Do you have a passion for justice? Do you enjoy white-knuckled adventure, mystery, courtroom drama, true love and belly laughs? If so, then join lawyers Brooks and Bradley in the legal thriller, Maximilian’s Treasure, a dramatization of a real-life experience I had forty years ago.
A grizzled old Choctaw man told my friend and me that he believed that Civil War gold was on his farm in Mississippi. He believed that Maximilian, the Emperor of Mexico, sent gold to support the South’s war effort, and that none other than Jesse James, then a member of the Confederate Cavalry, was in charge of the shipment. The war ended when the gold was near his farm and was hidden there. He asked us to help him look for the treasure. This was too far-fetched to believe, but my friend and I said, “Why not?” We travelled with him to his farm and had a great day listening to his stories while we searched with him. You might think this unusual. It’s not. It’s just another day of law practice in Mississippi, where the unusual and outlandish is an everyday occurrence.
This was one of many stories from over forty years of law practice that I am desperate to tell. I have a passion to write great adventures inspired by these experiences. My best friend and I were young lawyers defending citizens charged with crimes in Mississippi. We attracted a bit of attention because we kept winning cases. Jack was a loyal friend, an intrepid investigator, and a great researcher. Together we regularly accomplished what at first seemed impossible. Jack died twenty years ago; too young; too soon. I miss him. I brought him back to life in my novels, Maximilian’s Treasure and Vampire Defense.
In Maximilian’s Treasure rumors of hidden gold fuel a battle over possession of a Choctaw family farm. Two young lawyers, John Brooks and Jackson Bradley, agree to help the family keep their farm. Early legal success prompts the drive-by murder of the patriarch of the family. The grandson chases the suspects whose bodies are found on the farm, scalped. At the same time, clues to a vast treasure are found on the farm. Jackson, pursued by fortune seekers, adventurers, an exotic beauty and a homicidal maniac follows the clues to a Caribbean reef and then to the Chiapas jungle. John stays behind to defend the grandson and continue the fight for the farm. His efforts are complicated by arson, murder, race riots, and the realization that he lost his one true love. The adventures of John and Jackson rush toward an intertwined triple climax that could shake the world.
I have many great stories to tell, but for decades I lacked the proper motivation to write. Every book and every movie used to have a purpose, a “moral to the story.” I feel that we have lost that purpose with some of today’s entertainment. I am motivated to bring back the moral to the story. That is why I write. Maximilian’s Treasure is packed with hidden treasures to be discovered.
So, if you love mystery, adventure, romance, justice, belly laughs and hidden treasures, it’s all waiting for you in Maximilian’s Treasure. You’ve got to read it!
James D. Bell
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