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Risk of Returning

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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Ted Peterson, age forty, returning to Guatemala to uncover the reason for his father's disappearance, finds himself caught in a culture of violence and fear.
Paperback, 1st Edition, 359 pages
Published 2013 by Troy Book Makers
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James Calvin
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Just a short chapter into Rudy and Shirley Nelson's richly furnished international thriller, The Risk of Returning, Ted Peterson, who calls himself a "lost child," is on the streets of Guatemala City, having undertaken a trip "home" to the place where he was born and reared. He's gawking, a typical tourist maybe, when he spots a young kid, "walking quickly, close to the buildings, head down, shoulders heaving, as if he had been running."

A moment later the kid is gone, disappeared, simply not the
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am not going to write a review as such. Read James Schaap's review below. This book deserves to be reprinted and more widely read.

I brought it along as a vacation read. It was not "beach reading," but it read quickly and I was as eager to know how it would end as I am with the other books I read on vacation (Robert Parker's Spenser series, etc.!)

It is good when a book makes me want to know more about a place and a time and this one did. I have read a bit already about Guatamala and the CIA in
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was surprised to like this book as much as I did. The protagonist was so lifeless & unappealing early on. I'm a third-culture kid myself but did not identify with his befuddled reactions & apparent lack of initiative. Felt like a mechanical textbook portrayal of the indecisive TCK. But the story won me, & Ted does come through. I appreciate the authors' research into what actually happened in Guatemala (as opposed to how evangelical missionaries perceived it--generally problematic in Latin Ame ...more
Charlotte Walker
I have just finished reading this stunning novel by Rudy and Shirley Nelson and can't say enough about how wonderful it is. I began it somewhat reluctantly, at the urging of a friend, for despite my strong sympathies, I was not eager to enter the tormented world of Guatemala in the 1980s.
But I need not have hesitated. The Risk of Returning quickly won me over through its splendid writing, its winning narrator and protagonist, its many other fascinating and beautifully drawn characters and convin
Robert Begiebing
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Nelsons have written a courageous novel considering the subject matter, but also considering how they refused to throw a sop to the shallow current assumptions of agents and editors (and hence many readers) about what a novel is. The narrative and dramatic tensions are developed at a leisurely but purposeful pace. But the reader is rewarded with a consuming story that resonates in a number of directions, not least of which is the story of America’s callous and ignorant (and greedy) involveme ...more
Matthew Dickerson
Nov 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The first chapter lured me in with the beauty of the prose, and a character I wanted to know better. By the third or fourth chapter, I was captured by a compelling story with something meaningful and important at stake, and a place and person I was no longer merely curious about, but one I cared about. Before long, I could not set the book down; I finished the book in a marathon five-hour reading session.

Set in Guatamala in the 1980s around the time of the Iran-Contra hearings in the U.S., the s
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this novel in advance of a trip to Guatemala this summer. It was an easy way to get a feel for life in Guatemala in recent history.

I could not put this book down. I would call it a mystery because the main character's search for information about his father evolved as he learned more and I kept trying to figure things out. Figure out both what the situation was in the time of the main character as well as the situation years earlier when his father was in Guatemala. There was a new twist
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novel about the son of missionary parents who is returns to Guatemala to solve the mystery he feels that surrounds his father's death.
Intriguing story line and also takes you into the political upheaval that is the history of the country and the US's part in it.
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