REMEMBER VERA CRUZ by Frank Knight

REMEMBER VERA CRUZ

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Only Cinerama could do justice to this super-saturated adventure with a cast of thousands from rebellious Negroes in Africa to superstitious Aztecs in Mexico. Young Roger Byfield leaves England a timorous lad, sent by his father as page to his adventuring brother, Martin, on John Hawkins' expedition. He returns some years later, independent and confident. In between, he has seen his brother killed by Negroes resisting slavery; been held hostage and then imprisoned by the Spanish in Mexico; lived in a luxurious Mexican household; almost been served up, alive, to the Aztec gods; hacked his way through the jungle to the sea; spent five days without food in a swamped boat; helped Francis Drake capture a Spanish treasure ship -- and lots more. Though each adventure is credible by itself, the sequence is highly contrived, and the sum is staggering. Roger's father believes ""IT MADE A MAN OF HIM:"" it reduced us to shreds, but kids may stand up better.

Pub Date: Oct. 8th, 1966
Publisher: Dial