The Fragment by Davis Bunn

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Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Franciscan Media provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Five Gold Stars

The FragmentThe Fragment by Davis Bunn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

Here she was, for the first time in her life, caught up in the world’s affairs, and still she was happiest when she could place the camera between her and events.

Muriel Ross has the chance of a lifetime when the U.S. senator she’s accompanied to Paris asks her to photograph an important artifact in the history of the Church. But that’s only the beginning of a mission that could prove deadly in The Fragment, a historical thriller by author Davis Bunn.

I’ve experienced this author’s superb storytelling a number of times before, and this instance was no exception. The imminent danger permeating the post-World War I atmosphere is virtually palpable throughout the story, but moments of beauty, tranquility, and the quiet fierceness of faith still shine through.

The characters are intriguing, and although religious reliquaries and such aren’t something I fully “get,” personally, the symbolism here succeeds in remaining intimately connected with its deeper meaning. While the story’s pacing borders on rushing in some places, there isn’t the feeling of idle time or artificial “filler” to pad the plot, and the rather steady clip kept me turning the pages.

With its compelling mix of danger and poignancy, I’d recommend this book to fans of international thrillers and historical fiction alike.

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