The Story Crept Up on Me, Writes Laura Lee Groves

By Laura Lee Groves, Outnumbered Mom
Guest Reviewer

Author Davis Bunn did it again.

He drew me into a story I knew nothing of. The story crept up on me and, before I knew it, I was hooked.

It’s no secret I’m a big Davis Bunn fan. I think I’ve read all of his books. Some of my favorites were his historical fiction, so I’m not a hard reader to hook in that genre.

Rare Earth, however, is set in contemporary times. Although it is Book 2 in the Marc Royce series, it’s a stand-alone novel that can be read with no knowledge of Book 1.

Bunn’s main character, Marc Royce, seems to me a real man’s man. He’s the strong, silent type who always gets the job done. He’s introspective, though, and compassionate; he proves the adage that still waters run deep. He’s together in so many ways, but he’s running, too. All of this makes him a very complex, interesting character.

The settings of Rare Earth are not familiar to me, and I love it when I learn something from fiction. (A given with Davis Bunn’s books.) I was compelled to learn more about believers in Kenya and driven to understand the mystery that is Marc Royce. The stakes were high in this book in several ways; I cared about the characters and the situations. So I couldn’t stop reading.

And when it was over? I was sorry I’d reached the end…and am looking forward to Book 3.

(I also highly recommend Lion of Babylon, Book 1 of the Marc Royce series. I just downloaded it from iTunes for my husband to enjoy while driving. I’d give both books five stars!)

Laura Lee Groves, the author of I’m Outnumbered! One Mom’s Lessons in the Lively Art of Raising Boys, spends her time writing, reading, teaching, and learning. She loves to encourage and inspire readers at

This review was originally printed at Laura’s blog. Reprinted with permission from the author.

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