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.
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.
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.
It occurred to me this morning that sometimes (no, really ALL the time) I live as if someone is judging me. Before I do anything, the little voice inside my head begins to question, raise doubts and it’s absolutely favorite tool – remind me of past history that didn’t end up pretty.
Usually, I sigh and acknowledge that “Yes, this situation is like last time, so why even bother?”
And guess what — nothing changes. Nothing moves. I remain stagnant and do not expand, learn and grow more…of me.
The answer lies deep in the heart. The place where I KNOW that I was meant for something more…than this. The whisper of hope that I sometimes catch when my mind (and critical voice) are quiet. The pool of stillness where words do not intrude.
When I drink from that pool, I am refreshed. I am renewed and I KNOW that my life has meaning and purpose. I walk taller, speak with compassion instead of criticism and think thoughts that expand instead of contract.
Quiet communion with the source or creator of the pool is how I stay in my zone. The more time I spend in that zone, the better my life becomes. And the more I realize that…
I can’t prove that by empirical evidence. Eye witness accounts do not exist…only the proof of my joy and happiness as I go about my day. Smiling and laughing are the only affects I need to know that this way of life works.
It’s like I am in a dance with life.
You have your very own, personal wellspring with your name on it. You would not be here if that were not true. You can begin to communicate with it the instant you decide that is what you want. Once you say “YES!” to it and taste the sweetness, your eyes will open to new possibilities.
And when you doubt, just remind yourself that someone has a crush on you.