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Alternate Cover Edition for B006466CCEListed as one of the top 100 Indie novels of 2012 by Kirkus ReviewsThe Truth Doesn't Always Set You FreeIn 1987 the dirty war that will last twelve years and kill thirty thousand Peruvians finally reaches up through the Andean cloud forest for Nina and her family Nina’s father is shot by soldiers her mother raped and her brother lost to the shadowy ranks of Shining Path guerrillas And when Agustín Malui the village pastor files a legal complaint against the military it’s no surprise when he disappears in the middle of the night—just another casualty of the military regime Twenty odd years later Nina now an officer in Cuzco’s tourist police comes across a familiar name on the police printer that she scans daily for any trace of her long lost brother Agustín Malui is alive After spending years in a political prison the broken pastor has been wandering the country saving souls and drowning his demons in pisco Nina tracks him down only to lose him yet again in a police sweep of political malcontents But before Malui disappears he tells her a drunken tale she can scarcely believe that her brother Miguel is still alive Despite warnings and threats from her chief and the pleadings of her lover an officer in Peru’s anti terrorist branch Nina presses on to find Malui Her search takes her through Peru’s underworld from remote villages high in the Andes to the steaming jungle haunts of the narcotraficantes and ultimately to a secret political prison in the altiplano where she learns the truth about Malui and her own vanished brother


10 thoughts on “Sendero

  1. says:

    Rating 35 of fiveThe Publisher Says In 1987 the dirty war that will last twelve years and kill thirty thousand Peruvians finally reaches up through the Andean cloud forest for Nina and her family Nina’s father is shot by soldiers her mother raped and her brother lost to the shadowy ranks of Shining Path guerrillas And when Agustín Malui the village pastor files a legal complaint against the military it’s no surprise when he disappears in the middle of the night—just another casualty of the military regime Twenty odd years later Nina now an officer in Cuzco’s tourist police comes across a familiar name on the police printer that she scans daily for any trace of her long lost brother Agustín Malui is alive After spending years in a political prison the broken pastor has been wandering the country saving souls and drowning his demons in pisco Nina tracks him down only to lose him yet again in a police sweep of political malcontents But before Malui disappears he tells her a drunken tale she can scarcely believe that her brother Miguel is still aliveDespite warnings and threats from her chief and the pleadings of her lover an officer in Peru’s anti terrorist branch Nina presses on to find Malui Her search takes her through Peru’s underworld from remote villages high in the Andes to the steaming jungle haunts of the narcotraficantes and ultimately to a secret political prison in the altiplano where she learns the truth about Malui and her own vanished brotherMy Review I've been to Cuzco twice and Peru three times in my life I very much like it there and I am a big fan of the Andean people's surviving culture I came to the book ready to love itI liked it a whole lotThere are the accustomed ebook original glitches typos and oddly placed punctuation marks and continuity errors I don't want to dwell on them but one big one is the last name change of a major character between books one and two I sigh and remove one starNinasisa is a really sympathetic character to build a series of thrillers on and full marks to Mr Tomlinson for making her believably damaged by her and her country's fraught past Nina as she is known in most of the book has sustained losses that would wreck a lesser person's entire life Nina isn't rising above her beginnings she's building her future on making the beginnings part of it She never hides or is shamed by her mountain Indian origins despite the fact that she's dating a Spaniard a white Peruvian from Cuzco's upper classesShe never forgets that her roots are down low despite a US university education and a job with the Tourist Police She could credibly downplay the past but chooses not to and that provides a lot of conflict between herself and the class and race conscious Peruvian culture Reading her interactions with the gigantic lower class majority of Cuzco the ancient Inca and modern Andean capital rang very true to me My contact with same having been an Andean tour guide who was at pains to inform his American guests of the true nature of povertyI removed one half star for the first time novelist errors of characterization such as the all villain all the time bad guys and the overwhelming goodness of all the womenfolk It's not tragic but it informs the ending of the book whichwellit was certainly dramatic and very well set up by the rest of the book but waspat Expected Predictable if excitingly writtenMake no mistake this first novel of a series is a very worthwhile way to wile the hours away If you've never been to Peru you'll feel like you have after reading this If you have been to Peru you'll feel that little pleased jolt when Tomlinson mentions a place you've visited It's a good readNot uite excellent Not perfect A good solid read delivers on its promise of action and manages a vivid sense of place At 299 for the Kindle version it's worth that and This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License


