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CrossFire: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Jeanette Windle
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Sara Conner's Prince Charming, Nicolas Cortez, rescues her from a mugging and proceeds to sweep her off her feet in a whirlwind courtship and marriage. Then he takes her with him to Bolivia, where he puts his business degree to use in the family business. Sara had no idea the Cortezes were filthy rich until they arrive at the family compound. And she has no idea exactly how filthy the Cortez money really is. Sara's na?vete is stripped away as she realizes the family's connection to cocaine smuggling, and she learns that she is disposable if she gets too nosy. In her struggle to reconcile a loving husband with the horrors of his actions, she turns to God for spiritual answers and to a DEA agent to save her life. Despite the use of an unbelievably innocent protagonist, Windle captures the essence of Bolivian society, caught between "easy" money and the desperation of a poverty-stricken economy. Sally John's To Dream Again (reviewed on p. 106) offers a similar story with a more sympathetic heroine. For comprehensive collections only.
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"A highly credible account of the DEA's foreign ops." -- Fred Duncan, retired DEA agent

"Action-packed thriller . . . Windle's treatment of the Drug Enforcement Agency's fight against drugs in Bolivia is impressive. Recommend to readers who enjoy fast-paced novels with international settings." -- CBA Marketplace, (c) CBA Marketplace, Official Publication of CBA. Reprinted by permission.

"I was impressed with [Windle's] knowledge of DEA techniques. Windle's plot and treatment of characters is first-rate and CrossFire is a very interesting read ." -- Jerry Weeks, Sheriff of Pend Oreille County Washington

"Jeanette has done an incredible job of transporting her readers to the teeming cities and steaming jungles of Bolivia, evoking character and atmosphere so vivdly that I feel like I have been there." -- Marion Stroud, author and European trustee of Media Associates International

A highly credible account of the DEA's foreign ops. -- Fred Duncan, retired DEA agent

An unputdownable read with a serious message. -- Marion Stroud, author and European truste of Media Associates International

Windle's treatment of the Drug Enforcement Agency's fight against drugs in Bolivia is impressive. -- Joseph Bentz, review for Marketplace, official magazine of CBA, July 2000

