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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 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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Vicki Andrews is an anthropologist, working for an organization that gives funding to worthy aid organizations.Read more