Colin T. Nelson—Up Like Thunder

Myanmar, ruled by a corrupt military since 1962, finally opens its borders for limited business and tourism in 2011. The US Export/Import Bank, anxious to leverage trade agreements into democratic reforms, tasks an American finance expert to open doors in the country. She vanishes without a trace. Investigator Pete Chandler, dispatched by her panicked congressman father, is on a mission to find her and bring her home. Chandler travels up the Irrawaddy River and charges into the heart of darkness, combating corrupt government, dictatorial generals, criminal networks—and encountering the fight of his life.