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Gold of Kings (Storm Syrrell #1)

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  375 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Will she decipher the mysteries leading to the sacred relic, or be defeated by the foes racing to claim it and destroy her?A dealer in art and antiquities, Storm Syrrell arranges her life as she does her work -- into neat, orderly categories. But when her grandfather is murdered, all certainties are crushingly replaced by suspicions. She struggles to understand his death - ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Howard Books (first published May 1st 2009)
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Cathy Bryant
Gold of Kings by Davis Bunn has it all: thrills, chills, spills and a romance to boot! What's not to love about this story?

Storm Syrrell is an elegant and elusive heiress to her grandfather's arts dealership. When he dies unexpectedly, her world is torn upside down.

Harry Bennett is a treasure dog who has been all over the world searching for treasure. His latest venture? A lengthy tour of a prison in Barbados. When his sentence is drastically reduced, and he finds himself a free man once again,
This was a fun, entertaining, and interesting book. The story of a long time "treasure dog" doing one of his best friends (Sean) one last favor after Sean's death, and protecting his granddaughter. Through meeting the granddaughter (Storm), he (Harry) begins, with Storm, a hunt for some of the most sought-after and desired treasure, that no one had ever been able to find. There are lots of twists and turns, and the excitement that comes along with the main characters being hunted. There are a nu ...more
I had a hard time with this book. I did not connect with the characters. I connected more to the character who was killed and dead within the first chapter. I didn't understand or comprehend the relationship between Harry and the two women. It didn't make any sense to me and the author wasn't real clear throughout this entire novel. I found myself lost throughout this entire book and wondered many times how the 3 treasure hunters got to where they were and why. I don't get lost in too many books ...more
The book opens with Sean Syrrell, a dealer in art and antiquities, firing his granddaughter from his firm, and then within an hour being killed. Before he died, he arranged for a treasure hunter, Harry, to be released from prison in Barbados, where he has been confined because he found a treasure that the government wanted for its own. Harry is given instructions to protect Sean's granddaughter, a headstrong girl with the unfortunate name of Storm. The two team up, and together they begin to unr ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
Gold of Kings by Davis Bunn is a fast-paced suspenseful thriller about the quest for an ancient treasure. Storm Syrrell's world has fallen apart. Her grandfather Sean fired her from the family business of selling rare and high priced pieces of art just before dying of a heart attack. To make things worse, she's not even mentioned in the will. Harry Bennett has spent the last three years of his life wasting away in a jail cell in Barbados for a crime he didn't commit. Sean's actions in his last d ...more
Not the best historical thriller I've read. The story took a good 100 pages to get going and when I found out the treasure was the Second Temple gold, I was excited. However, there is a lot of situational explanation and character exploration and not enough history. If I took out all the paragraphs dealing with the actual history, it would probably come out to maybe 10 of the 300-odd pages. Alright, I'm probably exaggerating but I felt cheated out of a good history lesson on the Second Temple tr ...more
Well developed, character driven, not supsenseful. Still Good!

I expected a little more suspense from this book. A worldwide search for an eons old religious treasure with the requisite bad guys, both inside and outside of the government, chasing our would-be heroes; its all a setup for a suspenseful read. The suspense really never arrived.

This, because the author writes characters so well, did not detract from the story. The characters were written well, deep and understandable, with personal de
Rossrn Nunamaker
Davis Bunn's Gold of Kings was a decent quest based suspense novel, but my three stars are on the closer to two side of the rating scale.

I liked the three main characters, Harry, Emma, and Storm, as well as Hakim and Leon, and while mostly a memory Sean had a powerful role throughout as well.

While other books I'd read featured people seeking treasure or to uncover a historic object of significance, this one just didn't seem to strike me with strong enough motivation for doing so. It may have bee
Tará O'Sullivan
This was a fun, fast-paced, treasure hunt of a thriller that was fairly entertaining.[return][return]However, it did take some time to get used to the clipped sentences. It seems as though the author were seeing a movie in his head and was trying his hardest to keep his writing up to the fast pace. [return][return]The language had no real flavour to it. It was at its most entertaining when you thought of it as a movie tie-in novel, just without the benefits of actually having a film to watch bef ...more
Proud Book Nerd
I was surprised by how much I liked this book. I didn't expect to hate it, but I didn't think I'd enjoy it like I did.

I really liked the protagonists - Harry, Storm, and Emma. Although, Emma was my least favorite of the three. Something about her just wasn't quite right. And I found the relationship between Harry and Emma a bit hard to swallow. Something about it just didn't seem right to me. But, I'm able to overlook that. The story itself was well-written and very engaging. I especially liked
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Rachel Lubow
In this captivating treasure hunt novel, Davis Bunn causes readers to consider priorities, legacy, and loyalty. Bunn's writing is refreshing and restrained. While reading Gold of Kings, I often paused to consider artful structure, masterful phrases, and strong word choice. Both scenes and characters are vivid and memorable, and the story is not overly emotional, dramatic, or cliche. I also appreciated the characters' imperfections and the novel's ending, which was satisfying yet not too tidy.

I got an advanced reader copy of this book; so let me see if I can give you my best opinion on this book. First let me say I felt it was written very well, and the characters are very likeable. This book started a bit slow for me, I did not feel until way through the book did the real excitement started. To me a book they gets five stars is one I just can’t put down because I can wait to see what happen next this one just did not do that for me until I reached the final chapters. But having rea ...more
This would make a great film. (Well, actually it would depend on the actors chosen, how the screenwriters adapt it and change the ending to what they think moviegoers want.) The plot is believable. The characters were well developed, but the dialogue read more like a script than a book. The action hits fast and moves.

