Aztec Revenge

Aztec (Volume 6)

Gary Jennings and Junius Podrug

Forge Books

Juan is a “mestizo,” of mixed Spanish and Indio heritage, sure to be doomed to a short, violent life begging on the streets. But Juan has a special gift for handling horses and an ability to defend himself at a time when a man’s best friends are his horse and his sword. Only El Mestizo, the half-caste son of the conqueror Cortés, knows that the blood of kings flows in the young beggar.

After killing a man for beating a horse, Juan becomes a highwayman and horse thief before disguising himself as a wealthy caballero. He is wined and dined by the richest and most powerful people in the colony—who don’t realize that some of them had once stared down the barrel of Juan’s pistola as he took their gold.

Fighting, conniving, and loving in a colorful era of flashing swords and brave hearts, Juan must use all the tricks he learned as a beggar and a bandit to unlock the secret of his own heritage.


Read an Excerpt

AYYO! ON A horse with a noose around my neck, my hands tied behind my back, and the steed about to be whipped out from under me, I could already feel el diablo’s hot claws gripping my ankles tightly, ready to pull me down after the rope strangled me.
I held my legs tight against each side of the stallion’s flank, a signal that he would recognize as a command not to bolt. He and I had been through a lot together. We knew each other well—or so I hoped.
The coarse rope—tied to a thick branch overhead that had been chosen to bear my weight without


Praise for Aztec Revenge

"Aztec Rage is the most extraordinary historical novel to appear in years. It will leave you dazed, shaken, delighted, and moved."
—Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling author of Tyrannosaur Canyon
Aztec Rage is a major epic, a grand literary canvas of thrills and chills, fire and passion. Even if you think you know Mexico, you will never again look at Mexico the same way. You will look on the Mexican people with new eyes as well, and you will be changed. The final chapter will move you to tears—'I am mejicano!'—will ring in your ears forever.”
—Kathleen O’Neal-Gear and Michael Gear, award-winning, USA Today bestselling authors of People of the Moon

"Big, bold, and Bawdy, Aztec Rage is a rip-snorting swashbuckler…. It's fiction of the grand tradition."  —Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of Liars and Thieves

"This is a book that will change your ideas about Mexican history and the whole history of the Americas. It resonates with original research and vivid drama."
—Thomas Fleming, New York Times bestselling author of Liberty! The American Revolution on Aztec Rage

"Aztec Rage is an extraordinary novel for the accuracy of its history, the vivid voice of its narrator, its sense of drama and joy and its explication of love and hate, told by a picaresque hero who is as fast with a woman as with his sword. Backdrop for action and adventure is the Mexican Revolution sparked by Father Hidalgo's Grito—the cry of revolt that engulfs Mexico and in time South and Central America and squashes the Spanish empire. Amply anchored in world history and always fun, Aztec Rage is a splendid read."  —David Nevin, New York Times bestselling author of Dream West

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Gary Jennings and Junius Podrug

  • 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 outlines 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.





    Available Formats and Book Details

    Aztec Revenge


    Gary Jennings and Junius Podrug



    Forge Books