In recent times, Mexico has been making headlines as our cultures mix and the Latino population grows. We oftentimes hear of rampant political corruption in Mexico and terrible violence due to drug trafficking and the War on Drugs. However, the truth about Mexico remains a mystery to many. In this book, I have incorporated a wealth of personal experience in a suspenseful fIn recent times, Mexico has been making headlines as our cultures mix and the Latino population grows. We oftentimes hear of rampant political corruption in Mexico and terrible violence due to drug trafficking and the War on Drugs. However, the truth about Mexico remains a mystery to many. In this book, I have incorporated a wealth of personal experience in a suspenseful fiction that depicts typical Mexican characters from various walks of life whose paths cross as they attempt, in their own ways, to triumph in life. North of Acapulco, meet Atua, a shaman girl of the Núkul tribe, on whose traditional lifestyle the modern world encroaches. In a nearby town, Bennie, a young man, aspires to quick success by following in the footsteps of Saúl, a drug lab supervisor. But Saúl has had too much of the racket and sees Bennie as a way out. As pressure heats up from the president who has vowed to fight the cartels, the clandestine drug lord demands production…and retaliation, forcing each of the characters to out-maneuver his or her opponents in a deadly game that defies the Núkul gods. But the universe will balance these converging forces, like light and darkness, in the equinox....
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The Equinox Convergence Reviews
Orrantia, Erik “The Equinox Convergence”, Etopia Press, 2011.Lambda Winner Proves He Deserves the PrizeAmos LassenI was very lucky to have been one of the first to read Erik Orrantia’s Lambda Literary Award winning novel Normal Miguel and I said to myself then that this guy is going places. Soon afterwards he beat out some very tough competition to win the “Lammie” for gay fiction. I then read his uncorrected proof of a novel due for publication later this year, “Taxi Roja” and I was totally convinced that we have a new and powerful literary star on the rise.I just received “The Equinox Connection” which moves away from gay fiction and moves a bit into fantasy. This is the story of Atua, a young shaman and a member of the Nukui tribe located not far from Acapulco. Her destiny is to become a “curandera” or a shaman for her tribe and follow her father’s footsteps. Of course, shamanism is at odds with the modern world and technology and Atua has not had an easy time and her past is not completely clean. Bennie, a local boy from Carritza, a small village and he and Atua crossed paths. Bennie wants to be like Saul who runs a lab for a local drug lord and the military has been trying to stop his activity. With Atua representing light and Bennie and Tio Che (the drug lord) representing dark, it is inevitable that the two will come together. The balance between light and dark or the equinox is rapidly approaching and each side wants to survive.I feel compelled to say that this is not the kind of book that I usually read but I love Orrantia’s writing and so I decided to give it a try. I learned a great deal and while I am not sure that this genre will become regular on my reading list, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Orrantia has a way with characters and his prose is beautifully thought out. I think also that this book shows the writer’s diversity and it is not a fluke that he won a major award.I believe that we shall be hearing a great deal more about him and if, by chance, we don’t, he is going to have to answer to me.
The Equinox Convergence is Erik Orrantia’s second book and follows on the heels of his Lambda Literary Award winning novel Normal Miguel. The seasonal equinox – a balance between equal parts of light and darkness – serves as the metaphor for this incredibly gripping mystery suspense thriller that delves into the human capacity for both good and evil and how given certain circumstances and motivations, seemingly decent people can be drawn into the depths of darkness. The fictitious rural Mexican town of Carritza located 120 kilometres north of Acapulco in the Province of Guerrero, and the neighbouring Ejido Mapolombampo the indigenous village of the Núkul Tribe and the Tribe’s adjoining traditional lands are the main settings for this story where worlds collide – that of Mexico’s drug trade and traditional indigenous life.Read the complete review of The Equinox Convergence by Erik Orrantia at Indie Reviews.