Strait of Hormuz, Marc Royce Series #3
Strait of Hormuz is Completely Engaging
Davis Bunn spins an engaging tale with this Marc Royce adventure. Marc Royce finds himself in Switzerland without backup and without much information. He is there to follow a money trail for a vague international threat. He doesnÃ¢ÂÂt even know who the enemy is. On top of that, there is a leak inside the U.S. intelligence.
As he was about to be blown-up at an art dealership, a woman he knew from Israel named Kitra shows up in the doorway to save him. After being pushed through the doorway by the force of the blast and being dropped into a lake by Marc himself, she becomes a partner in his investigation, and they proceed to uncover this international threat under the direction of Ambassador Walton, the boss who had fired Marc years ago. The action and adventure of this mission is thrilling and fast-paced. I enjoyed following the unveiling of the mystery as well as the various characters that join them along the way. These characters are each unique and well-developed.
The development of Marc and KitraÃ¢ÂÂs relationship grows throughout the duration of this book as they come to terms with their individual lives and with searching for what GodÃ¢ÂÂs will is. It brought joy to see them turn from avoiding the situation to praying for clarity.
This adventure was fun and engaging to read. I always look forward to Davis BunnÃ¢ÂÂs books.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
November 28, 2013
Marc Royce in Fine Form
Marc Royce is once again thrown into the melee of action, caught between two governments and his desires to be happy, while trusting God's divine plan to find that happiness. This time, the stakes are higher than ever, when boats filled with an unknown substance are headed for innocent coastal cities. But not all is as it seems, and he uncovers a secret that could throw the world into war. Forced to work side by side with the woman who represents heartbreak, together they must stop the enemy before millions die.
Davis Bunn's success as a writer and philosopher is in full power as he pens another page turner.
[Bethany House Publishers sent me a free review copy of Strait of Hormuz, in exchange for my honest opinion of the book.]
November 26, 2013
Action packed international suspense
Marc's mission from the State Department is to find out who is funding the Iranian nuclear program. He has a lead - the money trail involves the sale of high-end art. He is nearly blown up in a gallery in Geneva just as he sees Kitra, the Israeli nurse with whom he had a brief relationship in the previous novel. She had had a mysterious phone call instructing her to go to Geneva and warn Marc of danger.
The two work together, even though their relationship is strained. They try to follow the money trail, teaming up with Swiss law enforcement. Adding to the tension is a time constraint. A ship with unknown cargo has left North Korea and its whereabouts unknown. The U.S. military leadership is bent on making a big mistake by boarding the ship when it surfaces. Marc is convinced it is a decoy, but he has to find the real shipment and prevent its use before it is too late. The action moves to the Middle East as the novel progresses.
This is a fast paced international thriller. People from several nations work together to keep Iran from completing their terrorist act. There is lots of action along with the troubled progressive romance between Marc and Kitra.
There were a few concerns I had about the novel. One is that Kitra and the female high-end art broker who is helping Marc are left alone to attend a gallery event. They had already been attacked once and I was surprised Marc did not arranged protection in such a public place. Well, of course, they are attacked again (duh) and Marc has to rush to save them (he was talking with his law enforcement friends). Another issue is that a very wealthy person provides Marc with all the extras he needs. That just seemed a little too convenient. I also had some difficulty getting a sense of the locations, perhaps from lack of description.
These are issues that I felt detracted from the novel but it is still an exciting one. Faith is a prominent aspect of this novel, from the individual faith of Marc and Kitra to the collective faith of the Christians gathering for worship that are from many nations. It was very interesting to learn of the plight of Arab Christians in the Middle East. People who like international political thrillers will like this one.
I received a complimentary egalley from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
November 21, 2013
Review from a Man's Perspective
I've been so excited about the direction that Davis Bunn has taken in his writing career over the last couple of years. From the early years of writing his Regency era romance stories, to his contemporary novels such as "Elixir", I thoroughly enjoy his latest foray into the action adventure genre with these Marc Royce novels.
Marc Royce is back in this, the third and final installment in this action-packed series by Davis Bunn. Marc has traveled all of the world in the previous books and finds himself in Switzerland in this new novel. Expecting to meet up with an informant, Marc finds the gallery owner dead. Now, seemingly without backup, Marc has to continue on with this undercover op. Unbeknownst to Marc, though, an important figure from his past is back to help him struggle through the current operation. Without the official backing of his own government or any other government agency in the different countries he must use all the back channels he can to discover the threat that has him zeroing in at the Strait of Hormuz. Are there really nuclear weapons being shipped through the Strait? What is the final target of the terrorists? Who is providing help to Marc along the way? Are these people friends or foes? Begin your own undercover op when you BUY THE BOOK!!!
Mr. Bunn provides us with a fitting end to this great series. While the body-count and action scenes aren't as plentiful as in the first couple of books, there is still a great story-line that is easy to follow. The character of Marc Royce continues to be a very godly man, using his spirituality to help in his decision making throughout the different situations in the book. I appreciate seeing how a "manly man" can still be humbled before God and drawn to a personal relationship with Him. This book, and the character traits that Mr. Bunn has given to his character, should be read by everyone.
Is this a "guy's book"? This is a tremendous book with foreign goverments, terrorists, global travels and more. With the addition of seeing a strong man bring his faith to his daily walk, this book is definitely a "guy's book".
November 17, 2013