The Domino Effect by Davis Bunn

Category:  Christian fictionfinancial thriller, mystery and suspense
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
Release date: September 6, 2016
Format: paperback review copy (Davis Bunn advance team)
My rating:  5-stars


A financial thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat

Esther Harding, a leading risk analyst at one of the country's largest banking institutions, is becoming more and more convinced that she has uncovered a ticking bomb with the potential to overshadow 2008's market crash. And as her own employer pursues "investment" strategies with ever-increasing levels of risk, she becomes convinced she must do something. Yet what can one person really do?

The markets are edging closer to a tipping point--like the teetering first domino in a standing row that circles the globe. And when Esther does sound the alarm, she wonders if anyone will take her seriously. But as public support grows for her ideas, so does the desperation of those whose conspiracy of greed she seeks to expose. With global markets on the brink, and her own life in danger, Esther is locked in a race with the clock to avert a worldwide financial meltdown.

This fast-paced suspense novel will make you wonder where the fiction ends and reality begins..


Before I go into my review I want to let those of you who are not savvy in the arena of the stock market and investment banking know that you should keep reading this review and then pick up The Domino Effect.  Davis Bunn has provided a great education and a needed warning in an understandable and exciting way.  I truly feel that you will enjoy the ride.  Now on to the review.

Davis Bunn’s novel The Domino Effect is absolutely thrilling and frightening.  A warning of the probable future of the global economy if drastic action isn’t taken.  In the financial arena, Bunn knows what he is talking about.  His bio states that “after completing degrees in international economics and finance in the United States and England, Davis became a business executive working in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.”  He understands the global impact of our current banking methodology.

Some people live and breathe mathematical constructs and have an intuitive understanding of investment banking and the stock market.  Others work hard to learn how to manage their investments.  Then there are those like me… admittedly illiterate.  There is a long list of concepts and terms in The Domino Effect that I honestly knew almost nothing about, but should have.   My husband and I entrust the professionals to take care of our families investments.  This may or may not be the best way but investment banking is confusing to us.  I’m still not going to manage my own portfolio but Bunn has taken those concepts and terms that are crazily complicated in my mind and made them understandable without dumbing down the material. He has provided me with a greater understanding of our national economy and its interconnectedness with the global economy.

Lest you think that The Domino Effect is just a tome on the stock market and international banking you need to know that The Domino Effect is a thrilling ride.  It is chock full of danger and intrigue.  It is also a story of acceptance, friendship, and healing.

The Domino Effect is Christian fiction but the Christianity is very subtle.  It is a book that you could give to a non-Christian friend and they wouldn’t feel preached to.  Don't expect it to be an evangelistic book, as it isn't. The Domino Effect is a creative modern adaptation of the biblical book of Esther.  Through the life and actions of the fictional strategic analyst Esther, Bunn takes the frenetic modern world of investment banking and applies parallels to the biblical story and person of Esther.  Both are women who feel out of time and place yet find their purpose; a purpose that has an electric effect upon a nation.

Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?
— Esther 4:14 ESV as quoted in The Domino Effect

Read The Domino Effect.  Enjoy the action and intrigue.  Understand the dominoes and the disaster that would follow that metaphorical tipping of the first one.

I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher.


  • A book and book series list for all Davis Bunn books published under his own name HERE.  
  • A book and book series list for all Davis Bunn books published under the pseudonym Thomas Locke HERE.

The books and book series are listed in reading order.

the Storm Syrrell Adventure series

the TJ Case series

the Rendezvous with Destiny series

the Heirs of Acadia series with Isabella Bunn