Friday, February 19, 2016

Have You Ever Experienced A Movie . . . In A Book? THE FRAGMENT Will Take You There!

Have you ever wanted to see Europe, experience not only the sights and the sounds but somehow embrace the passion of a place and a people who have not only endured war . . . but have truly survived?

Do you long to remember the days of your youth?  To drink the intoxicating wine of freedom, and eat the savory bread of adventure as your eyes see things that no one has ever seen before . . . at least, not in the same way?

THE FRAGMENT, the second book centered around The True Cross, will take you there.

Muriel Ross, an amatueur photographer with an extraordinary gift for capturing lives on film, has been assigned to the staff of U.S. Senator Tom Bryan.  Ostensibly, her duties are to document, on film, antiquities that are surfacing from war-ravaged Europe.  As a young woman determined to forge her own way in the world, and break the mold of the high society lady into which her mother wishes her to be cast, Muriel finds both exhilirating joy and rigorous challenges in her responsibilities.  Yet she senses that she is here for more than photographs.

Senator Tom Bryan is, on the surface, the quintessential politician.  Skilled in the subtle sciences of diplomacy and politics, he is the epitomy of the old adage, “Still waters run deep.”  

In his heart, Tom Bryan, the man, is a passionate follower of his Lord and Savior.  He is also aware of the divisive – and deadly – forces which religion holds in her velveted fist.  Walking the fine line of faith, with bottomless chasms on either side, Senator Bryan realizes that the only way across is by keeping his eyes straight ahead, focused not on a mission . . . but on a man.

There are some who would say that THE FRAGMENT encourages idolatry by means of icons.  However, I feel that author Davis Bunn has succeeded in using the icon as a means of introducing the reader to the reality it represents.  And I don’t know of any other author who could have accomplished it.

5 stars for a book that has more cinematic appeal than most movies!

Davis Bunn
ISBN 978-1-61636-934-7
Franciscan Media
167 pages
$14.99 U.S.