Arnoldo de Leon
As do the short stories and novels identified with (among others) Rolando Hinojosa-Smith and Américo Paredes, Cárdenas’s tome succeeds in faithfully rendering aspects of Tejano living at the turn of the 20th century—after all, that milieu has shaped him. He portrays characters as strong and self-assured figures who maintain composure and confidence while wrestling against life’s vicissitudes…Cárdenas emerges as a master storyteller gifted with a writer’s touch and a vivid imagination. The novel should sell well to the public at large. At the university level, professors might opt for its adoption in lieu of a scholarly text.
…the story of that ill-fated plan and turbulent times is told in an exciting manner by Cárdenas. This is a fascinating book about a plan of revolution by Tejanos in the early 20th century. Cardenas has taken this controversial event and brought life to it as few have in the past. Historically this book is important, especially to those interested in Texas history and the Tejanos quest for civil rights. As a work of fiction, the book is compelling. Cardenas is a great storyteller and this won’t be his only book.
“A modern fictional account of the Plan de San Diego, just in time for its centennial! The main characters and plot work well to tell the story of the uprising and where it fits into the larger history of South Texas and the border.”
“A fascinating story about events that influenced the development of South Texas.”