Robert J. Alvarado

YOUNG PISTOLERO, Young Pistolero Series Book 1, was voted #1 Fiction Book for 2015; The Latino Author by Corina Martinez Chaudhry. The following are their reviews of the Young Pistolero Series:

Young Pistolero is a great fiction story that incorporates both history and a great story plot of a young man whose life spirals after avenging the rape of his younger sister. It has all the muster of a good western including gun fights, murder, and survival. The author does a fantastic job of incorporating the history of the United States and Mexico during a time when the Wild West was in full swing and struggles occurred on both sides of the border. The descriptions of history add much to the story and make the life of Rafael, the protagonist, really interesting.
Mr. Alvarado weaves a plausible plot and his setting descriptions and actions are right on. His graphic scenarios of land and territories make you feel as if you are right there alongside the rider as he heads through some rough terrain. His characters were exactly what you might expect of people living in the ‘rough’ west trying to survive the elements and mayhem of that time.
Both the villains and the heroes are given great angles and timing within the story. In addition, the writer incorporates Spanish words, which allows the reader to identify with the characters; however, he brilliantly illustrates the meaning after each and every word so non-Spanish speaking readers don’t miss a beat.
The book is filled with so much action that you can’t put the book down. The author manages to bring the reader into the story with action built into every chapter that you can’t escape feeling anxious wondering as to what will happen next.
Did the author achieve his goal of weaving a great story? I would say most definitely! I would say that for a 312 page book, it packed a big punch. The writing and scenes are structured to move the story forward with such accuracy that the story just glides into place.
If you enjoy westerns, then this book is a must. It has all the earmarks of a great western series. If you are looking for a good book to read, then this is one to put on your list this year. An excellent read!

STAR OF THE YOUNG PISTOLERO, Young Pistolero Series Book 2

The author has once again managed to spin a good plot. I started to read the story and immediately it grabbed me – just like the first novel. If this saga doesn’t eventually make it into the big screen one day it would be disappointing. It is that good.
The reader will become involved with each character, good or bad, and this is just simply good writing at its best. The author’s descriptions, dialogue, and conversations are so right on that it will make the reader feel as if they were right there in the midst of all of it.
I just can’t say enough about this novel. I would highly recommend getting the first novel if you can before reading this one because both books are excellent. I recommend it only because the story is so good that you don’t want to miss any of the details; however, the story stands on its own. All I can say to the author is ‘keep them coming.’ You sir, are a great story teller! I am so anticipating the next book – just like Avatar!

DEATH STALKS THE YOUNG PISTOLERO, Young Pistolero Series Book 3, was voted #1 Fiction Book for 2016; The Latino Author by Corina Martinez Chaudhry

In the third book, Death Stalks the Young Pistolero, Rafe has settled in New Mexico and resumes his family life. He is smitten with a young girl by the name of Ana Teresa; however, there is another bachelor who is an aristocrat and is vying for her hand in marriage. In addition, a gunslinger is looking for Rafe. Rafe has murdered the man’s brother. The author writes so skillfully that each book keeps you on the edge trying to figure out what will happen next. You can’t read fast enough to get to the next chapter to see the outcome. I would highly recommend reading all the series. This is just an amazing writer and a really great story overall. Would love to see it on the screen one day.

ELFEGO BACA DESTINED TO SURVIVE:  The author begins with a preface detailing the castration and shooting of two Mexican men by ruthless and rowdy cowboys - an excellent start to grab the reader's attention from the onset!

This is the true story of a brave man named Elfego Baca whose gunfight should have gone down in the history books as one of the greats of all time, even surpassing that of the O.K. Coral fight involving Wyatt Earp, his brothers, and Doc Holiday against the Clanton and McLaury Brothers.

Elfego Baca singlehandedly fought and avoided being shot during this 4,000-bullet gun battle against 80 Texas cowboys using only a small shack for shelter. So why hasn't much been written in the history books about this courageous man who sought to stop the injustice during the late 1880s? If truth be told, it is most likely because he was considered a "Mexican" and his story was not considered important by mainstream America.

The author does a fantastic job of providing the reader with enough historical background of how the state of Texas and New Mexico became part of the United States and also detailing the atmosphere of prejudice and biases against people of color during that time - especially for Mexican and Spanish U.S. citizens. In addition, he does a magnificent job of providing the reader with a chronological history of how the Spaniards conquered the Americas (Cortez and other explorers of that time). This gives insight into Elfego Baca's ancestral lineage to the Vaca/Baca clan and possibly to his bravery and risk taking. In this history book, the author further details some of the Spaniard practices such as the importance of baptismal priests and the corruption that existed within this practice, as well as the bigotries amongst the Spaniard's own society; Penisulares versus Criolles versus Mestizos and how these inequalities possibly carried on over to new generations.

The author's purpose was to provide historical data and light to the life of the man named Elfego Baca and who just happened to be of Mexican and Spanish ancestry. It is a story that should be in history books today, but has been selectively omitted. The book is written in historical sequence; however, the author makes the book exciting and it is easy to read. The author's intent was to provide both a historical perspective, but yet to give insight into this one man's life who was very much a part of American history. The photographs included, also provide the reader with a good perspective on life during the time of Elfego Baca.

The intended audience is both for young adults and adults. The writing style leans more to a formal approach; however, it is sprinkled with so much interesting facts and history that it reads like a novel. If the author was trying to engage the reader to read about persons who contributed to the development of this nation, then he achieved his goal. The theme was about the old west and the bravery of one man and the author did a good job of carrying this throughout the book. The book is very nicely done and I would recommend it to anyone who likes American history and wants to be better informed about the contribution of all people that helped make this nation great.

Reviewed by Corina Martinez Chaudhry, The Latino Author, December 2013,
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