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HOUSE OF JAGUAR
     

HOUSE OF JAGUAR

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by Mike Bond
 

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Over the jungle with a planeload of marijuana, Vietnam War hero Joe Murphy gets caught up in the brutal Guatemalan Civil War when he witnesses an attack on a Mayan village by the Guatemalan Army and its CIA "advisors". Badly injured, he escapes on a nightmare trek through the jungle, hunted by the Army, the CIA, and death squads.

Healed by guerrilla

Overview

Over the jungle with a planeload of marijuana, Vietnam War hero Joe Murphy gets caught up in the brutal Guatemalan Civil War when he witnesses an attack on a Mayan village by the Guatemalan Army and its CIA "advisors". Badly injured, he escapes on a nightmare trek through the jungle, hunted by the Army, the CIA, and death squads.

Healed by guerrilla doctor Dona Villalobos, he falls in love with her and tries to save her from the war’s widening horror of insanity, tragedy, and death. Caught in the crucible of violence and love, he learns the peaks and depths the human heart can reach, and what humans will do for, and to, each other. Based on the author's own experiences as one of the last foreign correspondents left alive in Guatemala after over 100 journalists had been killed by army death squads.
 

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-06-05
In Bond’s (The Last Savanna, 2013, etc.) military thriller, a former U.S. Army pilot witnesses soldiers slaughtering a village in Guatemala and makes himself a target when he starts asking questions.Vietnam vet Joe Murphy is earning money by flying to Guatemala to pick up a load of marijuana. But before he can get his plane back in the air, the Guatemalan army attacks, and Murphy flees into the jungle. The pilot, injured and taken in by villagers, evades the army again but watches as they massacre the village. When Murphy makes it back to the States, he goes to the press with his story, but there’s evidently no media interest. A short article, however, is enough to catch the attention of Col. Lyman, who was in Guatemala on a CIA op and who’s been obsessively pursuing Murphy, blaming him for the murder of another CIA insert, Kit Gallagher—a death that Murphy heard while hiding in the jungle. Murphy is now dodging killers, including cops, in his native country, hoping to learn what the CIA was doing in Guatemala and determined to go back for Dona Villalobos, a doctor he fell for during his recovery. Bond’s kinetic novel abounds with intense scenes—Murphy trekking through the spider- and snake-laden forest with a broken arm; Dona and a group of guerrillas raiding an Army base for medicines, a plan that has unexpectedly bloody results. But even without someone running or ducking bullets, characters are rarely given a chance to stop and take a breath. The adept Dona simultaneously tends to Murphy, who’s aggravated his injury, and a pregnant woman who needs a cesarean section. Bond also includes elements of mystery; readers are aware of the CIA’s presence in Guatemala but learn most things right along with the protagonist. The characters are fully limned, though none is more delectably warped than Lyman. His fixation on Murphy borders on psychotic and leads Lyman to enact seriously disturbing deeds. Not surprisingly, the novel ends with a shock, one that might have a few readers gasping.A high-octane story rife with action, from U.S. streets to Guatemalan jungles.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781627040105
Publisher:
Mandevilla Press
Publication date:
11/25/2013
Pages:
387
Sales rank:
422,290
Product dimensions:
14.10(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.20(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Biography
Mike Bond

"The master of the existential thriller" (BBC)

Best-selling novelist, war and human rights correspondent, environmental activist, award-winning poet and international energy expert,
Mike Bond has lived and worked in many dangerous, remote and war-torn regions of the world.

His critically acclaimed novels depict the innate hunger of the human heart for good, the intense joys of love, the terror and fury of battle,
the sinister vagaries of politics and multinational corporations, and the magical beauty of the vanishing natural world.

His latest novel, SAVING PARADISE, the epic of a Hawaiian surfer and former Special Forces vet caught up in the murder of a beautiful
Honolulu reporter, has been called the "eco-novel of the decade" for its depiction of corporate and political corruption and the battle for
Hawaii's remaining paradises.

