TO THE REPUBLIC
The Republic Series, Book 1
Genre: Hispanic American Fiction / Political Fiction
Publication Date: October 26, 2020
Number of Pages: 394
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On the eve of passing landmark immigration legislation, the entire Texas Senate and its native Tejano leader, Diego Reyes, vanish suddenly from Austin. When news of the disappearance hits West Texas, cowboy Del Woodward isn’t shocked. He knows exactly where the lawmakers are, but he’s not telling. Woody’s been down on his luck, and a shady bargain he’s made puts him tight in the squeeze of Marcos Cepeda, north Mexico’s ruthless drug lord. And Cepeda’s furious with this new stall in the bill. It’s got a loophole he can exploit to add another quarter million square miles of exclusive turf to his cartel—but that territory goes back up for grabs if leader Reyes can’t pass the bill before the Senate session expires in mere days. The brutal kingpin wants what he’s bought and compels Woody to step up. How the cowboy swings the vote isn’t important to Cepeda, but this sure is: if Woody breathes so much as a word of reluctance, it’ll be his last. The prize is Texas, nothing less. It’s real, and it’s on.
The Republic Series launches from true pages of the Lone Star frontera story into a hauntingly modern arena of trade, trafficking, and tradition on the Rio Grande in To the Republic: BOOK ONE.
An Amazon #1 New Release in History of U.S. Immigration!
An action series in a literary wrapper, THE REPUBLIC SERIES blends today’s headlines with history at America’s vibrant border with Mexico. Untangling the lines that segregate the sector into travel hotspots, cartel plazas, and disparate life zones, the six-novel saga traces a spark that flies into the tinder of everyday living in the region and ignites cultural strife.
From the opener, To the Republic, THE REPUBLIC SERIES rolls on wheels of character interaction. A national economic downturn has strained resources of Texas that flounder already under a staggering influx of migrants. Governor Ben Block takes charge with longhorn confidence, unaware of the threat to economic recovery that lurks in an illicit scheme of his renegade advisor, cowboy Del Woodward. Mulling the rise in anxieties in the region, Block assigns troops to aid federal operations at the Mexican line, but an unexpected crack forms as soldiers with cultural loyalties—Cuco Fonseca, a Dreamer, being one—grapple with assigned duties. To confront a growing statewide meltdown, the Senate convenes in Austin, only to disappear to hash out their high-stakes bill at a secret location. Veteran cable news pundit Warren Kavanagh sees both peril and prospect in the crisis and hits the road to bring the legislators and their leader, Tejano-blooded Lieutenant Governor Diego Reyes, to public account. The law being drafted by the Senate already bears the scent of Tamaulipas drug lord Marcos Cepeda, whose cartel corrupts all it touches at the international border.
As the web of the story’s characters tightens, the worst-case scenario becomes clear: if the mysterious bill succeeds, it will deal a blow of unimagined impact. No Lone Star resident, from the highest elected official to the least visible citizen—like Carmina Esquivel, whose path from the Jalisco highlands has led her to the shadows of Central Texas—would escape its impact.
To the Republic speaks to why relations function as they do among the modern kin of North America’s earliest immigrants. The saga holds a mirror to the centuries-old truth: what comes to pass in Texas heralds the destiny of a continent.
Bruce Clavey of Round Rock, Texas writes with a passion for exploring the Latin heritage tucked in cultural corners throughout Texas, Mexico, and Central America. In 2017, Clavey’s research into perspectives on state history led to his onsite rediscovery of the Mexico City dungeon where the colonial “Father of Texas” was imprisoned, documented in his book “The Inquisition of Stephen F. Austin.” His interest to illuminate compelling historic junctures brought the creation of several feature dramatizations for state museum in-exhibit performance. Clavey’s release of Book One of “To the Republic” in 2020 begins the journey of Texas and Mexican characters who confront the pressure points at today’s vibrant river border, a land that has functioned for centuries as both international gateway and barrier.
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