Today I'd like to welcome guest blogger, James R. Callan.
In The Silver Medallion, Crystal Moore, a quiet young woman who is not an adventure seeker, decides to go into the jungles of Mexico and try to rescue two young girls being held hostage by a ruthless man.
A question that I am frequently asked is, Why would she do that? It is dangerous. She is going up against a powerful and ruthless man. She is doing this in a country not her own. This is not logical.
The first thing to remember is this is not about logic. It is not about brain power, or education. And with Crystal, it is not about seeking adventure. This is about emotions, feelings, basic tenets a person holds. A mother, Lucita, is held a virtual slave, not with chains, but with threats to kill her two young daughters held hostage in Mexico if she escapes, or even tells anybody about her situation.
In Crystal's case, there is a back story that holds part of the key to her action. Her parents were killed in an auto accident when she was seven years old. Her loving grandparents took her to raise. This was very traumatic for Crystal. Ultimately, she became quite close to her grandparents.
Once she is aware of the plight of these two young girls, she is haunted by it. Nightmares revolving around their predicament plague Crystal. She tries to forget about the mother and her lost daughters.
After awhile, she begins to see three small children in a hopeless situation. And she realizes one of them is herself. When her parents were killed, there was nothing that could be done. They were dead and gone. But there is something that can be done for these children.
Crystal considers a number of ways to help Lucita escape, only to recognize that if Lucita does get free, it will cost her two daughters. It becomes clear to Crystal the children must be rescued first, for only then will the mother dare to escape. Even then, Crystal tries to put this out of her mind. But after one particularly bad night, she says, "I'm a prisoner of those two girls. I won't be able to sleep until they are free."
It helps that she is naive and does not really understand just how dangerous it will be. She thinks that the police will help her. Or the Federales. And if all else fails, at least Crystal will be protected by the U.S. Consulate. Unfortunately, all those safety nets evaporate once she is in Mexico.
It is a dangerous, yet interesting adventure, aided by the mysterious Juan Grande. Read A Silver Medallion to follow Crystal's trek through the jungles of Mexico and see what she is capable of doing.
A Silver Medallion is the second Crystal Moore Suspense, following A Ton of Gold.
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