|"Collie's Captivity" is a young adult dystopian novel about teenage American exchange students overseas and the tragic misadventure that triggered the 2019 Eurasian crisis.||
In a land far away from home and family, a young American foreign exchange student finds herself on trial for her life after being caught trespassing on Palace property to take harmless tourist photos for her dorm wall. "Collie's Captivity" is the story of an American girl on trial abroad in a dystopian future where the threat of unbearably harsh punishment awaits those who violate the Kingdom's rules and regulations. Due to the intensity of the plot and mature subject matter, this YA novel is not suitable for children, and should be reviewed by a parent or guardian before being given to a preteen.
Colleen Lee "Collie" Knight hugged and kissed her family goodbye just before boarding the international flight from DFW that would begin her journey to an international school abroad for the upcoming school year. Taken into custody when discovered on Palace property snapping innocent tourist photos just after her fifteenth birthday party, Collie is now old enough to be considered an adult in her host country, and as such will be eligible for the death penalty if found guilty on charges of spying.
Will President Virginia "Ginger" Watker find a diplomatic way to bring this crisis to a peaceful conclusion, or will she turn to her role as America's Commander-in-Chief and use the threat of a surgical military strike in an attempt to persuade those holding their prisoner that it would be in their own best interests to return the girl to her home and family?
Everyone involved understands that President Watker will not have the American military stand idle as a fifteen-year-old ninth grade American school girl is stood in front of a foreign military firing squad, offered a blindfold, and then executed. Some abroad even believe that America's President would use the threat of an official declaration of war if given no other choice, particularly since American public opinion polls indicate an overwhelmingly high level of support should she so choose this option. And, if she chooses to follow a diplomatic path, the fate of young Collie in the Realm will depend upon some very delicate and complicated negotiations between America and the Realm.
"Collie's Captivity" is the story of an American girl on trial for her life in a foreign land and the efforts of friends, family, and America's first woman President to bring this young teenager safely home. Now available online in inexpensive ebook format, and at fine bookstores everywhere in paperback and hardcover editions.
"Collie's Captivity" is the first book in the "Collie in the Realm" series.
The second book in the "Collie in the Realm" series will be published during the summer of 2018, and available for Labor Day 2018 Holiday reading.