This book was captivating but strange. I'm not sure if it is an action novel or a treatise on the effects of war causing character deprivation. Regardless of that it is certainly critical of our government's clandestine efforts at shoring up governments in the war on drugs.
Joe Murphy is a veteran whose flying skills were honed in
Vietnam. He carries the scars of his tours on his body
and in his mind. Making a good living as
a drug carrying pilot he is betrayed in Guatemala. His betrayal ends with his friend dead and
Murph fleeing while wounded. A
miraculous trip through implacable jungle leads Murph to Dona, the new love of
his life. Dona's calling is saving the
peasants of Guatemala
from their corrupt government and the orchestrations of the CIA.
There is a lot of soul searching and somewhat confusing introspection in the book. The main villain is the CIA liaison to the Guatemalan death squads. He is a stark raving mad, true psychopath. Lyman believes the world is out to get him and he feels he is a far better man than any he has ever met. His self centered, poor me violent persona is absolutely dreadful. They guy is a walking nightmare.
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.