Gainesville, FL

"Tens of thousands of people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico over the past seven years" the BBC reports, attributing the deaths to "fighting between rival drug gangs." In this backdrop of strife and bloodshed, Frederick L. Malphurs tells the fictional tale of the descendants of Don Diego de la Vega, better known as the hero Zorro. This is the story of "UN AÑO EN LA VIDA DEL DR. ZORRO" (published by Xlibris).

Malphurs' novel follows the lives of the De la Vega family. Their ancestors moved away from Southern California and they made a new home in Culiacan, Mexico, where they quickly rose to prominence while rumors circulated of their wealth and of their descent from the great Zorro. In the present day, things have taken a turn for the worse as fighting between the government and the cartels heats up. Kidnappings, murder, threats, and intimidation by drug cartels impinge on every facet of local life, something Malphurs draws from real life.

When a member of the De la Vega family is slain, her courageous brothers - the doctor Eduardo de la Vega and the Jesuit priest Teodoro - decide that enough is enough. They take up the mantle of their ancestor and vow to protect their city from the cartels, becoming a force of retribution that the cartels cannot ignore. They act with extraordinary stealth and boldly strike at the criminals despite the constant danger and threat.

"I would like the readers to be entertained, enjoy the story, and perhaps do some thinking about what more could be done to eliminate the illegal drug cartels," says Malphurs. His novel is a tale of adventure, action, honor and strength of family. In a twist that proves the adage that "truth is stranger than fiction," it parallels real-life events where Mexican citizens have banded together to form vigilante groups and militias to combat cartel operations.

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 374 pages | ISBN 9781499011265
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 374 pages | ISBN 9781499011289
E-Book | 374 pages | ISBN 9781499011258
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
For 37 years Frederick L. Malphurs worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and is the former CEO of the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health Care System. He received numerous leadership awards and was a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives. He has published "My Life in the VA: Lessons in Leadership" and the novels: "Meanie Mouse versus the Orlando Operators: The Adventure Begins," "Mexia: A Novel: The Memoirs of J.C. Mulkey," and "Spies and Lies: The Paradox." He has also published a play, "Patio Club."

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.

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