Sunday, March 11, 2012

Third Novel Complete!

I have completed my third novel, Ransomed Earth: an Eco-Thriller, set in China, South America, the Colorado Rockies, and in Washington, D.C.  This book is a story about environmental activists battling the power of lobbyists to hold hostage the fate of America's natural resources inheritance.

Vice-President Phillip Westervelt must determine how to respond to hostage demands of guerrilla activists who kidnapped his only child without violating United States policy. The government does not negotiate with terrorists. The environmentalists not only threaten his daughter, but potentially his campaign for the Presidency.

In the three days that Phillip has to resolve the ransom demands he discovers a gruesome secret that threatens his marriage, is drawn to the arms of a former lover, and must tip-toe through the maze of bureaucratic regulations that hinders his ability to rescue his daughter, Kayleigh. He fears she will suffer the same fate as another victim who was killed in a failed kidnapping attempt in China. He learns that Jozina Morales' son, Marcos, has also been taken hostage by these rogue activists while touring Ecuador. Jozina is the senior staffer on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Both parents receive ransom demands requiring governmental action to save their children. Meeting the demands to fund environmental programs and reduce pollution are almost impossible given the grip that lobbyists have on Washington, D.C.

As their parents plot to save their children, Kayleigh Westervelt struggles to survive abusive treatment by her kidnapper in the Colorado wilderness. Marcos Morales is a prisoner of the Shuar in the untraceable expanse of the Amazon basin where he is exposed to the tribal ways of these legendary headhunters in an attempt to save their ancestral homeland.
The Shuar                        
 

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