His four previous novels are all based on his experiences in far, dangerous corners of the world:

THE LAST SAVANNA: A former British commando battles elephant poachers who then kidnap the woman he loves, in this acclaimed inside
story of Africa's disappearing savannas, animals and freedoms.

CROSSFIRE: A British undercover agent fights for his life in Beirut at the height of the Lebanese War — a deep look into the Middle East's
ancient wars and hatreds.

FIRE LIKE THE SUN: An international best-seller about U.S. nuclear warheads lost in the Himalayas, a manhunt through Nepal, Iran,
Greece, Algeria, France, Virginia and Colorado. 

NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR: Vietnam vet and weed smuggler Joe Murphy loses his plane in a Guatemalan jungle attack, falls in love with
the woman guerrilla who heals him, and fights to protect them both as the death squads hunt them down.

Bond has published hundreds of articles on human rights, the environment, international finance, the energy industry, and women's
rights, and appears frequently on TV and radio to discuss these subjects.

www.MikeBondBooks.com

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House of Jaguar 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The House of Jaguar was a good book. Thrilling, kept me on the edge of my seat. Joe Murphy was a drug smuggler who was shot down in Guatamala. The book takes you along with him on his journey trying to get out of there. In the process, he falls in love with Dona, a village doctor.  The author describes things very well. You can almost smell the jungle, the jail. I had a hard time reading about the torture towards the end of the book but I kept reading because I wanted to see if Joe and Dona would make it out alive. This book wouldn't be for everyone. I couldn't put it down.  Review by Lauri Rottmayer. Due to the limitations of this website, I'm unable to login and get my penname.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Get ready to be sucker-punched with the graphic violence, murder, lies and the political games played using human beings as pawns in the war torn land of Guatemala. House of Jaguar by Mike Bond is the tale of a Vietnam vet who now smuggles drugs for money. Caught up in the vicious battles between Guatemalan people, their oppressive army and the secret machinations of the CIA, Joe Murphy sees the slaughter of a village firsthand and becomes the focus of a manhunt to silence him. Injured badly, he receives the aid of a beautiful Guatemalan doctor working for the resistance. In spite of the brutality and death surrounding them, they find an oasis in their growing love. How can they tell the world what is happening in this shattered country when they are fighting to survive themselves? Based on his own horrific experiences as one of the few journalists to survive in this war torn Hell, Mike Bond writes with emotion and a bold stroke of clarity that paints life in this South American country as a terrifying struggle to survive the oppression and murder that abounds. Although a work of fiction, based on reality, it is unimaginable for those of us who have never truly had to fear for the lives of everyone around us, including our loved ones. Written with a taut and crisp style, House of Jaguar feels like the airing of dirty laundry stained with the blood of innocent victims. An amazing read, but not for the faint of heart, this harsh and disturbing look at survival will send chills down your spine as the good guys are often monsters who hide behind lies and the bad guys are monsters who feel no remorse for their actions.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning the reader travels through warfare, drug smuggling, a terrifying jungle, and the depths of both depravity and love. Bond writes vivid and detailed descriptions that create lush mental images. The book is as much about the places as it is about the people. Perhaps the most frightening aspect of the story is that it could very well be true. From the hills of San Francisco to the deserts of Arizona to the jungles of Guatemala the action takes place in well-described scenes with people too real to be fictitious. Even the bit players are complex and intriguing. From the happiness of vacationing lovers to the hideous torture of prisoners, the reader is made part of the action and shares in the emotions. Don't start this book unless you are prepared for a wild ride with no punches pulled.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second book by Mike Bond and I will be looking for more. This book is also fast paced thought provoking and has interesting characters.As in the other book the subject is real although the story is fiction it also makes me want to know more about the subject.
EFTBanker More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book. The characters are well drawn, and the action is exciting and believable.  Beautiful and evocative writing.  It reminds  Me of James Lee Burke, which is about the highest praise I can give an author.
