Updated: Jan 12
Who Is Gordon Tilson?
Gordon Tilson is an important character in the novel The Missing American, which will be released on January 14, 2020.
The Missing American (Coming Jan 14, 2020)
Gordon Tilson grew up in Washington, DC. In his early 20s he joined the Peace Corps, a government program established through an executive order issued by issued by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961. Its official mission is to provide social and economic development abroad through technical assistance, while promoting mutual understanding between Americans and populations served.
For his service, Gordon went to Ghana, which was the first country in the world to receive Peace Corps workers. While in Ghana, Gordon fell in love with Regina, a Ghanaian woman. They married and after returning to the United States, had their first and only child, Derek.
The couple’s married bliss ended in tragedy when Regina fell victim to ovarian cancer, leaving Gordon a devastated widower. In the fourteen years that followed, he was a lonely man, but things changed one day when a Ghanaian widow reached out to Gordon on Facebook, thus beginning his second love affair with a Ghanaian woman. Feelings became so intense that G0rdon decided he wanted to meet Regina. He flew from DC to Accra
His eagerness to finally see her in person was crushed when she did not show up to the airport to meet her. Neither could Gordon subsequently by phone. Weeks later, he went missing, leaving a tantalizing trail of the places he had visited and left his mark, so to speak. And then the trail abruptly ended.
On the night of April 3rd, something bizarre happened on the Adome Bridge, Ghana’s equivalent to the Golden Gate. The question is, what? and what did it have to do with Gordon, if anything?