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2234 KB
  • Print Length: 617 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0825441161
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (Aug. 14 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,574 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unparalleled Excellence June 18 2003
It is no coincidence that so many reviewers of this book give it a five star rating. After reading literally thousands of fiction books, it is fair to say I am tough to impress. But Jeanette Windle has done so, and done so with a style and flair that assures 'Crossfire' a permanent place in my library and on my highest recommendations list.
Her research is impeccable. Her characters believable. Her plot and subplots faultless.
You open the first page and suddenly, you're there- surrounded by the cries of foreign birds, angry men and a endearing heroine. Each page draws you further into the tension and the complexity that is the South American drug trade. And then you begin to understand. Not just one side, but all side's emotions as they face off over the age-old moral question: Am I my brother's keeper?
And the hours Windle must have put into the creation of this 600 page masterpiece! It boggles the mind.
After finishing 'Crossfire', I have only two regrets.
One is that she chose a smaller publishing house for this excellent work. A publisher like Tyndale or Bethany House could have given her the advertising and promotion budget she deserved and expanded her reader volume to a level worthy of her skill.
The second is that even at 600 pages it seemed over too soon. I was so delighted with the ending that I re-read it three times. Rarely have I seen a writer end a book in such a powerful, absolutely satisfying manner.
'Crossfire' is, without question, a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read! April 12 2002
By Aleshia
If you like action and adventure laced with romance and a wondeful christian theme, then this book is a MUST READ! The characters are very believable, and the plot extremely gripping.
Sarah is a christian, though she's become luke-warm over the years. In college she meets the amazing Nicky, and falls head over heals in love. They marry and he wisks her away to his family estate in Bolivia where Sarah's met with one shocking revelation after another. She soon realizes how little she knows about her husband. Her plans of a romanic, wealthy life with Nicky are devasted when she discovers that the family is secretly dealing cocaine to remain the extremely wealthy, upper class citizens they are. Sarah has some major, life altering decisions to make. Can she bring herself to uncover this major drug operation, putting her new marriage on the line? Is her husband's enemy, Doug Bradford, DEA Agent, the terrible man her husband paints him out to be, or is he really the trustworthy, christan man he appears?
This book is amazing, and packed out with great action scenes, and shocking plot twists. Jeannette Windle has an amazing way of bringing you right into the book. You feel as if you are experiencing everything Sarah does. The scenes are powerful and very believable. I highly, highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where is the Sequel?????? Jan. 1 2002
I LOVED this book - once I stated reading it I couldn't put it down !! I felt like I was in Bolivia,in the mansion, trapped by the family and the culture - scared for my life... I still have visual pictures in my head of key scenes from the book - Sarah's first night in the mansion on the balcony praying to God, the picnic at a local church where she begins to discover the "underbelly" of the family she has married into, the night she spent in the jungle with the DEA agent trying to save her life and the late night escape attempt in the rain that ends in a seedy motel room. I was impressed that although it would have been perfectly "natural" for these two characters to fall into an embrace, they did not because of their shared religious beliefs. In an age where smut rules the airwaves and the bookstores, Ms. Windle has accomplished the seemingly impossible; a fast-paced, intense, suspensful story that keeps you on the edge of your seat without resorting to the lowbrow tactics of sex scenes and violence. I cannot wait for a sequel to find out what happens to Doug and Sarah.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read, couldn't put it down! Jan. 18 2004
This was the first book I'd read by Jeanette Windle, and it won't be the last. If you can imagine traveling to your ultimate fantasy and having it turn into the ultimate nightmare, then take a deep breath and read Crossfire.
Sarah marries Nicholas and travels to Bolivia in hope of the perfect life. Nicholas's family, the Cortezes' have wealth that most americans wouldn't believe, courtesy of the family business that provides a life without limits. Encounters with the DEA lead to questions and Sara asks herself if everything is actually what it seems. Many times this book asks the question concerning where God is during the rough times? Has He left us? Has He turned his back on us? When you read this book, you'll see our Heavenly Father in a whole new light, and you will ultimately know that he never left us for one second! That's what makes this more than a mere 5 star book. Jeanette Windle is right up there with Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti and Robert Whitlow! Oh yeah!
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This book has a lot of action and would have 5 stars if not for one problem. The book was difficult for me emotionally because the heroine was married to Nicki throughout most of the book, yet he was one of the villains. I did not know how to feel because I didn't want to cheer for Sara to end up with the DEA agent because Nicki was alive throughout the entire time Sara and the DEA agent were together and supposedly falling in love.This was hard to overlook as I am very against adulterous thoughts as well as adultery. The action was great and interesting but the love and emotional part left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Hopefully, Jeanette will write another book as I think she is an excellent writer and as long as the heroine will not already be married when she is supposed to be falling in love with someone else I'm sure the book would be worthwhile to read and I would give this author a 2nd chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Must Read!
This is an excellent book! The message of hope is poignant; reflective of a deep understanding of "rediscovering" God's grace and unending love -- very well presented. Read more
Published on Feb. 6 2003 by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. Excellent.
I don't give out five stars easily. In fact, this is the first time. This is one of my favorite books! Read more
Published on Sept. 4 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrosing!
This is one of the books that I will forever keep among my top favorites! Extremely well written, well developed characters, well researched details. Read more
Published on May 28 2002 by Kari Watson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book with one flaw that was hard to over look
This book has a lot of action and would have 5 stars if not for one problem. The book was difficult for me emotionally because the heroine was married to Nicki throughout most of... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2001 by crystal oats
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing action!
I can't seem to read this book fast enough! This is one of those rare books that stays with you, even after you've placed your bookmark and laid it down (if you can lay it down!). Read more
Published on Oct. 9 2001 by Trishie
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Clancy meets Bodie Thoene?
From the moment I picked this book up, I found it gripping. Filled with details that only an insider would know, it was a fascinating read! Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars It's easy to get caught up in Crossfire
The novel Crossfire by Jeanette Windle is about an American girl who finds herself involved in the drug-wars of Bolivia. This fast-paced suspense is hard to put down. Read more
Published on July 16 2000
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