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4.25.2016

The Fragment ~ Review

The Fragment
By Davis Bunn

Europe is caught in the aftermath of the First World War, when word of an ancient and long sought artifact comes to Tom Bryan.  As a U.S. Senator, Tom Bryan  has the means to track down this object and he has the perfect person in mind to help him.  Muriel Ross, an amateur photographer who works in the Smithsonian as a historical researcher and is the daughter of his long-time friends, is ready to spread her wings.

When Senator Byran offered to be Muriel's introduction/chaperon into Paris she had no what an adventure she was about to set out upon...

Europe is still in shambles recovering from the war that had cost them all some much.  And when a clue as to the supposed whereabouts of a piece of the True Cross takes them into Turkey - Muriel, Senator Bryan, and Charles Fouchet (an angry, hurting Frenchman) are swept up into a world of unknowns.  War and upheaval are changing Turkey and all who are within her boarders are in danger.  

But finding this long lost artifact is worth the risks they are about to undertake.  But danger is closer than they suspect and it could very well cost them their lives and their freedom if they don't proceed with extreme care and wisdom.

This is a delightful and enjoyable book which is set in 1923.  Those who has read previous works by Mr. Bunn will not be disappointed in this newest offering.  Mystery and intrigue fill these pages. This book is only 176 pages but it seems as if it should be longer as there is son much story packed between the covers.  I highly recommend this book if you like post WWI historical fiction or just a well written book.

About the Book:
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 World War I and the Spanish Flu Epidemic. Enter young Muriel Ross, an amateur American photographer tasked with documenting the antiques that her employer, U.S. Senator Tom Bryan, has traveled to France in order 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.