SOURCE: Author Steve Fenton

Author Steve Fenton

July 30, 2012 15:17 ET

'Broken Treaty' Recounts Real-Life Rescue of Kidnapped Boy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 30, 2012) - In his new book, "Broken Treaty" (, Steve Fenton recounts the frustrating lack of governmental help -- and the dramatic rescue that ensued -- after his son was abducted and taken to Mexico.

In 1991, Fenton and his wife, Silvia, separated. Despite that, he allowed her to take their son, Stephen, 6, on a two-week trip to her native Mexico in December 1992. Three weeks later, he learned Silvia had enrolled their son in a school there, quit her job in California and had no plans of coming back.

"I know a lot of mothers down here who have done this same thing with no problems," she told him over the phone.

After vainly working with U.S. and Mexican government officials under terms of The Hague Convention Treaty, which prescribes the return of abducted children taken to partner nations, Fenton took matters into his own hands in 1994.

He grew his hair and a beard and donned a disguise, then joined a hired pilot and other team members to recover his son from a school bus in southeastern Mexico. Miraculously, the group flew undetected through Mexican airspace and landed safely with young Stephen in Texas.

"I couldn't put the book down. I had to keep turning those pages until almost sunrise. My heart turned to a knot at the recount of the rescue," writes Amazon reviewer and former child recovery expert Gloria Nyberg.

In the aftermath of the rescue, Fenton details the lessons learned, the victories and pitfalls as his ex-wife returns to face charges and he struggles to help his conflicted child grow into a well-adjusted man.

About Steve Fenton

Steve Fenton is a specialty building contractor. After his estranged wife spirited their son, an American, away to Xalapa, Mexico, the father decided he had to take action. With little more than lip service from the U.S. and Mexican governments after a year and a half, the determined father went on a clandestine recovery mission across the border. What ensued were life-changing events that have defined the lives of father and son. His book was written with some technical assistance from Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the pilot who would later become a national hero after safely landing U.S. Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River. 

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