amelia12 More than 1 year ago
This is probable the truest book written about what is going on in Mexico and most of the upper South American nations. It tells it like it is about how the U.S.A CIA, FBI, NSA, and any other undercover agency is using these countries for their own way to make money and blame it on the working people living there. It gives the Govt. a reason to act like the Russians and the Tala-Ban to kill and keep the lower class in their words in line.
Cate127 More than 1 year ago
Exciting reading - pick it up and try to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As intensely real as it gets, this book takes you on a wild ride through the jungles of Guatemala and more. The writing is so vivid, you have to look away at times to catch your breath.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Outstanding read. I highly recommend this book. I learned a great deal about the goings-on in this region of the world and felt like I was in the jungle. Ready for the next Bond novel. I had to check anonymous because the web site wouldn't allow me to use my pen name.
DebraGolden More than 1 year ago
This is a very exciting and sometimes terrifying story of what it's like to be in the middle of a Latin American civil war, with the US-backed military dicatorship huting you at every step. Two lovers facing incredible odds -- can they survive? This is a real book. Read it and it will change your life.
bernardrabbs More than 1 year ago
This book is a stunning, exciting sometimes terrifying and deeply moving love story set in the midst of a Latin American civil war. It is unforgettable. You learn so much of our own naiton's complicity in these tragedies. What a womderful book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not worth the money
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SoIReadThisBookToday More than 1 year ago
Humankind seems to have an enormous capacity for savagery, for brutality, for lack of empathy, for lack of compassion. – Annie Lennox Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter. – Winston Churchill I read a lot of thriller and action adventure novels, so I expected this novel to be yet another rollicking read for me. To say that I couldn’t have been more wrong is a gross understatement. I mean no disrespect to Mr. Bond. I know that he lived through a lot of this hell as the story is based on his own horrifying experiences as one of the few journalists to survive this ghastly American funded war. Caught up in bloody, savage battles between Guatemalan people, their oppressive army and the secret machinations of the CIA (why is one not surprised?) Bond pulls you into the horrors of life in Guatemala, forcing you to nearly breathe the oppression and senseless and horrendous slaughter. Ok, that is the “good” stuff. Other reviewers have written of who, and what, Joe Murphy is, and what the story is “about.” Which is good, as I was totally unable to finish it. I know that monstrous things happen, usually to people who do not, under any circumstances, deserve the sort evil they are forced to suffer. Normally, I have a pretty high tolerance for that sort of thing. In this case, that is so far from reality that we aren’t even on the same planet. The descriptions of rape and slaughter were so hideously explicit that I simply had to stop before I totally lost my mind. The descriptions of the rape of young girls – and especially the scenes where the rape is portrayed from the rapist’s point of view, turned my stomach. We study the injustices of history for the same reason that we study genocide, and for the same reason that psychologists study the minds of murderers and rapists... to understand how those evil things came about. - Jared Diamond Overall, what I did read of the book before I had to strip it off my Kindle was a story of the slaughter of innocents – men, women and children suffering a depth of brutality that is unimaginable. Bloody carnage beyond all sense of humanity, fed by lies and political agendas, drugs and drug lords, all at the expense of the poor and the innocent. While this book clearly wasn't one that I enjoyed in any way, I am certain that there are those out there who will have the opposite reaction. 75% of readers who posted reviews on goodreads found it acceptable, or even “good.” That simply wasn’t my finding. The unrelenting, mindless brutality is highly disturbing and absolutely not a read for the faint of heart. Or even the hearty of heart, like me. I would think you would need a cast-iron constitution to handle this book. I received this edition from Mandevilla Press in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too much killing and maiming. Also running from snipers etc. I didn't pay attention to the overview but the cover is intreging and attention getting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Riley, I need to tell you something." He swallows hard and shivers