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American Amaranth: Love and world war in the new American century (AMERICAN AMARANTH ANTHOLOGY Book 1) by [Ortiz, J. R.]
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The anthology is a romantic love story set in times of a future war. Not a distant future war, but a "near" future war. The intent of the books was not to predict conflict, but rather to illustrate how significant and powerful "love" can be in people's lives.
Over the last three years, I have spent thousands of hours researching and writing the stories. Throughout the entire time, I have continued to work my busy ophthalmic surgery practice. Even more importantly, I am a husband and father. It has been a time-consuming life.
I believe that the writing is dramatic and impactful. My intent was to make the reader feel the emotions required to understand what "living" is all about. "War" was only a backdrop for the "real" story.
Looking at the world today, however, it seems that my "backdrop" is becoming more "real". Unfortunately, the world seems to be following my script. This is very alarming to say the least. A potential world conflagration seems to be evolving before our very eyes.
Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Russia, China, North Korea, India, Pakistan, Japan, Venezuela, Cuba, Britain, France, Germany, North Africa, and of course, AMERICA, are all significant actors in my books.
The American Amaranth Anthology is "speculative" historical fiction. But every day that passes, the story is becoming more "real". I hope that for the sake of the world, my story remains fiction.

About the Author

Julio Rafael Ortiz was born in Havana, Cuba on October 24, 1959. He emigrated to the United States with his parents in 1961 as a political exile. He was raised in Chicago, Illinois and Miami, Florida. Dr. Ortiz graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1985 with highest honors. He received his ophthalmic surgical training at Emory University Eye Center where he was Chief Resident and at Duke University Eye Center where he was Hornaday Fellow. He was certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology in 1991. Dr. Ortiz has been in private medical practice in Miami for the past twenty-four years. He specializes in cataract, glaucoma, and corneal transplantation surgery. Privately, J.R. Ortiz lives with his lovely wife and four children in Coral Gables, Florida. He is an avid reader of history, economics, sociology, and political science. His interest in freedom was born from his own experiences in the Cuban diaspora and his love for America. Ortiz believes that America and what it has represented to the world since its inception, is now being eroded at home and abroad. Examples abound. The costs of freedom must be understood by all Americans. Dr. Ortiz has spent his entire professional life working to prevent physical blindness. He is now trying to prevent blindness in America, sociologically. The American Amaranth anthology shows that honor, courage, hope, and love are the foundation for freedom in America.

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  • File Size: 5455 KB
  • Print Length: 575 pages
  • Publisher: AMERICAN AMARANTH LLC; 1 edition (March 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Q0W5QO
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J.R. Ortiz takes the reader on a crystal ball ride into 2016 with Admiral Julian Stansfield as this patriot employs carefully acquired knowledge of America's enemies to help the United States meet challenges from across the globe. The current geopolitical climate and the increasing thirst for resources of emerging powers sets the stage for a brief yet violent military conflict that will imperil not only our status in the world but our way of life as well. Ortiz does a thorough and credible job of taking us through Stansfield's development as a naval officer while the Admiral creates his own American dream with his wife Olivia. Stansfield's world is shattered by love lost that is only partially overcome by his devotion to his children, now grown up and in harms way as America fights for her survival. Suspense and awe are mixed with a tear or two as Ortiz takes us with Captain Mark Stansfield as his special operations team attempts to reach their mission objective in the Hunza valley while Michael Stansfield waits tables in Tehran as a cover to his true activities and Captain Julius Stansfield commands a fast attack nuclear boat in the Battle for Taiwan and South China Sea. The action is non-stop with realistic descriptions of battle scenarios only interrupted by the similarly realistic happenings of a loving husband, wife and family. AMARICAN AMARANTH is an interesting, enjoyable, well written novel that reads like history and is a book that is hard to put down.
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American Amaranth is an absolutely captivating read! Ortiz masterfully captures the essence of love and war in this brilliantly crafted story that combines realistic elements of family life, history, geopolitics, and armed global conflict. It is an absolute must for anyone who is interested in understanding where we've been and where we're going geopolitically as a nation! I highly recommend it!
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Based on the overview of this book and recommendations by others, I have put it on my "To Read" list. It sounds very interesting and looking forward to reading it!
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Julian Stansfield is a US Naval officer on a nuclear submarine, his wife Olivia, is a Classic Studies major at Dartmouth. The two share a love most couples only dream about. They have four children, three boys and a girl.

Olivia, being a political exile from Cuba, has an extraordinary love for America. The following is what Olivia inscribed in a large laminated bookmark, to go along with a book she gives to one of her sons for his birthday; it sums up the entire book:

"Love of democracy can be likened to a mother's love for her son. It must be nurtured and protected for all time. Happy birthday, Julius, Love, Mom." With the inscribed bookmark came a single preserved Red Globe Amaranth flower.

Because of Olivia and her family's adversity in Cuba, Julian and their children learn the true meaning of liberty. Their three sons graduate from Annapolis and join the Navy, like their dad, and their daughter becomes a world renowned pianist.

American Amaranth is a novel which begins in the future, 2016. It follows Julian Stansfield in a world war as he is now Director of Naval Intelligence at the Pentagon. He has personal vested interest in the war, because his sons are fighting and his beloved Olivia dies. He makes a promise to bring their boys home safely.

Instead of reading a history book about a war already fought, or in the midst of fighting, American Amaranth is a history book of a future war. We get to experience it through a family's eye. As with any war, it is never a pretty sight.

J.R. Ortiz manages to intertwine the hell of war with the love of his family. It is a well written novel including all the elements of a good story.
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