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A Lion Against the Wind (Volume 5) Paperback – April 14, 2012
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Peace doesn't last long with the civil wars and revolution that raged Mexico during the time of Pancho Villa. If you haven't read about this period, this book should give you the thirst to find out more. The confusion among the book's characters of who was "good"and who was "bad" is so true to life when people are trying to figure out the politics of the day---whom to trust and which party/faction with which to ally.
Read the book and then pursue the histories. This author has done a lot of research into this era of upheaval. My only complaint is the sudden break at the the end "to be continued" and like a previous reviewer, I wish the author had given us a glimpse into Anita's situation. However that might be part the hook to get the next installment to find out.
Back in his old village of Los Pobres, Ramon settles down. He romances and eventually marries Anita, and they have a son, Sereno. Meanwhile Ramon's old girlfriend, Serafina, has married Pablo, her former suitor. She soon gives birth to a son, Domingo, who in reality was fathered by Ramon. Another son, Teo, follows.
Just as things are beginning to go well for the main characters, the Mexican revolution sweeps through the country and changes everything.
Pablo disappears without a trace and is never heard from again. Anita and Sereno are kidnapped and end up as captives of a general in a remote village. With his family missing, Ramon joins the rebels and goes to war. The story ends with a cliffhanger, so we're not really sure of the fate of the characters.
As with the other volumes in this saga, the sense of time and place is very vivid. Details of their lives, the towns that they live in, and the food that they eat all contribute greatly to making the story come to life.
The plot is compelling and there is enough action, both physical and emotional, to keep the reader involved. The narrative switches back and forth between the protagonists, so there is always something interesting going on. The characters have depth and resonance and their lives extend beyond the confines of the story. I look forward to the next installment in this series to find put what becomes of these characters.
Regardless, this was a good read, particularly since I was not so fond of the 4th book in the series, but that particular volume was perhaps necessary in order to set up the plot for this more engaging installment.
Reid, Nashville, TN
When you truly love something, you will walk against the wind to take good care of it or them, and that is exactly what Ramon did, even after he thought it was too late.
Good reading. I look forward to the continuation.