Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Strait Of Hormuz

Strait of Hormuz

It is a rare author who consistently writes writes books that you can open and disappear into, trusting yourself to the story as the author disappears into his craft.

Davis Bunn writes that sort of book. Some how he manages to tell stories about diverse people in incredibly varied settings and draw me into each one, even when I have doubted that I would connect with the topic.

I first encountered him in his co-authored series with Janette Oke,
the Acts of Faith series. Those three books were set right after the Crucifixion, and gave us a window into the lives of early believers.

Then I read Unlimited this summer, about a young inventor who life intertwines with the lives of children in a rural Mexican orphanage.

This book, Strait of Hormuz, is one I've been waiting for since I saw it last Spring.
Although it is the third in the Marc Royce Adventures series, it can be a stand-alone, which is how I read it. I know I'll be eager to read Lion Of Babylon and Rare Earth soon!

While reading this I learned much more about Iran, the history of Persia, Israel's precision trained Mossad, the Strait of Hormuz itself, and the lives of Christians in the Middle East where faith often has to go underground to survive. There are Jews, Muslims and Christians here. among the characters, and some characters are not what they seem at first.

They are complex, and once you get to know the good characters, you really like them.
You care about them, you are fascinated as you follow them in their mission, and you know that you don't want any of them to be hurt or killed.

One of my favorite characters was Kitra, a spirited woman who is offered a world beyond the
kibbutz of her youth, and a chance to save her people.
Kitra is also offered love, true love, and must make choices about how to proceed with that.

The plot is the kind that is fast moving but never at the expense of the details that make it memorable.
Military, Intelligence Agents, men and women of espionage, Christians who manage to spread the Gospel through "hidden" Churches... it's all here.

And the setting. Once again, the writing brings the settings to life. I went online and looked up
St. Catherine Monastery in Egypt, intrigued by the way Davis Bunn had described this place.
The many photographs confirm that sunrise there is as other-worldly beautiful as it sounded.

Yes, Strait of Hormuz  is a book that you can give a man or a woman of any age, because there are well-drawn characters both male and female.
If you read this book you will learn lessons of faith and culture and history while enjoying a great story.

Thank you Bethany House for my copy!

"Wise teacher."

"Gentleman Adventurer."

"Consummate writer."

"Renaissance Man."

Reviewers, readers and friends use those phrases to describe Davis Bunn. An internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than six million books in sixteen languages, Davis is equal parts writer, scholar, teacher, and sportsman.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Davis left for Europe at age twenty. There he first completed graduate studies in economics and finance, then began a business career that took him to over forty countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Davis came to faith at age 28, while living in Germany and running an international business advisory group. He started writing two weeks later. Since that moment, writing has remained both a passion and a calling.

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