Aztec Rage

Aztec (Volume 4)

Gary Jennings; Robert Gleason and Junius Podrug

Forge Books

The fascinating history of Mexico that began in the #1 New York Times bestselling novel Aztec continues . . . .
Don Juan de Zavala was the most skilled fighter in all of New Spain—as gifted with weapons and horses as he was with women. These pleasures were all he desired.
But the magnificent Aztec empire, its grand cities and riches lay broken under the Spanish boot . . . Now valiant men and fearless women rise and battle their brutal overlords.
As a warrior-priest leads an Aztec revolt, across the ocean in Spain courageous people battle Napoleon’s invading armies.
No one, including Juan de Zavala could stay neutral. Especially if a shocking secret from Zavala’s lurid past is exposed—a secret so lethal to the Spanish Crown it threatens their very existence. Zavala will be swept from glittering Mexico City to snake-and-croc infested jungles, to lost Mayan civilizations to the torture chambers of the Inquisition, to beautiful Barcelona and the bloody carnage of Napoleon’s war in Spain, to the bloodiest and most spectacular of New Spain’s (colonial Mexico) revolutions.
Everybody wants Don Juan de Zavala . . and many people want him dead:
Isabella . . . Instinctively wicked, sinfully seductive.
Father Hidalgo . . . Can a man of God take up the sword and lead a people by the hundreds of thousands into a bloody revolution he cannot control?
Raquel . . . Attractive, sensuous, erudite, she challenges Juan with her mind—and her body.
Marina . . . A gorgeous pure-blood Aztec, she knows too well the oppressor’s rape and pillage of her people. 

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Read an Excerpt

Chapter One
Mountains Where the Cougars Lurk, 1541
I watched myself die.
My nightmare took life as invaders emerged from the fog like fantasmas, ghosts in the mist, dark figures on great beasts, menacing as shadow gods risen from Mictlán, the Dark Place. I lay in the brush and trembled, my heart pounding, my throat aching for water, the ground shaking under me as powerful hooves pounded in advance of a thousand human feet. My spear was tipped with an obsidian point, but it would fare poorly against the charge of a warhorse wearing the thick leather guard called a Cortés


Praise for Aztec Rage

"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 beselling 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

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  • Gary Jennings; Robert Gleason 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 ideas 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.
  • Robert Gleason Lee Lawless
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