ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Marc Royce stares out of the helicopter, a sense of foreboding rising with the volcanic cloud. Below, the Rift Valley slashes across Africa like a scar. Decades of conflicts, droughts, and natural disasters have left their mark.
Dispatched to audit a relief organization, Royce is thrust into the squalor and chaos of Kenyan refugee camps. But his true mission focuses on the area’s reserves of once-obscure minerals now indispensable to high-tech industries. These strategic elements–called rare earth–have inflamed tensions on the world’s stage and stoked tribal rivalries. As Royce prepares to report back to Washington, he seizes on a bold and risky venture for restoring justice to this troubled land.
But this time, Royce may have gone too far.
Rare Earth By Davis Bunn is a suspenseful book about the value that is placed on life and survival. This is the second book by Davis Bunn with the first being that features the main character Marc Royce. This is a series that you can pick up any of the books and follow the characters through the wild adventures. This book takes place in Africa where the main character is sent to a refugee camp after a volcano erupts and displaces thousands. However many of the refugees do not belong there and the search to reveal why they are there begins.
This was a book that I could not put down. From the beginning you see the heart of Marc Royce and you want him to pursue the desire of his heart through this suspenseful story. It is a story of unsure love, political conflict, religious differences and loss. The author does a wonderful job going into great detail to teach the reader the true struggles for the people in the Kenya region and for soldiers. The author creates much suspense and does not reveal the story step by step; instead he creates intrigue that draws the reader in.
I have recently lost a friend that was a soldier in Afghanistan and this book helped see the desire of his heart for the people-the reason he was there. It made me not be selfish for my own loss, but to honor him and realize that he was there fighting for the freedom of people and the desire of his heart. Thank you Davis Bunn for making the heart of Marc Royce so believable in this novel.