Political and literary thriller set in 1980s Guatemala.
Maitland Sutterfield is a San Francisco journalist who has just been through an exhausting divorce. He takes a writer's holiday, accepting an assignment as a reporter in Guatemala. In full flight from his personal demons, Sutterfield seeks peace in a beautiful land unlike his own - but this is Guatemala of the 1980s, and there is a brutal civil war underway. Instead of peace, Sutterfield finds the perils of love in a time of revolution, not to mention the moral quandaries of a country that is descending into madness.
Maitland's main contact in Guatemala is Sofia Mendez, who takes him to a small Catholic mission in the highlands run by a Spanish-trained Jesuit priest. Maitland volunteers at the mission, convinced that the priest's ministry is a vivid example of the Liberation Theology movement about which he hopes to write the definitive book-length analysis. But complications abound when Sofia becomes Maitland's lover, before either he or Sofia have a chance to discuss the real nature of her previous vocation.
Maitland is oppressively aware of the subtle but inevitable exploitation of third-world sources by first-world media, but the tables are turned as he finds himself trapped in a dangerous dilemma in which Sofia's needs dictate both their futures.
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The book should be required reading for everyone who may cling to the concept that America is the world’s big brother and can ‘help’ every country. There are CONSEQUENCES for such a conceited foreign policy. This should also be required reading for every person of faith who thinks they should go all over the world to ‘help’ people find faith. There are CONSEQUENCES here that can either be the loss of hope or the death of those being ‘aided’. A worthwhile read that has a lot to offer to every kind of reader. ~ Princess of the Light Blog, https://princessofthelight.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/dangerous-pilgrims-by-lawrence-swain-jhpfiction-bookreview-fiction-books/