Rare Earth by Davis Bunn…Interview and Giveaway!

Rare Earth

by Davis Bunn

 ISBN (Trade Paperback): 978-0-7642-0906-2
$14.99; 368 pp

ISBN (Hardcover): 978-0-7642-1017-4
$22.99; 368 pp

Also available in the following formats:

Audio Book, MP3

Audio CD

Kindle Edition

NOOK book

Release: July 1, 2012 from Bethany House Publishers

About Rare Earth 

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 earth—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.


Marc Royce has been given an assignment at a refugee camp in Kenya to bring in supplies from a company called Lodestone. We met Marc in the first book in this series, “Lion of Babylon,’ and he is up to his usual mission, this time to find missing brother of Kitra, a medical worker at the refugee camp. While surrounded with ash from a local erupting Volcano, mysterious things are happening and Marc intends to find out what is going on. But can the seemingly good people Marc is working with be trusted? And how can he tell Kitra he’s here to find her brother? After all he’s not on the best of terms with her.

Davis Bunn captures my attention again with another intriguing action packed thriller that I did not want to put down until the last page. Full of mysterious adventure that throws the characters into dangerous situations, and with a little romance added to boot, the author keeps your interest in his usual unique way. And as usual, I appreciate the way the author show Christ and His love in all of his novels, this one included. Another Davis Bunn book that I thoroughly enjoyed! And you will too! I strongly encourage you to grab a copy of this great book for your enjoyment!

This book was provided by the author, Davis Bunn for me to read and review. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.


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About Davis Bunn

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 at www.davisbunn.com.

Q & A with Davis Bunn                   

When you finished writing Lion of Babylon (book 1 in the Marc Royce series), did you just keep going with the storyline and wrote Rare Earth at the same time? Or was there a time gap in between?

Normally by the time I complete a story, I have been living with the characters and the tale for about a year. What I need more than anything just then is a break. I don’t need to stop writing; I just need to write about something else. The emotions for a new book have to be fresh. The characters are not just continuing on. They are starting over. The emotions and the concepts and the tension and the theme are all brand new. The names stay the same. The rest of the universe shifts on its axis.

Marc Royce is not your typical hero. Where did you find your inspiration for his character?

As I started researching the first book in this series, Lion of Babylon, I took a flight where I was seated next to this very remarkable woman, an amazing combination of hard intelligence and great gentleness. She was reading a pocket New Testament. We started talking, and it turned out that she was a special operative, formerly with the State Department intelligence division, and now working with the Department of Defense Intel. I found myself drawn by this incredible paradox of ruthless focus and very intense calm.

Soon after this flight, I had an opportunity to meet a senior figure in the CIA. I had never had any contact with the intelligence community, and all of a sudden I was finding one door after another being opened, because both of these people—the DOD Intel officer and the CIA agent—took it upon themselves to help introduce me to their worlds. I have found this happen on a number of occasions, and these ongoing miracles humble and astound me. I drew on these people as the basis for structuring my hero.

What can readers expect to find in Rare Earth?

All my books hold to one key aim—to create a story that carries a moral, and together result in an impact or challenge or inspiration or comforting assurance that remains long after the book is set down. That, to me, defines a worthy effort.

What kind of character is Marc Royce?

He carries his faith into a world that likes to think Jesus no longer plays a role. He sees himself as the ultimate outsider, wounded by the loss of his wife, searching for a place he can call home, and an ideal worth living for—or giving his life for.

Tell us about one or two other key characters.

Like the book that launched this series, Rare Earth is a story about the missionary church. Many of the other characters are Kenyan, and reveal the amazing role that believers play in this nation.

What type of research did you do for this series?

I worked in Africa for four years early in my adult life. I was not a believer at that time. I came to faith four years later. I taught in Kenya last year, the first time I had been back to sub-Sahara Africa in almost twenty years. Going back to Africa now, as a believer, has opened my eyes to many things. Seeing with the compassion of sharing faith and seeking to serve means that I do not merely observe, I share with them. I hope this comes across in my story.

Research is a huge component of all of my stories. But with Lion of Babylon and Rare Earth, the situation was quite different. In both these Royce novels, I was combining knowledge gained in my previous business life with the perspective gained from my walk in faith. It has been quite a fulfilling experience, personally, to revisit these lands and see them through the eyes of our compassionate God.

