Monday, September 30, 2013

COTT: A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower

Clash of the Titles is so excited to check in with Amanda Flower, one of the founding members of the COTT Family. From the looks of things, she has some pretty exciting things going on!

USA Today recently hailed award-nominated author Amanda Flower for A Plain Death, calling it “the first Amish rom-com . . . bring on the next one!” As the enthusiastic reviews continue to mount, she’s back with her third Appleseed Creek mystery, A Plain Disappearance.

It’s Christmastime in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of Amish teenager Katie Lambright while on their first date. Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy’s friend and auto mechanic Billy Thorpe is involved with the crime. The police reveal Billy is not really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.

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Amanda Flower started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel and the first in a series featuring amateur sleuth India Hayes. Like her main character, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime. Her next mystery, Murder in a Basket, was released in January 2012 from Five Star. In July 2012, her first Amish mystery, A Plain Death, was released from B&H. For Penguin/NAL she writes under the pen name Isabella Alan. Visit her online at


"The third installment of the outstanding Appleseed Creek series is a mystery with twists and turns and an unexpected ending that will keep readers up until the wee hours of the morning. Readers are reunited with characters from the first two books and will meet some new ones. Flower has hit it out of the ballpark with this series and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life."- 4 1/2 stars Top Pick RT Book Reviews

Be sure to check back with Clash of the Titles for all the latest in Christian Fiction!

COTT: Autumn Brings More Great Pics

Happy autumn from your friends at 
Clash of the Titles! 

So, which is your favorite genre? Contemporary or historical? 
YA or Women's Fiction? 

Please scroll, have a quick read, and vote on which you'd read first. We encourage you to share the contest on your social media sites. Spreading the word about an author's latest novel is the best way to encourage her!

(Voting closes Wednesday, October 02, at midnight.)

by Diana L. Sharples

Still reeling from the loss of his brother in Afghanistan, Calvin Greenlee pours himself into fixing his motorcycle and spending the rest of his time with his girlfriend, Stacey, who always has the right words to say. But when Stacey starts losing weight—a lot of weight—it’s clear she has problems of her own. Calvin is determined to cure her—but could that only push Stacey further into danger?
by Valerie Comer
Outspoken advocate for local food Josephine Shaw moves onto a rundown farm with two friends to prove to the world that she can live sustainably, but a mouse invasion and the cute reluctant farmer next door test her resolve. Zach Nemesek is itching to get back to his easy life in the city, but a Border collie puppy and the woman next door make him wonder if he's better off embracing God's plan for his life…or running from it!
by Liz Tolsma

After the German occupiers kill her husband, the last thing Cornelia de Vries wants is to be involved with the Dutch Resistance. Wounded underground worker Gerrit Laninga brings nothing but danger to her doorstep - and the chance at love she thought had gone forever.

by Karla Akins

 Pastor's wife, Kirstie Donovan, lives life in a fishbowl, so when she hops on the back of a bright pink motorcycle, tongues start to wag at the conservative, century-old First Independent Christian Community Church of Eels Falls. Certain church members have secrets to hide, and when God uses Kirstie's ministry to fill the pews with leather-clad, tattooed bikers, those secrets could be exposed, and some will stop at nothing to hide the truth.
by Jerusha Agen

No love, no pain—no God, no games.
A tragedy three years ago destroyed Nye's rise to the top of the dancing world as an upcoming tango star, making her shut out God and all emotional attachments that could lead to pain, but when a handsome lawyer and elderly landowner enter her new life to make her face the God she can’t forgive, will Nye learn to dance again?

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Christian Novels by Sidney W. Frost -- Get Two for the Price of One

Buy One – Get One Free

For a limited time, I am offering two novels for the price of one. Here's how it works:

Buy any one of the Christian Bookmobile novels:
  • Where Love Once Lived
  • The Vengeance Squad
  • Love Lives On

Then, contact me by email ( and let me know which one you purchased, the date and place purchased, and which book you want to receive free.

