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Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn
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it was amazing


With an economy of words and profusion of images, Strait of Hormuz by Davis Bunn is a story seemingly ripped from today’s news.

American Marc Royce has been sent on a clandestine intelligence operation that takes him to Switzerland, then across Europe into the Middle East, without backup. Without so much as a gun. He must penetrate the veil of secrecy around art thieves, smugglers, and terrorists to determine who he can trust as he uncovers which threats to himself and peace in the Mid-East are real and how they can be thwarted.

This suspenseful journey tests his endurance, insight, and wisdom. But it is also a personal saga of tested limits, love, and faith. Will he rely on himself or on God?
Bunn populates this tale with a few familiar characters from earlier in the series—Ambassador Walton, pilot Carter Dawes, and the smart and lovely Israeli, Kitra Korban. These join a new cast of realistic, intriguing, and flawed characters struggling to find their way and purpose in an ever more dangerous world.

Marc Royce begins his quest with only vague information and nebulous goals.
As he pursues information and then solutions, each connection he has with the US intelligence community gets ripped away from him, and the operation grows increasingly perilous. When it seems the challenges can’t get worse—more adversaries materialize. When all appears lost—an ally emerges from an unlikely direction. But as each turn of events raises the stakes, Royce’s focus compresses until he locks on his target and becomes a human laser-guided missile. Truly, a worthy hero.

Bunn weaves an intricate story, packing danger and suspense into every mile of the journey. The settings springs off the page. The characters engage. The plot intrigues. Strait of Hormuz captured my interest on page one and carried me away as surely as a roaring mountain river.

Davis Bunn’s skill as a writer continues to astound me. And though I know of no plans for making Strait of Hormuz into a movie—there should be.

Extra — My husband Ed believes this tale is a perfect illustration of God’s sovereignty and the thirty-third verse of Matthew 6: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” He also says Strait of Hormuz is his favorite of Bunn’s Marc Royce adventures, which makes this a 4 thumbs-up, 10 star review!

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October 21, 2015 – Shelved

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