Fiction - Womens
412 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2013
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Reviewed by Alice Recker for Readers' Favorite

“Oblivia”, written by Debbie Boucher, takes the reader into the South American country of Bolivia. Bolivia’s political factions and the United States State Department appointees all have an agenda of their own and Peace Corp Volunteers find themselves in the middle of it all. The members arrive with the sole purpose of aiding the general population of the country only to find themselves in a web of deceit that drifts down from their leaders to the inner political circles of the foreign country itself. Jamie defies her superior’s orders to return to Bolivia after a recent hospitalization in the States. She is determined to search for her missing friend Dan Mora, another Peace Corp Volunteer. Support from the State Department and ultimately the FBI becomes non-existent and she sets out on her own over dangerous mountains she believes is Dan's trail. She learns much more about her friend the deeper she finds herself into the search. Jamie questions herself as to whether she will see America again.

Debbie Boucher writes “Oblivia” in a way that takes the reader through the mountainous regions of Bolivia as if on the trails. Her descriptions of Peace Corp Volunteers and the local villagers they must adapt to in spite of the superstitious beliefs held are excellent. This story indicates extensive research that blends her strong views relating to the region with the work the Peace Corp tries to accomplish. It is easy to imagine the terrain and beauty of Bolivia. The author leads the reader to delve into the corruption of not only the country of Bolivia but the dark role the United States plays in the fictional book. Boucher gives a well-woven tale of individuals who come together in a nearly impossible situation. This narrative is told well to the end.