Book Review: Rare Earth

Rare EarthRare Earth by Davis Bunn was, in a word, gripping. I have read just a handful of Bunn’s previous novels, but I would say that this is by far my favorite.

From the very start, our hero Marc Royce isn’t expected to survive–he’s been sent to the wilds of Africa amid drought, famine and a volcanic eruption to uncover crime and corruption. It is within a Kenyan refugee camp that Marc meets Kitra–a passionate medical worker with a few secrets of her own, and a missing brother. As Marc races against time to unravel the mysteries surrounding him, both his life and Kitra’s are in danger…

Rare Earth has a plot full of twists and turns and unexpected events that keep the reader guessing all the way to the end. Marc Royce is a strong hero, but not one without some faults and weaknesses as he faces seemingly insurmountable challenges. I was surprised by Kitra–she is an unexpected, fierce, independent heroine, one that I came to love. Perhaps someday we’ll get to know her better…

Bunn handles a large cast of characters with ease and grace, weaving essential supporting roles in and out of the story without confusion or chaos. Similarly, his plot is exceptionally intricate and fast-paced, yet easily followed by any reader.

I have (sadly) never been to Africa, but thanks to Bunn’s meticulous writing and the observant eyes of our hero, I felt as though I was there–seeing the barren landscape with my own eyes, feeling the gritty dust between my teeth and watching gray ash fall from the sky like snow.

And perhaps best of all, the books ends with a hint, a promise, a question…leaving the reader satisfied, but yearning for more. I highly recommend this book as a thrilling read for anyone in search of a little adventure. But before you pick it up, keep in mind that it’s hard to put down!

I received a complimentary copy of Rare Earth from Bethany House Publishers, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.

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