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Betrayed Paperback – February 20, 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
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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Vicki Andrews is an anthropologist, working for an organization that gives funding to worthy aid organizations. She has been sent to Guatemala to check out a children’s home for funding. While there she runs into her younger sister Holly who is working at an animal rescue park. They haven’t seen each other for a while, but Holly wants Vicki to help her with a project. She isn’t specific about what the project is and Vicki really doesn’t want to take her personal vacation time and use it on Holly’s project. Holly gets irritated and storms off. The next day while Vicki is overlooking the huge garbage dump where the native Mayan people live and she sees movement in top of one of the garbage piles, runs to the pile to make a devastating discovery.
Vicki also discovers some things about her past from the children’s home founder. She learns she was born in Guatemala and her parents were killed in a small village massacre twenty years ago. She begins to have flashbacks to this terrible time that she has blocked out of her memory until now. She also has two handsome men she meets in Guatemala; they are very different, but each has something she likes about him. There are also soldiers from the military, soldiers on a new task force, guerilla forces and the CIA thrown into the mix of political manipulations and power struggles in this poor country for Vicki to worry about. There is also a murder investigation, missing animals from the wildlife refuge plus a return to a right relationship with God for one character.
There is something for just about everyone in this action/suspense novel. There is even a little romance too! This was a very interesting setting with good writing and an author who knows her subject. I enjoy finding some older books to share with other readers, so give this one a try.
PS: I disagree with a previous poster who claims that the book does not represent the ‘real’ Guatemala. To the contrary, it shows the understanding of shades that only comes from a genuine knowledge.
to make this a really good, interesting, and adventuresome read...just finished it two days ago....and am still running parts thru my head...also a confirmation when I went to church this morning and "the song" was played--a real WOWER, first I've ever heard it in my church in 12 years....knew it meant something special for me, about the book....look forward to reading more of Windles books....the only thing I really disliked was the constant naivete of the main character,her constantly thinking she was such a good judge of people, distracted me from being a big fan of the character, but am definetly a big fan of the author...I have already reccommended this book to several readers I know and will continue to do so....Loved it!!!!
Vicki is an anthropologist who works for Children at Risk, and comes to Guatemala to look at the children's home, Casa de Esperanza, at rhe municipal rubbish dump, in order to see if the funding they have been given is being used properly. She has great compassion for people in need, especially children, and cannot understand that a loving Heavenly Father can sit back and do nothing when there is so much suffering in the world. She is different to her sister, Holly, who is a veterinarian and loves animals and the beauty of the world around her, and has never lost her faith in a loving God.
In her search for the truth about what happened to Holly, Vicki takes up a position as interpretor at the Wildlife Rescue Centre, where Holly used to work, and it is here that she faces her greatest fears and shows great courage in the face of danger. Faced with so much corruption, she doesn't know who to trust. In the end she turns to the Lord who came through for Sarah when she was in the king's harem, trusting Him to do the same for her! In fact, the idea of being a "woman like Sarah" runs right through the story.
The novel is exciting and the characters are very believable. It is an enjoyable read and one I can highly recommend.
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