Marc Royce, the former State Department investigator (recently fired, he’s now a freelancer), is hired to find out who’s secretly funding the Iranian nuclear program. In Geneva, trying to follow the money trail, he is unexpectedly reunited with Kitra Korban, the Israeli nurse with whom, following the events in Rare Earth (2012), he had an intense but short-lived relationship. Their reunion is strained: Marc had broken off the relationship, neither knows the other is in Geneva, and they meet again just as a bomb detonates, nearly killing them both. The book follows Marc’s investigation into the Iranian matter, but also traces the personal story of Marc and Kitra. Astute readers will have no trouble figuring out, very early on, how their story works out, but that’s OK: sometimes the journey is interesting enough that we don’t mind knowing how it will end. As always, Bunn works Christian themes into the story but in a subtle way. They’re there if you want to see them, but if you’d prefer to see the book strictly as an engaging action thriller with a romantic subplot, that works, too. --David Pitt
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"They're out there. The danger is real... and inbound."
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.
"an engaging action thriller." --Booklist
"[Bunn] does something few Christian fiction writers do. Starting with what seems to be a narrow view, his stories open readers to a bigger multicultural and multireligious world....he always seems to surprise and lead into places readers don't expect." --Publishers Weekly