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Windle, author of the Christian suspense novels Firestorm and CrossFire, pens a flawed but engaging thriller with faith themes. Vicki Andrews, 25, is an inspector for Children at Risk, which funnels money to children's projects around the world. Her latest assignment takes her to Guatemala City to determine if a faith-based mission may be a model for future partnerships. There, Vicki's sister, Holly, a passionate environmentalist with Wildlife Rescue Center, is attacked and brutally murdered. In a scene that strains credibility, Vicki discovers her sister just as she is dying. When Vicki journeys to the Sierra de las Minas biosphere, it becomes a journey into her tragic past, which childhood trauma has prevented her from remembering. Her trip also holds the key to the secret of her parents' deaths and perhaps her sister's. Despite some slow pacing and too many suspensions of disbelief, Windle is timely in introducing readers to political rationalizations that cost innocent lives and ably paints the landscape of Guatemala. However, she portrays the tensions between environmental groups and children's mission groups unevenly; greater subtlety would have made her points more powerful. A gratifying twist toward the end will ensure that readers make it to the final pages. (Mar.)
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Betrayed is not only a good mystery, but a good primer on the current state of much of Latin America and the legacy of our involvement there. -- Shelf Awareness, March 28, 2008

Betrayed is a sure-footed journey into suspense and fear illuminated by hope. -- Patricia Sprinkle, author bestselling Thoroughly Southern and Family Tree mystery series

Filled with adventure, suspense and political intrigue, Windle's novel . . . is not to be missed! -- Romantic Times, February 2008

Jeanette Windle is not only a great writer, she knows Latin America. I highly recommend this action-packed novel. -- Dr. Ron Blue, Spanish Dr. of Ministry, Dallas Theological Seminary.

Jeanette Windle spins her tale as only one can who has herself lived and worked in this exciting and often contradictory subculture of the American Empire. -- William K. Smith, Special Agent (retired) US Drug Enforcement Administration

Windle's engrossing story . . . will attract readers who enjoy international suspense thrillers. Recommended for suspense collections. -- Library Journal, February 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 365 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414314744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414314747
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,889,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

As 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 thirty on five continents. Those experiences have birthed 16 international intrigue titles, including bestselling Tyndale House Publishers release Veiled Freedom, a 2010 ECPA Christian Book Award and Christy Award finalist and sequel Freedom's Stand, a 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award and Carol Award finalist and 2011 Golden Scroll Novel of the Year finalist. Check out author interviews, reviews, and more at Jeanette's website:

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rel Mollet on March 8, 2008
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Sisters, Vicki and Holly Andrews couldn't be more different in personality, life choices and career. Vicki champions underprivileged children all over the world while the glamorous Holly advocates for animals and the environment.

When Vicki's latest assignment sees the sisters reconnect in Guatemala, a tragedy reminiscent of their fractured childhood occurs, leaving Vicki alone and afraid yet determined to uncover the evil lurking in the jungle and find justice for her sister.

I devoured Jeanette Windle's engrossing thrillers set in South America, Crossfire, Firestorm and The DMZ so eagerly anticipated the release of Betrayed from Tyndale House. I was not disappointed.

Jeanette again returns to South America, a world she knows so well from her childhood and later as a missionary. Guatemala comes alive as Jeanette's skilful hand describes the pitiful "garbage people", the immense beauty of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere and the political minefields that plague this developing nation. The characters are diverse and well developed, complex in both personality and motivation. Intrigue, danger and a subtle and unexpected romance are seamlessly interwoven with a message of God's love and faithfulness in the face of unimaginable human suffering.

Betrayed has confirmed I will read any book with J. M. Windle written on the spine!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By me on July 18, 2009
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Having lived for many years in South America, I always appreciate Windle's making the country "come alive". Her vivid descriptions and attention to detail truly make her books exciting and fun to read.

This one is no different. While you read about how the CIA and other American agencies have "covered" up a few of their blunders, you also see that they are not all bad and some of them even think they really are doing it for the good of the United States.

Others have told enough about the story that I don't need to elaborate, only to suggest that as in most of Windle's books (all of which are well written) you have the naive female who just doesn't seem to want to listen to anyone else and just keeps blundering along getting herself and others into trouble until she is "saved". Kind of like what God is doing with each of his children, but it does make you want to rush through to the end and hope that someone finally shakes some sense into her head.

Other than that--great book and it does make South America come alive.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura A. Martin on August 11, 2012
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I enjoyed other books by J.M. Windle because of her use of intrigue and danger with a message of God's love and faithfulness in the face of human suffering. Since I had worked with Guatemalans trying to learn English, I was especially interested in Betrayed. No disappointment in this novel with its interwoven character development and plot that is not revealed until the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Manchester on June 11, 2008
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This is a book I can highly recommend for suspense lovers, and for those who like to learn about other countries. Ms Windle includes a lot of background information about Guatemala and its politics. She also shares much about the geography of the area and the people with their many problems. The story is about Vicki Andrews, who along with her younger sister Holly, is adopted under circumstances unknown to them when their parents are killed during what the US government announces was a robbery. Vicki discovers her sister's dying body in a dump near where she is staying, and the search is on for answers. That search produces more questions than answers at first, and Vicki comes to regret starting it. She learns the history of her sister's singing of This is My Father's World, and she also learns that this is her Father's world. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in my library by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Betty Ost-Everley on February 2, 2013
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I visited Guatemala on a missions trip several years ago. I was immediately drawn into familiar pictures as Windle described the beauty of the country and its people, the colorful clothing, and even such details as The Union Church, where I visited and the pastor we were going with had served for eighteen years. While Windle had me changing my thoughts throughout the story on "who" was responsible for the murder of Holly Andrews, the sister of our heroine, Vicki, I continued to be distracted by a couple of things: the alphabet soup that was the many acronyms Windle used to identify a complex assortment of characters and their many relationships, as well as the heavy use of Spanish terms and phrases. Some of the acronyms I knew: CIA, DEA, UN - while others were unfamiliar to me and I had to constantly flip back a few pages, trying to remind myself what those meant. With limited knowledge of Spanish (a fact I was painfully aware of when I was on that missions trip), I had to stop in my reading to ferret out what I thought might be the root word of the foreign terms used. I'm not sure any of the Spanish terms really added that much to Windle's manuscript, and for the sake of the reader, the English equivalent could have been used without sacrificing anything, and the reader might have been grateful for it. It was extremely obvious that Windle had done her homework in regards to the country, the people, and historical facts. She crafted a complex story with the "who-dun-it" question still being debated right down to the last pages of the book. This one took me longer to read than others recently for a variety of reasons, the aforementioned distractions being one of them. However, it's still a good read and one that is well worth my four star rating.
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