The first part of an epic CONQUISTADORS trilogy. “BROTHERS AND KINGS,” tells the story of the brothers Pizarro and their conquest of the Inca empire through the eyes of Sardina, one of Francisco’s most loyal and seasoned men. Also detailed are the trials of Manco Inca, who was commanded by the Spanish conquistadors to serve as a king to his people, and who led their eventual revolt.
CONQUISTADORS is a book trilogy that explores the Spanish conquest of the New World from the years of 1527-1542. The genre is Historical Epic, and the storytelling is wide in scope with various characters and events unfolding within spans of years and is told from a truly dualistic point of view, from both perspectives of the Spanish and the Natives.
Each story depicts a different Spanish expedition, but in the end, this is Sardina’s story. We follow Sardina through the jungles of Peru, to the vast Arizona deserts, to the Mississippi River; seeing his transformation from a young idealistic soldier to harden veteran, and later to a self-realized individual.
Thematically, all stories are about the sacred vs. the profane, and each story follows a certain pattern: conquest, obsession, and madness. Other aspects are also explored including religion, (of both the natives and the Spaniards), the realms of power, cruelty, and the angst of those trying to find meaning.
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Dennis Santaniello is the author of the epic screenplay trilogy “Conquistadors”, the WWI novel “Sergei and Hans”, and co-author of the screenplay “The Ottoman”.
Born and raised in New Jersey, so, yeah, he has a bit of an edge to him. It’s not his fault.