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Review: Jungle Fire

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Review: Jungle Fire

Jungle Fire by Dana Mentinka
Reviewed by: Shauna Jenkins
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: River North
Publication Date: June 2013

Nina Truman is a missionary nurse, serving in a tiny Guatemalan town not far from the Mexican border. It’s a fulfilling life, tending to the village poor — a way to serve in the country from which she was adopted. The day she leaves on furlough, is the day her life falls apart. Her bus is ambushed and she must flee from forces who inexplicably wish her dead. Trapped between a ruthless drug lord and his assassins, a corrupt police chief, and colleagues with ulterior motives, her friends may prove just as deadly as her enemies as she uncovers a plot tangled deep in the roots of her own past.

Nina’s only hope of survival lies in the hands of Shaw Wilder, a man who despises missionaries and the God they serve. His skill is in handling a landmine detection dog, not helping a woman he blames for the death of his sister. When the lethal drug kingpin, El Escorpion, seeks to capture Nina, Shaw has to choose: flee into the Guatemalan jungle with a naive woman who has vowed never to take a life, or follow his own spiritual demons and walk away. His choice may leave them both imprisoned in a jungle from which neither will escape.

I loved this book from the beginning. The first few sentences was all it took to capture my attention and rev my imagination into high gear. I love it when a book opens with a bang, smack dab in the middle of action!

Shaw Wilder has no love or respect for missionaries. He describes them as “the almighty missionaries who came to this nowhere jungle to shine their light in the darkness, or whatever it was they did,” and he likens being a missionary to “shoveling sand uphill; useless.” Certain close members of his family were missionaries and it cost them dearly.

It’s the beginning of furlough for Nina, but before she leaves Guatemala she’s going with a friend to visit a few tourist hot spots. That ends abruptly before it ever really begins and Nina is being chased by at least one group of ruthless assassins, and it looks like there may be others on her tail. There is nowhere for her to turn, no way to know who to trust. Her father is a doctor at the clinic with her but he left for the States days ago and is now unreachable. A fact which adds to her worries. Is he ok or has something sinister happened to him?

Dana Mentink has crafted a fabulous story that’s wonderfully different. Get lost in the jungle, pulled into the story and swept away on an exciting adventure. I like it when a book completely transports me to another place and time, far away from my everyday life and this story is a fantastic escape portal. Just try to put it down!

Rated PG-13: some violence and talk of drugs.

Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!


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