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As I was reading the book, I thought nothing of the fact that the first scene takes place outside of a church in Baltimore. Many people in the United States are Christan or attend services on Sunday. I merely thought this was a plot device. But as I read through the book I must have been utterly clueless--I know the main Iraqi character is a Christian certainly a minority in that country but again attributed it to a plot device. It wasn't until the reference of a group of men in a hangar, some of which were obviously in the midst of biblical study that my brain finally clicked on to realize that it was no longer just a thriller or espionage story, it was a Christian based novel.

It was a wonderful experience to read a book that had characters so richly fleshed out. More unusual, the four main protagonists in the book were men--so no sappy women's Christian servitude lectures. These were strong men, confident men, men who had a very defined sense of who they were and who they are and the role that God has played in both the good and bad experiences in their life.

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More than once I was moved to tears by the elements of the story--a daring rescue, a chance encounter, the description of a realization that all men truly are created equal as they worship together. And more importantly, these elements in no way detracted from the plot and overall story of the book.

There was excitement, danger, injury, intrigue, corruption, gunfire, covert operations, you name it. What a wonderful read.

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I will certainly add more books by Davis Bunn to my reading list at the library. View all 4 comments. May 21, Andrea Cox rated it liked it Shelves: challenges , cover-love. I was hopeful that it would be filled with action, but I was disappointed. Sure, there were scenes of action and tension and juicy stuff like that. But there was heavy emphasis on Iraqi religions, which I wasn't expecting nor wanting in a Christian fiction book, and the lead character explained the same thing to each new player that joined his team.

I'm a by Andrea Renee Cox Lion of Babylon had been in my to-be-read pile for a couple of years, and a book bingo challenge finally got me to read it. I'm all for everyone knowing what the plan is, but I'm not certain it's necessary to show every explanation, especially when nothing new is learned through the plethora of deliveries. Apr 10, Gail Welborn rated it really liked it Shelves: reviews. View 1 comment. Mar 13, Bill Tillman rated it it was amazing Shelves: adult , christian , young-adult , thriller , christian-ya , fiction , kindle , ya , historical-fiction , christian-fiction.

Thriller is a great handle for this novel by Bunn. The action is non stop from first page to last. As a Christian author Bunn ranks among the best. Well worth reading. Feb 11, Skip rated it it was amazing Shelves: thriller. Normally, I cannot abide a novel with such strong religious overtones, but Davis Bunn has written a thriller with a message of hope for the world. Marc Royce, a former covert agent, has retired from the job and life over the death of his wife due to a stroke.

When his best friend Alex Baird is kidnapped in Iraq, he is reawakened. He befriends a local attorney-fixer and an entire country, by helping rescue a kidnapped child among many others with former Iraqi police demoted to prison guards. Ce Normally, I cannot abide a novel with such strong religious overtones, but Davis Bunn has written a thriller with a message of hope for the world. Certain elements in the Iran, Iraqi and U. Marc and his new friends mount a daring rescue mission into Iran. Sep 07, Nate LaClaire rated it it was amazing. Lion of Babylon tells the story of Marc Royce, a former US intelligence operative who is called back into service to rescue a close friend who has been kidnapped in Iraq.

In order to save his friend, Marc must make allies in Iraq while protecting himself from those within the US and Iraqi governments who aim to see him fail.


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This fast-paced thriller kept me hooked from beginning Lion of Babylon tells the story of Marc Royce, a former US intelligence operative who is called back into service to rescue a close friend who has been kidnapped in Iraq. This fast-paced thriller kept me hooked from beginning to end. I became immersed in the story and looked for excuses to continue listening. The characters are well-developed and the narration exceptional. In addition to the thrilling action and mystery, the story also includes many touching elements, from sacrificial love to powerful people humbling themselves to families being restored and the faith of a child.

Author Davis Bunn is careful to give God all the glory for the amazing things that happen in this story and we see characters who are transformed by the power of the Almighty. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from the christianaudio Reviewers Program.

I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Aug 02, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. For me, this book went beyond a good story; it actually broadened my world a bit. Marc faces danger and opposition from not only the Iraqi and Iranian conservatives, but also from inside the US Embassy and military organization in Iraq. Although its hard to tell friend from foe, Marc's honesty, humility, and desire for justice--even i For me, this book went beyond a good story; it actually broadened my world a bit.

Although its hard to tell friend from foe, Marc's honesty, humility, and desire for justice--even in a country not his own--help him build an effective team that spans differences in background and religion. As I read this book I was not only caught up in the adventure and the intrigue, I began to see the Iraqi people in a whole new light.

Their loyalty, desire to repay debts, respect for authority, and link to their past were highlighted in this edge-of-your-chair adventure. There were a few elements of the plot that pushed the edge of believability, but all in all, I thought this was a really appealing, eye-opening story. And, the main character was amazing. He really did become the lion of Babylon. Good read! Sep 25, Audrey rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-and-suspense. Marc Royce is asked to look for his friend, Alex Baird, who disappeared with two American missionary women and a wealthy Iraqi young man.

When he arrives in Iraq he soon learns that there have been many children kidnapped as well. It is suspected that the incidents are connected but both the American and Iraqi governments want nothing to do with them.

Marc is determined to find his friend and rescue the children no matter what it takes. Spies, military men, foreign intrigue with Christian base. Well narrated and highly recommended!!! Jun 05, Michelle Rayburn rated it really liked it. When I closed the last page of the book, I think I actually tasted the desert sand of Iraq and felt the searing heat of the sun. In Lion of Babylon, Davis Bunn takes the readers on an action-packed adventure to the middle east. The story is full of twists and turns, leaving the reader wondering right up to the end if certain events are related to one another.

