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on 29 July 1998
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!
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on 7 May 2014
crafted by the skillfull, master story teller James Carlos Blake.

Several of his novels depict Mexico's turbulence in the 19th century and the beginnings of the 20th century. Al are flawless, in my opinion.
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