Which character in Rare Earth do you connect to the most?

This is the second book starring Marc Royce. He is a complex individual with a lot of amazing traits. I feel like I am finally coming to terms with the depths of this man.

Which character was the most difficult to write?

There is a Luo chief in Nairobi, a strong leader who has had everything stripped from him except his faith. He is the uncle of another great man, another leader. To have two people from the same tribe, and create individuals that stood out as unique portraits, was very challenging. I feel that I have done a solid job with them. I look forward to hearing what my readers think.

What was your favorite scene to write in Rare Earth?

It is very rare that a first scene holds such a powerful connection for me. Generally it is one where there is a revelation between characters, or a defining moment when a person’s eyes are truly opened to the eternal for the first time.

But in Rare Earth, when I shut my eyes and envision the story, it is that first scene that blazes into light. Travelling on the UN chopper from Nairobi, watching the volcano take shape upon the horizon. Marc Royce has been sent out there to fail. And to die. I really am pleased with that opening sequence.

What’s next in your writing pipeline?

The film project Unlimited, for which I wrote the screenplay, has now ‘wrapped’, that is, filming has been completed. The producer and director are now deep into the editing process. Meanwhile, I must get busy and write the novel.

I had the whole thing backwards here, doing the script first, but it has been a lot of fun, and the concept remains very fresh. So hopefully it will come alive on the page as well as the screen. Both the film and the story are titled Unlimited, and are slated for release in September 2013.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

My website and blog are at www.davisbunn.com

Subscribe to my blog’s feed (to get my latest posts via e-mail or through your feed reader) at http://feeds.feedburner.com/DavisBunn

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I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

AND FOR THE GIVEAWAY!!  Ends 9/15/2012
The publisher is giving away one copy of Rare Earth to one person who leaves a comment on this post.

And for an extra entry…..rate  my book review HERE   And you don’t have to leave an extra post, just mention in your post that you rated my review. Thanks much!



13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JaniceG
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 23:13:21

    Thank you for the excellent review of Davis Bunn’s book, Rare Earth. It is interesting how God brought all those serindipitous meetings into his life just when he needed to gather the information to write his book.

    I have rated the review on the other site.

    Blessings, Janice jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com


  2. JaniceG
    Sep 03, 2012 @ 23:17:16

    Spelling should be corrected to serendipitous.


  3. jodi lasher
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 00:28:55

    This book sounds very interesting . Thanks for the review on it. Thanks for the chance at winning a copy also.


  4. Sidney W. Frost
    Sep 04, 2012 @ 13:07:27

    Great book. Great review. Don’t enter me in the contest since I already have a copy.


  5. Barbara Moses
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 12:37:35

    I appreciate your fine review of Davis Bunn’s Rare Earth and thank you for the chance to possibly win a copy. 🙂

    I rated your Rare Earth review by clicking on the blue “rate this” stars above. The “HERE” link led to a review for another book – did you want rating on that review also?



  6. Amanda
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 12:58:33

    Nice job! Very concise review, and I liked the neat and tidy way you included the other information about the book and its author. Your blog has a very polished and professional look.

    I also rated your review using the stars. Tried to find your review for “Rare Earth” on the Blogging For Books site and couldn’t locate it.


  7. findingawidowsmight
    Sep 07, 2012 @ 22:53:25

    I really enjoyed your review of Rare Earth and interview with Davis Bunn. He is one of my favorite authors. Also, I rated the review on your link above.


  8. Margaret Nelson
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 17:18:32

    Thanks for the review. I always look forward to new Davis Bunn books!


  9. Paul Rasmussen
    Sep 08, 2012 @ 17:33:09

    Exciting review and story, I just finished reading Lion of Babylon, and loved it; now I can’t wait to read more with this new hero!


  10. tanaramccauley
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 16:13:59

    Thank you for such a thorough review! I rated it 5 stars. The book sounds wonderful and I’m looking forward to reading it! I read Lion of Babylon and really enjoyed it (bought a copy for a friend) and have been waiting for a new Mark Royce book.


  11. Ann Badder
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 20:25:09

    Sounds like a good read!!!


  12. Anita Yancey
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 18:56:18

    This book sounds really good, I just love thrillers. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  13. Juanita Durie
    Sep 13, 2012 @ 19:32:58

    I read Lion of Babylon and it was amazing! I would love to win this book.


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