17 March 2008
Betrayed by J.M. Windle
From the Back Cover
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 Gods redemptive beauty and hope.
I Loved this book. This was the first book I have read by J M Windle but it won't be my last. I didn't want to put the book down I just needed to know what would happen next. I really appreciated the author including political background into the story, which added to the intrigue. We were also introduced to the beauty of the Sierra De Las Minas Biosphere. I also enjoyed Vicki's spiritual journey as well and her using one passage of Scripture as a life verse. This book was full of intrigue and there were many twists in the book which kept me guessing. I would recommend this book to all who like a good mystery and intrigue. I would love to see this book as a movie. It has all the elements to be a hit.
I would give this book 5 out of 5.