Maya Lord

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This exotic historical novel tells the fact-based story of the first group of Europeans to encounter the Maya civilization in 1511. Those who survive their initial enslavement react to this fantastic new world in radically different ways. Two eventually rise to become major players on opposing sides of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico.

One of the survivors is now considered the father of the first Mestizo children, the ethnic group that makes up the majority of the Mexican ...

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Overview

This exotic historical novel tells the fact-based story of the first group of Europeans to encounter the Maya civilization in 1511. Those who survive their initial enslavement react to this fantastic new world in radically different ways. Two eventually rise to become major players on opposing sides of the Spanish Conquest of Mexico.

One of the survivors is now considered the father of the first Mestizo children, the ethnic group that makes up the majority of the Mexican population. Maya Lord probes the impact of culture clash on adventurers struggling in a tumultuous world unlike anything they could have imagined.

Producer/director Roland Emmerich has purchased the screen rights to Maya Lord.

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Kirkus Reviews
2014-11-19
In this debut historical novel set in the early 1500s, two Spaniards shipwrecked in the New World follow drastically different paths as they gradually become part of the Mayan culture.The novel opens with a group of Spanish explorers adrift in a lifeboat, their ship having foundered on the reefs off the New World. Eventually, their boat finds land in Mexico's Yucatan, where the native Mayans swiftly imprison them. Of the 13 survivors, only the young soldier Gonzalo Guerrero and the Dominican priest Jeronimo Aguilar last very long amid privation and slavery. The characters offer a stark contrast: Gonzalo, the novel's protagonist, is headstrong and resists his imprisonment, while Jeronimo dutifully serves his new masters in the hope that his hard work might set a Christian example and thus convert some of the "heathens." Both escape their initial captors and fall in with another group of Mayans. Gonzalo eventually proves himself a worthy warrior when the group is attacked, and he soon moves up the ranks. He eventually finds himself in a position of some importance and marries Ix Zazil, the daughter of his master, Nachan Caan. Jeronimo remains subservient and is constantly appalled by his captors' un-Christian actions, but he too eventually progresses, becoming a servant to one of the Mayan chiefs. Robbins adeptly presents unusual (and to modern audiences, horrifying) aspects of Mayan culture. A particularly memorable passage involves Gonzalo mutilating his genitals as a sacrifice to the gods—and, more importantly, as an effort to fit in with his fellow soldiers. His storyline is clearly the more engaging of the two; too often, Jeronimo merely does what readers might expect instead of exhibiting more agency. Still, Robbins is an able plotter, and the eventual meeting between Jeronimo and Gonzalo (now tattooed and pierced and looking very much the Mayan) lends some emotional heft to the story.A capable historical novel with an unexpected premise that's likely to engage readers interested in its time period.
Historical Novel Review - Mirella Sichirollo Patzer
This novel is a fascinating study into the ancient Mayan culture. It delves deep into the character of the two men – their different choices and life paths.... The book will hold your interest to the end. A very fascinating read!
Kirkus Reviews
"Emotional heft... A capable historical novel with an unexpected premise that's likely to engage readers... - Kirkus Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781500892562
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/2014
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

John Coe Robbins is a novelist, documentary producer, scriptwriter, narrator and former television reporter whose work has appeared on ABC, NBC, CNN, The Discovery Channel, and A&E.

John's Emmy-nominated documentary Dying To Live has been syndicated by NETA to public television stations across the country. He has received multiple awards from the Associated Press, UPI and RTNDA, and is a recipient of the McCree Award for the Advancement of Justice in Broadcasting.

John holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. in Communications from the University of North Carolina. He and his wife Sarah have traveled widely in the Maya regions of Mexico and currently make their home in Fort Worth, Texas.

You can learn more about John and Maya Lord at www.johncoerobbins.com

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

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    Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers Favorite “Maya Lord&r

    Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers Favorite

    “Maya Lord” by John Coe Robbins is a superbly realistic rendition of historic events in the context of a fictional tale. Robbins imagines the initial contact between Spanish Conquistadors and the native Maya and Aztec peoples. The story records a realistic interplay over a period of many years, beginning in a small lifeboat of shipwreck survivors drifting with ocean currents, and ending with the virtual eradication of native civilizations of Central America. History tells of the ultimate outcome of this contact; Robbins fills in the blanks with daily-life details as they impact both the native people and the Spaniards. When the Spaniards first landed, the Maya and Aztec populations both were thriving advanced civilizations. What went wrong? Why did the Spaniards feel compelled to eradicate these civilizations? What happened – or didn’t happen – to precipitate horrendous atrocities against the Maya and Aztec people, in the guise of introducing them to Christianity?

    I was fascinated and intrigued by this book. To say I “loved” it seems somehow sadistic and xenophobic, so I will simply state that it presented historic events in so compelling a manner that it was difficult to put down the book at bed time. It is not a stretch of the imagination to envision the events related herein as being factual. As is so often the case, there were “good guys” and “bad guys” on both sides. It is truly a crying shame that so many of the good have to die because of the bad. “Maya Lord” will forever rank as one of the all-time best historical fictions it has been my pleasure and honor to read. I strongly recommend this for history buffs, but most especially for those who have been told only that “Cortez conquered the…” local people. There is so much more to the story than what you learned in High School. John Coe Robbins has done a remarkably commendable job of providing the missing details.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    This is a gripping historical novel that details the lives of th

    This is a gripping historical novel that details the lives of the Mayan and their resistance to the Spanish conquistadors by following the lives of two Spanish castaways, Gonzalo and Jeronimo.

    Both men are changed by their experiences and the stories of these changes detail the horrors of both the Mayan religious sacrifices and the brutality of the conquistadors.

    I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2011

    Fascinating Historical Novel

    John Coe Robbins has created a masterpiece of historical fiction, with a unique and rich flavor absent in straight fiction, derived from his meticulous research into the lives of two Spaniards who by the hand of fate, actually lived with the Mayans. His story telling also provides colorful insight into the day-to-day life of the Mayans, as well as the apparent and the real motivations of the Spanish invaders. If you have any interest in this fascinating civilization, MAYA LORD is a must read. And if you don't, this book is still superb entertainment!

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