From the cover of Davis Bunn’s newest title, Rare Earth, I could tell this book was no girly romance. And the first one or two sentences in the story confirmed my hunch. Nope, not a girly love story. Let’s go action and adventure!
Rare Earth by Davis Bunn
The plot takes us from Washington DC to Kenya, Israel, and back again in the pursuit for truth and justice. Even better, protagonist Marc Royce (AKA The Accountant) captivates the imagination and inspires the senses for 300 pages or so.
He’s everything a hero needs to be: unaware, humble, honest, determined, passionate, tough, talented, willing, and (of course) damaged.
And then he meets a
girl woman in the deepest darkest desert in Africa who brings back to life the spark of hope he thought was gone for good (hey I didn’t write it).
Wait…didn’t I say this wasn’t a girly love story?
Doesn’t matter if there’s a bit of romance. It took 100 pages to get there and by that point, I was hooked.
If you want an exciting summer read I definitely recommend Rare Earth. However, I would suggest not reading the book blurb on the back as it kind of wrecks the BIG DISCOVERY on page 219. Unless you don’t like surprises, then be my guest.
This is an easy read, quick paced and interesting. I ripped through it in three days while lounging by the pool (rough life huh?). If I wasn’t distracted by dodging summer thunder storms and making ice cream runs I may have even finished it in two days.
However, some there were some points in the descriptions I began to question my vocabulary. For example.
In case you can’t read my awkward alterations the sentence I’m highlighting says “She gave Marc the clear-eyed gaze of a woman with a future.”
No matter how hard I think about it, I just can’t picture what this gaze looks like. Does my gaze tell people I have a future? Can I practice this look? Is it a little bit mean? Just wondering.
This one says, “The fire pit was lit and three cooks worked the biggest skillet Marc had ever seen, large enough to hold seventeen steaks and have room left over.”
OK. I know this is a BIG skillet. But the question I keep coming back to is—if it was big enough for 17 steaks with room left over…why wouldn’t you just say it was big enough for 18 steaks?
Anyway, seeing as this is my hang up and none of this takes away from the story we’ll just laugh and move on.
Download the first three chapters of Rare Earth
Read the first three chapters of Rare Earth for free. Three chapters is a pretty good taste, just enough to really whet your appetite. Also, author Davis Bunn said the opening sequence was his favourite scene to write.
Rare Earth is the second book in the Marc Royce series, although you don’t need to read book one (Lion of Babylon) to enjoy book two. It was published July 1, 2012 by Bethany House and is available in paperback, hardcover, audio book, Kindle, and NOOK versions.
David Bunn said Marc Royce is the kind of character who carries his faith into a world that thinks it no longer is relevant. He sees himself as an outsider who is searching for a place to call home and an ideal worth living for, or giving his life for. There are underlying themes in this story of the missionary church, the role believers can play in politics, and the difference one person can make.
I’m eager to read book one (see what I missed) and sure hope there are more Marc Royce adventures to come.
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I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. Opinions expressed (as always) are my own.