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Young, bright, unadventurous Crystal Moore comes face-to-face with slavery in today’s Dallas, Texas. A woman is held, not by chains, but by threats to her two small children left behind in Mexico. Should she escape, or even tell anybody of her situation, her children will be killed. Crystal would like to walk away and forget she ever heard this. But her conscience won’t leYoung, bright, unadventurous Crystal Moore comes face-to-face with slavery in today’s Dallas, Texas. A woman is held, not by chains, but by threats to her two small children left behind in Mexico. Should she escape, or even tell anybody of her situation, her children will be killed. Crystal would like to walk away and forget she ever heard this. But her conscience won’t let her. Her parents were killed when she was just seven. She knows the heartache these children suffer. And she can’t sleep without hearing the cries of the two young girls and their mother. Crystal knows the woman will never try to escape as long as her children are held hostage. Crystal realizes the only way to free her is to go to Mexico and rescue the girls first, for only if they are safe will the mother ever be free. Crystal goes to Mexico and secures the help of the mysterious Juan Grande. But now, two powerful and ruthless men, one in Mexico and one in Texas, want Crystal dead. She will need all the help she can get from a former bull rider, Crystal’s streetwise friend Brandi, and Crystal's seventy-six year-old, feisty grandmother. ...

Title : A Silver Medallion
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ISBN : 30333247
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Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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A Silver Medallion Reviews

  • Edward Arrington
    2019-03-04 20:00

    Having never read one of James Callan’s books, the back cover blurb caught my interest. So I entered a giveaway and won the book. The story could easily be the telling of a current event. Crystal Moore is a well-educated woman with an excellent job. When her grandmother finds a young Mexican woman hiding in a shed on her property, Crystal and her grandmother learn she has escaped from a wealthy Texas businessman. Upon learning another young woman is being held in the clutches of the same man under the threat of never seeing her children in Mexico again, Crystal immediately goes into rescue mode. With barely enough knowledge of Spanish to communicate and no knowledge of Mexico and the danger she faces, she is ready to hop on a plane and rush south of the border to find the children. Fortunately, her boyfriend knows a lot more about the culture there and also has a powerful friend who can help. Although it seems she is constantly having to be rescued, Mark manages to save her from her own naiveté before she leaves the USA. Suspense, intrigue, action, and more kept the book lively and spell-binding. The truly sad thing is that there are untold numbers of Mexicans in our country in similar situations as Rosa and Lucita who have almost no hope of ever being free or seeing their families again. My one reservation about the book concerns the foul language scattered through the book. The story is powerful without the need to use curse words. I was grateful that no harsh vulgarity was used and the book is free of any sexual situations.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-03-04 20:12

    3.5/5.0James R. Callan's latest mystery brings Mexico and the plight of these women to life, and readers will feel Crystal's fear and concern.Read full review in the 2017 October issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  • Neena Christianson Martin
    2019-03-16 21:23

    Trying to kill Crystal----AgainCrystal Moore can get in more trouble in less time than any one else in Dallas. This time it's drugs, slave trade, and kidnapping children. She stumbles into a web of powerful, and vindictive drug runners, and soon finds herself the target of two different assassins. This author does another splendid job of weaving a great mystery.

  • Elaine Faber
    2019-03-13 17:55

    James R. Callan knocks it out of the park with his latest mystery novel, A Silver Medallion.Crystal Moore’s life is safe and sane with work, friends and family until she learns that, Blackwood, a supposedly upstanding citizen has enslaved a woman with the treat of killing her children, also held captive in Mexico.Compelled beyond explanation to save the woman and free the children, Crystal confronts and threatens Blackwood’s nefarious lifestyle, convincing him to eliminate the risk of exposure…Crystal!Lucita gives Crystal her blessed silver medallion for protection. Crystal flies to Mexico, determined to reunite the children with their mother, despite little in the way of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Dirty Harry’ skillset. In Mexico, Crystal meets Juan Grande, a man with the skills, wherewithal and willingness to help in her rescue plans. Crystal must use every ounce of her ingenuity, strength and wit against the evil men who attempt to thwart her quest and escape Blackwood’s vengeance. Callen’s description of Puerto Vallarta scenery, culture and setting is such as to make the reader feel the atmosphere and yearn to visit one day. Callen shows us Crystal’s heart and compassion for others, her willingness to protect the oppressed, despite limited resources. Filled with twists and turns, thrills and chills, the risks and dangers continue, even after she returns home with multiple attempts on her life. If you like your mysteries with ‘keep you awake turning pages’ action, you’ll love A Silver Medallion.

  • J.R.
    2019-03-19 21:02

    Guilt and compassion combine to put Crystal Moore and those close to her in jeopardy when she discovers a prominent citizen of Dallas is holding Mexican women against their will as virtual slaves.Shocked that slavery could still exist in the modern world, Crystal puts all else in her life on hold as she attempts to reunite one of those women with her children who are held hostage in Mexico as assurance of her compliance with her master.Seeing rescue of the children is the only way to help the mother, Crystal goes alone into Mexico where she unites with Juan Grande, a mysterious Mexican, to undertake the dangerous mission. As a result, she becomes the target of the Texan and his Mexican supplier, barely escaping with her life in several incidents.Callan's latest novel is a departure from his more cozy Father Frank series, emphasizing more the dark side of life and the creatures who inhabit that world. A Silver Medallion combines colorful characters (loved Eula, Crystal's feisty grandmother, who knows how to handle a bad guy), a suspenseful plot and plenty of action to keep the reader biting his nails, waiting to see what happens next.There's a subplot of Crystal's dealings with an academic who has been doing his best to derail her quest for a doctorate. Callan does a fine job of balancing the two so the lesser plot doesn't detract from the main action.A Silver Medallion is the second in the author's Crystal Moore series.

