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The Black Madonna (Storm Syrrell #2)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  147 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Following the internationally acclaimed Gold of Kings, Storm Syrrell returns in the compelling story of The Black Madonna.

Antiques expert Storm Syrrell heads to Europe to investigate the clandestine trade in religious artifacts. She dismisses superstitious tales of miraculous healings and divine omens. Yet when an obsessive Russian oligarch calls—just as her frie...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Touchstone (first published August 11th 2010)
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Clarissa Simmens
I had given up on thrillers: all those testosterone-laden men, gorgeous women, unbelievable battles where the hero never bleeds...you know. But this book's title attracted me because I have researched Black Madonnas and also collect their religious medal likenesses, the centerpiece of my collection being the Black Madonna of Czestochowa that is partially shown on the book jacket. So imagine my joy as I read this book because although we travel the world from the Dead Sea and Jordan to Europe and...more
Theresa
Sep 17, 2010 Theresa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Older teens through adult
Recommended to Theresa by: Glass Road
If you haven't read anything by Davis Bunn (aka T. Davis Bunn), now is the time to do so! Bunn has an amazing style that draws the reader in and keeps him/her in suspense until the very last page.


The Black Madonna starts in the Judean Desert and soon becomes international, centering around an antiques dealer, an archeologist, a businessman, and a Homeland Security agent. What do they all have in common? Byzantine artifacts.



This novel had me captivated and on the edge of my seat more times than I...more
ReviewsByMolly
Sep 17, 2010 ReviewsByMolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to ReviewsByMolly by: Glass Roads PR
Davis Bunn is a wonderful author. I've only read books by him and Janette Oke, but never any by him alone. Let me tell you that, while this is an excitingly different style of story, Davis Bunn is definitely an author whom you will find on my bookshelf in the future!

The Black Madonna, a novel full of antique artifacts, history, and suspense, follows Bunn's novel of Gold of Kings, where he first introduced Storm Syrrell. Sadly, I didn't get to read that novel first. The Black Madonna, while not...more
Jennifer
From my book review blog Rundpinne ...

"A masterful and brilliant thriller The Black Madonna by Davis Bunn will keep the reader intrigued and fully engaged throughout the book. Bunn whisks the reader half way around the word to auction houses as well as inside the legal and illegal antiquity trades. Paintings are being purchased for more than they are worth, Storm Syrrell has been hired to find the amethyst clock which in theory does not exist, an antiquities dealer is allegedly murdered in Hebr...more
Victor Gentile
Davis Bunn in his new book, “The Black Madonna” Book Two in the Storm Syrrell series published by Howard/Touchstone Books gives us an exciting thriller that takes place in the world of art objects and stolen artifacts.

Harry Bennett and Storm Syrrell are back after their adventure in “Gold of Kings” While this is a stand alone adventure I have not read “Gold” so I felt that Mr. Bunn didn’t spend a lot of time in describing his characters as he had already introduced them previously. However that...more
Laura
Title: THE BLACK MADONNA
Author: Davis Bunn
Publisher: Howard Books
September 2010
ISBN 978-1-4165-5633-6
Genre: General Fiction/International

Prepare to be moved. Physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Your journey will begin once you open the pages of THE BLACK MADONNA. Author, lecturer and writer in residence (Regent’s Park College, Oxford University) Davis Bunn has once again demonstrated his mastery of the craft of writing as he literally propels his audience from the comfort of their reading...more
Clockstein Lockstein
The Black Madonna by Davis Bunn is the second book in the Storm Syrrell series. Storm is still trying to rebuild her antique dealership after the death of her grandfather and imprisonment of her father for his embezzling when she gets a too-good-to-be-true job offer to buy a Russian painting at an art auction. When the buyer pays more than twice what the item is worth, Storm becomes suspicious, and her worries only grow when she is ordered to buy more items at a price a good deal more than their...more
Mark Young
Stolen art and international intrigue in exotic places fill the pages of The Black Madonna, author Davis Bunn’s next spellbinding novel scheduled for release in September. Treasured art, steeped in historical significance, dramatically changes the lives of art historian Storm Syrrell, treasure hunter Harry Bennett, and U.S Treasury agent Emma Webb.

