It’s the 1920’s, Pancho Villa is gone, and Mexico is settling into a post-revolution form of democratic government. Vatican influence over the psyche of the country remains an enemy and so, power brokers south of the border have written a new constitution to include articles restricting the power of the church over the citizenry and to detach it from Vatican control.
Back in the United States, Protestant evangelism is powerfully representative of the American Way, so the possibilities are a welcome sight to certain people of power interested in keeping the menacing spread of Catholicism throughout North America in check. If only a clandestine Mercenary Force could be dispatched to represent those American interests.
Enter Coloradan, Charlie Coates, who stealthily managed the bloody John D. Rockefeller strikebreaking campaign during the infamous Colorado Coalmining Wars.
The government of Mexico chooses to ignore the atrocities and battles of the early 20th Century Cristero War which claimed over 120,000 lives. It was a long and dirty war selectively forgotten by the official history curriculum. The Vatican Must Go is one surprising account of what might have brought about all-out warfare against government attempts to stamp out Catholic Church control over the soul of Mexico.
This historical fiction novel by D. Grant Fitter joins his first novel, City of Promises, as another solid contribution to the Tales of Old Mexico sub-genre, written in the great tradition of Graham Greene, Gary Jennings, and Clifford Irving.
About the Author
His business career includes long stints of work in Mexico City before yielding to a strong urge to pursue a livelihood in freelance journalism for seventeen years. Meanwhile, Fitter’s Mexico roots continued to call.
The Vatican Must Go is his second novel set in Mexico. His first, City of Promises, which is also available on Amazon, takes place in 1940s Mexico City and Veracruz during the glorious years of Mexico’s Golden Age. He likes to say you can’t know Mexico until you know Veracruz and Mexico City.
Be sure to look for Fitter’s third historical fiction novel to be released late this year. Silvia’s Story is set in the time period after The Vatican Must Go and immediately prior to City of Promises.
D. Grant Fitter lives in Woodbridge, Ontario and whenever possible, in the Colonial Jewel of a town, Taxco, Guerrero.
But wait! That’s the formal stuff. There’s more!
I always knew I had a novel or two inside me, just clawing away, waiting to find a way out. I also knew it had to be about a love affair with the magic that is Mexico and its difficult-to-pin-down culture. It was not until I became an adult education teacher in the Upper Grand District School Board, it happened. Yes, I was also a teacher in Ontario, Canada, among other things, instructing a course in Creative Writing.
It was also where I spent a few years enjoying the most satisfying employment of my lifetime. Most enduring though, was that through conversations with my students, City of Promises came together and the rest, as they say is historical fiction.