Aztec Blood (Aztec, Book 3) by Gary Jennings

By Gary Jennings

During this colourful and fascinating period of swords and cloaks, upheaval and revolution, a tender beggar boy, in whose blood runs that of either Spanish and Aztec royalty needs to declare his birthright. From the torrid streets of the town of the useless alongside the Veracruz Coast to the ageless glory of Seville in outdated Spain, Cristo the Bastardo connives fights, and loves as he seeks the truth—without realizing that he'll be the founding father of a proud new people.

As we stick to the loves and adventures of Cristo and adventure the colourful attractiveness and barbarism of the period, a vanished tradition is introduced again to existence in all its beauty.

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Some men were so tired they fell asleep while guarding the fort. NARRATOR 1: After twelve long days and nights, the attacks stopped. ENRIQUE: Mother, it’s so quiet. Maybe the fighting is done. NARRATOR 1: Suddenly, a terrible noise exploded into the darkness. SOUND: [guns and cannons] ANITA: Gregorio, wake up. Santa Anna’s soldiers have jumped the wall! NARRATOR 2: Santa Anna’s soldiers tore through the fort. They fired everywhere. They threw open the door to the chapel. Enrique felt sick. He wondered if he was about to die.

Supplies were running low. The Texas soldiers were almost out of ammunition. Everyone was hungry and thirsty. Some men were so tired they fell asleep while guarding the fort. NARRATOR 1: After twelve long days and nights, the attacks stopped. ENRIQUE: Mother, it’s so quiet. Maybe the fighting is done. NARRATOR 1: Suddenly, a terrible noise exploded into the darkness. SOUND: [guns and cannons] ANITA: Gregorio, wake up. Santa Anna’s soldiers have jumped the wall! NARRATOR 2: Santa Anna’s soldiers tore through the fort.

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