Few Americans realize how often the United States intervened in Central and South America during the early 1900s. Following the era of the Mexican-American War, the US decided it had to keep a grip on the former colonial states as a matter of security, a matter of pride, and of course, a matter of profit. This novel takes place in Nicaragua following World War I with strains of "Over There" ringing in everyone's ears, when the so-called Banana Wars were raging. An orphan as a child, Robert Chance Frye was a machine gunner stationed in Nicaragua who remained after his enlistment because he had no place to go home to. He joins the revolutionary forces of General Augusto Sandino who are trying to oust the ruling upper class who own the banana fields and thereby, a stranglehold on the country's economy.
It's a dark story, based on a real person's experiences in that time and place. The history lessons are couched in the tale of this young man's struggle to understand this new world and his place in it.
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our April, 2008 issue.
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