Well, I haven’t read the entire book yet, but I am excited to. I’d give it 4 of 5 stars thus far.
For me, reading Davis Bunn’s previous book “Lion of Babylon” was beautifully enticing. I read it right before I went to Baghdad, Iraq. Bunn is excellent at bringing to life the tenor and zest of war zones. It should be noted that while “Rare Earth” is second in the trilogy which begins with “Lion of Babylon” it also stands alone – so you don’t have to have read “Lion of Babylon” in order to congeal with “Rare Earth.”
Anyhow, I appreciate Bunn’s writing style very much. “Rare Earth” is another stellar example of faith alive on the front lines and how one person truly can change the world. Moreover, the way natural resources are involved in the book is more food for thought. As Christians, we are responsible to love the earth well and to steward its resources. Thus, it is fascinating that Marc Royce, the main character, finds himself involved in the earth itself. So, read the book. Go on a new adventure. Get rejuvenated in how you view possibility. Then go live your destiny with new passion.
Q & A with author Davis Bunn:
Marc Royce is not your typical hero. Where did you find your inspiration for his character?
As I started researching the first book in this series, Lion of Babylon, I took a flight where I was
seated next to this very remarkable woman, an amazing combination of hard intelligence and
great gentleness. She was reading a pocket New Testament. We started talking, and it turned
out that she was a special operative, formerly with the State Department intelligence division,
and now working with the Department of Defense Intel. I found myself drawn by this incredible
paradox of ruthless focus and very intense calm.
Soon after this flight, I had an opportunity to meet a senior figure in the CIA. I had never had
any contact with the intelligence community, and all of a sudden I was finding one door after
another being opened, because both of these people—the DOD Intel officer and the CIA agent—
took it upon themselves to help introduce me to their worlds. I have found this happen on a
number of occasions, and these ongoing miracles humble and astound me. I drew on these
people as the basis for structuring my hero.
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.