Firstly I wish to thank Andrea Stein of Jan Wesman Public Relations for inviting me to read and review this book, EVIL WINDS, Tradcraft phase two by Michael Shusko.
Up-and-coming news reporter Angie Bryant is determined to get the scoop on what’s really happening in Darfur, no matter the risk. After all, it’s the kind of story that will catapult her career to the next level.
Jason Russo is a disillusioned NGO doctor stationed at a refugee camp in eastern Chad. While he tries to help where he can, Jason finds it difficult to get the support he needs to make a difference.
But when the pair witnesses Janjaweed soldiers gun down a dozen Darfurian refugees in cold blood, everything changes. Suddenly, the only assignment that matters is telling the world about the current conditions in western Sudan — at all costs.
Angie and Jason find themselves racing against time as they work to uncover a sinister secret hidden deep in the Sahara. Their efforts put them directly in the path of a lethal Janjaweed commander. If they want to share their shocking discoveries with the global community, they’ll have to get past him first.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Set in Darfur, Sudan, this is such a heart breaking story that is seen from so many different view points as characters are thrown together through circumstance rather than choice. When a mother takes her twin son and daughter to visit a relative in another village she leaves behind her husband and youngest child at home. He holds a very prominent position in his own village. The village they are visiting is attacked by the Janjaweed, a terrorist Arab group, all the men murdered, the women raped and the children taken away. The boys will train as soldiers and the girls will be sold to be used in the sex trade. The people of the villages live in fear of this happening every day but have nowhere else to go and no-one to protect them.
Angie Bryant is a journalist after a career changing story, a woman who made a choice to be in Darfur. For her is was meant to be a quick in get a story and get out. She is introduced to Jason Russo, a NGO doctor in the refugee camps near Chad, He is asked to show her round the camps, where they witness a group of unarmed Darfurian refugees being gunned down by a group of soldiers. They are the Janjaweed, feared by everyone. Now there is a situation. Angie has her story but it is just the tip of an iceberg. The whole picture is much bigger, placing them in grave danger. The thing is, are Angie and Russo willing to put their own lives on the line to get to the truth behind it all and uncover who is really behind the violence, murder and abductions?
This story gets right to your soul as your know that this sort of thing happens. The author has first hand experience himself at going into these sort of situations, giving the story a truly authentic feel. It touches all the bases from the children being taken and the horrors they see, to the heads of these groups. The horror for me most of all was the high demand for the young girls that could never be met, a sort of side line to make money, that was the thing that swept my feet from under me. A truly gripping story that should haunt anyone that reads it.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Shusko, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACOEM, is an author, medical doctor and decorated Marine and Naval officer who has worked on intelligence and medical missions across the globe. Fluent in Arabic, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from Rutgers University. Post-undergrad, Dr. Shusko transferred from the Marines to the Navy Medical Corps and attended medical school at Wake Forest University.
Dr. Shusko’s Middle Eastern experience and language skills coupled with his background in special operations and intelligence keep him busy deploying around the world. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East , Africa , Europe and Asia. Dr. Shusko has been awarded the Bronze Star twice for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently lives in Japan with his wife and 16-year-old triplet boys.