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Aztec Autumn by Gary Jennings

Aztec Autumn

by Gary Jennings

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I read the first one in this series a few years back, and enjoyed it enough to pick up the sequels. So – I knew what I was getting into, with this book. But – boy, are these trashy!
However, they’re not non-stop trashy. There’s also a lot of historical detail in them – but, I wouldn’t actually *trust* any particular detail in any of these to be historically accurate without looking it up and verifying it in a couple of other sources first.

This book tells the story of Tenamaxtli, the son of the narrator of the previous book, whom he never knew. In a graphic opening scene, Tenamaxtli views his father being burned to death by the Spaniards, for heresy, and develops a desire for revenge which will determine the course of his entire life.

In the book, Tenamaxtli is the man responsible for organizing the Mixtón War (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixtón_War). In reality, I don’t believe any one leader was responsible for the various local peoples’ resisting invasion, slaughter and enslavement – but it makes for a decent story. There are some slow bits… but the detailed historical parts are interspersed with fairly frequent (and often completely ridiculous) sleazy, sleazy sex scenes. Not that I’m complaining…
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
A bit of a letdown after the first one. The protagonist of the first book was likeable and engaging for the most part, and had a wide range of emotions, from lust, to love, to loyalty, to murderous rage. This guy just walked about with a chip on his shoulder for most of the novel.
But the island of the pearl divers was worth three stars alone. ( )
  weikelm | Jun 2, 2011 |
seamless transition and continuation of aztec. ( )
  Nicolee1979 | Jan 8, 2008 |
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Historical novelist Gary Jennings returns to the time and place of his international bestseller Aztec one generation after the conquistadors have all but destroyed the culture. The once-shining capital city of Tenochtitlan has been renamed Mexico City. Eighteen-year-old Tenamaxtli, the novel's hero, has traveled with his mother from the northern region, where they have been kept abreast of the progress of the malignant, marauding, disease-bearing Spanish. In the course of witnessing the execution of an old Aztec, Tenamaxtli's mother reveals that the victim is, in fact, her son's father. Everything is in place for vengeance, and over the novel's next several years, Tenamaxtli organizes an ill-fated insurrection, enjoying many sexual adventures along the way.

Told plainly and at some remove, Jennings has reserved the fancier footwork for an excursion into Aztec culture, creating a detailed tapestry of a struggling, vanquished race. Readers familiar with Mexican history will welcome the rich details of this vengeance drama; those new to it will be impressed by Jennings's exhaustive research.

The narrative reads like a journal, its language meant to evoke some generic past. Perhaps this is a distancing device, allowing readers to focus on the rich weave of cultural and historic elements rather than the carnage, cruelty, and genocide that characterize this unhappy piece of Mexican history.

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Aztec Autumn takes us to a time one generation after the Conquest, when the magnificent Aztec empire has fallen beneath the brutal heel of the invading Spaniards. But one proud young Aztec, Tenamaxtli, refuses to bow to the foreign conquerors - and secretly begins to recruit, from among the struggling survivors of the Conquest, an army of insurrection. On his courageous quest he finds high adventure, passionate women, unlikely allies, bright hope, and bitter tragedy. Driven by his dream of restoring the lost glory of the Aztec empire, he will come to threaten the seemingly invincible power of mighty Spain. Until now, Tenamaxtil's rebellion has been little remembered, perhaps because it shed no glory on the men who would write the history books, but on its outcome depended the future of all North America. Aztec Autumn re-creates this forgotten chapter of history in all its splendor.… (more)

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