"I liked "Blood for Freedom" by Jean-Pierre Piche, a very talented and brilliant writer.
The book begins with a poignant quote concerning the theology of liberation which fits well with this dramatic story,
"When social, economic and political structures are violating human rights, reducing each other's humanity, or forcing people to live in inhumane conditions, the Church has an obligation to denounce and condemn those structures and it is the right of the people to alter or abolish them."
What follows is a well-written and very engaging story of a man searching for new meaning in his life and the political struggles in Guatemala.
The author writes extremely well. An excerpt:
"The Land Rover's headlights pierced the thick, dark veil of a starless night. Since their departure from Quetzaltenango, Paul and Mireya had remained silent, lost in their thoughts. With their eyes wide open, they looked like two owls, their gaze fixed on the little they could see of the Pan-American Highway. They emerged from their torpor only when the glow of the capital city lights appeared in the distance."
This well-paced exciting story begins with Paul leaving for Guatemala and saying goodbye to his family. Paul is searching for a new chapter in his life and the story continues at a good pace bringing you in deeper as you read each page.
This is not your usual story of typical political struggles but the exact opposite as it brings out strong feelings of basic fairness and a basic love for humanity which is something current society desperately needs to fight off jaded feelings and callousness brought on with the volume of information in today's news about the tremendous amount of inhumane actions in the world.
From the first page to the last, the author shows consideration, compassion, clarity and very strong emotions for humanity as he writes with just the proper amount of detail to catch and keep your interest describing well what the oppressed in the world go through in great detail.
Finally, I loved the exciting and dramatic surprise ending of the book. This is the author's first novel and I sincerely hope it won't be his last and encourage him to share more stories like this. Highly recommended!
Bruce Miller Golfwell Team of Reviewers