Congo Dawn by Jeanette Windle {book review}


Congo Dawn by Jeanette Windle {book review}

Summary:  

While former Marine lieutenant Robin Duncan is no stranger to corruption or conspiracy, she has always been able to tell the good guys from the bad, and the Congo jungle at first seems no different.

But as her security team tries to track down an insurgent killer, Robin has to face a man who broke her trust years ago, and she discovers the gray areas extend farther in this jungle wilderness than she anticipated.

A ruthless global conspiracy begins to surface, run by powerful men who can’t afford to leave any witnesses.

Her life at stake, Robin doesn’t know who to trust and wonders how she can help protect innocent people. Why is God silent amid all the pain and injustice? And how do these people of faith continue to rejoice in their suffering?

My Reaction:

It took more than half the book for me to become involved with the story. If I had not known the author I likely would have given up. After finishing the book I am still unsure of the reason. I don’t want to give the book a poor review. There were some things about it that didn’t feel comfortable to me. At some points I wondered if the spiritual thread was just hitting uncomfortably close to home.

Whether this book is different from the author’s previous books, or whether I just now began noticing things about her writing, I don’t know. Or whether the suspense level was higher in this one, which is hard fro me to read, I don’t know. It is not my favorite genre, but I read her books because they are so Biblically grounded.

I found it difficult to identify with any of the characters in the book. I also found some parts of it a bit of a stretch to be realistic, out of character with the characters. Much of the book was conversation, either external or internal (within the character), with surprisingly little action. Perhaps the reason for this is that the majority of the story was taken up with military style ops, not daily living. And the point of view jumped around more than I like. There were many sentence fragments, but perhaps this is the writer’s style.

Oh, I did not wish to be critical of this work. To be fair, I could enumerate equally on the strengths of the book, as other reviewers have done. I highly recommend Jeanette’s books, and will continue to do so. I’d love to hear some discussion on this. This book was not a quick read, though it is not difficult reading, it does have a fair-sized vocabulary.

My Goodreads review:  Congo Dawn by Jeanette Windle

My rating:  3 stars

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, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information.

Curently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than twenty. She has more than a dozen books in print, including the political/suspense best seller “CrossFire” and the Parker Twins juvenile mystery series.

Read much more about Jeanette Windle on her website About page. Read a synopsis of each of her books on her website or on her Goodreads page.

For a list of my reviews of her other books see 2015 Fiction Author Index.

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I’ll Watch the Moon by Ann Tatlock {book review}


I’ll Watch the Moon by Ann Tatlock {book review}

Summary: Award-winning novelist Ann Tatlock once again lovingly crafts a story that will touch readers’ hearts while illuminating a powerful spiritual truth. I’ll Watch the Moon is the story of Catherine Tierney, angry at a God whom she no longer believes exists, and her painful journey back to faith. It is also the story of her friendship with Josef Karski, who teaches her how to trust in God as he reveals his own story of surviving the horrors of Auschwitz. And finally, it is the story of Nova Tierney, Catherine’s daughter, and the threads that bind their lives together. Ann Tatlock has skillfully and gracefully woven a tale you won’t soon forget.

 

My Reaction:  

I borrowed this from the public library, which is where I discovered this author, Ann.

Fabulous book! Just when you think the history part is done, she introduces yet another aspect of history during this time period. I learned a lot, all the while following the characters and the story line. If you think you know about the polio epidemic and World War II, think again. This book puts you right in the midst of it, through the eyes of its characters.

I love the point of view. It is cleverly done. At times I thought, this can’t work, but then I realized how it did. If you like a strong faith element, this book provides it, from several viewpoints. Also cleverly done.

I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I did. Did I mention that you might need a box of tissues at times? This book has different levels, and emotions, and varying viewpoints of the same event, which are quite moving when taken all together.

My Rating:  4 of 5 stars

This review is posted on Goodreads.

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About the Author:

Ann Tatlock is a novelist and children’s book author. Her books have received numerous awards, including the Christy Award, the Midwest Book Award and the Silver Angel Award for Excellence in Media. She also serves as managing editor of Heritage Beacon, the historical fiction imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She lives with her family in Western North Carolina.

Check out Ann’s other books and news on her website, her Goodreads account, Christianbook.com, and her Twitter account.

Ann is one of my favorite authors. Read more about her here. View a list of her other books.

No Explanation Necessary {book reviews}


No Explanation Necessary {book reviews} Necessary or not, here is the explanation for the sudden influx of book reviews, which is two-fold.

If you are a regular reader, or an author, or just happened to come here for the first time .. I would just like to say what is on my heart.  I have read a lot of books in the last two years by wonderful new-to-me authors, some of whom I have met online.  I was able to read them from my public library.

Nearly a year ago my life underwent some changes.  My mother died and I moved halfway across the country seeking to establish myself in the area where I grew up.  Two things were a result of those changes:  I stopped reading and I stopped posting reviews.  In the past couple of months I have started reading again, but without a source for those authors.

What I am doing differently.  I am now blogging for books, getting copies of books from publishers for which I am writing reviews here and on christianbook.com and on Goodreads.  This is a new experience which so far is working out well.

Currently I am reviewing books for the following publishers:

  • BookLookBloggers.com  ~ Thomas Nelson, Zondervan
  • WorthyPublishing.com ~ First Look Blog Tour
  • BakerPublishingGroup.com ~ Bethany House reviewer
  • Moody Publishers ~ mpnewsroom.com
  • BloggingforBooks.com ~ Random House

Obviously I am reading again and I continue to request the previous authors’ books which are on my 2016 Fiction Reading List from my public library, but they come at a much slower rate than previously.

As for the missing reviews from 2015, I am posting them here from Goodreads.  In addition to which I am splitting my old book review posts which contained multiple books, so that each book review will have its own post.  Hence the influx of many book reviews at once.

To find reviews of specific books or authors you may wish to refer to my 2015 Fiction Author Index.  You will know when this project is complete because all the titles will have links!

For authors with new titles.  You are more than welcome to Contact me with an inquiry.  I would love to read and review your new titles, especially if you are on my Favorite Author List.  Thank you so much for writing for us to enjoy your stories.  You are also welcome to request a Guest Post here on my blog.  You may present your proposal as I have yet to set guidelines for Guest Posts.  The second Wednesday of the month is scheduled for Guest Posts.

My preferred genres are Christian historical fiction and memoir.  I read clean contemporary Christian fiction and clean historical fiction and non-fiction.  I am not a big fan of romance.  All books must be squeaky clean in language and relationships.

Comments and suggestions.  Would love to hear your thoughts, as always.  Always looking for ideas from fellow book bloggers.  Thanks for being here!