  • If you buy a Kindle edition, I will gift you a Kindle edition of the book you request.
  • If you buy a Nook edition, I will gift you a Nook edition of the book you request.
  • If you buy a paperback, send me your address, and I will mail you an autographed paperback of the book you request.


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If you already have all my books except the one you buy, you may select someone to receive the free book.



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: The Promise by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley

Tom Anderson, a young father of two, lost his cutting edge IT job at a bank due to a merger. At first he thought he'd be able to find another job quickly, so he didn't tell his wife or his parents. He left home at the same time each day as he had when he'd had a job and returned about the same time. Instead of going to the office, he'd go to the library or a coffee shop where he could use the Wi-Fi to search for a job. His plan was to wait until he had a job before telling anyone.
However, the search didn't go as he'd hoped, and before long he'd been living a lie for five months and he was about to lose his home, his cars and his wife.
This story could have easily happened in real life. Men seem to have a hard time admitting it when they are fired or their positions are cut. Work defines us more than it should. What I like about this book is that the characters are so real they are recognizable. However, the way the problem is solved in the story is different. I have to admit that I had tears in my eyes for the last third of the book.
I recommend this book for anyone going through a loss of trust between husband and wife. It would also be good for anyone with unresolved issues with their parents. Finally, I would recommend it to all men seeking a fulfilling relationship with a woman.

The Promise is the second in a series by these two authors called The Restoration. Watch the video below to hear about the first story in the series called The Dance.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advance review copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, September 23, 2013

COTT: 2014 Olympia, Coming Soon!

Authors, take note! 

In SIX WEEKS, Clash of the Titles opens its doors for submissions to the 2014 Olympia.

The Olympia is COTT's yearly contest for unpublished writers. The submissions are judged by their audience—readers well-versed in Christian fiction yet not associated with the CBA industry.
Authors write for readers, so why not have readers be the judges?

Finalists in the contest will also have their work read and judged by three industry professionals!

With a submission fee of only $10, easy electronic submission, a bevy of prizes, and judges devoted to Christian fiction and author encouragement, the Olympia is a contest like no other.

But once our doors are open, you'll need to act quick! Slots are limited. To avoid overburdening our volunteer judges, we are limited in the number of submissions we can accept.

Nov 01, 2013-Dec 13, 2013 

For more details, please visit our site:

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Infernal Gates by Michael J. Webb

As most of my regular readers know, I review books for many of the Christian publishers (Tyndale, Zondervan, B&H, Thomas Nelson, Howard, David C. Cook, Bethany House, Abingdon Press, River North, Minotaur, FaithWords) and I found this new book by Michael J. Webb, which was independently published, to be of the same high quality.

The book begins with several seemingly unrelated stories, each one interesting in itself. I felt the switch from one story to another was perfectly timed so that I didn't forget what was happening in one while reading another. About half-way through the book, the stories begin to come together and we eventually learn how all the stories are related.

I enjoyed the action, the suspense, and the depth of information the author provides. The characters came alive for me and the descriptions were so vivid I could see where the action took place. I was amazed at the level of detail and wondered how one person could know everything that was discussed in the book.

One warning. This is not a book for the squeamish. There is some demonic violence with blood and gore. It, too, is vividly described. I usually don't pick that type of book to read, but I'm glad I read this one and I felt the bloody parts were well done.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

COTT: Memory's Door--A Supernatural Thriller

Clash of the Titles brings to you best-selling author James Rubart's latest novel, Memory's Door.
"The prophecy brought them together—
to fight for the hearts of others and set them free."

But the Wolf has risen, and now their greatest battle begins.

The four members of Warriors Riding have learned to wage war in the supernatural, to send their spirits inside people’s souls, to battle demonic forces, and to bring deep healing to those around them.

But their leader Reece is struggling with the loss of his sight. Brandon is being stalked at his concerts by a man in the shadows. Dana’s career is threatening to bury her. And Marcus questions his sanity as he seems to be slipping in and out of alternate realities.

