Saturday, May 14, 2011

The DMZ by Jeanette Windle

The DMZ by Jeanette Windle is an interesting story about the cold war in Columbia. Jeanette definitely did her homework. The book is thoroughly researched ... a note on the back stated that government agencies have actually questioned her to make sure she hadn't received classified information. The plot is deep with plenty of twists throughout. I will say that this isn't exactly the style novel that I normally choose to read. So ... I'm sure others will really enjoy it ... it just wasn't exactly for me. (The other reviews on Amazon were really positive, so check those out.)

I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Book
More than a decade after the end of the cold war has chilled the Marxist rebel movements around the world, one hot spot remains: Colombia. Why a democratic country with a growing economy should still feel the brushfires of a civil war is a mystery to U.S. analysts, but not to certain parties on the other side of the world. The inexplicable loss of three major U.S. assets draws the attention of the world to the Colombian demilitarized zone. Are the local Colombian rebels responsible? Or is a deadly Middle Eastern secret cloaked by the jungle canopy of the DMZ? Among the contingent of politicians and media headed for the DMZ seeking answers is reporter Julie Baker, whose parents had been missionaries in Colombia. Old hurts and terrors surge as she revisits the place of her birth... and her parents' deaths. When Julie's own abduction by guerrillas triggers a time bomb that has been ticking under the feet of the U.S. for a decade, she is left with more questions than answers.

About the Author
As the child of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, which are now guerrilla hot zones. Described as a "top notch storyteller" by Publishers Weekly, Jeanette's detailed writing is so realistic and carefully researched that government agencies have questioned her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Jeanette has lived in six countries and has traveled extensively on five continents. She has fifteen books in print, including the political suspense best-seller CrossFire, The Parker Twins series for tweens, Betrayed and Veiled Freedom (Tyndale House).

1 comment:

  1. The DMZ is a gripping story of life in Columbia that alludes to Julie's life as an MK, and emerges into the guerrilla and paramilitaries that take over. It's a time of danger, suspicions, espionage, and murder. The tension of the times is deliberately described to pull you into the danger and the fears that abound with the kidnapping and mysterious deaths. Jeanette does an excellent job of contrasting the metropolis area of Bogota' and the jungle life and fears of the natives. Julie gives you first-hand descriptions of the massive landscape of the jungle and the ease of getting lost in such a grand area-the grandeur of the beauty and the dangers of death.

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