I’ve always thought that truth is stranger than fiction because fiction has to make sense and truth doesn’t. While the United States was embroiled in our Civil War in the 1860s, France and several other European states invaded Mexico, drove out President Juarez, and set upan Austrian named Maxililian as the Emperor of Mexico. There wasn’t much we could do about it at the time, but the Secretary of State William Seward very much wanted to prop up Juarez and undermine the French. This amazing situation is the basis for Flanagan and the Crown of Mexico, which I have just released as a Kindle Ebook.
Flanagan is an Irish American with a talent for both blarney and trouble. Seward sends him south as a diplomat/spy to both Juarez and Maximilian. Regarded with suspicion by both sides, the reluctant Flanagan soon finds himself the target of the French, palace plotters, feuding generals, Mexican factions, and three beautiful but dangerous women. He is dragged into bloody battles, accused of a crime he didn’t commit, thrown in a dungeon, and threatened with a firing squad. All in a day’s work for our reluctant hero.
The Mexicans had a soft spot for the Irish ever since a bunch of Irish deserters formed the St Patrick’s Battalion and fought for the Mexicans during the Mexican War with the United States. In fact, there is a monument to them in Mexico City, so the possibility of Seward sending someone like Flanagan as a diplomat/spy to influence Juarez is not so far fetched.
Anyway, there’s a lot more to the story, and it’s all based on fact as Flanagan meets some of the historical figures of the time and tries to come through it in one piece. Flanagan and the Crown of Mexico is available on Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Flanagan-Crown-Mexico-ebook/dp/B00BZAUY2S/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1366899631&sr=8-2&keywords=flanagan+and+the+crown