I recently took a road trip to Illinois with my DH. Of course, if the kiddos had joined us on the trip, they would have sat in the back seat engrossed in their electronic devices and untouched by the beauty of the heartland. When I think about all the long road trips I took with my family growing up, it makes me sad that my kids don’t enjoy gazing out the window at the countryside passing by.
On the other hand, I didn’t do so much gazing myself this time. While my husband drove, I spent some of the time reading novels. I guess you could say this was a good time for me–I didn’t have to cook or clean, but instead had the chance to read novels straight through. How often does that happen?
I’ll share a quick review of each of those over the course of my blog posts, but I’ll start with the first book I read—Unlimited by Davis Bunn. I’ve always been a Davis Bunn fan, and in fact, have been a little miffed at times when he has a book come out with a similar premise to one I’m working on. Not fair. But that’s the writing life.
Back cover blurb:
Simon Orwell is a brilliant student whose life has taken a series of wrong turns. At the point of giving up on his dreams, he gets a call from an old professor who has discovered a breakthrough in a device that would create unlimited energy, and he needs Simon’s help.
But once he crosses the border, nothing goes as the young man planned. The professor has been killed and Simon is assaulted and nearly killed by members of a powerful drug cartel. Now he must take refuge in the only place that will help him, a local orphanage. There, Simon meets Harold Finch, the orphanage proprietor who walked away from a lucrative career with NASA and consulting Fortune 500 companies to serve a higher cause.
I love science, hence I loved this premise about an MIT geek who is on the verge of creating unlimited power. Bunn then sets the story in Mexico where both the cartel and the corrupt power company want Simon and what he can offer, but he’s hiding in the most unlikely place. I enjoyed the mostly unpredictable twists and turns, and the orphanage director, who also serves as the “voice of reason.” His sage wisdom is good for Simon and good for the reader. As a bonus, the story takes the reader deep into the nuances of the cartel in Mexico and how it affects children, families and rural areas and villages. I haven’t stopped thinking about it, and can’t wait to start reading the next Davis Bunn novel.
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