Friday, November 14, 2014
Review:Hard Drive: A Family's Fight Against Three Countries by:Mary Todd/Christina Villegas
About the Book:
On June 24, 2012, Dr. Shane Truman Todd, a young American engineer, was found hanging in his Singapore apartment, just a week before his scheduled return to the United States. Although Shane had repeatedly expressed apprehension about his work with a Chinese company and fear his life was being threatened, authorities immediately ruled his death a suicide. His family initially didn t know what to believe.
However, upon arriving in Singapore, they realized the evidence suggested not suicide, but murder. Shane s family later discovered that what they thought was a computer speaker was actually an external hard drive with thousands of files from Shane s computer. The information in those files transformed this story from a tragic suicide to an international saga of mystery, deceit, and cover-up, involving three countries.
About the Author:
Christina Villegas is Dr. Shane Truman Todd’s cousin and one of his closest friends since childhood. Christina holds a Ph.D. in Politics from the Institute for Philosophic Studies at the University of Dallas, where she was an Earhart Fellow. She currently teaches American Government at California State University, San Bernardino and is a freelance writer. She has been interviewed on radio shows throughout the country and her research on public policy has been cited by a variety of media outlets including CNN, CSPAN, The Atlantic, the New York Post, and the Huffington Post. Christina lives in Southern California with her husband Manuel.
Mary Todd has been married to Rick Todd for thirty-eight years. Together they are the proud parents of four sons, including Dr. Shane Truman Todd who was murdered in Singapore in June, 2012. Mary is an international speaker who earned her MA in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, where she served as an assistant campus pastor. Currently, Mary is the pastor of a Pomona First Baptist satellite church in Marion, Montana. Since the morning she heard of her son’s death, Mary has been a mother on a mission, intent on exposing evil and fighting for truth and justice. The Todd’s story has been featured in the Financial Times, CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, several local and national new papers and radio shows, an Asia One documentary, and 48 Hours.
Mary Todd received a call ob June 24, 2012 that changed her life, forever. Almost immediately after hearing this stunning news, she and her family boarded a plane to Singapore. Singapore, the place that should hold the answers to their son's death. After their son's funeral Mary and her husband start to comb through his belongings only to find a suspicious hard drive that had recently been deleted. What is even more strange is it was deleted after Shane's death. With Shane's death occurring a week before his return to the United States, Mary begins to question the truth behind it all and vows to get to the bottom of her son's death---no matter who she has to fight to get it.
After hearing about this story in the media, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the book. I feel so bad for this family and all they have been through. I pray that they will see justice served and will finally get some peace through all of this.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.