This story is set in a period of time, & in a country, that encouraged & nurtured the worst instincts of violent & cruel men. The heroes of the piece, Villa & Fierro, are classic examples of men who have fame thrust upon them by their willingness & enjoyment in giving in to their basest desires. They, & almost everyone of their "compadres", & indeed their enemies for that matter, are united by a sort of blind, compulsive blood-lust. Fierro even goes so far as to explain to the reader his feelings of regret & disappointment, with the thought that, following Villa's victory in the taking of Mexico City, their continued life of brutality could be put in jeopardy by a possible premature end to the revolution. Fortunately for Fierro, the violence continues & with it his own outrageous excesses. As jolting & sickening as some of the scenes are, the author tells the tale with great dash & a pacy, immediate style that someho! w goes hand in hand with the tumultous & disorganized progress of the revolution. It's a rousing, rollicking read. The characters, are drawn with feeling &, like them, or loathe them, you certainly want to know what will become of them. No prizes for guessing that most of them come to a richly deserved sticky end. I liked it!