**Winner Take All
by T. Davis Bunn
Doubleday, New York, and Waterbrook Press, Colorado Springs, 2003.
Available at Sembach Library (F BUN).
I thought that T. Davis Bunn’s earlier book, Drummer in the Dark,
so I looked forward to reading another of his thrillers. Winner
was a good book, and it did keep me reading until 1:00 in
the morning once I reached the homestretch.
However, I didn’t like this book as well as the earlier one.
The plot was complicated and hard to follow. Multiple viewpoints
right at the beginning were confusing, especially the viewpoint that
was a flashback, but we didn’t know whose. The story was gripping
and suspenseful in the middle, if a bit melodramatic. The part I
least liked was a scene toward the end that strongly reminded me of something
from a Batman episode.
T. Davis Bunn also writes Christian fiction, and there are some Christians
in the story, but that doesn’t stop the book from containing some pretty
nasty violence. The main characters are good, decent people, and
once we figure out whose story is being told, we do care about them and
cheer their successes.
The book was partly set in Germany, which I enjoyed. I also
found interesting the setting of the international opera scene. Apparently,
if a divorced parent kidnaps their child and returns home to Germany,
German courts will rarely force them to return the child to an American
parent, no matter what the American courts have ruled. Using a real
situation, as in Drummer in the Dark
made the story that much more
This is a good book, best read when you’re in the mood for a wild
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
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