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Posted June 6, 2009
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AMERICA LIBRE BRINGS DESPERATION HOME
Paul Ramos Y Sanchez
Grand Central Publishing
$13.99 - paperback
Reviewer: Annie Slessman
Paul Ramos Y Sanchez has written a powerful book in AMERICA LIBRE. A story that outlines what can happen to law abiding citizens when the state of the economy is such that jobs are few if not non-existent and idleness turns to destruction.
Manolo Suarez just wants to provide for his family and keep them safe in the barrio of Los Angeles, California. After working years as a mechanic for a local auto dealership he has lost his job as so many other have and spends each day trying to feed his family. He takes on a new job with a recycling company and is surprised when he is paid his salary without putting in the hours and effort Manolo expects to contribute. He finds himself in the front office reading disturbing literature about the awakening of a Hispanic movement who believes the government and people of America is targeting their people for failure.
Manolo was born in the U.S. and is a decorated soldier who fought for his country. His beliefs are shaken when children of a neighbor are killed when riots occur in his neighborhood. Indeed the entire Southwestern United States is embroiled in a civil war that tests Manolo and his peaceful beliefs. When Manolo is hired by a Hispanic resistance group as their security officer, he finds he is capable of more violence than he perceived.
The story is a heart-wrenching account of Manolo's struggle with the violence that surrounds him and how he adapts to that struggle. The characters are strong, believable and too often, recognizable in today's society. This book is a good read and will be followed with Manolo's continuing struggle in the sequel, EL NUEVO ALAMO.
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