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November 20, 2014

HARD DRIVE by Mary Todd and Christina Villegas





Mary Todd
Christina Villegas

Hard Drive: A Family's Fight Against Three Countries
(from back of book)
HARD DRIVE: A Families Fight Against Three Countries is the captivating story of Shane's mysterious death and his family's grueling battle against powerful forces that have sought to conceal, destroy, or discredit evidence indicating homicide.  This story, told from the unique perspective of Shane's mother, Mary Todd, recounts the family's painful, arduous and unwavering endeavor to reveal the truth about what happened to Shane Todd in Singapore.

 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 (right)
Christina VillegasMary ToddCHRISTINA VILLEGAS

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan James Publishing (September 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1630473367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1630473365


A young American engineer, Dr. Shane Truman Todd, was found in his Singapore apartment, hung on June 24, 2012.  This happened just a week before his scheduled return to the US.
Shane had more than once expressed his concern about working with a Chinese company, that his life was threatened, but the authorities ruled it a suicide. At first his family didn't know what to think. When they came to Singapore, they realized it wasn't suicide, but murder.
His family discovered later that what they thought was a computer speaker was an external hard drive with thousands of files that came from Shane's computer.  Those files transformed this story from a suicide that was so tragic to an international saga of mystery, deceit, and cover-up, involving not one, but three countries. Though painful and such a tragedy, it was a captivating read.  Not a book just to be read and cast away, but a call for action. Mary Todd and Christina Villegas did just that.  A book of truth and true crime.

 I was given a complimentary copy of HARD DRIVE from the authors, Mary Todd and Christiana  Villegas for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.  

I would give this book 5 STARS.


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