The saga of Rafael (Rafe) Ortega de Estrada and his extraordinary adventure into a world unknown to him begins. The story has all the muster of a good western including gun fights, murder, and survival. Despite the western settings, the saga's analysis of the political and social changes of the time underpins the story.
The Southwest is undergoing unique and savage change after 300 years of Spanish rule begins its incorporation into the United States. The historical aspects incorporate the history of the United States and Mexico during a time when the Wild West was in full swing. At each twist and turn you will feel transported into the story where history and fiction collide.
After shooting the haciendero who raped his younger sister, a seventeen-year-old Mexican peón is on the run riding the haciendero’s Appaloosa stallion. Heading north, young Rafael Ortega entered into the United States in 1866 to find life on the other side of the border holds new dangers along with the promise of a new life. A gachupín aristocrat, Benicío Zuniga, of an old Spanish New Mexican family, now deposed of his land and wealth, turns to the outlaw life for revenge. He’ll kill anybody in his rage, even his own brother.
This gritty tale is set in the American Southwest as Americans and Mexicans struggle after the Mexican-American War. Americans are flooding this old Spanish territory and the bastions of social status are quickly changing. From the opposite sides of the old Spanish caste system, Rafael and Benicío seek to find new lives in the American Southwest, but only one will survive.
Voted #1 Fiction Book for 2015 by The Latino Author, Corina Martinez Chaudhry.
2018 Finalist Books into Movies Awards conducted by Latino Literacy Now, a 501c3 nonprofit co-founded by Edward James Olmos and Kirk Whisler.
I love Western Historical Fiction and I was fortunate enough to run across "The Young Pistolero Series". I started reading Book 1 and couldn't put the book down. It left me craving for more and more, so in the last month I read all of Mr. Alvarado's Books. Believe me they are all exciting reads and I can't wait for Book 5 !!
Great story! Once I opened it I couldn't put it down. Lots of action that keeps you turning the pages. I have the book for some of my friends and they all call wanting to know when the sequel will be out.
Good bang for the buck. Interesting mixture of characters ie: Mexicans, Texans, Native Americans and Spaniards. Would highly recommend this book.
Very good book! I really enjoyed the fusion of English and Spanish throughout. It has renewed my interest in the history of the Southwest.