Sunday, May 8, 2011

Freedom’s Stand-J.M. Windle

Freedom’s Stand
J.M. Windle
Tyndale, Jun 1 2011, $13.99
ISBN: 9781414314761

Jamil was a jihadist until he met Jesus Christ (see Veiled Freedom). He turned from violence to peace lover. In Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, Jamil becomes a health worker trying to help those most impoverished. However, not all believe a former jihadist terrorist would turn into a caring healer.

New Hope relief worker Amy Mallory returns to Afghanistan after being home in the States for a while. She finds her organization has changed and not for the better. Amy fears for the dependents under her care as well as for her assistant Jamil.

In Kabul contractor security expert Steve Wilson tries to protect his assignment while also keep the peace inside the city as the upcoming elections divides and frightens the residents. Rioting and officialdom corruption has made the capital a dangerous place for a Special Forces soldier, but more so for an American female with little to no protection.

J.M. Windle continues her profound look at modern day Afghanistan as she follows the lives of three stars of Veiled Freedom. Character driven, readers observe life in a complex society. For instance Jamil rescues a child on fire only to flee for his life. Fast-paced and loaded with action, Ms. Windle catches the diverse essences of the Afghani people through her lead trio whose behavior while helping others in dangerous situations seem real.

Harriet Klausner

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