The Story Behind “A Silver Medallion” — James R. Callan

Today I’m excited to welcome James R. Callan as he shares about his latest book.

After a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA, and being listed in Who’s Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans, James R. Callan turned to his first love—writing. He has had four non-fiction books published. He now concentrates on his favorite genre, mystery/suspense. His thirteenth book releases in May, 2018.



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Four years ago I read a brief story in the Los Angeles Times about a woman who had been held a virtual slave by threats to harm her family left behind in Viet Nam. This seemed impossible so I did a little research.

What I found was difficult to believe. One article quoted a government report claiming there were more “slaves” today than in 1860. The only difference was that today’s slaves were not held by chains, but by threats to harm family still in another country, or were held as indentured slaves

I knew I must write something about this intolerable situation. I discussed it with a top notch editor, to get her opinion. She immediately said it must be a non-fiction book, complete with interviews with some “virtual slaves”, some who had escaped, or with family members.

This seemed like a great idea. But as I spent time thinking about such a book, I realized it is a book I would never finish. It would be far too emotional for me, and while I might spend a great deal of time collecting information, planning, writing brief parts, I knew that in the end, I would abandon it.

A year passed, but the idea didn’t go away. Finally, I decided I could write a fictional story that would shed light on the epidemic and bring “virtual slaves” to the conscience of people. But, it would be fiction. I could write it. And while it was emotional for me even in this venue, I could write it. I could bring it to the attention of the public. So, I created A Silver Medallion, completely fiction, but a scenario I believe mirrors a situation widespread in the U.S. today.

In A Silver Medallion, Crystal Moore discovers a young woman, Lucita, held by threats to harm her two daughters left in Mexico. Crystal offers to help Lucita escape, but the mother will not discuss it for fear her girls will be killed.

Crystal tries to forget the encounter, but her conscience won’t let her. She can’t sleep or concentrate without seeing images of two small girls held as slaves. It becomes clear the only way to help Lucita is to rescue the girls first, for only then will Lucita be willing to escape.

Crystal goes to Mexico and secures the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If they succeed, the girls and then the mother can be free, but Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men who want her dead.

NY Times bestseller Bobbie Smith called A Silver Medallion “a gripping, action-packed adventure … Crystal Moore is a tough and savvy heroine.” It was named a Readers’ Favorite winner. It is available in print or digital format at

About the book:

Human Trafficking terrifies her. Seeing it face-to-face forces her to act.

In 2015, Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas — a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she escapes.

To naïve Crystal, it’s clear. The children must be rescued first, or the mother will never escape.

Crystal would like to forget it, but her conscience will not let her.

She goes to Mexico and secures the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If she succeeds, mother and children will be free — but Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men, one in Texas and one in Mexico, who will want her dead.

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