The questions arose in Job’s day. And people are still asking them today.”Why do good people suffer?” “Why is there so much corruption in our world?” “Why does God appear silent while evil runs rampant?”
Congo Dawn, by Jeanette Windle
In Congo Dawn, author Jeanette Windle weaves a suspenseful story in which those same questions emerge. But in this Ituri rainforest village of the Congo, another question arises in the heart of one of Jeanette’s major characters, Robin Duncan.
A former U.S. Marine lieutenant now serving as a translator for a global mining company, Robin has been hired as a team member to track down and root out an insurgent killer. In the midst of violence and an emerging struggle between good and evil, she faces a dilemma: “Who are the bad guys, anyway?” “And how can a people who have lost so much still retain a faith that conquers all?”
Robin has more than one reason to involve herself in this violent and questionable struggle–a beloved sister and niece whose well-being may depend on her success in this mission. Dr Stewart, a “close,” former friend she rediscovers, adds to her confusion, but maybe to her solution as well. the plot definitely thickens with this underlying relationship.
“Things are not always as they seem,” is a theme to remember throughout this book. Windle successfully weaves a tale that will keep the reader turning pages until the end. As the child of missionary parents and living in “hot zones” for many years, Jeanette offers a knowledgeable and believable background to all her stories. And as with all her books, she is able to unveil the corruption, conspiracy, evil, and other unknown secrets behind what might appear as “legitimate” in the eyes of some.
I love Windle’s multi-dimensional characters, her suspenseful plots, and dramatic action. She skillfully draws us into the minds of each character, capturing our emotions and forcing us to ask those same universal questions in the struggle between good and evil. At the end of her book you’ll find applicable study questions with further helps.
Push through the first few pages to help introduce the characters and the complicated plot. Then be prepared for a few surprises–and an excellent read. Jeanette is a gifted storyteller!
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