In Davis Bunn’s Unlimited, scientist Simon Orwell, who has spent most of his life making wrong choices, has the chance to make a right one. His friend and mentor, Armando Vasquez, has made a scientific breakthrough that could revolutionize the lives of the Mexican people. However, when Orwell arrives in Mexico, he finds Vasquez dead and, with the professor’s death, the chance to salvage anything from own his ruined life. Now he just wants to get out of the country, but finds himself being chased by a powerful drug cartel. The only chance of survival for him and his dreams rests in an orphanage. Will Orwell stay alive long enough for a second chance at life?
Davis Bunn has the incredible ability to transport the reader to places never seen. As the daughter of a thirty-four-year veteran of the U.S. Border Patrol, the scenes are strangely familiar. Bunn’s imagery of the desert landscapes, the food, and the people are amazing, and the Mexican resentment for border control is clear. The corruption portrayed in the novel permeates the culture and is both riveting and heartbreaking as the children are caught in the crossfire of the drug war. The story underscores the importance of respect for the rule of law, and electing people of integrity to power.
The book is based on true events and the movie of the same name. If the movie is as good as Bunn’s writing it will be excellent. The novel is fast-paced, easy to read, and finished well. There is a distinctly clear, Christian message that isn’t overplayed like so much of Christian fiction. Unlimited is worth the read. I give it four stars.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.