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I'm Antonio Grimaldi, author of
Teoxi, Mayan Prince: I. The End of Tikal, Teoxi, Mayan Prince: II. Montezuma's Rage, and Teoxi, Mayan Prince: III. Drops of Wisdom
About the Author
Dr. Antonio Grimaldi holds a doctorate degree and 2 post-doctoral specializations from the State University of Naples, Italy. For eight years, Dr. Grimaldi resided in Latin America where he served for four years as Professor of Economics at the National University of Panama. Residing in the United States since 1978, he served with several universities and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in management and economics. Dr Grimaldi has published numerous articles and research papers in academic journals and conference proceedings. Professor Grimaldi speaks five languages.
While pursuing his interest in Pre-Columbian civilizations, Dr. Grimaldi traveled extensively throughout the region exploring the Andean Plateau, the Orinoco River, and the Amazon Basin. His studies of Tikal, the Peten region and the Atitlan Lake were conducted during a period in which the area was largely unknown to the general public. Articles regarding Dr. Grimaldi's travels have been published in Latin America and Canada.
About my books
Teoxi, Mayan Prince: I. The End of Tikal
Teoxi, now an old man--the fourth son of Uaxactun. the last absolute monarch of Tikal--sits on the banks of lake Peten-Itza and recalls the story of his life. Wishing to preserve a record of the events that led to the destruction of his homeland, his still-sharp eyes sweep the distant shore as he tries to put his memories in order.Born of an elderly father, Teoxi was looked after by priests, shielded from government matters, and--unlike his three older brothers--taught to be an intellectual rather than a warrior. But, because the future had unexpected events in store for him, his intellectual upbringing turned out to be of more use to him than his lack of military training.In his early manhood, an unforeseen event not only transfixed the nation but also steadily and permanently lured Teoxi away from his young life of amusements and intellectual pursuits, thrusting him headlong into a national crisis whose solution was crucial to the very survival of his country. After mere months into this growing turmoil, Teoxi's father realized that young Teoxi was the most qualified among his brothers to someday assume the Mayan throne.Now, Teoxi had to weave his way carefully through the squalid and dangerous world of the empire's leadership, struggle wearily yet confidently through entanglements of intrigue and treachery, move delicately between ancient myths and recent science, attempt to protect his family and country against internal and external threats, prepare for war with the powerful Aztecs, confront overwhelming and destructive acts of nature, and accept the undeniable fact that this young man of too few years had truly entered a living hell. To make matters worse, during his first timid steps from the solitude of the palace to a world of intrigue and danger, he fell at first sight for a girl below his class, and then moved inexorably toward a forbidden relationship that would preclude his ascension to the throne.This is the story of the young man Teoxi, committing the breadth of his will and fortitude to the needs of his people and, throughout it all, maintaining hope that his first love would someday share his days and nights. This is also the story of the old man Teoxi, sitting on the shores of the Peten-Itza seeing the things we cannot see and recounting for those in the world today, the world he knew so well.
Teoxi, Mayan Prince: II. Montezuma's Rage
In this, Book II of the Teoxi, Mayan Prince trilogy, Teoxi begins a new life after the fall of the Mayan Empire. After years of contemplating the death of his royal family, viewing the decay of great Mayan cities, suffering the steady encroachment of the neighboring Aztec into ancient Mayan land, and harboring an unbending determination to restore the empire he knew so well, Prince Teoxi--with no empire, no political structure and no army--begins his quest to restore the empire of his ancestors.
Operating secretly from a small hidden village, Teoxi assembles and stores for future use the lost empire’s secret wealth. He builds a small citizen army--whose successes belie its meager inexperienced forces--and bravely leads lightening attacks against the feared and hated Aztec. And finally, he probes the Aztec underbelly finding weaknesses that enable him to lead forces without an empire against the power and glory of the Aztec. Teoxi, Mayan Prince is invisible among strangers who know him not, yet is revered among his former subjects. His senses are honed by the continuous threat of well-rewarded bounty hunters. Neither his young family nor the complacent villagers around him know the breadth or depth of the dangers creeping stealthily their way. And, the land that bore the former Mayan Empire is made lighter each day as thousands of the former empire’s subjects are marched by Aztec captors to the bloody sacrificial pyramids of Montezuma’s unholy mountain city.
Journey with Teoxi, Mayan Prince as he confronts and lastly faces down Montezuma’s Rage.
Teoxi, Mayan Prince: III. Drops of Wisdom
In this, Book III of the Teoxi, Mayan Prince trilogy, Teoxi returns to his village after the death of Montezuma I and many of that Aztecan emperor’s most powerful priests. As in Book II, Teoxi remains a wise and determined commander committed to restoring the dying Mayan Empire, preventing the spread of the blood-thirsty Aztecan Empire and challenging a prophecy that predicts the soon coming-end of the world he knows .
Teoxi fights a continuous battle against ignorance and superstition, walks with assurance into battle after battle against the Aztec and their minions, initiates overtures to the mountain-dwelling Incas as a bulwark against the Aztec. He returns always victorious from battles and skirmishes that span the former empire from sea to sea, and learns much from his terrifying brush with the invisible tribe of Chocoes--wielder of the tiny arrows that deliver silent death to all who venture blindly into their dark and mysterious forest. His quest continues without pause even after one of his finest--the discreet female warrior named Night Orchid--offers to provide any support that a busy commander needs.
The family bears the burden of continuous challenges facing Teoxi as he continues the fight to save himself and his village from a death sentence issued by an enemy desperate to kill him. Teoxi will win, but, the price paid by the Mayan Nation will be huge. Teoxi sees tomorrow, when the prophesied hordes armed with fire and thunder reach his shores, and--as his body bears the weight of a people and land that created a history the world will forever respect--he knows that wisdom, not power, will enable the spirit of his people to continue forever.