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Book Review: Congo Dawn

Congo Dawn

About the Book

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 Rating

5 out of 5

My Review

I found this book an absolute delight, start to finish. Jeannette is such a brilliant and talented writer. Her use of metaphor is rich and pleasantly staggering.

I couldn’t have read this book at a better time. Maybe’s because the lessons are relevant to me in this time of my life. I needed to hear what this book had to say, and I’ll recommend it to anyone asking God questions about the evil in this world. It is truly classic.

Robin was an interesting character. She’s a true picture of what could go wrong if zeal is not led in the right direction. Thankfully, that was properly taken care of in the end. She also represented the true and natural human logically reaction to the mess in this world. I found myself right in her shoes. She was quite the character—overly pleasant at the end of the day. She proved herself strong and true especially when she let herself fall into the loving arms of God and His abounding grace.

It was interesting to watch Michael’s outward reaction from Robin’s perspective. Although I’d have loved to see more of Michael’s monologue, especially in regards to his feelings for Robin. What was offered in this story was not sufficient. However, it did not reduce the satisfaction I gained at the end of the book.

I would have also loved to see more of the romance between Michael and Robin. Most of what was depicted was in their past story in Afghanistan, which wasn’t much either. Throughout the book, they hardly spoke nicely to each other, and they seemed too caught up in the events around them leaving little time for each other. Romance wasn’t given a chance to bloom and grow.

There were quite a number of POVs but Jeanette handled them so well they paced the story just as it should go. Every character was given a chance to develop their personality in a way that seemed very real. It was like watching a movie. Jeanette showed immense knowledge in the technicalities that came with the mercenary profession. The jargon in certain parts of the story was a bit much for me but I totally agree that it was needed to paint the reality of the story.

This story is so amazing that I’d recommend with no reservations that it be made into a screenplay both for secular and Christian viewing. Every attribute needed to make a wonderful Action movie is found in this story. I’d know, because I’m a movie fan.

Overall, it was a wonderful read.

Although I offer this review to the public, it’s my opinion and simply that. Many thanks to Tyndale for a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the Author

Jeanette Windle 2As daughter 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. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty on five continents. Those experiences have birthed 16 international intrigue titles, including bestselling Tyndale House Publishers release Veiled Freedom, a 2010 ECPA Christian Book Award and Christy Award finalist and sequel Freedom’s Stand, a 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award and Carol Award finalist and 2011 Golden Scroll Novel of the Year finalist. Jeanette mentors developing nation writers in both English and Spanish on all five continents. You can find Jeanette here and here

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