Lion of Babylon

Lion of Babylon Marc Royce works for the State Department on special assignments most of them rather routine until two CIA operatives go missing in Iraq kidnapped by Taliban forces bent on generating chaos in the r

  • Title: Lion of Babylon
  • Author: Davis Bunn
  • ISBN: 9780764209055
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lion of Babylon

    Marc Royce works for the State Department on special assignments, most of them rather routine, until two CIA operatives go missing in Iraq kidnapped by Taliban forces bent on generating chaos in the region Two others also drop out of sight a high placed Iraqi civilian and an American woman providing humanitarian aid Are the disappearances linked Rumors circulate in aMarc Royce works for the State Department on special assignments, most of them rather routine, until two CIA operatives go missing in Iraq kidnapped by Taliban forces bent on generating chaos in the region Two others also drop out of sight a high placed Iraqi civilian and an American woman providing humanitarian aid Are the disappearances linked Rumors circulate in a whirl of misinformation.Marc must unravel the truth in a covert operation requiring utmost secrecy from both the Americans and the insurgents But even secret than the undercover operation is the underground dialogue taking place between sworn enemies Will the ultimate Reconciler between ancient enemies, current foes, and fanatical religious factions be heard

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    1. Kelly

      I have a longstanding love/hate relationship with Christian fiction. I have a thirst for reading, and enjoy books from many genres. Periodically I have a craving for espionage/thriller stories, ones that are well written without being overly gory and unnecessarily violent. As a Christian, I repeatedly try to find books within the Christian Fiction classification that have a rich, thorough plot and storyline, where God has a deserved place in the writing. Unfortunately, too many times Christian F [...]

    2. Andrea Cox

      by Andrea Renee CoxLion 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 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 [...]

    3. Gail Welborn

      Lion of Babylon, by Davis Bunn, Bethany House, 2011, 378 Pages, ISBN-10: 0764209051, $14.99“Alex Baird has gone missing,” Ambassador Walton told Marc from the back seat of the idling town car.Instead of getting out, Marc’s hand dropped from the door handle and he said, “When did Alex go off the grid?” “…seventy hours to be exact.”“Three days missing in Baghdad meant one of two things…” to Marc. His close friend was either “…kidnapped or buried in a dusty grave.”Within [...]

    4. Bill Tillman

      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.

    5. Skip

      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 [...]

    6. Nate LaClaire

      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. In the process he…well, I’m not going to tell you what he does – you’re going to have to read it yourself to find out.This fast-paced thriller kept me hooked from be [...]

    7. Jennifer

      For me, this book went beyond a good story; it actually broadened my world a bit. When a CIA operative suddenly goes missing in Bagdad, the US State Department pulls their former employee, Marc Royce back into service to find his missing friend. 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 [...]

    8. Audrey

      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.

    9. Michelle Rayburn

      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. Marc Royce is on special assignment to find several missing Americans in Iraq, and he’s driven by his personal connection to one of them. 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 [...]

    10. Kathleen (Kat) Smith

      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 [...]

    11. Ed

      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.

    12. lafon حمزة نوفل

      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. More often than not (especially nowadays) they're about some courageous Marine or soldier from the States, who goes and prevents an evil (M [...]

    13. Joy DeKok

      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. Jon was hooked on Lion of Babylon by the time we reached the end of our 1/4 mile driveway. Way to write Davis Bunn!Lion of Babylo [...]

    14. Katie

      i am really enjoying it right now. I never thought that i would pick up a book about the middle east. It is making me think of all the people that are over their working to help start a new government. I am also grateful that I don't have to hide my faith and worry that I will get in trouble. If anybody is considering reading this book i do recommend it, but just understand it does have some difficult topics in it. ex. kidnapping, and the differences between the two groups in the middle east.

    15. Betti

      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.

    16. 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. Dun. Thank You!!!

    17. Julianne

      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.

    18. Jeanie

      A retired operative is called back to rescue a friend that has gone missing in Iraq. A story about courage, doing the right thing for the right reasons. About loyalty and friendship. It is a book that opens your eyes to what is going on in the middle east. It really is a tangled web.

    19. Rick Bavera

      I have read Davis Bunn's books before, and they have always been worth the time.This was no exception.Strong story and characters. Entertaining. There is a Christian undercurrent that is good and doesn't clobber you over the head. Definitely a good read.

    20. Lisa Carter

      This is definitely a book most guys will enjoy. A political thriller with tons of action. I'm wondering if there is a sequel to further explore the romantic thread introduced in this novel. Gripping spiritual message for a world divided by so much.

    21. Susan

      This novel was intriguing and exciting. The narrator did an excellent job with the characters. Mark Royce and his friends were quite interesting. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

    22. Tracy

      A Christian espionage thriller. My first one. Wasn't sure what to expect. So, the first half of the book went a bit slowly for me, and I found myself floundering around a bit in the number of characters. The second half picked up pace and content quite significantly, and I really enjoyed it. I sort of have a love-hate relationship with Christian fiction. I love that they are generally clean reads (no language or sex), and I even love some of the religion aspects of it. But I really don't like wh [...]

    23. W. Lattimore

      I struggled for a moment, considering whether to rate this with 4 or 5 stars. In the end, because this author went through so much research to pull this off, it tipped the scale upward.I enjoyed being taken on a journey into the inner reaches of Iraq, where there is a combination of chaos and a "new normal" for those who live in that nation. One might call this a man's Anne of Green Gables> from the standpoint of whatever Anne seemed to touch turned out right. Outside of that, the intrigue an [...]

    24. Trudy

      Davis Bunn was recommended to me from a friend. I started with The Great Divide, and then found the Marc Royce series. Marc Royce is an interesting individual, who is struggling through the loss of his wife, while immersing himself into a very dangerous setting (Bagdad), to find an American friend who was kidnapped. He finds unexpected friendship with a Christian family.I was hooked after the first chapter!

    25. Vicki Morris

      You get the sense that the writer really knows what he is writing about. There are a lot of interesting ideas presented in the book that beg for discussion. The book would really lend itself well for book club. I was a bit disappointed with the ending. I would have liked to have seen what happened to the rescued characters and more about Marc, finding a purpose or calling

    26. Dave Hoff

      First of Series, the author knows a lot of the culture of Iraq and Iran. Plot involves Sunnis, Shia, Christian and Jews. Can they form an Alliance? Much of the story involves the underground Christian churches, kidnaping of kids, American missionary, and Aid workers. Action in the last 1/2 dozen chapters.

    27. Brenda

      This is not the kind of book I usually read (it's current-day and involves politics and the Middle East), but I really enjoyed it. The reader for the audio book (from Christianaudio) did a great job.

    28. Bonita Katz

      Culturally Insightful & Captivating StorylineBunn has done his work to make this book realistic and enticing. I would recommend this book to those seeking a glimpse of the Middle East and the West's presence.

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