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Skull Rack

3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Enter the world of Rodrigo de la Peña and Padre Enrique Mendoza--two men of God rewriting the story of the Conquest of Mexico . At the end of his military career, de la Peña, the Spanish Inquisitor-General, has captured Mendoza, a Jesuit historian, to force him to retell history--so that the Conquest will forever be remembered exactly as he commands.
Paperback, 329 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Harbor House (GA)
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Austin Briggs
Overall, it's an excellent effort to fictionalize the true history. My feelings about the book are mixed, and here is why.

On the positive side, the book is truly based on key facts. If you've read Bernal Diaz del Castillo, or the Conquest of Mexico by Hugh Thomas, you'll recognize every single fact mentioned in this book as established truth. The research is precise, and the author enriches it with some side-effects like exact descriptions of hunting in Spain, armaments used in the Italian camp
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Jason Golomb
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.

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Keith
It was OK but a little short on detail. For example you might read, "They went through a swamp." OK, how about telling us about the mud, the water, the animals, the bugs, the plant life, etc.
Mark Blackham
Great read. I've always wondered what the conquistadors went through. It gives the good, the bad, and the ugly about Cortes. This book is very much in the Mitchner genre.
Charles Weinblatt
Powerful novel of hisotircal fiction. Excellent character development, flow and pace. A thrilling read.
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