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Strait of Hormuz, by Davis Bunn | #FictionFriday, #Review & #Sweepstakes

Welcome to FictionFriday on WordObsession.net. This past week I have been blessed with the reading of Strait of Hormuz, part of the Marc Royce series, by Davis Bunn. The novel releases November 5, 2013. Read on for the review, as well as for details on the sweepstakes!

Click the link below to read the first three chapters for free! http://statictab.com/j4s7yd8

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About the Book – Strait of Hormuz

Strait-of-HormuzAn under-the-radar phone call from the U.S. State Department puts Marc Royce once again on assignment—ferreting out rumors of a clandestine operation stretching from Asia to the Mideast. At stake is Iran’s threat to blockade the narrow Strait of Hormuz, cutting off vital shipping routes and escalating global tensions beyond the breaking point.

Under the guise of investigating money laundering via high-end art purchases in Europe, Royce finds himself in Switzerland with only sketchy information, no backup, and without a single weapon other than his wits.

His appointment with a gallery owner in Geneva is a dead end–the man is on the floor with a bullet through his chest. But it turns out Royce does have backup. The Mossad has sent someone to keep an eye on this undercover op, which is of more than casual interest to the Israelis. And it’s someone Royce knows…

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Review – by Nona King

Marc Royce is my favorite book character. He is well-rounded, flawed and heroic, a struggling Christian, and a patriot. Davis Bunn never ceases to amaze me how he can write such a wonderfully engaging hero. He does not come across the page as fake, and neither does the conflict or struggles (both romantic and political).

In Strait of Hormuz, the action and suspense kept a strong hold, not letting me go until the end of that last, breath-catching chapter. In fact, when I began reading the clean-up/wrap-up chapter, I could hardly believe the smooth transition from the thick of battle to the conflict resolution. Everything seemed to fit so wonderfully that I wasn’t left with the feeling of “it’s over already?”

But, more than that, as in the other Davis Bunn books, I came away feeling as if I learned something, always an unexpected bonus.

With all of the other Davis Bunn books, I came away with the impression that I learned more about what is going on in the world–and I loved that about the book and the way the details were woven into the story. Davis has a fantastic way of not simply telling a story, but weaving it in such a way as to never be anything but interesting.

In Strait of Hormuz, I learned about something more than the ever-present conflicts in the Middle East and America. I came away with a new idea on how to view conflicts and choices when it comes to being a Christian: all choices don’t necessarily consist of right and wrong. I blinked at that revelation, and it shuddered through my entire spirit–not only as a reader but as a writer.

I thank Davis Bunn and Marc Royce for that most of all.

OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 5 stars

WOULD YOU READ IT AGAIN? Are you kidding? It’s a Marc Royce book, of course I will!

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS? Most definitely yes! Go out and buy this, and the other Marc Royce books, right now! You won’t regret the purchase.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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Sweepstakes!

Strait of Hormuz Sweepstakes

Help Davis Bunn celebrate the publication of “Strait of Hormuz.” Enter to win His & Hers Luxury Swiss Watches or a $150 Amazon Gift Card! http://woobox.com/ipi8wk. You can enter once per email address per day. Rack up bonus entries by sharing the contest with your Facebook and Twitter friends!

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About Davis Bunn

Davis & Isabella BunnDavis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now serving as writer-in-residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Defined by readers and reviewers as a “wise teacher,” “gentleman adventurer,” “consummate writer,” and “Renaissance man,” his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.

Strait of Hormuz is the series finale of the popular Marc Royce Adventures. Library Journal named Lion of Babylon (Book 1) a “Best Book of 2011.”  Rare Earth (Book 2) won the 2013 Christy Award for best suspense novel and was a CBA top 20 best-seller.

Pictured: Davis Bunn and his wife, Isabella Bunn.

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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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#FictionFriday | Unlimited by Davis Bunn

Unlimited,_Davis BunnWelcome to FictionFriday on WordObsession.net. This past week while on vacation I was lucky enough to get to read Unlimited by Davis Bunn! The novel released Sunday, September 1, 2013 and the major motion picture (screenplay also written by Davis) will release in 25 U.S. cities October 16. What follows is my honest review of the book.

