Working undercover for the state department, Marc Royce is flying into Africa as an audit accountant for a firm that ships medical supplies to refugee camps. His true mission is to find a young relief worker who has been kidnapped and the reasons he has disappeared. He arrives into the utter chaos of a refugee camp that is straining to provide medical care and food for an ever increasing stream of refugees fleeing the eruption of a volcano. Marc works with the tribal chiefs and the medical administrators to restore order and get the needed supplies distributed. He tries to make contact with the sister of the young man who has been kidnapped but she believes he is one of the same company of men responsible for kidnapping her brother. The dangers increase as Marc searches for the answers he needs to uncover who is behind the takeover of entire villages, displacing the people into the camps and what their ulterior motives are. He finds that these lands are rich in valuable minerals Known as “rare earth” used in current technologies and coveted by the world. Marc races against time and traditions to gather a group of warriors to expose the wrongdoers and reclaim the land for the African tribes.
Davis Bunn has created a novel rich in the sights, sounds and smells of Africa. The reader feels as if he is fighting alongside the characters experiencing all that they are experiencing. You feel and see the poverty the hunger, the hopelessness of the people and the strength and the faith of the believers who can work together to overcome the strife and corruption that he has made Africa come alive with his words. There are true to life people in authentic situations that react with strength and faith and perseverance. There is a glorious reference to the battle of Jericho in the Bible that will thrill your heart!
I heartily recommend “Rare Earth”; it is truly a valuable story. The book is a sequel using the same character, Marc Royce, as the author’s book “Lion of Babylon”, however both books are great stand-alone reads.
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