Author: Lawrence R. Spencer
The Mexican Chubasco is an epic novel about the Mexican Revolution as seen through the eyes of Ruben Valderano, the middle son of a wealthy Sonora landowner. A clash with his older brother leads to schooling in Spain and France. After returning to Mexico, Ruben becomes a military leader and a key ally of Alvaro Obregon, Mexico's future president. Ruben becomes a military observer during WWI and has romantic liaisons with several women in Europe, eventually marrying and divorcing. He returns to Mexico with his young son and helps Obregon become president, and is at his side when the president elect is assassinated. Later he is shot by would be killers and leaves Mexico and relocates to the U.S. He becomes an international authority and successful writer on modern warfare, and through his American wife befriends Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt. He returns to Mexico in 1936 at the request of President Lazaro Cardenas and meets Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Through Ruben's experiences the reader enjoys a rich world of events, fascinating characters and important insights into critical events in Mexico, Europe and the U.S. It is a whirlwind of adventure, drama and romance that is not to be missed.