My thoughts: For some strange reason Marc Royce, accountant, is being flown by helicopter into Kenya where the area is torn violently by the eruption of a volcano and the refugee camps filled with people who have been evicted from their traditional lands. One wonders why an accountant would be positioned in such an eruptive political situation.
We soon discover that Marc Royce is not a meek accountant but is in reality an undercover agent. His assignment is to rout out what is really going on with the displacement of so many tribal Africans. And, too, the kidnapping of a key international individual.
Author Davis Bunn has traveled extensively and his travels and gift for description enable him to draw vivid word pictures of sun rise and set, of dry parched land, and of hungry displaced refuges. Vivid descriptions of a volcano spewing forth ash and fire are set forth on the pages of Rare Earth. Not only has Bunn painted glorious word pictures of the scenes, he has drafted a multi-talented character in Marc Royce. A man of a quiet spirit and yet he can erupt with the fierceness of a volcano to fight mightily against wrong. He is a man of many strengths. He becomes the warrior the refugees need and he is the man that has a gentle soft side that appeals to the "leading lady."
Rare Earth is intensely written and filled with action packed scenes that will appeal immensely to the male reader. Marc Royce's strength and agility and degree of focus are not that of a "normal" man but that of a trained warrior. The story is one of international intrigue, and you won't know until near the very end just who the rogue players are.
For fun I recommend you research "rare earths" on the internet and see just what Bunn is writing about in his book. It is truly a front page story.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of writing an honest review of my opinion of Rare Earth. No compensation was provided and all opinions expressed are my own.