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Unlimited by Davis Bunn

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

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"Deception intertwines with redemption. The tender is mixed in amongst the hardened."

Simon Orwell has made bad choices and his life has taken a series of wrong turns. At his lowest point, wondering what was next in his miserable existence, he answers a call from an old MIT professor, Dr. Valquez. He has discovered a breakthrough in a contraption with the potential of creating unlimited energy. Simon's help is needed as the Dr. is scheduled to demonstrate his findings before the city council of Ojinaga, Mexico.

Nothing goes as Simon had expected once he crosses the border. The professor has been killed. Coerced to go solo in the presentation, Simon is turned down by the town for funding the project. He is then pursued and nearly killed by a lone assassin.

He finds compassionate refuge, amidst a collection of diverse and believable characters (Juan, Pedro and Sofia) in a local orphanage. With the encouragement and gentle prodding of Harold (the orphanage proprietor), Simon is determined to uncover who killed the professor and rediscover the secrets to his energy altering device.

In Unlimited, an unheralded-and-tainted hero runs smack into a powerful drug cartel hell bent on submission and destruction. As he fights for his life in the present, he knows he must face his uncomfortable past. Intrigue, corruption and deceit abound in great measure within these pages. He begins to slowly trust again but is unsure of Enrique’s smooth talking, Martinez’s “by-the-book” approach and Dr. Clara’s odd demeanor.

As in his previous titles, there is no hesitation in Bunn’s writing to wholeheartedly engage his readers in the storyline. He wants each one of us to feel, reflect, fear and identify. His research and sweet character development are the foundation for his stories.

Deception intertwines with redemption. The tender is mixed in amongst the hardened. I was reminded of the constant need to be discerning but also to wholly forgive as a Christ-follower. We were made to not be alone . . . to reach out and depend on each other!

It did take me a while to figure out why the professor’s device was so important. I’m going to attribute that simple fact to Bunn’s creative penmanship and not my being thickheaded.

Unlimited is my second read of a Bunn novel this year . . . two more than last year. Keep ‘em coming Mr. Bunn.

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.