The Mexican Rose: House of Cartels Trilogy

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When her husband is brutally murdered in broad daylight, schoolteacher-turned-heroine Rosa Ríos finds herself immersed in the blood soaked world of the Mexican drug cartels and discovers her premonition powers. She and her fly-by-night younger sister, Mercedes, travel across a lush, storied Latin American landscape, from the decaying seaside city of Acapulco to the mystical Mayan pyramids of Tulum and landing knee-deep in the hoopla of the drug-crazed Caribbean resort of Cancún.

Rosa's quest for vengeance leads her to Ponchis, a brash 19 year old assassin whose actions determine the future of La Familia, the most prominent of the cartels. With him is Bruce, the charming American Vietnam-Vet pilot with a nightmarish past. When American and Mexican politics collide with the world of organized crime and corruption is the norm, who can be trusted? Only the humble psychic healer Tamara Castro may know for sure.

The Mexican Rose is the first book in the House Of Cartels Trilogy by author Alex St. Clair. It bluntly depicts the gripping erosion of the Mexican way of life in a way that shocks, intrigues and entertains. The next installment, American Beauty Destroyed, will be an even more in-depth soul-searching voyage for Rosa Ríos and her American romantic counterpart. Due out in January 2013. Show More Show Less

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From photo-journalist to journalist to novelist. One goes through on ideological evolutionary journey to land at your desk, night and day, day and night, to get it right.

I soul-searched for years before venturing onto this controversial theme laced with passion and romanticism. This story is about Rosa Rios, the main protagonist, and the process of changes in Mexican citizens' psyche as a whole as they experience one of the most upheaving decades in memory. The events which are coincidentally concurrent with the chaotic cartel news in Mexico are but a backdrop for the underlying message of addressing the monumental issue of ending the viscious feuding cycle and the beginning a healing of the nation.

Having lived and travelled throughout the country has educated me more than any book guide or video could accomplish. It gave me a true feel for the landscapes I painted across the dystopian canvas with broad brush strokes and wove into the book a fine fabric mosaic of motherhood, sisterhood, brotherhood and brutal cartels and politicians. Class warfare meets an urban fantasyland that is the surreality of Mexico

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Alex St. Clair hails from the Lone Star State of Texas. In Elementary and Junior High Schools he discovered his deep writing skills, landing him in the Writer's Honor Society. Growing up as a targeted teen, he constantly dodged the local gangs called 'pachucos' and left the tough barrios of San Antonio after convincing his parents on a very tight budget to enroll him in a rowdy elitist and tequila-infused college prep school in Guadalajara, Mexico.

He constantly kept a personal journal and continued to hone his literary craft by detailing the turbulent world surrounding him. At the local market one day, he discovered the Huichole Indians of Nayarit and soon he and his bohemian class-mates joined the 'marakame' shamans in their annual pilgrimage to Real De Catorce for the scared peyote ritual. It was a Jack Kerouac moment to be free and on the road. It is at this nexus that he became enlightened to the spirit world....

Alex St. Clair is now semi-retired Ex-Pat, residing in Merida, Yucatan and Cancun, Q.R. When he's not writing, Alex can be found cooking Tex-Mex fusion foods and Mexican cuisine dishes, climbing more Mayan pyramids and swinging in a hammock with a tropical breeze to his back.

His two concurrent writing projects include the second installment to the House Of Cartels Trilogy, American Beauty Destroyed, and La Cocina De Mi Madre E-CookBook, a collection of his memoirs and famous family recipes, both due out in January 2013.

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