Aztec Fire by Gary Jennings

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The Aztec uprising in 1810 left young Juan Martez orphaned in a savage land.  Like many native Aztecs, Juan was sentenced to hang by the Spanish.  But his life is spared when a Spanish gunmaker learns of his skills with gunpowder and buys him to make munitions. Keeping his Aztec heritage low key, Juan becomes the finest gunmaker in the colony--and the best shot.  But both talents are kept secret--if the Spanish knew of his skills, he would surely be killed.  Juan secretly works the Mexican underground, running guns and black powder to guerrilla forces fighting for independence.  Along the way he falls in love with Maria Volza, a fiery revolutionary stirring up the masses, but she rejects him as fallen under the Spanish boot.  But Juan's destiny is to lead the Mexicans against Spanish rule, and when Maria discovers the life Juan has hidden so well, a battle is ignited and the revolution begins.

About Gary Jennings

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GARY JENNINGS was known for the rigorous and intensive research behind his novels, which often included hazardous travel. He passed away in 1999, leaving behind a rich legacy of historical fiction and ideas for new novels. ROBERT GLEASON was Gary Jennings’ editor for a number of years. He lives in New York City. JUNIUS PODRUG is an accomplished writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He lives on Cape Cod.
Published August 19, 2008 by Forge Books. 400 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The late popular adventure novelist Jennings's Aztec series is revived by editor Gleason and writer Podrug in this lengthy, meandering novel. Mexico is under repressive Spanish rule, and rebellion smo

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Never less than spellbinding, this golden tale is third in a series (after Aztec Autumn) and follows the exploits of a mestizo boy (half Aztec, half Spanish) in 16th-century New Spain, struggling for survival against Spanish nobles in league with the Inquisition.

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