Book Review: Rare Earth

29 Aug

For eight months after returning from Iraq, State Department intelligence agent, Marc Royce, has lived in limbo. But everything changes when he’s sent to East Africa to investigate possible corruption and bribery within the United Nations.

Thrust into the chaos of Kenyan refugee camps, Royce seizes on risky venture for restoring justice to this troubled land.

Chapters 1-3



An internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than six million books in sixteen languages, Davis Bunn is equal parts writer, scholar, teacher, and sportsman.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Davis left for Europe at age twenty. There he first completed graduate studies in economics and finance, then began a business career that took him to over forty countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Davis came to faith at age 28, while living in Germany and running an international business advisory group. He started writing two weeks later. Since that moment, writing has remained both a passion and a calling.

Davis wrote for nine years and completed seven books before his first was accepted for publication. During that time, he continued to work full-time in his business career, travelling to two and sometimes three countries every week. His first published book, The Presence, was released in 1990 and became a national bestseller.

Honored with three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, his bestsellers include The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Warning, The Book of Hours, and The Quilt.

A sought-after speaker in the art of writing, Davis serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University.

My Impressions:

Rare Earth, the second book in Davis Bunn’s series featuring Marc Royce, is a page-turning adventure ride through the troubled nation of Kenya. A volcano has erupted, displacing thousands of people. The Kenyan government, UN forces and private security firms are facing a serious national disaster with thousands flooding the refugee camps and the overflowing slums of Nairobi. But something even more sinister is at work as villages not in the path of the lava flow are being displaced, their land forever torn from them. Marc Royce, an accountant and a deep ops agent is sent to Kenya by the U.S. government to find out just what is going on.

Davis Bunn has again written a non-stop adventure/suspense novel with deep emotion and well-developed characters. Marc Royce is a deeply committed, yet grief stricken man who takes on the needs of others and feels strongly about the injustices of the world. In Rare Earth his leadership and training are likened to David. This book will also appeal to all those who like fast-moving plots. There is a lot of edge of the seat action — gun fights, black ops maneuvers, and races against time.  It is also a novel of deep faith illustrated by people of different cultures coming together in their belief in God’s power and sovereignty. Though different in almost every way (from tribal elders, Israeli scientists and American intel agents), the believers in Rare Earth share the fundamental conviction that God is definitely in control of all things and people. To me, this was the strongest element of the story.

I definitely recommend Rare Earth.  It is not necessary to read the first book in the series, Lion of Babylon (see my review HERE), to enjoy this book, but I recommend you start with it first to experience just what Marc Royce is all about.

Highly Recommended.

(I received Rare Earth from the author in return for an honest review. The views expressed are mine alone.)

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