  2. says:

    This book has an aura of authenticity that is impressive The details of Peruvian culture and geography allow readers to seamlessly immerse themselves in the story I've never been to Peru but I could visualize the places in this book due to the attention Tomlinson gives to description The plot is brisk and the characters well drawn I found some of the violence jarring But that I think is the main theme of the book acts of violence change people in ways they do not anticipate ie violence begets violence It's a sobering thought given how much violence there is in the world


  3. says:

    Great read The storyline was very much today’s happenings The drugssmugglingit was awful that it controlled and effected so many peopleand for so many years Amazing that after being imprisoned so many times Mali was still kicking lol I was saddened that Miguel got caughtright after he decided to find his daughterI’m hoping there is a seuel to this Great read


  4. says:

    A very interesting story of the fight for euality and freedom The author has written a very interesting story about the class struggle for justice and fare treatment in a country that has treated a group of people as worthless for many years His story of one family is very interesting and entertaining


  5. says:

    ExcitingThis is a very good book It is an good read full of drama and intrigue I love stories where the characters stand up for what they believe in no matter the conseuences


  6. says:

    In the 1980s the Sendoro Luminoso Shining Path and the Peruvian government were engaged in a battle for power which brutalized large portions of the Peruvian population In the midst of the rebellion choices were limited neither side cared what happened to the ordinary people when the battle raged In the mountainous areas of Peru largely populated by the indigenous Indian tribes the Maoist “El Sendoro” often seemed like a viable alternative to a fascist governmentAuthor Max Tomlinson’s excellent historical thriller Sendoro takes this backdrop and builds an exciting and believable story around characters who have been irretrievably scarred by a childhood lived in the time of revolution Although politics support the background they don’t get in the way The story is one of deeply personal impact and a reality in which the only choices available are often morally repugnantSendero follows Nina Flores a echua Indian leading a traditional life with strong family and village ties She is only twelve years old in 1987 when members of the military rape her mother and murder her father Two months later her beloved older brother Miguel joins the senderistas to seek his revenge Senderistas die in battle or in a suicide attack Senderistas don’t return Nina understands that she will never see him againIn 2009 Nina is living in Cuzco as a member of the Policia de Turisma Tourist Police an organization which discourages its officers from interfering with the illegal activities of the tourists who bring their much needed foreign dollars into the Peruvian economy When she hears that Augustin Malui the village pastor who was imprisoned as a terrorist for writing a letter condemning her father’s murder has been arrested in the city for drunk and disorderly she is determined to step in and help himPastor Malui has been changed by the bottle since Nina knew him and it is impossible to save him from himself and a government which suspects him of terrorist connections Just before he disappears again into the hands of the military Malui reveals to Nina that the brother she thought long dead is still aliveNina expresses her concern about the old priest to her lover Francisco Guislan a high ranking anti terrorist official Francisco reassures her that the government no longer “disappears” people and cautions her about making further waves in looking for Pastor Malui She wants to believe Francisco but Nina is a woman who is loyal to her past above all other things Determined to save Malui while reuniting with her brother she ultimately uncovers a large number of secrets that have been kept from her by those who love herWhat follows is Nina’s suspense filled and violent journey into Peru’s underworld secret military operations and the mountain paths where the senderistas and the drug lords reign The road Nina travels is mined with deceit corruption and the belief of political men that to do good for the people you often first must do evilMr Tomlinson is a master of descriptive language He draws the scene around his characters beautifully whether it is set in the grittier parts of Cuzco or the rain forests of the Andes His characters too are finely drawn and you get a sense of even the smaller characters uicklyIf you are looking for heroes in Sendero you will be disappointed There are no heroes or heroines in Nina’s world Death is uick and there is no time to mourn Nina and Miguel are the children who are born of war they have a different moralityI highly recommended Sendoro for readers who enjoy suspense novels particularly suspenseful historical fiction with a dose of food for thought Fans of Martin Cruz Smith and Tony Hillerman should also appreciate Max Tomlinson's books Sendero is well worth the 299 investment for the Kindle at comThis review was originally written for IndieHeartcom IndieHeart lists five free hand picked Kindle books daily as well as reviewing books by Indie and self published authors


