In the newest high-stakes historical thriller from master storyteller, Davis Bunn, skepticism vies with faith amid the grit and grandeur of post World War I Europe.
It's 1923, and a resilient Paris is starting to recover from the ravages of war and the Spanish Flu Epidemic when young Muriel Ross, an amateur American photographer, visits the City of Lights. Exhilarated to escape the confines of her Virginia home, she is tasked with documenting antiques for U.S. Senator Tom Bryan. But events take a dangerous turn when Muriel discovers that the senator is also on a mission that's momentous -- and potentially deadly.
At the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Bryan asks Muriel to photograph an astonishing artifact: a piece of the True Cross. But 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.
I'd compare this book to a sleeper movie -- you know a quiet little film that becomes a success despite having very little promotion. The Fragment is like that...at least in the corner of cyberspace I frequent. I didn't even know about it's release until I spotted a copy on the new release shelf at my public library. I was familiar with Davis Bunn as a quality Christian author and intrigued by the back cover blurb enough to take it home and give it a try. And I'm glad I did.
It's a short book -- 168 pages -- but the story carries an alluring mystique that captivated me. Told entirely from twenty-three-year-old Muriel's point of view, the author takes us on a fantastical, faith-filled journey across post-war Europe. Muriel's wide-eyed innocent wonder makes a sharp contrast to the worldly events that transpire. Mystery and intrigue and a myriad of secrets against the opulent backdrop of Paris and Constantinople -- including a trip on the Orient Express! I found The Fragment to be both riveting and puzzling...but uplifting nonetheless.
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