This is a cautionary tale of ethnic unrest leading to revolution within our borders. As I
read this story, I was thinking to myself that this simply could not happen in our country...the
quarantine and relocation of a whole ethnic group. And then I remembered the Japanese Americans
that were relocated to camps during World War II, all their homes and belongings taken over by
the government. So, maybe if the conditions were right, it could happen to these Latinos after
years of anti-immigrant reaction.
This is an intense novel of the near future, filled with violence, tension, and fear, after
the death of an innocent Latina in Texas triggers riots that spread over the country. A group
of Hispanics organize a group called La Defensa del Pueblo to marshal the Hispanic Americans and
immigrants into a coalition bent on forming their own independent government and reclaiming the
parts of the United States that were originally taken from the Hispanics.
Populated with unforgettable characters, this book will haunt me for a long time to come.
The ex-army Ranger, Manolo Suarez, his wife, Rosa, and their two children; Josefina Herrera,
the wealthy blonde Latina whose scrap recycling business fronts the organization, and many other
memorable characters vow to obtain justice for their people, through violence if necessary. Mano,
a staunch American Patriot, has difficulty accepting the role they want him to play as a military
leader for the insurgents, until tragedy strikes his family.
This award winning first novel by Raul Ramos Y Sanchez tells the story of ethnic unrest from
the perspective of the Hispanic community, and it should be read by every American. An intense
novel of action, reaction, and consequence that presents many questions without answers. A
sneak peak at the sequel, El Nuevo Alamo, is in the back of the book, along with a
reading group guide.