T When I closed the last page of the book, I think I actually tasted the desert sand of Iraq and felt the searing heat of the sun. The story had just the right balance of faith content blended with mystery and history. Readers will gain a better understanding of Christians in the Middle East, and increase their awareness about the different religious and political parties in Iraq.

At first, I had some difficulty following the story until the paths of the two characters at the beginning of the book finally crossed paths. Then it made more sense. I think some readers might have a little problem with how perfect the character Marc Royce comes across. Despite this, I still enjoyed the story line very much.

However, I would be curious to find out how people more connected with the Middle East would feel about Royce, an American, being the hero and savior so many Iraqis. I received a copy of this book from the author's publicist for review purposes. My reviews are honest and objective. Jul 02, Kathleen Kat Smith rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian-fiction , christian-suspense-fiction , supense-thriller-fiction. Marc Royce is a former employee of State Intel, which is the smallest of the nation's intelligence forces responsible for security in every overseas non military base from embassies, consulates, ambassadorial residences to treaty houses.

He was fired because he had the the unforgivable. He put his wife first to care for her after having a stroke for 9 months, the state only offered him 6 weeks. Since then, he has carried around her death like a burden he can't see to put down. Now that Alex Baird Marc Royce is a former employee of State Intel, which is the smallest of the nation's intelligence forces responsible for security in every overseas non military base from embassies, consulates, ambassadorial residences to treaty houses.

Now that Alex Baird has gone missing in the heart of Baghdad for almost 3 days, Marc is being called back in by those who fired him, to locate and bring back Alex and two other women who went missing with him. An American agent to go missing in Baghdad was very bad news, and Alex was the only friend not to abandon Marc when they let him go. In the latest suspense thriller, Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn, we are taken into the heat of Baghdad while things are still very hostile for Americans. In the midst of removing Saddam Hussein from power, the country is still struggling to find it's new form of government while religious groups via to maintain power and control over the country.

Now it's up to Marc to not only find Alex but to show Baghdad's leaders that not all American's wish them harm. I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and once again, loved it. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting and was completely held captive to his writing style. Feeling like I was a partner along with Marc, we attempted to unlock whatever clues were necessary to find Alex Baird alive and find out just why people wanted to keep his abduction a secret, even those within our own government.

I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read more by David Bunn. Feb 11, Ed rated it it was amazing Shelves: suspence , christian-fiction , thriller. This is volume 1 of a series with Marc Royce is the hero. It is interesting to see how Marc becomes a diplomat to the Iraqi leaders and the Moslem leaders, while still being an American agent. Marc seems to be very observant to the conditions and their relationship to Americans. Marc by using Christian tactics appears to gain the trust of the Iraqis.

I am looking forward to reading the next volume in this series. I don't like Christian fiction. At all. Not because I have anything against Christianity that would be completely untrue , but rather because it's the genre, not the religion usually very preachy. Trinity this, Jesus dying for you that. I have my own religion thank you very much. And I have no intention of leaving it. I also don't like thrillers as a rule.

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More often than not especially nowadays they're about some courageous Marine or soldier from the States, who goes and prevents an evil M I don't like Christian fiction. More often than not especially nowadays they're about some courageous Marine or soldier from the States, who goes and prevents an evil Muslim terrorist from causing major mayhem. There is one small problem: there are very few books about the Old World by this I mean Arabia, and North Africa that I have access to that aren't either Christian fiction, or a thriller, or worse both.

Yet in spite of my low expectations coming into this book or maybe because of them I was charmed. Not enough to fully get over the slightly unsubtle Jesus-is-a-saviour rhetoric that is evidenced throughout the work, but enough to enjoy myself. You know what, I'm in a charitable mood, so i'm gonna rate this book three stars. Jun 13, Joy DeKok rated it it was amazing. My husband and I don't have long romantic dinners on date nights.

Instead, we buy audio books, fill our travel mugs with fresh brewed coffee, and get in the car with an audio book - usually non-fiction. Not long ago, I asked Jon if he'd be willing to try a novel, and he said that would be fine. He said fine in the same voice he uses when I want to watch a chick-flick. Way to write Davis Bunn! Lion of Babylo My husband and I don't have long romantic dinners on date nights.

Lion of Babylon touched us both on many levels. The story is fast-paced, full of suspense, a little romance, and espionage. Thinking about the story today, it is the voice of a little girl that lingers. And, the faith of her grandfather who is so much more than you first think he is. I refuse to give away more of the story than this.

Read or listen to Lion of Babylon ready to shed some prejudice and discover again the talent of this author. Buy this book - you'll be so glad you did. Mar 18, Julianne rated it liked it Shelves: racial-issues , political. This was an interesting story. The main character does have all the advantages fall easily into his lap but I like the cultural and political story lines. I also would have liked a little more back story on Marc and where he served to get his phenomenal skills. I thought the Christian side theme and how it affects that area of the world was very interesting.

I will read the next one. May 05, Betti rated it really liked it Shelves: suspense. Great book. Well written, set in Iraq, opening a whole new world to those of us who have not served in the military or otherwise in a foreign country. Hard to put down once you started, as the intrigue kept your interest, wondering if things were going to work out the way you hoped they would.

Between bombs and dark alleys, this is definitely worth sitting down and reading. Aug 10, Brian K. LOVED this book. Great work by Davis Bunn, writing a modern tale of servant-leadership. I only wish more authors would demonstrate to young readers how to lead through quiet introspection rather than forceful admonition. Marc Royce's character should be expanded in future novels. Great Job Mr. Thank You!!! Jul 15, Lisa Carter rated it liked it Shelves: inspirational , suspense.