Monday, January 12, 2015

Author Spotlight: Jeanette Windle

Who she is....

Jeanette Windle grew up as a missionary kid in the jungles and villages of Columbia.  Her fiction books are suspenseful, detailed and very realistic which, according to her website, has "prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information."  Jeanette is the editor of BCM World magazine and mentors developing writers.  She's also won a lot of awards which you can view on her full bio here.  

What she wrote...

International intrigue with a good dose of detailed historical and political narrative.

A full description of all of her books can be found here.   I am listing the ones that I have read with a few comments.

  • Crossfire -  A drug cartel, the DEA and a very naive lady.  Setting - Bolivia.
  • Firestorm - This is a continuation of the story from Crossfire.  Read Crossfire first.
  • Veiled Freedom - An idealistic aid worker, a Special Forces veteran, an Afghani native and a suicide bomb.  Setting - Afghanistan. 
  • Freedom's Stand - This is a continuation from Veiled Freedom.  Read Veiled Freedom first.  
  • DMZ-  Colombian rebels with a Middle Eastern connection.  Setting - Colombian demilitarized zone.
  • Betrayed Environmentalists and endangered cloud forests of the Sierra de las Minas biosphere. Setting - Guatemala.
  • Congo Dawn - Probably my least favorite of her books.  Setting - Congolese rainforest.

Why I read her books...

  • She writes well and I can't predict the ending.  Or I predict wrongly.
  • Even though her books are long - 300-600+ pages - there isn't any fluff.  Everything she writes is pertinent to the story.
  • This author takes research seriously.  Not only is it impressive but it makes for a great read.
  • I appreciate how she writes the characters' spiritual struggles.  The struggles are intensely real but she doesn't respond to them with pat answers that aren't really answers at all.  Instead, she points her readers to the truth of who God is and what His Word says.

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