  7. says:

    now i am hooked This was such a great easy and creative book i was hooked after the first page The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow along with the story the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so reali would highly recommend this author and this book


  8. says:

    This book tells the story of Nina and Miguel who lived with their parents in Peru during the dirty war One day their father is killed by the military The local pastor Malui files a complaint against the military because of this and shortly after is taken away in the night by police and not seen again Miguel decides to join the Shining Path and disappears from Nina's life Years later Nina discovers Malui is alive and tracks him down He is later taken into custody during a police sweep and Nina decides to find Malui and help him escapeI had never read much about the war in Peru and I found reading about the conflict between the military and the Shining Path very interesting I was glad to find a link on the author's website so that I could read about what happenedThe book itself was easy to get drawn into It had lots of action and the locations were described with such detail it seemed that I was right there with the characters The plot was engaging and had twists and turns that kept me turning the pagesI really enjoyed the characters in the book and found them very realistic Everyone seemed to have a past or some secret that made their motives and actions intriguing I found Nina and Miguel to be likeable even though their lives in the present were so different I didn't think I would enjoy a character like Miguel but somehow I was won over by him I was impressed by Nina and Miguel's loyalty to each other and to Malui even though they all hadn't seen each other in years The ending 'killed me' I won't spoil it but I will say that as much as I am sure what eventually happened I kept hoping that maybe it ended up another way Max Tomlinson wrote a great book and I recommend reading it I hope there are stories or a seuel to Sendero coming from him soonI received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads Thank you


  9. says:

    Max R Tomlinson’s novel Sendero set in Peru in the 1980s might have been a political diatribe Instead it succeeds as a great summer thriller—and as an introduction to a culture that I wanted to know about Tomlinson gives us the human side of the “dirty war” between the revolutionary Shining Path and a brutal fascist government Nina and Miguel are smart and family oriented uechua indian youngsters whose world is torn apart when their father is shot by a government soldier himself just a kid This sets the story in motion As we run through the city of Cuzco with an adult Nina and then the jungles of ancient Peru with Miguel and his crew we watch them pursue a singular uest—to find one another and to free their former village pastor Pastor Malui a multi faceted character often providing comic relief has served a harsh prison sentence simply for inuiring about their father’s death Once again twenty years later he is unjustly imprisoned The action unfolds as Nina struggles to find both Malui and Miguel—characters we worry about and follow with absorbing emotion As I had hoped Tomlinson’s descriptive passages interwoven with the fast paced story line introduced me to the uechua’s environment culture everyday customs—and their conflicts with the modern day descendents of the Spaniards I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in this part of the world but also to anyone looking for a well constructed thriller with great characters


  10. says:

    Sendero succeeds on so many levels As a MysteryThriller Sendero maintains both pace and dramatic tension as the reader and the characters advance through the story As human drama Max Tomlinson presents vivid characters who are not simply flawed as a convenient dramatic device but appear to the reader as genuine souls struggling to satisfy their senses of honor and justice and in some cases service to their God all while treading a dangerous path a sendero which could cost them their lives at any point in the journey Sendero also serves very very well as a parable of the people of a modern nation moving from their heart wrenching past into a nobler futurePersonally when I read something that is really well written I read it aloud Max Tomlinson's prose is clever and stylish and apt and still intimately human Reading Tomlinson's smooth prose made me feel clever and insightful as I made my way through the story alongside the charactersIf I had to gauge Mr Tomlinson's formidable talent I would say that his work reminds me of the best of Martin Cruz Smith Gorky Park and the Arkady Renko adventures and Tony Hillerman and his fictional tales of the Navajo Tribal PoliceSendero is one of the best most satisfying reads that I have had in uite some time