Wednesday, March 26, 2008
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As the child of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than twenty. She has more than a dozen books in print, including political/suspense best-seller CrossFire and the Parker Twins series.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Fires smolder endlessly below the dangerous surface of Guatemala City’s municipal dump.
Deadlier fires seethe beneath the tenuous calm of a nation recovering from brutal civil war. Anthropologist Vicki Andrews is researching Guatemala’s “garbage people” when she stumbles across a human body. Curiosity turns to horror as she uncovers no stranger, but an American environmentalist—Vicki’s only sister, Holly.
With authorities dismissing the death as another street crime, Vicki begins tracing Holly’s last steps, a pilgrimage leading from slum squalor to the breathtaking and endangered cloud forests of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere. But every unraveled thread raises more questions. What betrayal connects Holly’s murder, the recent massacre of a Mayan village, and the long-ago deaths of Vicki’s own parents?
Nor is Vicki the only one demanding answers. Before her search reaches its startling end, the conflagration has spilled across international borders to threaten an American administration and the current war on terror. With no one turning out to be who they’d seemed, who can Vicki trust and who should she fear?
A politically relevant tale of international intrigue and God’s redemptive beauty and hope.
The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1414314744/
This book was really interesting - it has mystery and intrigue in a foreign country, hints of romance - beautiful settings, some fascinating twists and turns in the plot and overall was very enjoyable. I loved the way that Jeanette really drew me into a place that she is so familiar with and despite political issues - she almost made me want to go visit there (almost, but not quite :-) Vicki is an interesting heroine - trying to find her place in the world, wanting to help people, but not realizing soon enough that her sister may need her help the most.
I am giving away a copy of Betrayed so leave a comment with a way to reach you and tell me where is the most interesting place that you have ever been... I'll start - I went to Germany when I was 16 (had my 16th birthday there actually) for a missions trip and it was an unforgettable time - even spent a few days in Amsterdam, red light district and everything!