Cantuta: Inca

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Author House, May 1, 2012 - History - 248 pages
Cantuta, the national flower of Peru, is about the Inca Empire torn apart by civil war and foreign invaders while an Inca Prince fights to regain his kingdom. The unexpected death of the reigning king paves the way for a conflict between two brothers that divides the empire in two. Atahualpa rules the northern parts of the Empire and Huascar assumes the position of the King of Cuzco, the southern region of the Inca Empire. Atahualpa; however, believes that he alone should rule the land and that will only happen if Cuzco is his and Huascar is no longer in power. Atahualpa's attack takes Cuzco by surprise, thus giving him a huge advantage over Huascar. Huascar is caught but his younger brother, Manco, who is also the crown prince of Cuzco, escapes along with his sister, Vira. Manco discovers that Atahualpa formed an alliance with the invading Spanish conquistadors, or White Strangers. The Spaniards; however, are only using Atahualpa in order to conquer the Inca Empire. Atahualpa later pays for this betrayal when the Spaniards reveal their true purpose. With the White Strangers trying to control his people and his kingdom, Manco takes a stand against his new enemies to recover the land that rightfully belongs to the Inca and should be ruled by the rightful Inca King. Amidst treachery and violence, the Inca, the Pizarro brothers, their women, and the church try to press their agendas while the people of Peru struggle to survive.

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About the author (2012)

Sheila LeBlanc is the only daughter of Helen and Sean McGlynn. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1964, she graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1982 and went on to study at Louisiana State University (LSU) and the University of Heidelberg where she earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in Cultural Geography. She studied and lived in Bonn and Heidelberg, Germany; Innsbruck, Austria; and Dungloe, Ireland. She lived in Englewood, Florida on Manasota Key where she collected fossil shark teeth on her favorite beach on Earth. She also lived for many years in Lakeland, Florida and now resides in Lafayette, Louisiana with her husband, Jeff, and daughter, Ryan Nicole. Sheila currently works for John Chance Land Surveys, Inc. (a Fugro Company) where she handles routine regulatory work for clients in the oil and gas industry. She admits that her favorite character of Cantuta is Atahualpa and hopes that her readers will add Cantuta to their list of stories which exemplify the sad and ancient dilemma of man's inhumanity to man.

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