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Tyndale House Betrayed

When Duke University anthropologist Vicki Andrews learns that her sister has been murdered in Guatemala, she's determined to find the truth. Government authorities dismiss the death as just another mugging or kidnap-for-ransom---but she refuses to accept their verdict and launches her own investigation. Will what she discovers cost Vicki her own life? 350 pages, softcover from Tyndale.
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Review 1 for Betrayed
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Excellent Suspenseful Read

Date:October 28, 2013
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rlighthouse
Location:PA
Age:25-34
Gender:female
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Vicki is in Guatemala for a short time to look at Casa de Esperanza. While there the leader, Evelyn helps Vicki learn about her early years, years that were lived in Guatemala. Vicki's sister Holly is also working in Guatemala but after a brief misunderstanding between the sisters Vicki is trying to reach her sister. Life takes an unexpected twist and Vicki is left trying to decide who exactly to trust. Does she trust the government officials, some of whom go out of their way to help her or does she trust people at the Wildlife Rescue Center even though it looks like they are the cause behind the trouble.
This was an excellent novel that was hard to put down.
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Review 2 for Betrayed
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:June 25, 2008
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Bethany Welch
Really good book. Well-developed plot and characters, full of suspense and faith. A little environmentalist for me, but very well-written, believable, excellent.
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Review 3 for Betrayed
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:May 23, 2008
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June Bare
This was a very good book. I think that Mrs. Windle has done a phenomenal amount of research, and her writing is believable, if shocking. I appreciate the fact that in spite of the violence of the subject, her treatment of the violence was not overdone as is found in much so-called Christian fiction. She is able to bring the message of the gospel into her story in a realistic way. Thank you for making her books available.
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Review 4 for Betrayed
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:May 1, 2008
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STarla
Jeanette has done it again. Another great book that will keep you turning the pages late into the night, or when you should be washing dishes! Her research is amazing, the insights into the country of Guatamala eye opening. She does a great job developing the characters, making them real, and weaving faith right in with the story. Hope she has another one coming out soon!
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Review 5 for Betrayed
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:March 31, 2008
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Harriet Klausner
Vicki works for the Children at Risk Foundation; she is in Guatemala to see if a faith based organization is legitimate and their programs worthwhile. If they are she will approve a grant for them since they care of many of the capital city orphans with no place to go. Her sister Holly clashes with her as she is about to leave to go to the airport. Holy works at the Wildlife Rescue Center and she demands Vicki investigate why animals at the refuge are disappearing. She also has another problem she needs her sister's advice on but Vicki has to go to a meeting and tells her she'll talk to Holly that night.------Holly never gets in touch with her sister and the next time she sees her sibling she is in the capital city's garbage dump and she is dying. When the investigation into her death is closed after a few unfruitful days, Vicki is livid and is determined to find out who killed her sister and why. Her inquiries lead her to a cartel consisting of men who were military fifty years ago and used by the CIA; they are now in positions of power that are unchecked and enable them to perform illegal activities without getting caught. Vicki needs proof that these men are corrupt but she gets in the middle of a CIA operation where she can end up like her sister.-----------BETRAYED is an exhilarating thriller that shows how people in power who are corrupt can make an entire nation fear and obey them in order to avoid death and torture. Vicki is stubborn and she won't let anyone prevent her from finding out the truth. In a sense of irony the events of today are related to a massacre of a Mayan village two decades ago, in which Vicki was a witness to that event. J.M. Windle is a great thriller writer whose belief in God's plan shines throughout the storyline.--------------Harriet Klausner
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Review 6 for Betrayed
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4 out of 5
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Date:March 25, 2008
Working as an inspector for Children At Risk, Vicki Andrews travels to Guatemala City on what she thinks is another routine assignment. This assignment takes her to the slums of the city where she will stay at Casa de Esperanza to evaluate their program. Before long Vicki learns she has a personal connection with the place. A connection that helps, Vicki, who was adopted as a young child, to discover her real identity. Vickis sister Holly, an environmentalist with the Wildlife Rescue Center, meets with Vicki on her first day in the city and begs her to help investigate the theft of exotic animals from the Rescue Center. Vicki, while downplaying the thefts, refuses to help, and the next time she sees her sister it is too late to change her mind. Vicki finds Holly taking her last breaths in a large black garbage bag in the citys garbage dump. Warning, this scene is vivid and will stay with long after you put down the book. Its not gratuitous gore, but a disturbing and graphic scene that helps the reader realize that the country no more values many of their people than they do their garbage. The investigation into Hollys death is short lived, soon labeled a simple street crime by the local authorities, leaving Vicki determined to investigate and discover the real person responsible for Hollys murder. This is where the thrilling ride begins as Vicki sets off on a trail that leads to powerful people who want their identity kept hidden at all costs. Even if it costs Vicki her very life. Betrayed is a well-written, vivid, timely thriller with a rich spiritual message expertly woven into the story. The thoroughly researched details of the struggles in Guatemala draw you into the story from page one of the book, enlightening the reader on the countrys current strife and the selfless individuals working to better the situation. Windles intimate knowledge of the region brings the culture, the scenery, and the suffering to life for the reader.
