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When I went on Amazon's site looking for books about the Rio Grande Valley, I noticed Cardenas' book Balo's War. After seeing some good reviews I ordered it along with a couple of others. Boy, was I pleased! Made it difficult for my husband to sleep next to me 'cause I wanted to stay up reading it. Then I was disappointed when I finished it! It reminded me of stories Mom told me about her father's life and I could 'see' the places Cardenas writes about that I saw as a kid there.
Alfredo, a job well done. You really told it like it was and I enjoyed totally. I am ready for your next book.
Weaving in familiar names, places, idioms and traditions familiar yo the people of San Diego and our area, BALO'S WAR has expertly offered us a glimpse of a significant piece of history too long ignored. The book incorporates historical events I recall my Dad and other old folks in San Diego speaking about, but never took an interest in until it was too late. The fictional characters and storyline flow smoothly and follow closely the facts of the intriguing Plan. Thank you for providing great story and promoting the relevance of sharing an important part of our history.
I finished reading the book this week, and I loved it. Great job!! Congrats!!
Balo’s War is a novel that everyone should read. It provides a realistic view of the feelings and struggles that our people faced during turbulent times.
I just finished reading the book! Once started, anxious to continue reading until the end. The book of course had places, people, and history that related to our interest. Especially those of us from Duval County and South Texas. Maybe you are working on a sequel?? I really enjoyed reading your book!!
Finished reading Balo's War and all I can say is how proud I am of you for writing such an interesting and well written book. Can't wait to have a book signing here in Hebbronville.
Alfredo Cardenas deserves to be commended for the long hours he invested researching material for this fictional account of a violent and sad chapter of near-forgotten South Texas history. His gripping tale is an eye-opener for those of us who live, work and play in this storied border region.
I found "Balo's War" to be very interesting and captivating. It contained strategic colloquial expressions and settings that enriches the imagination with amusing thoughts and settings.
Very interesting historical fiction about south Texas during the early 1900's- explains events, life styles surrounding "plan de San Diego."