The third and final book in the Marc Royce series, Strait of Hormuz provides a gripping story that will satisfy even the most die-hard action adventure fan. The added bonus is that Davis Bunn is a Christian author and he boldly explores what it means to be a Christian in a violent world.
Straits of Hormuz picks up where Rare Earth (Book 2 in the series) left off. But Bunn is so adept at providing the back story that Straits can also be read as a standalone book.
Marc Royce is again entangled in an international web of intrigue that he does not understand, but that has far-reaching consequences. He must decipher the clues to determine whether he is on the correct trail or chasing rabbits while the real threat remains inbound.
Along the way, he discovers what he thought he would never see. Small, hidden communities of Christians composed of Turks, Kurds, Syrians, Lebanese, Ethiopians and Iraqi. Sworn enemies who lay down their arms and found each other in the arms of Jesus.
Impossible if they followed their traditions and societal rules. Possible only because of the gift of salvation.
Marc must seek their help in his quest to stop the evil that is about to descend on the Middle East. But these people have a well-hones sense of credibility and Marc must prove himself worthy of their support. He is forced to come face-to-face with his own doubts and fears, and to choose to “follow Jesus even when it is painful to do so.” His training as a warrior and combatant has to be set aside so he can seek guidance in prayer.
His primal dilemma: remain cold and angry as a warrior or step into an unknown place of weakness and wait for direction from God.
As Marc states so eloquently, “There is no harder lesson for me to learn than to recognize the moment when I am called to be weak.”
Marc must also face his personal conflict of whether to love someone and therefore become vulnerable, or remain in the comfort of his “warrior mentality.” He already knows that the warrior mentality does not produce warm, trusting relationships, but the obstacles he faces in Straits sends him straight back to his warrior comfort zone. Will he also shed that attitude and open himself up to the gifts of love?
Davis Bunn excels at weaving the themes of Christianity, love and forgiveness in a story that is both compelling and thought-provoking. Because the reader is allowed to see directly into Marc Royce’s conflicts and dilemmas, the resolution of his conflicts also provides a possible solution for the reader. We see into Marc’s world and gain insight into our own.