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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Excerpt and Synopsis from my Upcoming Novel "Deus ex Mexicana"

Synopsis

How do you build a country when all you have to guide you is an unfinished manifesto and the wisdom of your ancestors? This is the question that Ce Tepuzmachiyopilcac must answer after he is chosen as the leader of the people of Cemanahuac, a confederation of indigenous nations formed after an uprising in what was once known as the American continent. Ce's people are finally free after over five hundred years, but new enemies have sprung up all over the world and even within the very borders of Cemanahuac itself. The future of his country is in Ce's hands as he learns a very important lesson: the revolution was the easy part.



Excerpt 



Ce was handed a golden chalice by the Elder. It had been carved with a design of two birds, the mighty eagle of the North and the condor of the South, the emblem of the new nation.
“When you indulge in that luxurious chocolate elixir and then proceed to sit on your extravagant throne, beware! Don’t be fooled. It will seem like the most comfortable chair in the world at first, but it is really a seat of pain. You were chosen by the people because they thought you would be strong enough to endure struggle throughout your reign.” The Elder declared.
Ce drank deeply from the golden chalice, taking care not to spill a drop of the frothy chocolate drink. It was sweet at first, but the aftertaste was bitter. Then Ce felt a burning sensation in his mouth, because it just wouldn’t be complete without added chili powder. Every ingredient had been a metaphor, of course. Ce had to be careful not to let the childish thrill of being huey tlatoani consume him, just like he couldn’t expect the chocolate drink to be sugary and sweet throughout. He could become corrupted with his power, and his subjects could end up feeling bitter towards him. Even though the Land of the Eagle and Condor had survived many hardships, it still had many dangerous and powerful enemies all over the world, but mostly in Europa. 


Anticipated release date: sometime in February

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