Rare Earth

Rare Earth

Book - 2012
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Davis Bunn Strikes Gold Once Again

Marc Royce stares down from the helicopter on the Rift Valley slashing across Africa like a scar. Tribal feuds, drought, and dislocation have left their devastation. And he sees a new wound--a once-dormant volcano oozing molten lava across the dry landscape--and clouds of ash obscure his vision. His undercover assignment is similarly obscured. Supposedly dispatched to audit a relief organization's accounts, Marc finds himself amid the squalor and chaos of Kenyan refugee camps caught in a stranglehold of corruption and ruthlessness.

But his true task relates to the area's reserves of once-obscure metals now indispensible to high-tech industry. The value of this rare earth inflames tensions on the world's stage as well as among warring tribes. When an Israeli medical administrator, Kitra, seeks Marc's help with her humanitarian efforts, they forge an unexpected link between impoverished African villages and another Silicon Valley rising in the Israeli desert. Precious metals and inventive minds promise new opportunities for prosperity, secure futures, and protection of valuable commodities from terrorists. As Marc prepares to report back to Washington, he seizes a chance to restore justice to this troubled land. This time, he may have gone too far.

Publisher: Minneapolis : Bethany House Publishers, c2012
ISBN: 9780764209062
076420906X
Characteristics: 363 p

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MadameMoonfly
Aug 09, 2017

Barf. I read it for research. Am interested in the topic of rare earth mining in the developing world; was curious to see how the subject might be fictionalized.
I dislike fiction in which the author is very obviously infatuated with his main character. Enter the protagonist: a Christian white male saviour of unfortunate (but good-hearted) African tribesmen, etc. etc. Need I say more? Barf...says it all.

JCLBobbiB Mar 11, 2013

Davis Bunn has done it again - jumping in from the first page with action and intrigue. You won't want to put it down!

rblitch Dec 21, 2012

Really good book. Action and philosophy. Hard to put down.

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