And now the second part of the prophecy has come true. The Wolf is hunting them, and has set his trap. He circles, feeding on his supernatural hate of all they stand for. And he won’t stop until he brings utter destruction to their bodies . . . and their souls.



Quick Bio

Grew up: Pacific Northwest: Seattle, Spokane, Kirkland, WA

College: University of Washington. B.A. in broadcast journalism

Work history: Started off on air at a radio station, then went into sales

Other job: Since ’94 he's owned an ad agency/marketing firm. Find out more about my other gig here.

Favorite memories: They come from jumping off cliffs with his boys, water skiing together, long walks & talks with his wife, and going deep with friends.

  "This was an incredible book. I will be ordering the first book in this series as soon as I am done with my finals this term!!"
  "It was amazing to read how James L. Rubart was able to weave all these powerful messages into a story that read seamless like a movie playing. I would highly recommend reading this book for anyone who loves to become part of another world but have the message infiltrate in his or her heart." 
  "I loved this book. There is even some romance sprinkled in, amongst the thrilling battles and the page turning suspense. You will wonder who The Wolf is - and who Tristan and his friends are - are they good? Are they bad? You will be sad to see Marcus have to decide between the past and the future. You will see the characters face lies that we fall for every day."

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Q & A with Davis Bunn, Author of Unlimited--In Thearters Near You Soon

About Davis Bunn

Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author now serving as writer-in-residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Defined by readers and reviewers as a “wise teacher,” “gentleman adventurer,” “consummate writer,” and “Renaissance man,” his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.
Unlimited is Davis’s first screenplay to be released as a major motion picture. The book, Unlimited, is a novelization of the screenplay.

The inspiration behind the Unlimited film and novel is Harold Finch's book, Success: Four Keys to Unlock Your Unlimited Potential. Download a free copy of Success here:

Q & A with Davis Bunn

The storyline in Unlimited is inspired by true events. What actual events inspired the story?

Harold Finch was formerly the founder and CEO of the first management-leadership consulting groups in the US. In the mid-seventies he sold the company to H&R Block for over a hundred million dollars—back when a hundred million actually meant something. Answering God’s call, he has spent the past three decades traveling the world, teaching his concepts for free and helping underprivileged children learn that they do indeed have both a purpose in God’s eyes, and the potential to succeed. His experiences form the basis for this story.

 What ignited your idea for the characters to create a device that would convert raw wasted energy into useable power?

I actually wrote the screenplay for the film before writing the novel. This happens occasionally—Godfather and Love Story were both conceived in this order. While working on the film script, the producer and Harold and I were discussing what might work as a basis for the story’s suspense element. We were looking for something that had the means of revealing this ‘unlimited’ potential in people. I don’t actually remember who first came up with the idea of wasted energy, but soon as it was said, we all jumped on it.

Simon Orwell, the protagonist in Unlimited, is a brilliant, cynical electrical engineering student who finds danger irresistible. Did you model his character traits after yourself or anyone you know?

Alas, we all know a Simon. These days, this type of person is all too common. An individual with huge potential, who allows himself or herself to become distracted by the multitude of temptations that basically define modern life. And yes, I do know several such people. Some turn this into hugely productive directions, thank goodness. Usually to do so requires divine help, a clarification of focus, and strength they must reach out and ask to receive.

Armando Vasquez and Harold Finch are important mentors in Simon’s life. Who has been a critical mentor in your life, Davis? How has that person encouraged you to push beyond the boundaries of what you thought possible?

There have been several such mentors, for which I remain extremely grateful. One such person is Carol Johnson, who recently retired as editor-in-chief at Bethany House Publishers. Carol has been instrumental in my becoming the best writer I could be, and continues to act as a sounding board for new ideas and characters. Another, I am happy to say, is Harold Finch. His lessons on combining God’s teachings with lifelong aims have been a genuinely rewarding experience with far-reaching results.

Many of the characters in the story are orphans. What parallels do you see between the orphans in the story and real-life spiritual orphans?

