When I read the final words of The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn, I felt almost completely indifferent — excepting a small question mark in my mind regarding the future of the main characters. I’ve had a difficult time determining what to say in my review, perhaps because I expected this book to be something it isn’t.
Carey and Nick are childhood friends, drawn together again by the need to prevent the theft of a priceless ancient artifact. I wanted this book to be about the artifact; the insertion of Dimitri, an island local, creates a love triangle that, in my opinion, was too prevalent. This story is interesting, but not gripping. The characters are full, but not three-dimensional. I realize this book is set in Greece, and the voice Bunn used might be to enhance the relaxed, seaside village setting. But the action only meanders instead of dragging the reader along with it on a fast-paced adventure. Personally, I prefer the latter (e.g., Lion of Babylon).
I would recommend this book to a friend, simply because it is “safe” with regard to content. It is a well-constructed story; it simply isn’t my cup of tea.
In exchange for my honest review, I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House.