Has Marc Royce finally met an enemy he can’t beat?

Strait of HormuzStrait of Hormuz, the third in Davis Bunn’s Marc Royce series has all the elements of a good story: the beautiful woman, a mysterious older woman, a daunting enemy, and lots of action. Bunn squarely nails every element! Marc Royce has become one of my favorite characters. This time he’s in Switzerland with only sketchy information, no backup, and no weapon other than his wits. He arrives at the location for his “meet” and turns around to see an old love. Suddenly aware he rushes out with her and throws her in a nearby lake – then the building blows! What a way to rekindle a romance.

Davis is running a contest with the launch of this book – enter and enter often. These books are must haves – just don’t start them in the evening – you’ll be up all night!

Q & A with Davis Bunn

Q: The first two books in the Marc Royce series have been bestsellers and also won praise from the critics. Lion of Babylon won the Library Journal’s Best Book of 2011 award, and Rare Earth won the 2013 Christy Award for Suspense Fiction. What do you see is behind this success?

Davis Bunn: The stories have certainly resonated with readers. I have tried to develop a strong sense of unfolding drama, combined with a unique spiritual theme. This moral structure plays out both in the story and the characters. My aim is to create an inspirational challenge that remains with the reader long after the book has been set down.

Q: In what way is the setting important to this book?

DB: The Strait of Hormuz is one of the world’s most critical waterways. Stretching between Iran and the Gulf States, the strait us home to two US fleets. More than a third of all the oil consumed worldwide pass through these waters. But the story actually begins in Switzerland, before traveling to the Sinai and then into the hotly-contested Strait of Hormuz.

Q: What spiritual theme is the focus of this story?

DB: One growing area of the missionary church movement is with displaced persons. More than five million Iranians have been expelled from their homeland, or been forced to flee the current regime. This includes virtually the entire Christian population. The missionary church movement has made enormous strides in bringing peace to these families and introducing Christ into the world of Muslims fleeing a Muslim government.

Q: What drew you to the missionary church movement as a theme? 

DB: I came to faith in a missionary church. I was working as a consultant based in Germany. The year I accepted Christ, the Southern Baptist Mission Board founded a missionary church in Dusseldorf. I attended the church, I grew in the church, I studied under two amazing pastors, and one of them returned to Europe to marry us.

It was also where I learned to write. Two weeks after coming to faith, I felt called to writing. I wrote for nine years and completed seven books before my first was accepted for publication. The church, its members, and the elders all played a critical role in bringing me to where I am now. I am living testimony to the vital role played by the missionary church.

Q: All three of the books in this series have given significant insight into the Muslim world, something critics have picked up on. What experience do you have with this region?

DB: For the four years prior to moving to Germany, I lived and worked in the Middle East. I was the only non-Muslim in the management structure of a family-owned company. They had three major arms: construction equipment, shipping, and pharmaceuticals. I rose to become Marketing Manager of the pharmaceutical division.

One of the requirements of this job was to take instruction in the Koran and Islamic history from an imam who taught at the local university. I think this experience played a major role in my coming to Christ.

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I received a complimentary copy of Strait of Hormuz from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

Life Goes On

It’s been four months since my dearly loved mom went home to Jesus. The time has passed both slowly and rapidly. I still look into what had been her room half expecting to see her there even though we’ve turned it back into a guest room. Something happens and I say to myself, “Oh, I can’t wait to tell Mom!” and then realize she isn’t there for me to tell. A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to complete something that was on my “bucket list.” I went sky-diving. Free fall and the subsequent floating by parachute were two of the most awe-inspiring events I’ve ever experienced. What joy!


I felt so close to Mom and Jesus and Glory – and marveled at His creation. We are so blessed with our lives and the world He has given us. This month my husband and I will be co-teaching a Bible Study on the Book of Romans – our church is doing this as a whole for the next few months. What a great book for me to study – the magnificent explication of God’s grace to us. For we are His solely because of His grace – what a blessing! “Amazing grace…that saved a wretch like me…was blind, but now I see.”

How wonderful to know that I am His – and to know that Mom is as well and that I’ll see her again in Heaven. Falling through the sky gave me a sense of the freedom we truly have in Jesus – that no matter the weight of life we may feel, in Him we are truly free.

Be blessed, dear ones, and be free through His grace!

With all Good Intentions…

Sometimes, despite the best of intentions, life happens and plans need to be put on hold. Last fall, I’d intended to post at least once a week about my favorite Christian authors and the books they’d recently written. I interviewed over a dozen authors at the International Christian Retail Show and had been given/sent a number of books to read and review.

But my family needed me. My mom, who was 90+, was in terrible pain and had to have MRIs and endoscopies and exams one after the other. She was even hospitalized for a while. When all that was over, she still had pain. We finally discovered, after she’d had problems for over 30 years, that she was gluten-intolerant. Changing to a gluten-free diet solved the problems and most of the pain. She had pain with her back and shoulders, but injections of steroids seemed to help. Then Memorial Day morning she had my husband wake me up – she had excruciating pain in the heart area – we 911’d her to the hospital where after several X-rays the operating premise was that the falls she’d had over the past year had resulted in many hairline fractures in her back and ribs and that she wasn’t going to get better.

When I fell apart while talking with the hospital social worker who was trying to help, she suggested that I talk with Hospice as they can give pain meds that other sources can’t. They agreed to take Mom on. We brought her home on June 10th. She was in a lot of pain, but the morphine they could give her helped mitigate it. However, we had to keep giving her more frequent and ever increasing doses. On June 14th, Mom peacefully passed into Heaven in her sleep. God is good: that had been her desire – to be able to sleep away and not be in pain.

I am so grateful to Cranberry Hospice and the private-duty nurses who helped care for Mom. They were life-savers for me and made her last days ever so much more comfortable.

This weekend we take her ashes to Princeton, MO, to be buried next to my dad. I smile when I think of the two of them walking hand and hand in Heavenly bodies, together again.

This is a poem I wrote upon Mom’s passing:

She was gracious and charming
She had a good life.
She brought up a daughter,
She was a good wife.

They worked hard, and played hard,
They always had fun.
Their family, their friends,
They loved every one.

Her husband, my father,
Slept away years ago.
She mourned him, and missed him,
And too wanted to go

She lived with her daughter,
And a son she held dear;
But her body was tired,
She’d lived many years.

She was soundly asleep;
Her breathing was even.
Between one breath and the next,
She slipped into heaven.

Reunited with Daddy in Heaven above,
Hugging and laughing – enjoying the Lord.
Talking and greeting the ones that she’d loved,
Rejoicing and praising our wonderful God!

I loved them so dearly,
Parting’s sweet pain.
What I’ve lost on Earth,
Surely is Heaven’s gain.

Good memories I have
To hold close in my heart,
One day I’ll be with them,
Never to part.

Grace and peace are my portion,
From my God above
Who walks with my parents,
And sends me their love.

Rest in Peace, Mom.