Gary Jennings' Aztec Fire

Gary Jennings' Aztec Fire

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765317032
0765317036
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gleason, Robert
Podrug, Junius
Alternative Title: Aztec fire

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vwruleschick
Apr 25, 2011

Took a bit to get into the characters and story, it takes place in the 1800s New Spain (Mexico)... but once it got going it felt like an adventure unseen...sort of like Indiana Jones - but with Juan and Luis on their crazy situations and how they get out them ..mostly. Plus, a little love story between Maria and Juan and what happens while Juan is on the other side the world. Easy read.

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