My friend, Lisa Harris, is a missionary in Africa and writes Christian suspense novels set in Africa. So I’ve really learned to love novels set there.
Rare Earth by Davis Bunn is set in Africa. The story pulled me straight into the heart of the people, who have been displaced and had their land stolen from them. I know that the conditions he created in his book are mirrored in several parts of that continent.
I loved the fast-paced plot line that could have been ripped from the headlines. Exploitation and corrupt government officials are often found in many of the countries in Africa. And international aid workers are active just as they were in the book.
I especially like the way Mr. Bunn revealed the divergent paths trod by the poor as opposed to the wealthier people in the area. He made the setting so real that I could almost taste the dust and smell the volcanic eruptions. He even wove in some of the legends of the natives.
The suspense element kept me guessing for a large part of the story. And the characters leapt from the pages and performed feats of valor right in front of my eyes.
There was just the right balance between the spiritual thread and the character development. And no book would be complete for me without a romantic thread woven through. He did a masterful job of that as well.
I highly recommend Rare Earth to discerning readers.
Lena Nelson Dooley is the award-winning author of Maggie’s Journey, Mary’s Blessing, and Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico (www.lenanelsondooley.com )