by Davis Bunn is the second book in the Storm Syrrell series Storm is still trying to rebuild her antique dealership after the death of her grandfather and imprisonment of her father for his embezzling when she gets a too good to be true job offer to buy a Russian painting at an art auction When the buyer paysthan twice what the item is worth, Storm becomes suspicious, and her worries only grow when she is ordered to buyitems at a price a good dealthan their value and pitting her against another dealer who is intent to run her out of business Raphael Danton, her buyer, is an agent for a mystery man, and has a tragic history that has made him angry at the world until Storm s fiery spirit cracks the shell around his heart When Storm s life is threatened because of her buys, best friend Emma Webb, a agent for Homeland Security, steps in to help, but Emma s heart is torn by the news that her lover Harry Bennett has been killed by a bomb in the Middle East Bunn brings back all of the interestinDesigng characters from the first book, Gold of Kings, and adds somefascinating ones The story is so filled with twists and turns, back stabbing, assassination attempts, kidnapping, and political machinations that the pages just fly by Bunn parcels out information to the reader carefully, building suspense and tension to an almost intolerable tautness Emma is an outstanding character who often beats up the bad guy before the men around her even have time to react, definitely a rarity in adventure novels The climax is almost anti climactic after the rest of the thrilling novel, but there is obviously another sequel in the works because the reader is left hanging and worrying about what will happen next to heroine Storm

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