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ABOUT UNLIMITED:

ISBN (Trade Paperback): 978-1-4336-7940-7
320 pages
September 1, 2013 from B & H Publishing Group

Simon Orwell is a brilliant student whose life has taken a series of wrong turns. At the point of giving up on his dreams, he gets a call from an old professor who has discovered a breakthrough in a device that would create unlimited energy. He needs Simon’s help.

Upon crossing the border, nothing goes as the young man planned. The professor has been killed and Simon is assaulted and nearly killed by members of a powerful drug cartel.

Now he must take refuge in the only place that will help him, a local orphanage. There, Simon meets Harold Finch, the orphanage proprietor who walked away from a lucrative career with NASA and consulting Fortune 500 companies to
serve a higher cause.

With Harold’s help, Simon sets out on a quest to uncover who killed the professor and why. In due time, he will discover secrets to both the world-changing device and his own unlimited potential.

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REVIEW BY NONA KING:

While there are many things I love about Davis Bunn’s books and writing style, one thing always stands out by far: his characters. From page one Simon, the main character, had me by the hair and the heart. I don’t remember how many times I experienced one wave of emotion after another, from sympathy to commiseration to heartbreak and so on. Simon was one of those flawed characters who you couldn’t help but root for.

And his life definitely didn’t come across as easy.

Every aspect of this book grew to be something that wouldn’t let me put it down. I simply had to read the next scene, or the next chapter, or the next paragraph to discover what was going to happen next. To see if my suspicions were correct. To see this or that or this other thing. Even after the book was over and I was staring at the image of the movie poster (the movie releases October 16th) in the back of the book, I kept thinking there was another chapter to read.

The next day, I had to remind myself the book was over. :(

This is the fifth of Davis Bunn’s books I’ve read and I know, beyond a shadow of the doubt, it will definitely  not be the last. And you know what? I’m going to opening night of the movie, especially since he wrote the screenplay.

OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 5 stars. Between true-to-life characters and realistic settings and conflicts, this book was a tight story filled to the brim with action and intrigue.

WOULD I READ IT AGAIN: You bet I will!

WOULD I RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS: Yes, yes and YES!

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SWEEPSTAKES: They’re giving away a $50 Fandango gift card and a copy of Unlimited, PLUS 10 additional people will each receive a copy of Unlimited. The winners will be announced October 14, 2013 on Davis’s blog.

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FREE PREVIEW: Link to free preview of Chapters 1-3 of Unlimitedhttp://on.fb.me/1c5IyCS

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ABOUT DAVIS BUNN:

Davis BunnDavis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now serving as writer-in-residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Defined by readers and reviewers as a “wise teacher,” “gentleman adventurer,” “consummate writer,” and “Renaissance man,” his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.

Unlimited is Davis’s first screenplay to be released as a major motion picture. The book, Unlimited, is a novelization of the screenplay.

The inspiration behind the Unlimited film and novel is Harold Finch’s book, Success: Four Keys to Unlock Your Unlimited Potential. Download a free copy of Success here: http://unlimitedthemovie.com/4-keys-book/.

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Tortured Hero Hop & Giveaway

Tortured Hero Hop by Candlelight Reads

This month, in celebration of Father’s Day, the Candlelight Reads Hop topic is ‘Tortured Heroes.’ What makes our hearts break when we come across a tortured hero?

I’m focused on fantasy lately, so my favorite tortured hero is Herrel, one of the were-riders from Andre Norton‘s Witch World book, Year of the Unicorn. Although a close second would be the tortured hero Ylon from Mirror of Destiny, charm-blinded by magic and seen as less than a man by all. In fact, the “seen as less than a man” is a commonality between Herrel and Ylon, and yet the heroine still comes to love them. These tortured heroes aren’t judged by their challenges but by their actions. It is this which makes me love not only the tortured hero but the heroine.

Even though they themselves have come to believe they are “less”, they don’t allow this to prevent them from protecting the women they love. Another great quality about a tortured hero (or villain, for that matter, although that is a different post). They face challenges head on and overcome, eventually coming to realize they aren’t “less” at all. Or, if anything, their faults have served to make them stronger.

Their torture and redemption gives me hope of the same.

Nona King

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