Aztec by Gary Jennings

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Aztec is the extraordinary story of the last and greatest native civilization of North America. Told in the words of one of the most robust and memorable characters in modern fiction, Mixtli-Dark Cloud, Aztec reveals the very depths of Aztec civilization from the peak and feather-banner splendor of the Aztec Capital of Tenochtitlan to the arrival of Hernán Cortás and his conquistadores, and their destruction of the Aztec empire. The story of Mixtli is the story of the Aztecs themselves---a compelling, epic tale of heroic dignity and a colossal civilization's rise and fall.
 

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Gary Jennings was known for the rigorous and intensive research behind his books, which often included hazardous travel—exploring every corner of Mexico for his Aztec novels, retracing the numerous wanderings of Marco Polo for The Journeyers, joining nine different circuses for Spangle, and roaming the Balkans for Raptor. Born in Buena Vista, Virginia in 1928, Jennings passed away in 1999 in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, leaving behind a rich legacy of historical fiction and outlines for new novels.
 
Published October 1, 1980 by Atheneum. 754 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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His sister Tzitzi, his first sex partner, is mutilated and caged in a menagerie by a prince (Dark Cloud will avenge her via a mad beauty who uses the skeletons of her lovers for armatures for their statues).

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he’s already torn off across the sea to sign up for action in the Napoleonic Wars, but not before having a minor epiphany or two: “Immersion in the ancient indio culture was slowly transforming me.” Creaky plot points and sneering villains notwithstanding, though, this franchised novel (“Gary Jen...

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Juan toils for the Spanish while secretly supplying the rebels with guns and ammo until he eventually escapes with his rebel propagandist love, Maria.

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Gleason and Podrug continue the late Jennings's Aztec series with this fast-paced, absorbing fourth volume, featuring Spanish-born Don Juan de Zavala, who comes of age in colonial Mexico in 1808.

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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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Don Juan must flee to Spain, where against his better selfish judgment he helps win freedom for the peninsula from Napoleon’s armies, all the while taking two or three putas a night as well as servicing the historical Doña Marina, who fought alongside the valiant Hidalgo for freedom in the colony...

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El Mestizo, Cortez’s son, tells Juan that he is protected from capture because of his divine mission to “avenge a wrong” – a mysterious familial wrong creates the plot for most of the book.

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