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Title: RARE EARTH
Author: Davis Bunn
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Fiction / Suspense
Set on the rich canvas of an incredibly complex African continent, this latest novel by Davis Bunn reveals the incredible tension that exists between the past and the future of this third-world country, between the old legacies and the new desires for more . . . more power, more wealth, more influence. And RARE EARTH highlights the extents to which some will go in order to obtain these new currencies, at the expense of everything – and everyone - else.
High-tech industries have become dependent upon “rare-earths,” once-obscure minerals which have been found in abundance over the region in Africa known as the Rift Valley. In order to obtain these precious commodities, modern day “claim-jumpers” have forcibly removed entire populations of the indigenous African tribes and re-located them to squalid tenement settlements. In the process, old rivalries between the native tribes of Africa have been inflamed and new rivalries, between the patriarchs and the younger generations, have been created.
Marc Royce, sent ostensibly to audit a relief organization, has his orders: discover the truth behind the smoke-screen, and relay that information to his superiors. Following his heart, Marc sets himself a much larger mission; restore unity to the tribes, restore the tribes to their land, and bring justice to those who have masterminded the plot behind the forced relocations. In the process, Marc’s faith – and his heart – will be tested to the breaking point.
Written in Davis Bunn’s masterful story-telling, RARE EARTH will grab you from the beginning and hold you until the very last page. On the journey, you will find your own misconceptions concerning The Dark Continent, its history, culture, and people, constantly challenged and corrected. 5 Stars. 363 pages. $14.99.