by Kermit Lopez


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ISBN-13: 9780595435678
Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/03/2007
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

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For years, Antonio Baca lived the wandering and restless life of a Cibolero, or buffalo hunter, following the great herds that roamed the endless Llano Estacado – the high plains of a region that would one day be New Mexico. After marrying and settling down, Baca has finally found a modicum of peace in the home he built for his growing family.

But Baca witnesses the transformation of Nuevo Mexico from an isolated colonial outpost of the Spanish empire to a province of the newly independent nation of Mexico and, finally, to a land conquered by the avaricious Americanos. Following the United States's seizure of New Mexico, Antonio and his countrymen find themselves treated as foreigners and second-class citizens in their own land.

When his daughter, Elena, is kidnapped by a band of invading Texas Rangers after the American Civil War, Baca desperately tracks them across the llano of New Mexico and into Texas using his skills as a Cibolero. Terrified for his daughter's safety, he plunges into the world of the gringos, and discovers just how much the Americanos have changed his homeland. But as the days pass without any sign of Elena, Baca fears for her life – and his own.

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Cibolero 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kermit Lopez¿ second novel is an unusual western, set in New Mexico and Texas during the somewhat dark period following the Civil War. The plot surrounds a Mexican/New Mexican who just wants to plant and harvest his crops on the land he received in an earlier land grant from Spain. In the latter part of the 1800¿s, America was in a special state of flux, and the only pretty thing about it was the magnificent Western landscape. Texas and New Mexico were not yet states, and much of the area was inhabited by a tense assortment of Mexicans, Indians, and the white soldiers and settlers encroaching on their territory from the east. The title derives from the name for the buffalo hunters who followed the giant herds. Lopez¿ central character had been a cibolero prior to settling down with his family. The central action of the story begins when a renegade bunch of Texas Rangers kidnaps his teenage daughter for most unpleasant purposes, and the cibolero saddles up for a hunt of a different kind. Cibolero easily earns four stars for its well-written storyline and the professional presentation of its product. This is one of those books that actually deserve four-and-a-half stars. The only element I found a little less than stellar was a combination of the heavy-handed proselytizing in the dialogue and the Mexican/Spanish words sprinkled throughout the characters¿ conversations like an old, hokey, Fifties Western movie. I could be just a little biased because I am a Texan, one of the bad guys, but I doubt that the New Mexicans of the period actually spoke with the perfectly fluid diction of many of these characters. I know Mr. Lopez wrote this historically accurate novel to present the New Mexican perspective of history. What I question is that the author seemed to expect me to know more Spanish words than I do, and at times when I least expected it. This resulted in stumbles through a few passages instead of allowing the reader to just blend into the scenery. I got the impression that the author could not quite decide if he wanted to preach to the choir or go for the broader audience. Believe me when I say that I am nitpicking here. Anyone who wants to read a western from an unusual perspective will probably be impressed with Kermit¿s work. Cibolero offers a new twist on the classic Western genre and Kermit Lopez has done his historical homework.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Lopez has succeeded in recreating a long-vanished time, when nomadic buffalo hunters (Ciboleros) roamed the high plains of New Mexico. The story is set against a backdrop of high historical drama, with the land changing rule from New Spain to Mexico and finally to the forced annexation by the US, bringing sweeping changes and violent conflicts. Little is said in mainstream Southwestern history about the Nortenos of New Mexico, who are a people apart, distinguished by a unique culture, close bonds to their land, and in tenacity of resistance to subjugation. This novel employs memorable characters and drama to bring this time and culture to life.