Anthony Garcia is author of both historic and award winning historic non fiction and fiction genres, Garcia has been described as an author, "possesses the ability to channel back in time to write original and thought provoking schemes that bring forward and enlighten today's consciousness."
Garcia's recent work is the Young Adult genre "Watili, the Native American Slave Heroine" (www.Watili.com) 2017
The book explores the concepts of personal strength, honesty, and the American mind. When young Watili is kidnapped by Apache slavers, she enters a
world beyond her imaginings, and meets the only man who can take her home: cartographer-map maker Don Bernardo Pacheco y Miera. Setting out on an
adventure, each with their own goals and motivators, Watili, Don B, and their companion, the dashing Cibolero, cross the rolling plains and towering
plateaus of the West. All find themselves facing the truth about the Oneness of Spirituality that binds them in life, and are forced to learn from each other
to adapt in a quickly changing world. Secrets are revealed, truths unveiled, and strife arises as this trio of travelers makes their way not only across the
geography of the land, but also the geography of their own private beliefs and viewpoints.
His previous books include USA Book News Gold winning Non Fiction, "The Portal of Light" (www.ThePortalLight.com) 2014
A factual write of the historic cryptic Jews (Ladinos) of the American Southwest shared via a hidden play revealing the cryptic community from southern
Colorado and New Mexico. The genuine history and never before shared knowledge of the cryptic Judaic community are finally shared in this writing.
Garcia brings forward the cryptic history and philosophy of the Ladino community is the 2017 novel, "Shared Lives, Twin Sun"
(www.SharedLivesTwinSun.com) This Silver award winner from USA Book News, shares once the veal of the cryptic life (nonfiction) of the hidden
Judaic community while sharing the wisdom of the ancient Kabbalah mystics in this modern story.
Forthcoming is the booklet, "The Dead Sea Scrolls and the American Southwest", a non fiction write that shares the common bonds between the Quram Essenes of the Dead Sea Scrolls and the similar community of the hidden play writers of the book, The Portal of Light.
Anthony Garcia is founder of Twenty First Century Investments and Benefits, located in Denver, Colorado. A native Coloradoan with family roots in northern New Mexico, he has earned and Masters and Bachelor degrees from the University of Colorado.
“Watili, the Native American Slave Heroine:
This book is valuable in how it details the slave trade among Native American peoples—a topic that will be unfamiliar to many readers.”
– Kirkus Reviews
As a Native American slave returns home, the Spaniards who accompany her learn to better appreciate nature in this historical novel.
In the late 1700s, 14-year-old Watili enjoys a peaceful life with her family in the village of the Parussi band of the Ute tribe (in present-day Colorado). They enjoy what author Garcia (Shared Lives, Twin Sun, 2016, etc.) describes as their “Oneness with Nature.” However, their tranquility is shattered when a band of Apache Indians raids their village in search of people to enslave. Watili and her brother are captured and forced to march more than 700 miles. Upon reaching El Paso, they’re sold into servitude, and Watili begins work as a slave maid for a Spanish family. She dreams of returning to her own loved ones back home, and the opportunity to do so arises when she meets Don Bernardo, a famous Spanish explorer and cartographer. The two agree to work together: Watili will show Bernardo lucrative sources of gold and silver ore near her village if he takes her there and grants her freedom. The two embark on their journey, soon to be joined by a charming cibolero (Spanish buffalo hunter), and the trio find plenty of adventure along the way. This book is valuable in how it details the slave trade among Native American peoples—a topic that will be unfamiliar to many readers. However, because Garcia offers no notes on the novel’s historicity, the reader has little to no sense of what’s fact or fiction. The book’s biggest weakness, though, is its lack of subtlety in its spiritual message. The author is so adamant about advocating “Nature” that his characters to seem more like mouthpieces than real people. For example, here’s the final exchange of the two Spaniards: “ ‘What we have seen was the experience of two Europeans…two outsiders who were given a rare glimpse into the Oneness of God and Nature.’ ‘I am moved by this experience….’ ‘My knowledge of the spiritual realm has awoken.’ ” A subtler approach would have been more likely to engage readers.
A preachy environmental message dominates this tale of the 18th century.
Pub Date: Dec. 15, 2017
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Jornado de Exodo-Journey of Exodus
Review Posted Online: Nov. 20, 2017
WATILI: THE NATIVE AMERICAN SLAVE HEROINE: Author U "Draft to Dream" Finalist Fiction, 2017
Shared Lives, Twin Sun: American BookFest Finalist Spirituality and Multicultural, 2017
The Portal of Light: USA Book News Gold Metal-Multicultural, 2015The Portal of Light, 2017 El Alba Magazine, 2016
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