“Blood for Freedom” tells the compassionate and moving journey of a lay missionary among the Maya people of Guatemala in the late 70s as the country is drifting inexorably towards a new guerrilla war in Central America: —For Paul Desilets, the suicide of his twin brother will mean a constant state of mental paralysis unless he finds a new vision of life and gains deeper insight into himself. After several months of spiritual retreat in a monastery, he decides to serve as a lay missionary among the Maya people of Guatemala. Soon after, he is sent to a small parish to help Father John Callaghan fulfill his last assignment. Fascinated by the pre-Columbian spiritual and cultural traditions that still survive among the Mayas, Paul studies their language, and with the help of José Mejia Alquilar, the grandson of a calendar priest, he delves into the magical side of the Mayan culture and gains valuable insights into their unique way of knowing about the world and human experience. But after nearly two years of working with the Mayas, he finds himself caught in the midst of mounting political tensions when the fragile bridge between the indigenous population and the Ladino rulers threatens to collapse. Now, it may not be enough to just live with the oppressed. He may also have to be willing to sacrifice his life for them. — “The author writes extremely well… From the first page to the last, he shows consideration, compassion, clarity and very strong emotions for humanity” Bruce Miller, Golfwell Team of Reviewers https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-of-the-best-life-changing-books/answer/Bruce-Miller-128 “The author does a brilliant job of portraying the lifestyle and mindset of the native population, painting a picture of a life lived with very little hope of material improvement, and it is easy to understand Paul’s deep commitment to the cause of his new friends. This is one of those novels that reveal the darkness underneath the façade presented to tourists and visitors of third-world countries. It shows a mastery of storytelling.” Kat Kennedy, US Review of Books http://www.theusreview.com/reviews/Blood-for-Freedom-by-J-P-Piche.html#.W_VRpbH0nDc Available in both paperback 978-1-4907-9095-4 and e-book 978-1-4907-9097-8 (Kindle, Kobo and Nook) through Trafford Publishing, Indigo, Fnac, Barnes & Noble, Foyles and Amazon, and in most bookstores via Baker&Taylor;, Bookmanager and Ingram,
Jean-Pierre Piché was born in 1951, in Montreal (Canada). After having completed his classical studies and a baccalaureate in communication and cinema, Jean-Pierre boasted an experience of more than 25 years as a director, producer, scriptwriter, translator and film editor in cinema and television. As an independent filmmaker, he produced and directed more than ten films including the critically acclaimed feature film Sadhana—Back to the Source (http://www.sadhanafilm.com) which was screened in more than a hundred cinema theaters throughout Canada and the USA. Jean-Pierre is also the recipient of three grants from Canada’s Art Council: one for film direction and two for screenwriting. Blood for Freedom is his debut novel.