Wednesday, October 26, 2011
On My Nightstand - Betrayed by J. M. Windle
Vicki Andrews' latest assignment takes her to Guatemala. Her charity requires a thorough evaluation prior to extending support to the faith-based organization helping children. While there, she meets her sister, who works with an environmental group. Holly expresses concern over corruption.
Her observations of a nearby garbage dump where people live and eek out an existence. She notices movement in a garbage bag, and is shocked when she discovers her sister, shot and dying. The authorities write off the incident as just another incident in the crime-ridden city.
Vicki goes on a quest to find her sister's killer. Even as she works to uncover the truth, others try to prevent it from being revealed.
Jeanette Windle's grasp of conditions in underdeveloped nations reflects her experience as a missionary kid. The setting details, political maneuvering, and moral dilemmas leave no doubt that such scenarios occur in real life. The mind-bending logic of the enemy reveals the lengths to which people and governments will go for money and power.
The author includes an element of romance in the midst of a chaotic situation, as well as a strong spiritual thread. At 365 pages, this book kept me engaged. I'd love to read a sequel.
Do you like action/adventure/political books? Why or why not?