After Storm Syrrell's grandfather is murdered, she discovers that he served as a trusted go-between for those in the highest ranks of international business and government. Desperate to solve the mystery of his death, Storm joins forces with professional treasure hunter Harry Bennett. Will she uncover the truth---or suffer the same fate as her grandfather? 320 pages, hardcover from Howard.
Harry Bennett is a professional scavenger who spent the last year of his life rotting away in a Barbados prison for a crime he didnt commit. Then one morning a barrister from London shows up to announce Harrys release from prison at the dying bequest of an old friend. The will of that friend lands Harry the company of his friends granddaughter. Together they began to seek a treasure that had consumed their benefactor for many years. The search uncovers far more than either ever anticipated, including the murder of the man both loved dearly.Gold of Kings is an intelligent, action-packed tale of loyalty, love, and obsession. Harry finds himself with his allegiance divided between three equal, yet very different kinds of loves: a woman who reminds him so much of the old man that trusted him when no one else would, a Federal Agent who first sees him as a suspect but ultimately captures his heart, and the gold fever both women fear still holds him firmly in its grip. Each of the main characters is driven by his or her own burning passion which at times threatens to rip the tenuous team apart. Which will win out? Will it be the drive for revenge or the desire to be professionally recognized? Or, in spite of Harrys growing brotherly love for one and romantic love for another, will it be the gold that wins out in the end?More recently T. Davis Bunn has been known for his collaboration with Janette Oke but in Gold of Kings he returns to a genre in which he is quite talented. This is suspense with a brain and a heart. The villain is deadly, illusive, and smart. But, unlike many suspense novels these days his methods of killing do not take center stage. Harry Bennett isnt perfect and still has a little larceny left in him at the end of the story. But, he has also learned much about what is of real value. He discovers the greatest protagonist each of us faces is our heart. And, the greatest treasure is more lasting even than the Gold of Kings.
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Review 2 for Gold of Kings
Date:October 14, 2009
An excellent read--intriging, well composed--A cliff hanger to the very end. Many twists and turns keep you wondering who is where and what is really going to happen. This is a believable story of lives intertwining with the Love of God and God's plan, from oone generation to the next. A must read for lovers of Biblical Fiction.
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, 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 for more titles like this from Davis Bunn in the future.
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Review 4 for Gold of Kings
Date:May 27, 2009
This is one of the best I have read recently. I could not stop reading till I finished it. Besides the mystery and adventure I learned a lot of history. Great author.
Gold of Kings by Davis Bunn is a fast-paced suspenseful thriller about the quest for an ancient treasure. Storm Syrrell's world has fallen apart. Her grandfather Sean fired her from the family business of selling rare and high priced pieces of art just before dying of a heart attack. To make things worse, she's not even mentioned in the will. Harry Bennett has spent the last three years of his life wasting away in a jail cell in Barbados for a crime he didn't commit. Sean's actions in his last days will bring them together, along with federal agent Emma Webb on a search for treasures from the Second Temple in Jerusalem that sends that traveling across the globe and fighting for their very lives. In the growing genre of treasure hunting books, Gold of Kings is unique in its various subplots of family betrayal and international money laundering. Harry and Emma are a interesting, romantic couple who seem to have too many differences to ever overcome their chemistry, and Storm is the emotional touchstone of the book with her grief over Sean's death and her struggle to understand his life. There's a lot of suspense, double-crosses, and treasure, and it would make a fantastic movie. My one quibble with the book, is that I never felt emotionally connected with the characters. I didn't feel Storm's grief or the romantic sparks between Emma and Harry. Even the nail-biting scenes were a bit removed. I'm not sure why I didn't connect with this book, but if Bunn writes a sequel (as the ending seems to imply), I'll definitely check it out to give the characters who have so much potential another chance.
Gold of Kings by Davis Bunn is an incredible work of Christian fiction. Its a masterfully crafted epic treasure hunt that meets God in a head-on literary collision. When Sean is murdered, leaving behind his granddaughter, Stormy, who is an art dealer, she finds herself in the midst of an ancient and intricate conspiracy. Stormy teams up with Harry, a treasure hunter just released from a Barbados prison, and Emma, a government agent. This threesome is in for the adventure of a lifetime.The short, fast-moving chapters deftly weave this story from start to finish. It is truly an enigma wrapped in a mystery salted and peppered with faith. This book is an exhilarating thrill ride! I have found a new favorite author in Davis Bunn.