What do you get when you put Action, Thriller, Adventure, and Suspense all into one? A great page-turner you can’t set down. That’s exactly what Davis Bunn accomplished in his latest novel, Rare Earth, an international thriller that’s sure to please.
I read several of his books, each surprising me more than the last. Davis Bunn’s unpredictability is what I love most about his writing, the way plot twists pop up and how each chapter ends with a “question mark” (so to speak), leaving me wanting to know now what will happen next.
For those who enjoyed Lion of Babylon, the first action packed novel of the Marc Royce thriller series, you’re sure to enjoy the second, Rare Earth as Marc takes on a new assignment in a refugee camp in Kenya, Africa. However, Rare Earth is a stand-alone novel and readers will have no trouble understanding Rare Earth if they haven’t read Lion of Babylon.
After a volcano eruption and drought force people from their villages, Marc goes undercover as a relief worker to bring supplies to those who are hurt, sick, and hungry. But his true mission is to dig deep in the disappearance of a foreigner, and to find answer to several questions. But he’s not exactly welcomed upon arrival. Kitra, a young Israeli nurse and the sister of the kidnapped foreigner, works in one of the camps. Upon finding out who sent Royce, she point-blank tells him to leave. It is only after he earns the trust of a tribal chief and the friendship of a pastor that things start to go in his favour. Together they join forces and aim at finding what’s at the root of the lands biggest problem.
Rare Earth is compelling, riveting, intriguing, not to mention very well written. Davis Bunn has a way of bringing his readers along with him by incorporating historical facts about real places to make reading a learning experience.
Through this wonderful action/thriller/adventure carries a message of faith. Many of the characters are believers and this is brought to the forefront, making this novel a beautiful Christian story.
Rare Earth really touched my heart, for different reasons. I’ve gone to Africa on two separate occasions as a short-term missionary. This experience may have enabled me to connect with the characters more than if I’d never been there. However, Davis Bunn’s clear description makes it easy for his readers to feel as though they were in the background looking in. Even those who’ve never seen this beautiful land called Africa. I highly recommend this book and give it a 5 out of 5.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.