Monday, April 7, 2014

A to Z: G for Guatemala

Guatemala is one of the prettiest places I've ever been. It's a lush green mountainous country with a tortured past. The beauty of the mountains hides a lot of suffering. The Pacific coast has a lot of untouched fishing villages that not a lot of tourists get to. This is where Ricky and Al enjoy their holiday and where they come across the Chocomal. The Chocomal is a Mayan artifact, a stone tablet with hieroglyphic inscriptions that mean little to Ricky aside from reminding him of his mother. But the Chocomal has long been sought by experts in Mayan mathematics and archaeology for what it is rumored to depict, the ratios, present at the inception of the Universe, that are responsible for the formation of matter. Ricky's mother Mary loved all things Mayan. Al, Ricky's father, loves the mountains and the natural beauty and wants to see his relationship with his son get on a better footing. But the Santos Muertos have other ideas. They are using Guatemala as a base to launch an attack on the US mainland, according to the CIA man Ricky and Al befriend unwittingly at their beachside hotel.

When I was there there was a curfew in the capital, Guatemala City and guerrillas in the mountains of the Western Highlands. The US embassy claimed the countryside was pacified, but that was not the reality I saw. I always thought it made a good setting for a novel. SAVIOR begins in Guatemala and ends in Canada. It's a great American story.

SAVIOR will be published April 18th on the Amazon Kindle platform by Harvard Square Editions. Visit the SAVIOR page on the HSE website, and then check back here throughout the A to Z challenge month to learn more about SAVIOR and publication launch details.
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