Wednesday, August 19, 2009

On My Nightstand-Veiled Freedom by J. M. Windle

Jeanette Windle is a former missionary kid, journalist, and a multi-published author of political suspense. Her experience, extensive research, and sharp writing put her right up there with the leading novelists of our day.

A cynical Special Ops turned Security guy, a naive Christian aide worker, and an embittered young man are brought together in Kabul, Afghanistan. Jeanette explores the issues of culture, religion, and politics with a sensitive, but realistic, touch. Even though the story is fictional, her writing enabled me to see and understand each character's behavior and motivation.

The book portrays the city as teetering on a sharp edge between peace and violence. Small, incremental events, as well as sudden crises, created a growing dread. How could this unbearable tension and conflict be resolved? The climax had me glued to my chair until I ran out of pages.

Veiled Freedom is a must-read book for suspense lovers, as well as those interested in world affairs. I'd read another Jeanette Windle book in a heartbeat.

14 comments:

Lily said...

That sounds like a very intriguing story. I'll add it to my 'want to read' list. Thanks.

Jessica said...

I haven't read her books but I've wanted to. She sounds like she comes up with incredible plots, plus she's so knowledgeable.
Thanks for reviewing this! Suspense is awesome. :-)

Karen Lange said...

Sounds interesting, I'll have to check it out. Thanks, Susan!

Jeanette Levellie said...

oooh, I love the way you say "The climax had me glued to my chair until I ran out of pages." Makes me want to read it today, Susan!

Plus, I love this author's name.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Lily -

Thanks for commenting. :)

Jeanette's writing and storytelling ability is superb. I know you'd enjoy the book.

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen -

Yeah, someday I'll be able to say, "I know two famous Jeanette's." :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

I especially liked how she got into the characters' hearts. Both her dialogue and internal monologue were compelling.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

I'm a big suspense fan too. :)

Books usually fall into two categories: character driven or plot driven. I think Jeanette gave us the best of both worlds.

Blessings,
Susan

Jeanette Levellie said...

Susan:
Not sure I crave fame, just enough money to keep me in coffee, cats, and a house cleaning lady.
love you,
Jen

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

This sounds like a great book. I just found your blog and I'm glad you are a Christian writer. Thanks, Susan for recommending this book. Please visit my blog and leave a comment at: http://blueridgepoet.blogspot.com

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Brenda -

Welcome to my blog! I post here on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

I can't say enough good things about Jeanette's writing. You'd enjoy her book. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen -

LOL! Whatever your heart desires, I hope you get it. May you never have to mop a floor again.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Shannon Primicerio said...

I can't believe I've never heard of this book before. It sound right up my alley! Thanks for posting about this--I'm going to order it right away!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Shannon -

Thanks for stopping by. :) I post here Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

You might want to look up Jeanette's other titles as well.

Blessings,
Susan :)