Skull Rack: A Novel of the Conquest of Mexico

Skull Rack: A Novel of the Conquest of Mexico

by Ron Braithwaite

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ISBN-13: 9781891799778
Publisher: Harbor House
Publication date: 12/28/2007
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ron Braithwaite is the retired Chief of Pathology at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Lafayette, Louisiana. He presently resides on a ranch in South Texas located directly on the Rio Grande, where he enjoys studying the Conquest of Mexico and making exploratory trips southward. He is an avid hunter and fisherman, having traveled across the United States and into Canada, South America, Europe and Africa to pursue wild game. He has hunted doves and elephants and been charged by angry lions and range bulls-and he can hardly wait to go skydiving again.

Skull Rack is his first novel. The story of Rodrigo de la Peña and Enrique Mendoza is to be continued in his sequel Hummingbird God, which will be published by Harbor House in 2008.

What People are Saying About This

Larry Stanton

"Skull Rack is dazzling historical fiction which catches the flavor and character of the incredible defeat and subjugation of 250,000 Aztecs by Hernan Cortes and his 500 Conquistadores. The novel is uniquely and brilliantly told through a dialogue of flashbacks between the Church's Chief Inquisitor, Rodrigo de la Peña, and the priest, Enrique Mendoza, himself an inquisitor but now Rodrigo's prisoner. Immaculately researched and written with clever dialogue, Skull Rack is one of those rare reads which once you start you cannot put down."--(Dr. Larry Stanton, author of Best Stories of Baja and Arriba Baja)

Elizabetta Bucco dIntrodacqua

"The American author shows a quite remarkable grasp of the human characters and of the mores of this troubled period in the history of Europe and of the Catholic Church. Not recommended bedtime reading."--(Elizabetta Bucco d'Introdacqua, Casa San Marcos, Punta Perula, Jalisco, Mexico)

Joe Chapa

"Those who enjoy historical fiction novels of the James Michener genre will love this book. Those who also have an affinity for Mexico will truly savor every precious word in this delectable story."--(Joe Chapa, Vice-President Operations, United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Monterrey, Mexico)

Zachary X. Hruby

"Skull Rack, the first of two novels on the Conquest of Mexico, represents a unique and interesting fictionalization of this key moment in world history. The book twists stereotypical roles to bring new life to some of history's best-known characters. There is just enough historical accuracy and detail to keep specialists interested in the novel, but not too much as to weigh the work down with jargon and particulars to daunt the nonacademic reader."--(Dr. Zachary X. Hruby, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside)

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JGolomb on LibraryThing 18 days ago
Very solid and enjoyable fictional account of the Hernan Cortez' conquest of the Aztecs. "Skull Rack", in combination with its' sequal "Hummingbird God", make for a fun and historically sound telling of a key period in the history of the Americas.Braithwaite's story is strong and the characters are well-drawn. One shouldn't expect Gary Jennings, however if you enjoy this period of history, the books will make for a nice change from the hard core fiction of the era.I look forward to more from Braithwaite.
JGolomb More than 1 year ago
Very solid and enjoyable fictional account of the Hernan Cortez' conquest of the Aztecs. "Skull Rack", in combination with its' sequal "Hummingbird God", make for a fun and historically sound telling of a key period in the history of the Americas. Braithwaite's story is strong and the characters are well-drawn. One shouldn't expect Gary Jennings, however if you enjoy this period of history, the books will make for a nice change from the hard core fiction of the era. I look forward to more from Braithwaite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ron Braithwaite tells the story of the Conquest of Mexico in dynamic, engaging style, but his achievement goes far beyond that. He has brilliantly created vivid characters and intriguing subplots that grab the imagination and invite it to soar. The novel gives the reader an intimate view of the cunning Cortez, subtle portraits of fascinating fictional characters, and a dramatic depiction of two remarkable cultures clashing in ways few could have imagined. An especially interesting element of the novel is a recurring flash-forward to two priests locked in a high-stakes battle of wills over how to portray the period¿s history. I'll have the sequel, Hummingbird God, in hand in a few days.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fast paced, action packed novel that follows a young Rodrigo de la Peña as he confronts the Spanish Inquisition, fights in Italy and joins in Cortes' conquest of Mexico. Skull Rack is a very informative as well as engaging historical novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Artiscially written historical novel. Not the usual hum drum history lesson. Mr. Braithwaite has made history come alive through his characters and taught us a history lesson along the way. Anxiously awaiting the sequel to this most enjoyable novel.