In Davis Bunn’s book, The Patmos Deception, childhood friends Nick and Cary are reunited years later when they attempt to track down ancient artifacts that have gone missing in modern-day Greece. These relics are crucial in preserving Church History and validating the Christian faith. But this task may be more dangerous by the day as they are not sure who is trustworthy when they encounter chaos and corruption in what was once the cradle of democracy. Meanwhile, the danger of bankruptcy has forced Dmitri, a Greek tour guide, to do the unthinkable, as he is using his boat to smuggle illegal contraband. Will this decision cost him his life?
The Patmos Deception is a suspense-filled, page-turning tale written by a master story-teller. Davis Bunn has the gift of transporting the reader to places of which one only dreams through vivid descriptive language. Greece and Turkey come alive as the setting and culture are painstakingly researched and expressed in emotive detail. The plot is filled with empathetic characters and action is non-stop to the very end.
The only structural weakness of the plot in The Patmos Deception is the finish, which feels rushed. It is as if Bunn is in a hurry to tie up loose ends and leaves one very important question unanswered. However, if this unanswered question leads to a sequel, it may not be a bad thing. Also there is an assertion on the subject of Greek politics that may not be true, as Fascism is characterized as “far right.” Because Fascism is known by its philosophy of big, centralized, government control (as in the Nazi’s Social Democratic Party), it should be considered “far left.”
One other weakness in The Patmos Deception is the spiritual focus communicated throughout the book. Rather than emphasizing a Christian message based on a biblical foundation, the theme is laced with mysticism and an experiential emphasis that may confuse readers as to what orthodox Christian faith is. This sends mixed signals about Christianity and should be treated with discernment and caution.
Overall, The Patmos Deception is a well-written, enthralling adventure for readers who love to escape to exotic places and enjoy a suspense-filled ride, with a little romance thrown in as well.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.