ARMED SURVIVOR by Christine Gonzales, Ed.D.
An honorable citizen, a disturbed criminal, and a lifelong addiction to violence, control, and sexual abuse were on the agenda. ARMED SURVIVOR is the true account of two lives on a horrific collision course. The story is filled with twists and turns, intrigue, and suspense.
Violence against women has reached epic proportions in the United States. In this case, a veteran school counselor and single woman appeared to take all the right precautions to live alone "safely." Smart, aware, and responsible, this independent lady possesses the survivor's instinct, but did she have what it would take to battle this demon?
Unbeknownst to her, this stalker watched from a distance. He tracked her every move, day and night, for several months. Lurking in the dark, this predator, a Cuban national, planned his attack. Had he done this before? Was he seeking asylum and sanctuary in the United States to avoid jail time in Cuba for rape or murder charges? It will become apparent that this convicted felon and pathological liar did not fear extradition, our legal system, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, or the Department of Homeland Security. Had he found refuge and protection in "sanctuary cities"?
Follow these two lives to understand how this freak encounter between two strangers occurred; then, learn how to protect yourself from such attacks.
About The Author: Christine Hand-Gonzales, Ed.D., has spent the last 25 plus years as a professional college planning counselor. Her work with high school juniors and seniors focused on career exploration and college counseling. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence University where she received a B.A. in Art Education and Economics, earned a Master's in Counseling Education from the University of Bridgeport, and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. Visit her college planning blog and website, http://www.college-
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"I will never forget reading about this woman's experience. Dr. Gonzales was able to put me in the room with her and the demon, and I could almost feel the terror and the fear in the woman's words as she questioned if this was how she would die. To say that I respect this individual for her courage and perseverance would be an understatement. She is a hero and her story is a testimony to gun safety and will educate many others as to maintaining a personal safety plan. If you have never held a gun, buy one and take a gun safety course. If you own a gun, follow the author's practice." – Lee A. Tindal, Summary Court Judge, South Carolina
"As a survivor of domestic abuse and subsequent PTSD, I can attest that the author's advice is well-founded and essential for living in a world that is increasingly uncertain and unsafe. Unfortunately, people – especially women – can no longer go about their lives with reasonable assurance that no one would want to do them harm. Today, education, vigilance, and preparedness are key to survival. I am grateful that Dr. Gonzales had the courage to explore this woman's ordeal in order to write Armed Survivor, and I am very thankful the woman safely survived such a horrific experience."
"What a terrifying, horrific experience! The woman's bravery and mental control is to be commended. Her level-headedness is the key that allowed her to save her life. We are always told to remain calm in a life-threatening situation. That is almost impossible when the situation is as unpredictable and startling as the one described in this book. This woman has shown us that not allowing the perpetrator to feel the fear she was living, and to remain in control of her actions and responses, are necessary elements needed at all times when life-altering events occur. Fear is paralyzing! Had this woman responded in that manner and lost control she undoubtedly would not be here to give us an account of how she survived … we are grateful!" – Eleanor Taylor Adam, Consultant, Georgia
"The author addresses a wide range of topics from women and guns, stalking, coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and home and self-defense suggestions. She then goes on to tackle bigger issues such as immigration and border control enforcement leading to a needed discussion on the Department of Homeland Security's role in detaining criminals. It's a timely read in this day and age of terrorism." – LePret Williams, Consultant, Alabama
"Survival is the name of the game. This story was riveting and should be read by men and women – a gift from the heart. The woman is a clever, brave, and an intuitive lady! I am lucky to know this courageous individual whom I consider a warrior. The author of Armed Survivor addresses serious topics and raises important questions. I will be sure to recommend this read to my friends and family!" – Dr. Teresa Wilburn, Professor, Author, Radio Talk Show Host, Counselor, Consultant, Georgia
by Christine Hand-Gonzales, Ed.D.
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