Marc Royce stares out of the helicopter, a sense of foreboding rising with the volcanic cloud. Below, the Rift Valley slashes across Africa like a scar. Decades of conflicts, droughts, and natural disasters have left their mark.
Dispatched to audit a relief organization, Royce is thrust into the squalor and chaos of Kenyan refugee camps. But his true mission focuses on the area's reserves of once-obscure minerals now indispensable to high-tech industries. These strategic elements--called rare earths--have inflamed tensions on the world's stage and stoked tribal rivalries. As Royce prepares to report back to Washington, he seizes on a bold and risky venture for restoring justice to this troubled land.
But this time, Royce may have gone too far.
Davis Bunn is an award-winning novelist whose audience spans reading genres from high drama and action thrillers to heartwarming relationship stories, in both contemporary and historical settings. He and his wife, Isabella, make their home in Florida for some of each year, and spend the rest near Oxford, England, where they each teach and write. Visit Davis' Web site at www.davisbunn.com
Davis Bunn has done it again! Rare Earth is a stunning novel of intrigue and international conflict. Marc Royce, posing as an accountant for a relief agency, arrives in the middle of unbelievable turmoil. Truckloads of relief items have arrived in the camps, but not distributed because of the fear of riots from the villagers. Marc quickly takes control of the situation and before long he gains the respect of other aid workers and the villagers alike.
However, the drama is just beginning. A sinister plot is underway and Marc finds himself right in the middle of it all. There are numerous government agencies and relief organizations involved at a multitude of levels, as well as huge corporations wanting a piece of the action. Marc's priority was to figure out exactly what the hidden agenda was, and who he could trust. Certain parts of the story were so realistic that it's almost frightening.
I absolutely loved this book from cover to cover, and look forward to reading more books by Davis Bunn.
Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.