Seattle, Washington - Best-selling author Jeanette Windle's book The DMZ (Kregel Publications, 12/21/2010, ISBN: 9780825441936), a suspense novel that takes place in the jungles of Colombia, weaves her knowledge from her own childhood in Colombia with her meticulous research that even the US government couldn't ignore it. But Windle turned her government questioners into fast fans of her work with her attention to detail and skill at telling a compelling story.
In The DMZ, Windle explores the relationship between the Islamic fundamentalist groups and the guerrilla warfare in Colombia. 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. The inexplicable loss of three major US assets draws the attention of the world to the Colombian demilitarized zone-the "DMZ." 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 is reporter Julie Baker, whose parents had been missionaries in Colombia. Old hurts and terrors resurge 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 US for a decade, she is left with more questions than answers.
With the fate of two countries resting in her hands, Julie must put aside her own terror to face just what God's call to sacrifice will mean for her past and her increasingly uncertain future.
"Dozens of books could be written on what is happening in Latin America and around the world and its implications for our own nation and society," says Windle. "But when I can weave God's truth into the pages of a book, I can carry a reader into a world where he or she can experience it-feel along with our characters the pain of betrayal, the joy of friendship, the darkness of injustice, the despair of evil, and the hope of God's righteousness and power emerging triumphant.
"In essence, readers can live the spiritual journey of the protagonists--and author--along with them instead of simply being told about it."
The daughter of missionary parents in the outback jungle areas of Colombia, Windle researched the chaos and strife engulfing the beautiful country she once called home. As she watched guerrilla warfare overrun towns and villages that held childhood friends, wondered what has become of people she once knew, one theme has run repeatedly through her mind: does personal self-sacrifice still hold moral value in our 21st century? Does the Creator of the Universe have a right to demand or expect sacrifice of self or loved ones to save a hurting world? Exploring the answers to these questions in her own past became the motivation behind The DMZ.
Praise for Jeanette Windle's books:
Windle is skillful at capturing the setting and politics of South America, where she grew up . . . an exciting read. -Joseph Bentz, CBA Marketplace,
Windle is a top-notch storyteller. -Publishers Weekly"
A fast-paced, intensely political drama that succeeds in bringing a fascinating culture to life. -Booklist
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.
Meet Jeanette Windle:
As the child of missionary parents, Windle, an award-winning author and journalist, grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Windle has lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty on five continents. She has fifteen books in print, including political/suspense best-seller CrossFire, The Parker Twins series and Tyndale House Publishers releases: Betrayed, Veiled Freedom, and Freedom's Stand.
Jeanette Windle is available for national interviews to promote the re-release of The DMZ. Jeanette is also prepared to speak on Afghanistan, freedom of faith, the persecuted church, humanitarian aid/street kid crisis, abused women, Latin American politics, and Islamic democracy-oxymoron or reality?
NOW that you have read the press release, a bit about the book and author, here is my review:
If you like intrigue, suspense, political drama, maybe a little romance, then this is the book for you. I know this is a cliche, but once I started reading The DMZ, I couldn't put it down. I was hooked from the first paragraph. I enjoy good writing and I have to say Jeanette Windle is one of the better ones out there.
The DMZ was nothing like I thought it would be. This book can be set next to one of Tom Clancey's, that's how good are the details and characters. Jeanette writes in such a clear and precise manner that her characters not only come to life, but the entire book will have you wondering if what she wrote about is actually taking place, in real life.
I found myself holding my breath and praying for Julie Baker, that's how deep you get into the book. Talk about getting caught in the cross-hairs, Julie Baker made a couple of decisions that not only landed her in danger, but she also stumbled upon a greater danger. One that was pointed directly at the United States.
If you are looking for a great book to read, then this is the one. The DMZ will carry you away to the rain-forests of Colombia, face some real bad guys and leave you thankful for our military here in the United States.
Jeanette Windle and her writing style will not leave you disappointed, but rather, will have you looking for more of her work.
I received a copy of The DMZ from LitFuse Publicity for the purpose of review. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.