  • Joyce Brown
    2019-03-10 19:03

    Crystal Moore is one of those heroines you just want to yell at, "Don't do that! Don't go there! Listen to your best friend, your grandmother, your boyfriend, the police, and that big, tough guy and his wife in Mexico. You're going to get yourself killed!"It's the reader's good fortune that James Callen’s sleuth doesn't listen. We get to follow her quest into danger zones. She's the heroine, and we know she'll escape or be rescued, but wait… How will she survive when she gets herself into such impossible predicaments?We almost have to create a new category for this mystery—cozy thriller. We love the main characters. There is an amateur sleuth, and her job is an important aspect of the story. But the lurking danger creates suspense as Crystal tries to save these young Mexican women and children who have been coerced into slavery. Read A Silver Medallion in order to experience delightful, cozy situations in towns and rural areas in southern Texas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Don't expect all relaxation, though. Your fingers won't have a minute's rest as you turn pages, and your shoulders will tighten from the suspense every time Crystal turns a corner.

  • Liz
    2019-02-28 00:07

    I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.I enjoyed this book. Its timely topic of illegal immigrants working as slaves in the US was presented in an interesting way. The characters were well written and seemed authentic. I especially liked Crystal's grandmother and her gusty attitude. There was lots of action and the story moved quickly. The subplot of a professor plagiarizing a graduate student's doctoral work added to the story's interest. There was also a bit of romance thrown in. My only small quibble was that the ending was a little too pat. Everything wrapped up so quickly that I wasn't quite prepared for it. But, all-in-all, I thought this a good summer's read.

  • Patricia Gligor
    2019-03-08 21:06

    When Crystal Moore accidentally discovers that one of the most prominent citizens in Dallas is holding illegal Mexican women against their will and making them his slaves, she struggles with a moral dilemma. She wishes she could just walk away but her conscience won't let her. So, she embarks on a quest to free the women and, in the process, she places her own life and the lives of those closest to her in serious jeopardy.For those who enjoy a novel full of suspense, I highly recommend "A Silver Medallion" by James R. Callan.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-08 18:17

    Disclaimer: I won this book on Goodreads.I enjoyed this book. I did not read the first book in the series, but I had no trouble figuring out the characters' relationships and personalities. The novel had more suspense than mystery, with some tragedy added to the story. The description of Puerto Vallarta made me want to visit, although I hope I don't have to rescue anyone while I'm there. The main characters are strong enough to support further stories. The bad guys were sufficiently evil, and the supporting characters were delightful enough that I wouldn't mind seeing them again.

  • Sharon Aguanno
    2019-03-06 23:14

    Well DoneThe thought of reading this novel with the subject being slavery today was a little bit intimidating! James does a great job with the characters and the plot! There was a tremendous amount of description throughout the book making you feel the environment. As a reader, I was able to connect with the characters and couldn't help but feel the emotions throughout the story. I will definitely be reading more from this author!

  • Kathy
    2019-02-25 23:21

    Disclaimer: I won this book on Goodreads.I would like to read more books in this series.Note: I apologize for the brief review. I finished the book and wrote a more in-depth commentary last week, but it has apparently disappeared.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-17 18:16

    I won this book via Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

  • Martha Cheves
    2019-03-03 23:13

    A Silver Medallion - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of: Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A DishCrystal's grandmother stood under a maple tree. Eula Moore was staring at the small storage shed about twenty feet behind her house. She aimed a double-barreled shotgun at the door of the building. "Don't make no sudden moves. I got a nervous trigger finger. I might just blow your head off." Nothing moved. "Now, very slowly, come on out in the open, and keep them hands over your head where I can see 'em." Crystal crept up beside her grandmother, "What's in there, Nana?" she whispered. A few moments passed. Then a single finger came into view. Gradually, it turned into a whole hand, waving in a small arc. "Por favor, no dispare." The tiny brown hand fluttered again. The voice quavered slightly, "Please. No shoot. No shoot."Crystal Moore was paying her grandmother Eula a visit at her home "The Park." Finding her Nana standing in a defensive stance with a shotgun pointed at one of the buildings wasn't what she had expected to walk into. She also wasn't expecting the troubles that followed the discovery of a young Mexican woman hiding inside that building.Rosa was her name. She had been smuggled across the border to serve as what Crystal called a 'slave' to one of Dallas' most prominent men. And to keep her under his control she is told that her husband will be killed if she talks to anyone or tries to run.In Crystal's attempt to help Rosa as well as others in this same situation, she finds herself in the heart of Mexico where family members of those enslaved are being held. This task is one that could cost her her own life as well as the lives of those close to her.If you want a twisting road ride, you'll find it in A Silver Medallion. I thought the first book in this series 'A Ton of Gold' was good. This second book in the Crystal Moore Suspense Series has taken it a step further. My word to Author James R. Callan is "hurry up and give me book 3!"

  • James Callan
    2019-02-21 17:06