Daniel Otero. Galician Memories. ISBN: 978-1530915644. $18.95.
This book is published by Floricanto Press.
Simon Baixa was born in the town of O Grove, Galicia, Spain and was literally born with a mark on his back, a target of society’s injustices. A victim of circumstances when his parents are taken away by the Franco regime and were made to disappear for their political beliefs; this three-year-old orphan is, then adopted by his Uncle Antonio, a member of the local Amo do fuma (a version of Galicia’s Mafia).
Simon grows up to become a smuggler within this family of bootleggers whom try to survive against poverty. As Antonio’s liquor routes begin to prosper, the local Amo do fuma Chief, Esteban Concepcao begins to take notice. Esteban wants these routes for himself and when Antonio rejects his proposal, this mob boss will send his enforcer, Guillo. When one attempt of a shakedown against Simon fails, the Baixa family will become a target of Esteban’s ruthless ambitions. Jonathan, Antonio’s son takes a beating from Guillo that nearly cost him his life. Here’s where Simon does the unimaginable, a ‘hit’ on the mob boss and his enforcer.
Simon has to run and leave Galicia for good! Without any other alternatives, he escapes to France and foolishly joins the French Foreign Legion under a falsified alias.
Is Simon’s service to France redemption or will it sink him further into hell’s depravity?
Violence will be a part of Simon’s life, from the back roads of Galicia to the battlefields of the Balkans.
Daniel Otero intends to bring light on the dark side of Galician life. On an existing problem that has dampened this beautiful most northwestern region and mysterious place of Spain. Few authors have focused internationally in the past on the issues of Galicia and its secret society, the Amo do fuma (Galicia’s version of the Mafia).
With proud traditions and Celtic ancestry, Galicia has today evolved into greatness against poverty and overwhelming odds.
It further focuses on survival a mist crisis and how a boy has to be taken brutally and yanked from his childhood to become a man!
The author skillfully meshes history, Galicia’s social problems, a gangsters’ way of life and militarism.
Without any apologies, Daniel wants to give Galicia its overdue honors. By saying, “It’s our time!