Book Review ~ Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn

Davis Bunn
The Marc Royce Adventures, Book 3

Back of the book:

"They're out there. The danger is real... and inbound."
--Marc Royce

An under-the-radar phone call from the U.S. State Department puts Marc Royce once again on assignment--ferreting out rumors of a clandestine operation stretching from Asia to the Mideast. At stake is Iran's threat to blockade the narrow Strait of Hormuz, cutting off vital shipping routes and escalating global tensions beyond the breaking point.

Under the guise of investigating money laundering via high-end art purchases in Europe, Royce finds himself in Switzerland with only sketchy information, no backup, and without a single weapon other than his wits.

His appointment with a gallery owner in Geneva is a dead end--the man is on the floor with a bullet through his chest. But it turns out Royce does have backup. The Mossad has sent someone to keep an eye on this undercover op, which is of more than casual interest to the Israelis. And it's someone Royce knows...

A small team gathers around Royce--
a single objective against multiple enemies.

Read The First Two Chapters!

My thoughts:

Marc Royce has been called back into action. This time he has been asked to unofficially look into the theft of some very rare pieces of art. He soon discovers that the thievery is a cover up of a more sinister plot. What he discovers could send shock waves throughout the entire world.

While this book can easily be read as a stand-alone novel, I personally think that you benefit from reading the whole story from the beginning. Start with Lion of Babylon to discover how Marc got kicked out of the Intelligence Agency. Then move on to Rare Earth and enjoy the beginning relationship of Marc and Kitra. Finally settle in and enjoy the unfolding story of Marc and Kitra in the very dangerous area known as the Middle East.

I think what I enjoy most about these books, and especially this third one, is the way that it reads. You feel like you are reading something ripped out of the current headlines. The tension between Iran and Israel is palpable in this story. What I find very intriguing are the characters that cross cultural lines and identify with each other in the name of Christ.

The storyline of Marc and Kitra is fascinating. Will they be able to make a life together or will their duties keep them apart? But even more compelling is the transformation of Rhana. Without giving away too much, I must say that the narrative of her full circle journey is one that we all should pay close attention to. It is easy to say 'I would never.' but how many times have we found ourselves right there?

Let me leave you with a couple of my favorite passages from the book:
"You must ask which direction will lead you closer to God. Because if you take the other direction, even if you win, even if you gain everything that you use to define success, you lose."
"What I thought was lost forever is with me again. Yet I know it has been there all along. Waiting for me to stop giving in to the wrong voices, taking the wrong paths. And instead heed the one voice that will give me the two things I forgot I even needed."

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