I found myself taking the book to work so I could read a few pages over lunch, then to the gym after work...a few miles on the treadmill went quickly.

Good read. I'm going to look
This guy is an award winning author, but don't think this was one of his better works. I had a hard time following the story. He didn't set scenes well and often left out details in order to be suspenseful I think but just made me think I had missed something. Apparently there was a deeper meaning to the book, but definitely missed that. Sorry Davis, wouldn't recommend this one...
Mar 20, 2010 Lise rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Someone looking for a quick read with a little thought behind it.
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed this book, which I received for free through Goodreads Firstreads program. It's a fast paced, cinematic thriller about a 'treasure dog' and an international conspiracy in the art world. It starts off with a bizarre murder in an exotic location, and keeps ramping up the excitement from there. The story is a world-spanning, rip-roaring, non stop action fest which manages to integrate enough character development and history to keep it interesting to an old curmudgeon like me.

Kara Jorges
When antiquities dealer Sean Syrrell is murdered, his granddaughter Storm decides to take up his quest of searching for the gold of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, built by King Herod. She is joined by Harry Bennett, a treasure hunter and one of the few people Sean truly trusted, and Emma Webb, an FBI agent who is investigating Syrrell’s after a series of forgeries is tied to the shop. Going after an immense treasure that hasn’t been seen in centuries is never without danger, and Storm, Harry, a ...more
I bought this book because I loved Davis Bunn's new book Lion of Babylon.

Gold of Kings was...ok. Storm Syrell loses her grandfather, the owner of a high-end antiquities business, in what looks like suspicious circumstances. As Storm grieves his loss and tries to figure out how to hold on to the family business, she meets up with Emma, a cool but idealistic FBI agent, and Harry Bennett a "treasure dog" with unexpected strengths. Together, the three unlikely partners go in search on an almost uni
Lilly W.

Gold Of Kings,By: Davis Bunn
Option One Project, My first book Started May 3.

This book is a marvelous book it is about four main people one an older man Mr. Syrell, Storm, Harry, and Emma. Now in the beginning Mr. Syrell was just murdered. Then Harry (who is Mr.Syrell's treasure hunting buddy) was just released from jail for which he was falsely accused. He was picked up by Mr.Syrell's lawyer and was informed that his friend was murdered and was supposed to help with the murder case and find
Jun 03, 2009 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adventurous
Recommended to Margaret by: FIRST Wild Card
Now this was a fun book! "Gold of Kings" is quite adventurous and easily can be visualized as an action film much like National Treasure or the Da Vinci Code films in theory. The reading of this book gives off a similar vibe to Matt Bronleewe's August Adams series, although it is not quite as cool in my opinion as I just loved those books, but really like this one.

There are really three main characters that you are following through out the book in their physical, mental, and spiritual battles.
I won this book from Goodreads a few months ago and have not had the opportunity to read it until now. In fact, my parents borrowed it and both loved it.

It is an exciting read with 2 plots intertwined in a quick and light read. This is something my wife would call "fluff", Nothing wrong with that, but it does describe the depth of the writing. If you are in the mood for an easy mystery/quest story than this is for you.

We start with the murder of a dealer of antiquities. What seems like a heart a
I actually liked this book much better than the previous Bunn novel I read. The story is very interesting: lost treasure from the Second Temple in Jerusalem hidden in a cave in Turkey. What I liked about this book is that Bunn took time to give a little historical background that told about where the characters were going and why.

What I didn't like was that somewhere in the middle of the book, two of the main characters suddenly find themselves in love with each other, and the author did not rea
This is a modern day treasure hunt, hunting gold, specifically gold from Ancient Greek or Roman times. The hunter is after treasure from that time period. Read summer 2009.
Carla Still
Great treasure hunting book. Thrilling and suspenseful. Could be an action packed movie.
Audrey Grant
This was a good read. Not the best of his books, but a good read none the less.
Phyllis C
Bunn puts 2 women and 1 man together in an amazing treasure hunt.
Paula Hebert
this adventure novel has a lot of intrigue, tons of adventure, a love story, and an historical a put forth that is maybe not plausible, but maybe so??? a young woman inherits her fathers art gallery, dealing in antiquities. a deep sea fortune hunter finds himself mysteriously released from a north african prison. the fathers book of contacts and secret codes turns up in a safety deposit box with hints of treasure. and the game is afoot! the storyline and characters blow dan brown out of the wate ...more
I enjoyed this book - I probably would have enjoyed it more (finished faster) if I hadn't had such a busy couple of weeks. Unfortunately, I barely had enough time to sit down and read more than a chapter at a time, and I really think I would have appreciated the book more if I had more time at a sitting. It kind of ruined the suspense for me. That said, I still liked the book - I found it to be a lot of fun, and I loved the little bits of history that were woven in (I just wish there had been mo ...more
I must admit, I won this book a while back from goodreads and read the first chapter. Didn't get much farther, set it down and let it collect a little dust. I went back to it, read another chapter... set it back down. Finally, after several months, I've read the book. And, I must admit, I found it enjoyable (once I got back the first two chapters).

I encourage anyone reading it to read it. I found it hard to get past the first few chapters (obviously), but after that, it's a good book!
Kristine Morgan
I found Gold of Kings to be a good read. It is basically a treasure hunt with murder, double agents,a little romance and some theological discussions. I enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to reading The Black Madonna, the second book about Storm Syrrell.

Davis Bunn writes a good adventure and you are never quite sure who is on the good side. He keeps you guessing throughout the story as to whether the treasure is real or not and who is finally going o survive the search.
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Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than seven million books in twenty languages.

Honored with four Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, Davis was inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame in 2014.

His bestsellers include The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Book of Hours, and The Quilt. A sought-after lecturer in the a
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