Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book review: The Fragment by Davis Bunn

About the book:

It’s 1923, and a resilient Paris is starting to recover from the ravages of World War I and the Spanish Flu epidemic.

Enter Muriel Ross, an amateur photographer tasked with documenting the antiques that her employer, U.S. Senator Tom Bryan, has traveled to France to acquire.

Although she’s exhilarated to have escaped her parents and the confines of their stifling Virginia home, Muriel has lingering questions about why the senator has chosen her for this grand adventure. Nevertheless, she blossoms in her new surroundings, soaking up Parisian culture and capturing the sights and sounds of Paris on her camera.

But events take a dangerous turn when she discovers that the senator is on a mission far more momentous—and potentially deadly—than a mere shopping trip.

At the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Senator Bryan asks Muriel to photograph an astonishing artifact: a piece of the True Cross, discovered by Empress Helena—a historical figure familiar to readers of The Pilgrim.

When rumors surface that another fragment has been unearthed, Muriel becomes enmeshed in a covert international alliance dedicated to authenticating the fragment—and protecting it from those who will stop at nothing to steal and discredit it.

The Fragment releases February 19, 2016, from Franciscan Media Books.

My review:

Quiet, unassuming Muriel Ross is thrilled to be able to accompany family friend, U.S. Senator Thomas Ryan, on a trip to Paris.  While there, she delights in discovering the city and photographing its people, who are recovering from the devastating effects of The Great War.  She is moved outside her comfort zone as she accompanies Senator Ryan to state events and meetings.  Her photography skills, education, and research abilities become invaluable to Senator Ryan in his quest to obtain a reliquary containing part of the True Cross.  Their quest takes them to Constantinople, the old city which is in great turmoil.  This is a wonderful story of politics and intrigue, balanced with faith.

Once again, Davis Bunn has taken something totally unknown to me, and crafted an exciting story in which I learned much about the history of that time period.  I give this book a five-star rating.  Those who enjoy history, intrigue, and politics will enjoy this story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Franciscan Media in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Davis Bunn is an award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies.

His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.

Davis divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College at The University of Oxford. Visit Davis at

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