The Journalist of the Magdalena

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An heir of a family defiantly courts the daughter of a European. She is unconventional, mischievous and called a liberal. Tension builds with the family matriarch. Colombia begins another civil war. Influence secures him a position as a war correspondent. Heroics send him to the frontier where he meets someone new. He returns as America demands a Canal. Inspired by the War of the Thousand Days

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Words: 151,180
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452416212
About A. J. Osorio

Graduation from New York University led to a career in education. An M.A., supported by graduate work (Hofstra), and a doctoral program (CUNY), concluded my formal education. Old books, museums and musty libraries fascinated me. I wanted to bring my findings to life.

I discovered a path to the past through living history. While a 12-year member of the Brigade of the American Revolution (1975-1986), I recreated el Regimiento de la Luisiana, which became a practical basis for writing.

During the American Bicentennial, my group demonstrated from Canada to Florida. As reenactment-commander, I accepted the surrender of British colors at San Augustine. During my tenure, I participated in instructional exercises on the life and times of common Revolutionary War soldiers at the U.S. Military Academy. I received the prestigious Sons of the American Revolution medal. Research on the Bourbon Family’s role in the Americas triggered travels in Latin America, and Europe.

I joined the Kingdom of Spain’s cultural effort to publicize its role during the American Revolution; participated in PBS and; Hollywood films (Sweet Liberty); and worked successfully for the issuance of a Bernardo de Gálvez Stamp.

In Arizona, after horseback riding on the Gila River, where de Gálvez ventured, my ‘sketches’ twisted—nonfiction became historical fiction; then came the Journalist of the Magdalena Series, a saga of a family challenged with political upheavals, a border war, and drug expansion as they pioneer aviation.

Why fiction? “Fiction, when presented with well-defined characters and plots, best pulls another time from dormant dusty pages and drawings.”

Memberships included: Arizona Author’s, Company of Military Historians, Hispanic Society of America, NRA, Romance Writers of America, and Southwest Valley Writers.

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Review by: Jenny Mequia on May 29, 2011 : (no rating)
The tension between Ricardo and his mother was very evident, great story, this should be a movie with Antonio Banderas as Ricardo.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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