3, 2, 1, Blastoff — Reviewers Rate ‘Rare Earth’

**Four of today’s reviewers are giving away a copy of Rare Earth. Be sure to read the reviews to find and enter the contests.

Click the title of each person’s blog to read their full review, as several of these are excerpts from lengthier reviews.

Nora Peacock, The Father’s Quill

Jump from a helicopter with Marc Royce and land in the midst of a Kenyan refugee camp teeming with starving Africans who have fled an active volcano.

Taste the falling ash, listen to the night calls of jungle animals, experience tribal customs and taboos that surround Royce who moves from a position as a Baltimore accountant to relief worker for Lodestone to shujaa, warrior and deliverer for a people caught in the cross hairs of corruption and greed.

Discover the world of Rare Earth, where murder serves as the means to an end in a battle to acquire untold riches at any cost.

Put your feet up in a comfortable recliner and prepare to burn the midnight oil as Bunn’s novel draws you deeper and deeper into the heart of all that is Africa–of all that represents the best and worst of the human spirit.

Renee Ann Smith, Doorkeeper

Renee Ann is hosting a giveaway contest for Rare Earth through July 27, 2012. Click this link to enter.

One aspect of this story I especially loved was how Christians from various cultures join together to find a way to thrive, build the church, and impact events on the world stage. That establishing a cross-cultural venture involves danger, excitement, and romance makes it all the more fun!

Brenda Hill

When I read the last sentence of Chapter 1, I knew I was going to be taken on an adventure. My senses went into high alert as if I was an astronaut listening to the countdown, 3, 2, 1 Blastoff.

…I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great thriller that is action packed, keeps you guessing and a great story.

Gary Gilmore, Victory Ground

Gary is hosting a giveaway contest for Rare Earth through July 25, 2012. Click this link to enter.

It is folly to think you know how a book will go just because it is a Davis Bunn book. On the contrary, he delights in change and newness. Refreshing!

Drop all preconceived ideas and notions about this book, and prepare for a fast-paced, hair-raising, all-consuming novel.

Nicole Petrino-Salter, Into the Fire

With a diverse cast of carefully constructed characters, Davis Bunn creates an intriguing story capturing some of the majesty and much of the cruelty in a country gone mad with greed and shifting allegiances.

Charity Lyman,  Giveaway Lady

Charity is hosting a giveaway contest for Rare Earth through July 27, 2012. Click this link to enter.

… Davis Bunn knows how to write an action scene and I felt like I was watching a movie. I could see how things went, who threw a punch, what direction the guy’s feet went, etc:) It was really kind of fun. But the suspense was good too. You are kind of thrown right into the adventure from the first page and you have to figure out what is going on… This is definitely a 5 star book that I would give more if I could!

Audrey Engel

Africa is alive…barely.

Marc Royce, former Baltimore accountant, arrives in Kenya with a new job title—American relief worker, carrying supplies to a refugee camp near Kitale. His first view of his new job? An image of death.

A drought devastates the land, a volcanic eruption coats villages with ash like snow, and vultures move in for the spoils. Under the ash and the fear, however, Marc finds that the people of Africa—and the land itself—are still vibrant with life. Then Marc realizes that some of the disasters are man-made, and not all of the displaced refugees should be refugees.

And so Marc finds he has yet another job, with love and death waiting in the wings as he searches through the African dust for answers to his questions.

I would rate Davis Bunn’s action novel Rare Earth four stars out of five for an intriguing story, amazing setting, but some choppy opening scenes. The book continues Marc Royce’s story from the 2011 novel Lion of Babylon, moving his work from war-torn Iraq to disaster-plagued Africa. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but Rare Earth is written as a stand-alone story, and I had no problem picking up the story. I did struggle initially to figure out what Marc’s real mission in Africa meant, beyond the big clue in the title. By the book’s mid-point, however, I was ready to stay up late to finish the story.

Marc’s challenges include the land itself, as well as many of the people he meets along the way, from the UN workers and private contractors who bet on his chances of survival, to the African pastor Charles and the Israeli nurse Kitra who should be helping him in his search, but raise questions of their own. The characters themselves develop a little through the course of the story, and I wasn’t much surprised by the book’s ending, but I enjoyed the journey all the same—Africa feels real in this book, and it is an amazing, vibrant encounter.

I would recommend this book for teens and adults, and especially anyone who likes faith-based action stories.

Margaret Chind, Creative Madness Mama

Margaret is hosting a giveaway contest for Rare Earth through July 27, 2012. Click this link to enter.

Political, heart wrenching and obviously well researched I could not turn the pages fast enough and now that I’m through I’m sad… I’d recommend it as a worthy read.

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