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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
On Wings of an Avalanche: A Freedom's Cry Novel is a thriller by C.D. Gill set predominantly in Mali, West Africa. The narrative alternately follows the plights of two Westerners who separately fall into the clutches of a powerful warlord whose drug smuggling, child soldiering, and terrorist network is a target of French operators. Chip Chapman is an Englishman forced to fly smuggling runs under threat of the assassination of his family in Switzerland. Dr. Madison Cote is a Canadian pediatric surgeon who runs a charity bush hospital. She owes the warlord a debt after he arranges her release, and that of an Austrian agriculturalist named Duke, from a brutal Malian jail. Will Chip ever find a way home? What will the warlord demand of Madison? And, who is bugging the French embassy?
In On Wings of an Avalanche, Gill presents a smooth blend of fast-moving action, dramatic suspense, mystery, plot twists, and romance. I didn’t want to put this book down. The immediate chemistry between Madison and Duke can’t be denied, even in the stinky, filthy jail cell in which they first meet. There’s an amazing variety of characters, including children, and an infusion of psychological drama. Even though the action is focused on the dangers which threaten the protagonists today, much of their thoughts reflect on the emotional scars of their pasts. Surviving childhoods with no parent or an abusive one, their confrontation with death is also a challenge to “learn to let go of the past in order to embrace the future.” Highly recommended.