Jonathan Owen, Silver Bullet and Bank Robber
The author is a retired cartographer and graphic artist for the Government of British Columbia. He left Canada in his Jeep, Silver Bullet to live for a time in the tropics of Mexico. The Mexican people, black volcanoes, jungle landscape, torrid climate and a twenty five year old woman who robbed banks in North Africa, inspired him to write. The author fictionalized the stories of his experiences into those of his character Jonathan Owen. Jonathan's adventure begins on the road from his home in Canada and ends on a beach five months later in the exotic village of Bucerias on the Bahia de Banderas, Mexico. Jonathan Owen, Silver Bullet and Bank Robber live through many adventures in the land of bloody bullfights, illegal cockfights, pagan ways and religious festivals. Jonathan tells his young friend many stories of his life and imaginary ones of the people - past and future of Mexico. Together they learn about the brutality of the Aztec and Mayan peoples. Jonathan comes to appreciate the ancient God Quetzalcoatl and the Christian apparition, the Virgin of Guadalupe. They travel together on board Silver Bullet up into the Sierra Madras and jungles where love haunts them. They experience legends, myths and ghosts and the joy of giving to the poor in one of the many desolate places in Mexico - the municipal garbage dump of Puerto Vallarta. In Mexico life is abundant and cheap with death close by as Jonathan and Bank Robber find out. Driving the back roads through farms and jungles they see and smell it every day not knowing how close they are to their own demise. They will eventually and inevitably face death head on and it will change them forever.
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