A beautiful question. While researching the core components of this story, orphanage leaders repeatedly stressed the need to teach orphans to believe in themselves and their natural abilities. Too often they see themselves as lost, without purpose, without a role to play, without chances, without love. What made this story work, I think, is how Simon Orwell shares these same feelings about himself. And how he comes to realize God is the only one to fill this need.

Many people believe they must wear a mask to hide the parts of themselves they are ashamed of. How is this story about removing that mask?

So much of life remains hidden away. The darker elements of a life without God only amplify this falseness. Simon has spent so much of his life, so much of his energy and time, in hiding. As the story unfolds, he discovers that an essential element of arriving at his full potential is being honest with himself. This is where the mask is most damaging, and also where it is often hardest to release. We seek to hide the truth, even when we know the act is a lie in itself. And the mirror we require to see the truth about ourselves is the one that God offers, in infinite patience, in gentle love.

The title, Unlimited, has multiple layers of meaning. What does that title mean to you?

Unlimited was the title brought to me by the film’s producers. When I first began working on this story, it was just that, a title. But as I grew to know Harold, and heard him teach, and read his lesson plan, and then actually applied what he has come to call his ‘Dynamic Life Retreat’ (see Harold full teachings on his website, I have come to agree with them in their choice. Bringing God into the equation of life’s direction, success, and reaching full potential does reveal the true meaning of Unlimited.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

My website and blog are at

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Trailer for Unlimited: The Movie

Unlimited by Davis Bunn -- Can’t Wait to See the Movie

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About Unlimited

ISBN (Trade Paperback): 978-1-4336-7940-7

320 pages

September 1, 2013 from B & H Publishing Group

Plot Synopsis

Simon Orwell is a brilliant student whose life has taken a series of wrong turns. At the point of giving up on his dreams, he gets a call from an old professor who has discovered a breakthrough in a device that would create unlimited energy. He needs Simon's help.

Upon crossing the border, nothing goes as the young man planned. The professor has been killed and Simon is assaulted and nearly killed by members of a powerful drug cartel.

Now he must take refuge in the only place that will help him, a local orphanage. There, Simon meets Harold Finch, the orphanage proprietor who walked away from a lucrative career with NASA and consulting Fortune 500 companies to serve a higher cause.

With Harold's help, Simon sets out on a quest to uncover who killed the professor and why. In due time, he will discover secrets to both the world-changing device and his own unlimited potential.

Read Chapters 1-3 of Unlimited for free

Monday, September 9, 2013

COTT: Blowing on Dandelions--an uplifting, true-to-life romance

This week, Clash of the Titles, presents Author Miralee Ferrell's latest release. It's "a powerful novel that blends the warmth and heart of historical romance with a deep exploration of difficult family dynamics."

Blowing on Dandelions
Book 1 – Love Blossoms in Oregon
by Miralee Ferrell

In 1880 Oregon, Katherine Galloway, a widow, must raise her daughters and run a boardinghouse alone. But when her controlling, outspoken mother comes to live with her, and with her older daughter who has just turned thirteen, the pressure on Katherine becomes close to overwhelming. She must find the faith, wisdom, and courage to transform her life and relationships, especially now that new-in-town widower, Micah Jacobs, begins to capture her heart.

Ferrell speaks to women’s heartfelt strugglesfrom family dysfunction to single parenthood—-while offering faith-filled hope, all wrapped in an uplifting, true-to-life romance.

Miralee Ferrell is multi-published in contemporary and historical romance, is a speaker, accredited counselor, and American Christian Fiction Writers chapter president. She and her husband enjoy horseback riding, sailing, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington State’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge.

