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Five Dances with Death: Dance 1
His daughter lost to slavers, his wife immersed in powerful sorcery and his nation embroiled in Montezuma’s bitter war and under threat of encroaching Spanish invasion, Angry Wasp faces the battle of a lifetime.
In the days before the Conquistadors, Angry Wasp is fighting to keep his family and his small Aztec nation alive.
Slavers have kidnapped his daughter. His wife has turned to powerful sorcery. His people have challenged Montezuma’s dominance and now face extinction. And the Spaniards have begun their march inland.
Now Wasp must rely on his military prowess, wit and even dark magic to regain his family and protect the independence of his nation, as he begins a desperate journey that will forever change the fate of the Aztecs.
action/adventure, ebook, history, fantasy
My name’s Austin Briggs. I’ve spent over 10 years researching the history of the Aztec Empire and the Spanish Conquest with a dream of creating a historical fiction series that would fascinate readers who like a good history-based tale. I even went so far as to experience some of the magical rites of the ancient Mexica myself.
I’ve always been obsessed with learning about other cultures; in addition to my time in the lands that were once occupied by the Aztec peoples, I’ve also lived in Russia, Japan, England, Switzerland, Cambodia, Lithuania, and Uzbekistan.
I’ve been a soldier in the Russian army, an officer in the United Nations, and a global manager of a Fortune 10 company. I’ve been both a local and an outsider, a member of the majority and of a minority, which I feel makes me somewhat able to write from the perspective of multiple characters, all of whom have various levels of status and acceptance in their world.
We’re often told that history is written by the winners. My stories are told from the perspective of those who lost — though they went down fighting.
My fascination with the Aztec Empire during the time of the Spanish Conquest began because I’m intrigued by the idea of a society that is about to lose itself entirely. I wanted to show how difficult and painful — and sometimes strangely inspiring — that process can be.
FIVE DANCES WITH DEATH is a rare and compelling tale conjured from the magical realm of the Aztec Empire. Brilliantly researched, and a page-turner as good as any, Austin Briggs has proved himself to be a worthy master of the writer’s craft. I recommend this book highly, and regard it as a great achievement of historical fiction.
Tahir Shah, Author of The Caliph’s House, etc.
A fresh and welcome change. Fluent, warm, and engaging writing… draws the reader into Wasp’s heart from the moment the story opens.
William Greenleaf, author of The Tartarus Incident, The Pandora Stone and others books.
Swallowing chapter after the chapter, unable to stop. Usually no one would catch me awake in the middle of the night, but this book did!
Zoe Saadia, author of The Cahokian.
From the start, Dance One grabbed me in a way that few books can, filling my mind with Briggs’ exquisite details… Five Dances with Death: Dance One is a masterpiece, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Earl S. Wynn, author of Pink Carbide.
Marc D. Baldwin, PhD, edit911.com
The writing is good and the story is fun… An amazing imagination. This book truly is excellent.