For those of you who’ve read Davis’ previous novel, Gold of Kings, these names—Storm, Harry and Emma—should sound familiar. They return in The Black M...more
Sylvia

Antiques expert Storm Syrrell heads to Europe to investigate the clandestine trade in religious artifacts. She dismisses superstitious tales of miraculous healings and divine omens. Yet when an obsessive Russian oligarch calls - just as her friend Harry Bennett vanishes - all assumptions must be cast aside. Storm seeks answers in a medieval monastery. There, the scarred visage of an icon provokes even more startling questions. Is she prepared to confront both earthly and spiritual powers? Storm...more
Margaret
Nov 02, 2010 Margaret marked it as to-read
Recommended to Margaret by: Rebeca Seitz, FIRST
The Black Madonna is the sequel to Gold of Kings. I knew this was to be a similar type book, but I did not realize it was a sequel. Boy was I excited when I discovered that! (And I must add that I like the new cover of GoK that matches TBM...) In May 2009, I had this to say about Gold of Kings:

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...more
Joy DeKok
The plan was to read Black Madonna on my lunch breaks which are usually spent at my desk and last about 15 minutes. I kept telling myself that I'd finish just one more line. . .just one more paragraph. . .just one more page. Instead, I extended my lunch time to 30 minutes. I'm my own boss so I can do that.

But, even that wasn't enough. I found myself taking two extra breaks a day. Instead of pouring myself a cup of coffee and returning to my computer screen to work, I picked up Black Madonna aga...more
Lyndi
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Carla Still
A great sequel book that would also be a good story for a movie. Action packed treasure hunt with romance for both of the main female characters.
Janna
Davis Bunn brings back the cast of Storm, Emma and Harry in "The Black Madonna" and sends them all over the world in chase of various ancient religious icons. It is full of international intrigue, mystery and suspense - who are the good guys, who are the bad guys? I was guessing through a lot of the book, Russia, Poland, England, America, who is behind the sudden outrageously high priced items at auction. Will it tear Europe apart when its discovered that the Black Madonna in Poland has been rep...more
Juliet
First sentence - From the crest of the Herodium dig, Harry Bennett could look out and see three wars.

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The Black Madonna of Czestochowa

A group of people travelling in private jets doing the bidding of billionaires. Weave in some mystery, a theft, two rather lame romances and you have this novel. I didn't mind the character of Storm but the very quickly developed romance with Raphael was unconvincing.

Beth
This was a fun and quick read, and the pacing moves like a television show. I had not read the first book before picking this up so was not aware of the characters' previous relationships. That being said, the romantic elements of the story were, I thought, the weakest, and I would much rather have focused on resolving the mystery behind the Black Madonna.
Kelly
Bad DaVinci Code knock-off. The characters spent an inordinate amount of time traveling in various expensive and exotic conveyances while using cell phones. Huge yawn. How to be techno-rich was a fairly uninteresting theme. The relationships all seemed implausible. I wanted something mindless but engaging. Fail. Why did I bother to finish it?
Mary
I'm not very far into this book yet (page 64 to be exact), and frankly may not finish it. It is a totally different kind of novel (thriller/mystery) than I'm used to reading, and I'm not sure I can make it all the way through. But after reading the glowing reviews of other readers, I might give it another 100 pages. I'll let you know...
Julie Carter
The book was fast-paced and an easy read. I found the story a little convoluted, and was surprised to first read that Raphael had blue eyes, then later read they were brown. The plot was a bit far-fetched, but was still enjoyable. I have not read the first book in the series, and have not decided if I will.
Megan
Guilty read, but not as guilty at The DaVinchi Code, Bunn actually develops his character more than Dan Brown. Loved Gold of Kings, but this was a decent sequel.
Sylvie
I'll probably come back to this book... had to drop it because other books from my reserve list at the library became available.
Laurie B
I didn't like this as well as the other D. Bunn books I've read. The characters didn't endear themselves to me.
Rebekah Peurifoy
I want David Bunn to continue this series.. I love the adventure, the suspense, the antiques, and the romance
Carol Horton
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Elizabeth
Decent, well assemled, but he lost me with random romance and a miraculous ending.
Charity U
Awesome! Loved it. Great book.
Anne
Feb 02, 2013 Anne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Good book. I liked it a lot.
Gloria
Easy, enjoyable read.
PWRL
Jan 06, 2011 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than six million books in sixteen languages. Honored with three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, 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 art of writing, Bunn was named Novelist in Residence at Re...more
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