* Living It Out by Shai
“ . . . I think one of the best themes behind the book, is the way Katherine handles her very difficult mother. She manages to show what the bible says in honoring thy mother. A fantastic example of ordinary life working to live out the gospel. I would recommend this book to anyone, including my teenage daughter. It was a delightful story that captured not only my attention but my heart as well.”
* Blowing on Dandelions has an Unexpected Depth, by M. Myhren-Bennett "Blooming with Books"
“There is an unexpected depth to Blowing on Dandelions that is hidden within the covers. A valuable lesson to look beneath the surface of a person's personality to see the true person is wrapped up in a delightfully entertaining story. I for one look forward to reading the future installments of this series and learning more about the people of Baker City, Oregon.”
* Captivating story about family and love and forgiveness, by ~Cindi
“This a sweet story about love, family, forgiveness and hope. I really enjoyed the friendship that forms between characters. The author has a nice way of disclosing each one's spirit needed to bring them to life. Having the strength Katherine has, proves that following what the Bible teaches is possible, but not necessarily easy . . ..”

“Ferrell (The Other Daughter) examines the many facets of love and relationships in this sweetly moving historical romance, the first in her LOVE BLOSSOMS IN OREGON series. … Katherine's interactions—with her mother, her daughter, the church quilting club, and the new man in town—are explored in a wonderfully realistic fashion….”
—Publishers Weekly

“In her sweet historical romance novel, Ferrell shows readers the struggles that women, especially widows with children, faced when they tried to make a life for themselves in the Oregon Territory in the 1800s. It was a hard life, and only the strong could make it.”

“Ferrell has created characters you’ll root for, and the attitudes feel appropriate for the time in this tender romance. The relationships of mothers and daughters in this story speak deeply of the need for acceptance, love, and respect from one’s parents.”
 -Susan Page Davis, award-winning author of the Prairie Dreams and Texas Trails series

“ This is more than a heart-tugging romance—though it is that—but it is also a mind-challenging read that will leave us in a different place than when we began.”
 -Kathi Macias, author of Red Ink

“In Katherine Galloway, Miralee Ferrell has created a woman who models grace. As the story unfolds, readers see Katherine's faith lived out in a way that's authentic, challenging, and encouraging. “
-Stephanie Grace Whitson, author of The Quilt Chronicles series

Win a copy of Blowing on Dandelions, Miralee’s newest historical romance! Stop by her blog and answer a couple of simple questions to enter the drawing for a signed copy.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Coming Home by Stacy Hawkins Adams

Dayna came out of a divorce from a cheating husband stronger than ever. It took seven years, but as the book opens, she has a successful career and a relationship with Warren, a wonderful man who offers her a chance for what she wanted most—children and a lifetime with a loving husband.

Why, then, does she let herself get drawn into helping her former husband? It seems like the right thing to do, but it turns out to be a decision that jeopardizes her relationship with Warren and threatens her ex-husband's marriage as well.

The characters come alive in this book. You'll cheer them on when they succeed and cry when they hurt. There are plenty of ups and downs throughout the book to hold your interest to the very end, and only then will you learn how it all turns out.

Monday, September 2, 2013

COTT: The Perfect Novel to End the Summer

Clash of the Titles' latest champion novel couldn't be more appropriate to the season. Just look at that cover! If you haven't had a get-away this summer, Becalmed might be your ticket.
COTT's readers have decided--this should be your next fiction adventure!

by Normandie Fischer

When a Southern woman with a broken heart finds herself falling for a widower with a broken boat,
it's anything but smooth sailing.

ISBN13: 9781938499616  
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
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About the Book:

Tadie Longworth doesn't spend much time worrying that she’s turning into one of Beaufort, North Carolina’s, spinsters. She has a gift shop full of her own jewelry designs and a sweet little sailboat to take her mind off the guy who got away. But now he’s back—with the fashion-plate wife he picked instead of Tadie—and he’s hitting on her again.
When widower Will Merritt limps into town with a broken sailboat and a perky seven-year-old daughter, he provides the perfect distraction—until that distraction turns into fascination when Tadie offers shelter during a hurricane. Over candlelit games of SlapJack and Monopoly, Jilly becomes the daughter she could have had and Will the man she always wanted. Only, he’s sworn never to let another woman in his life. Any day now, he’s going to finish those repairs, and that ship's going to sail—straight out of Tadie’s life.

