I read the first book, Lion of Babylon, and remember it as a book I couldn't put down. This one quickly followed with pacing that slowly built to a pace that I literally couldn't put down. Mark Royce is back as the reluctant hero who wants to improve the world. He has the skills to go into situations no one else would want. And he is a hero that reminds me of David in the Bible: a heart for God, few assets, and a scraggly group. Can they do what it takes? There is also the hint of a romantic thread, too. This book is great for those who love an international thriller...and it will give you a heart for the African people as you read. I loved it and can't wait for the next installment!
Bunn has a special gift to combine pulse-accelerating action with beautifully crafted prose, and Rare Earth finds the author at his finest. It is an enticing read, one with descriptions so vivid that I could taste the grit of volcanic ash in my teeth. Marc Royce continues to be a fantastic character, a man of integrity who puts feet to his faith, a hero that our generation can embrace. His combat scenes are simply awesome, and they seemed so real they played like a movie across my mind! Marc's ability to instantly assess a situation and connect with the hearts of any culture make for first-rate drama, leaving me wishing that he was not just a man on the pages of a book, but a man at work in the world today fighting against the forces of evil. I absolutely loved how this book brings together vastly different cultures, from Marc and his allies arriving from the shores of America, to people hungering for justice on the plains of Africa, to the marginalized Christian Jews laboring in the kibbutz in Israel. The picture of them working together to achieve a common purpose, one in spirit and unity, is a beautiful foreshadowing of what heaven will hold for us.
Bunn has again woven faith into a compelling tale, and I know that I will be reading this book again in the future. Although I myself have read Lion of Babylon, the first book to feature Marc Royce, I am confident that a reader could easily pick up Rare Earth and enjoy the story without having read the first (though if you haven't read Lion of Babylon, I encourage you to pick up a copy!).
I highly recommend Rare Earth and encourage you to make this one of your "must read" books of the summer - you won't be disappointed! I award it 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Rare Earth starts out kind of rough but by chapter 4, Davis Bunn gets his writing groove flowing. I had not read the first book in the series so that may have been the reason it read awkward to me. Bunn threads this story line with history, mystery, suspense, and even a love story. Don't read this book if you are tired or you'll miss important details. It moves quickly. I found that I had to go back a reread several times. A few times, it was to recall a particular character and a few times it was because of a point of view issue. If you like plot-driven novels, you'll enjoy this. (I received a complimentary copy of Rare Earth from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review.)