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Review 7 for Betrayed
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5 out of 5
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Date:March 17, 2008
Sisters, Vicki and Holly Andrews couldnt be more different in personality, life choices and career. Vicki champions underprivileged children all over the world while the glamorous Holly advocates for animals and the environment.When Vickis latest assignment sees the sisters reconnect in Guatemala, a tragedy reminiscent of their fractured childhood occurs, leaving Vicki alone and afraid yet determined to uncover the evil lurking in the jungle and find justice for her sister.I devoured Jeanette Windles engrossing thrillers set in South America, Crossfire, Firestorm and The DMZ so eagerly anticipated the release of Betrayed from Tyndale House. I was not disappointed.Jeanette again returns to South America, a world she knows so well from her childhood and later as a missionary. Guatemala comes alive as Jeanettes skilful hand describes the pitiful garbage people, the immense beauty of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere and the political minefields that plague this developing nation. The characters are diverse and well developed, complex in both personality and motivation. Intrigue, danger and a subtle and unexpected romance are seamlessly interwoven with a message of Gods love and faithfulness in the face of unimaginable human suffering.Betrayed has confirmed I will read any book with J. M. Windle written on the spine!
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Review 8 for Betrayed
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:March 13, 2008
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Brita Carlson
Windel does it again. Another great book that leaves one breathless and wanting more. Excellent character development, twists and turns, and an uncanny insight into the lives of the people and the government of Guatemala. This is an unforgetable book and I highly recommend it to all who love romance and adventure.
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Review 9 for Betrayed
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3 out of 5
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Date:March 6, 2008
Jeanette gives you quite an insightful view of Guatemala Citys internal government structure and how life works for them over there. She weaves quite a suspenseful story that involves many big players such as the CIA, Guatemalan police and the American Embassy to name just a few.Vicki didnt know who to trust she suspects everyone is corrupt the rules are so different in Guatemala City. Vicki soon realizes that being an American Citizen means nothing in Guatemala. The longer Vicki stays in this country she sees firsthand how no one has any rights, villages are raided, people tortured and killed no police are called to help the victims, nothing is done about any of these events its just chalked up to street crime. Vicki soon discovers that she is in the heart of a Guerilla warfare area and there is a secret about the Sierra de las Mines Biosphere!! What was it? And why was this a area restricted?Vicki could stand it any longer she had to do something. This was just not right. Her sister along with others had been murdered. She would get to the bottom of this matter or die trying. Who can she turn to? She wants justice for all; but How???In the middle of her dilemma Vicki comes to the realization that this life isnt our real destination or real home. In fact, its just the start. More like boot camp, you might say from the point of view of eternityAfter all, we were never called to save the whole world, just our part!. I say Amen to that!!I also loved it when Vicki says this prayer in the middle of craziness that went like this God, I cant run your universe or fix it all. Forgive me for being arrogant enough to even think its my job. All you call me to do is my part Do what is right and do not give way to fear. Its a powerful message a powerful book!!!Nora St.LaurentBook Club Servant Leaderwww.psalm516.blogspot.com
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Review 10 for Betrayed
Overall Rating: 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Date:February 7, 2008
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Sheryl
Anthropologist Vicki Andrews is reviewing Casa de Esperanza's work aiding the poor and destitute of Guatemala to determine it's eligibility for funding. While there, a sense of familiarity keeps coming over her that she tries to sweep aside as being the familiarity of all third world countries. Instead she learns the history of her real family and a past she'd all but forgotten. As the puzzle pieces began to fit together, she realizes she is in the thick of uncovering greed-fueled corruption...not only within the Guatemalan government, but also possibly within her own American government.Who can she trust to help her completethe puzzle and get her out of the mess alive? Who are her friends and who are her enemies? Who will right the wrongs?From breathtaking glimpses of the cloud/rain forests to the smoldering dumps of Guatemala; from the elite zone 10 to the extreme poverty of the "garbage people"; from loss of faith to renewed faith, J. M. Windle takes you to a place so real, so researched, so heart-wrenching and yet so heart- lifting, that you won't leave unchanged.
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