This historic novel traces the life of Genius Christopher Storm, from his troubled 1951 birth in New England, to his mysterious 1980 disappearance from a farm in Cambodia.
Author GJ Neumann tells the story mostly in the present tense to draw you, the reader, into the action. You will experience every passion and peril of the main characters.
In horror, you watch as the bullet from Martin's revolver misses the intended target and kills an innocent bystander.
You will be in the audience of thousands, who applaud the inspiring message of the passionate 7-year old prodigy.
Christopher's exciting travel itinerary throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia becomes your itinerary.
When Chris weeps over the tortures and killings during the Cambodian genocide from 1975 to 1979, you will weep.
You rejoice with him when he rescues abused victims of human trafficking crimes in Cambodia and Thailand.
You will share the desperation of the search party in Cambodia, to find Chris and his wife, Heather.
After chapter 36, you will be a step ahead of the FBI, as they try to identify the Thai caller who demands money in exchange for an American infant.
PROLOG The repulsive condition of the two young Cambodian girls, rescued Friday, August 15, 1980, weigh heavily on Chris. Lt. Schroeder's crew, nicknamed ‘Champions', located the children, aged thirteen, and fifteen, at the home of a Cambodian Government official, outside of Phnom Penh.
Tinos, a subordinate of the official, is one of several employees invited to enjoy the slave girls. The man purchased the girls from traffickers for the entertainment of his guests. Tinos is an eyewitness to the abuse of these children. Lt. Schroeder is grateful to him, for the tipoff. His testimony will be critical for the outcome of the jury's verdict.
How can the Champions develop their rescue missions, when local government participates in these horrendous crimes?
Undernourished and frail, the girls were raped and beaten repeatedly. The eyes of these abused children disclose unspeakable sadness, which burns a permanent image on Chris' perceptive mind, "Oh Lord; the evil of these people is so painful to me. How can I conquer my repulsion against these abusers of innocent children?" Tonight, the day after the rescue, while the rest of the house is sound asleep, Chris cannot get any rest. Hercules, Wilbur's dog, barking furiously, interrupts his thoughts. Chris is able to distinguish between the dog's casual bark and the ferocious bark at an intruder. It is obvious that the dog has spotted intruders.
The shot that silences the dog carries the threat of serious trouble. Wilbur had given him a revolver, but Chris never shot it and actually has an aversion to guns. He is not sure he could take another man's life. Nevertheless, he takes the loaded weapon to the window, and peers into the darkness. The yard light casts the shadow of two men standing by the dead dog at Wilbur's front door. He freezes. What will they do next? To his horror, Wilbur appears at the front door. Without hesitation, the men shoot him several times. Then they step over his body, and enter the house. Annie will be next. Chris darts to the house...
Formerly concentrating on nonfiction, Author GJ Neumann proves his dexterity with this superbly delivered historic novel. He has visited most of the places mentioned in the book, lending a high level of authenticity to the story.