About the Author
Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, Angel J. Ortiz Jr. graduated from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and served in the Ecuador Navy. While working for the Bechtel Corporation in California, as Engineering Manager, he travelled to South America, Europe, India, and the Orient, and it was during the years he spent in Bilbao and Barcelona that he became interested in Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, also known as El Gran Capitán. The fact that his wife is a direct descendant of this historical figure’s family gave rise to them amassing a wealth of documented information during their stay in Spain and Italy. Equipped with insights into the life of his protagonist, as well as those of other important characters, Ortiz was highly motivated to bring the story of El Gran Capitán to the public. Ortiz currently resides in San Diego, California with his wife.