This blog has been dormant for a while, but that’s all about to change. I’ve been busy writing a book called Mercenary – a novel based on the amazing story of Lee Christmas, a railroad engineer from Louisiana who lived quite the adventurous life.
I blogged about him previously in this post on South Americana, and I’m excited to (finally) get this book out and share his story with the world. I hope I did his memory justice. Here’s the blurb:
Lee Christmas gets drunk and falls asleep at the throttle of his locomotive, plowing straight into an oncoming train. Blacklisted from the railroad and his marriage in tatters, he flees New Orleans on a steamer bound for the tropics.
In Honduras, he begins a quiet new life. But trouble has a way of finding Christmas. With unrest sweeping the countryside, he’s kidnapped by bandits. Soon, he finds himself taking sides in an all-out civil war–as leader of the rebellion.
MERCENARY is the story of the USA’s most famous soldier of fortune: the hard-drinking drifter who changed the fate of a nation.
I’ll be back on South Americana soon with some more background on the book, and more curious stories from the history and culture of Latin America. I hope you enjoy Mercenary!