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Overview

Nate Hunter has no desire to visit Chiapas, Mexico. It’s 1993, dawn of the Internet Age, and his star as a brilliant computer engineer is on the rise. He wants to stay put, focus on work. But his wife, Sarah, a dedicated nurse, wants to save the world. Invited to join a mission trip to the village of Mirador, deep in the Lacandon Jungle, she decides she’s going, and Nate won’t let her go alone. He knows the looming enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is causing unrest among the campesinos and the government is cracking down on protests. The pastor leading the trip insists it’s safe, but beneath the surface calm, rebellion is brewing, and an army of peasants calling themselves Zapatistas is preparing for war.

By the time the group reaches Mirador, Nate realizes the trip is a mistake. That evening, Sarah tangles with the leader of a paramilitary group, triggering events that lead Nate deeper into the jungle, to a secret rebel camp, where unforgiving tests and a newfound sense of purpose challenge everything he believes about himself as a husband, lover, fighter, and man.

Honoring the spirit of the ancient Maya and the “war against forgetting” still being waged by los indígenas today, Mirador tells the story of one man’s reckoning with love and loss, friendship and betrayal, courage and cowardice, death and rebirth, as he helps a group of rebels prepare for the Zapatista uprising of January 1, 1994: the first war fought on the ground and the World Wide Web.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990619444
Publisher: Greenpoint Press
Publication date: 08/01/2019
Pages: 484
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Enough! — 1

Part One: Sarah

1. Going South — 7

2. A Boiling Cauldron — 21

3. Pressing On — 35

4. Masks of Mexico — 53

5. Persuasion — 71

6. Tuxtla — 77

7. The Final Push — 85

8. End of the Road — 99

9. First Night — 115

10. In Dreams Foretold — 127

11. Blood-Red Banners — 141

Part Two: Quina

12. Going Home — 161

13. The House on Lyndon Road — 177

14. The Killing Ground — 195

15. The Jaguar God — 209

16. Baptism — 225

17. Fresh Water — 231

18. La Libertad — 245

19. The Waters of Uncertainty — 261

20. Prelude to War — 267

21. A Door Opens — 275

22. Transfiguration — 285

23. Lost Days —303

24. Maya Blue — 309

25. A Time to Dance — 329

Part Three: El Pitón

26. The Place of Fright — 343

27. Return to Mirador — 357

28. Day of the Dead — 367

29. The Quiet Before — 391

30. The Four Sisters — 397

31. Viewpoint — 419

32. The War Against Forgetting — 441

33. Atonement — 453

Epilogue: Día de Muertos — 461

Historical Note — 465

Selected Bibliography — 467

Acknowledgments — 469

About the Author — 471

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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Mirador by James Jennings is the story of a man who just wanted to keep his wife safe but ended up in the middle of a war that was never his to fight. Set in the early 1990s, the story follows Nate, a computer engineer who was enjoying a wonderful life and career when everything went downhill. His wife Sarah is a nurse and she wants to help the people of Mirador. He doesn’t really want to go but he doesn’t want to send his wife alone either, so he goes along with it. However, when tragedy hits, Nate joins a group of rebels who will change his life and give him a new purpose. Now he appears to have a battle to fight that is making him rethink everything that he ever knew. With a new purpose, Nate is a new man who is ready to do whatever it takes to fulfill that purpose. This is one of those historical fiction novels where it is apparent that the author spent some time doing research and getting it right. From the very beginning, the author not only let the reader know the characters were in for a dramatic ride, but he also ensured that the reader was strapped in tight to enjoy the ride along with the characters. The story is very riveting; I got to experience a part of history that is often overlooked by authors and the media in general. I enjoyed Nate’s growth; he started as a reluctant tourist, but towards the end, he was living for his purpose and earning his right to be where he was. I wanted Nate to succeed and get his happiness too. This was a wonderful novel! A brilliantly crafted journey that I thoroughly enjoyed.