Rare Earth is an adventurous page turner revealing what happens when once-obscure minerals are discovered in Africa. How far will the Chinese go to retain the monopoly on these rare earths? Marc Royce finds outÃ¢â¬âall the way.
What does it mean to be a hero? For most, it is to be called a great man. For Marc Royce, it is the true meaningÃ¢â¬âsacrifice. He is brought in as an accountant to audit a relief organization in Africa at a Kenyan refugee camp. Serge Korban is a medical technician who has been kidnapped and is presumed dead. Kitra Korban is his sister and is a nurse. They were working together in Africa at this refugee camp when he was abducted. A conversation in the beginning between Royce and Kitra set up the novel, "Think about it. I have been inserted into a critical situation. After an investigation that has stretched across three continents. No matter how much you love your brother, even you have to accept that more is at stake than one man's disappearance." Once I read this sentence, I was hooked on the book and wanted to see what was going on.
A volcano could erupt at any time. Who can Royce trust to figure out what is going and why and who is involved? Lodestone employees, camp officials, church elders, UN officials, who can be trusted? Royce must find out in order to put his plan into motion to save the refugees, their villages, and protect the rare earths from getting into the wrong hands. And all has to be accomplished before the clock stops ticking. After reading this book, I will be looking for more Davis Bunn books!
If you enjoy a heart-stopping thriller with page turning action, you will love this book! The descriptions of the scene in the hotel room where Royce is hiding from his attackers, the story of the baobab tree, and the final phase of going after the enemy, are a priceless piece to the story and are a pleasure to see happening as I read the book.
I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
Davis Bunn has produced another great Marc Royce thriller, this one set in Nairobi. Marc arrives there as Mount Elgon volcano is spewing smoke, ash, and lava, making breathing difficult and truck travel a crawl. Refugees flow faster than the lava, and there seems to be no end to the river of humans.
Marc has been sent to Nairobi to find two people, a sister and a brother, and uncover a secret so deadly it threatens to kill not only the land but also the people near mysterious farm plots set up by the Chinese. The sister, a nurse by the name of Kitra, is in a camp of refugees. The brother, a doctor named Serge, is missing, presumed dead by some. Ostensibly Marc is there as a supply officer for Lodestone, but his assignments go far deeper and his commander far higher than the rogue United Nations commander in the area.
He finds several unexpected allies in the camp. One is the camp chaplain, another is a sergeant in the UNHCR brigade, then there are two managers from Lodestone; and then there is the youngest village elder Marc has ever experienced. Joseph, that village elder, insists Marc has been sent by God to heal their land.
Kitra, however, considers him an enemy--working for Lodestone, who she insists kidnapped her brother.
Which is a shame, because Marc is more than a little interested in her.
Davis Bunn's books never disappoint. Intrigue and danger stalk the characters through this suspenseful novel. Marc Royce, whom we met in Bunn's masterpiece Lion of Babylon, is geared for another wild adventureÃ¢â¬âthis time in Kenya. Are those dispatched to aid native refugees somehow involved in further disrupting their fragile lives? US and the UN involvement up the perilous stakes, and Royce wonders whom he can truly trust.
Forging ahead amidst chaotic circumstances, Royce works to bring hope and justice to the group he's sent to assist. Impressed by Charles, the native pastor, and Philip, the wise young head chief, Royce works with them to solve a problem much larger than he expected to uncover. He also falls for the Jewish Christian relief worker, Kitra, whose brother has gone missing.
Bunn, as usual, weaves an involved plot into a fascinating story filled with thought-provoking issues. Philip had dreamed of a hero who would deliver his people, a shujaa. He told Royce that Royce must decide if he was ready for this role. They both knew the true meaning of a real heroÃ¢â¬âsacrifice. Royce proves his willingness and ability to give his all to the task. Some violence is involved, of course, but I appreciate the author skipping explicit details.
This book was just announced as a Christy finalist in the suspense category. Congratulations to one of my favorite authors!
High-energy, heart-racing ride from the first page
January 26, 2013
Marc Royce is undercover again, this time in the deepest parts of Africa, working to expose corruption that could wipe out entire tribes. He races against time, puts his life in danger and offers hope to these forgotten people. Davis Bunn, through the eyes of Marc Royce, shares the truth that faith isn't limited to certain races, times, or generations. Salvation and the love of Jesus Christ reach even the remotest tribes of Africa. The hand of God knows no boundaries. He will use the faithful to reach the lost wherever they may be and let them be a voice for those without a voice. Rare Earth is novel of faith, love and healing and it offers a high-energy, heart-racing ride from the first page to the last.
-Eileen K Parsons, author of "The First Rose of Summer"