What COTT voters had to say: 
Becalmed looks Amazing! Can't wait to get my own copy of it.
Keep Calm and Write On!
My hat's off to all of the authors! Writing, publishing and marketing is a huge job. I LOVE Normandie Fischer's Becalmed cover!
I've read Becalmed. Mature viewpoint and writing, a real relief from the usual shallow offerings of CBA.
Becalmed sounds like a book from which I could benefit right now.
I'm reading Becalmed right now and am enjoying it immensely. I've fallen in love with Jilly.
A wonderfully atmospheric novel of coastal North Carolina. Feel the humidity without breaking a sweat!
Having recently got to know Normandie Fischer, it's thrilling to find an author writing books, Becalmed and soon-to-be-released Sailing Out Of Darkness, that authentically express their heart yet at the same time are entertaining and accessible to many. Congratulations, Normandie!

 About the Author:
Image of Normandie FischerNormandie had the best of several worlds: a Southern heritage, access to schooling in the DC area (which meant lots of cultural adventures), and several years of sculpture studies in Italy. It might have been better for her if she'd used all these opportunities more wisely, but it's possible that the imperfect and the unwise also add fodder for the artist and the writer.
 Her life changed radically when she married the love of her life at an age when some would have said she was over the hill and way past her prime. (Clichés often speak the truth, don't they?) A lifelong sailor, she was delighted to find that Michael also longed to cruise lovely waters, which is what they did from Northern CA to Mexico, spending too-few years in the incomparable Sea of Cortez. Sea Venture, their 50' ketch, is back home in North Carolina now because Normandie's mama needed care. Still, it's gorgeous there, too, and she can write and edit from home as easily as she could on the boat.
Her two grown children, son-in-law, and two step-sons are handsome (or gorgeous, as the case may be), talented, and a delight. Normandie has a precious brand-new granddaughter born August 21. She just wishes they lived a lot closer to home.
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If you're an author, please consider entering your new release in COTT's monthly competitions. Information and submission guidelines are found here. Come back often to find a new favorite author from Clash of the Titles.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Unlimited by Davis Bunn

If you've read Davis Bunn's Lion of Babylon, Rare Earth, or Strait of Hormuz, you may expect the central figure in Unlimited to be similar to Marc Royce. If so, you're in for a surprise. Simon Orwell is super intelligent when it comes to science, but he has failed in most every other aspect of his life. He dropped out of MIT, became a bartender and got into illegal activity to the point where he was forced to do things he didn't want to do. He had no family and alienated the one person who cared about him. That person was his professor at MIT, Armando Vasquez.
Simon is not a very likeable character, and the more we learn about him, the harder it is to believe that he is worth caring about. The first hint that there is hope for him is that he jumps at the chance to help his former professor even though doing so jeopardizes Simon's life. He wants to make amends, but he is too late. Vasquez is killed shortly before Simon arrives.

Simon is attacked and hurt. Friends of Vasquez's take him to an orphanage run by Harold Finch. Simon is forced to stay at the orphanage while he heals and waits for a new passport. Harold, who teaches the children about God and about setting goals for themselves, sees hope for Simon.

There is a lot more at stake in the story than the question of whether Simon will become the man his professor believed he was. And it's not a decision that can be made in a vacuum. There are deadlines to meet, scientific equipment to repair, secret codes to decipher, people who are not whom they seem, and bullets to dodge. If Simon fails, lives can be lost, children can become wards of the state, drug cartels can prosper.

I found the story compelling. It is the kind you can read in a single setting if life allows. I was also intrigued by the characters. Not just Simon. By the time I got to know them, I cared about all the good ones. In these ways, Unlimited is not so different from other Bunn novels.

Unlimited is a movie novelization based on at least some actual people. Usually, an author of a novelization begins with a story and a set of characters. However, since Davis Bunn is credited as one of two screen writers on the movie, he may have had some say in the details of the movie as well. The movie will open October 11, 2013. I can hardly wait to see it.

For more information about the movie, go to

For more information about three-time Christy Award winning author, Davis Bunn, go to
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an advance review copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”