by Daryl McCullough
(An 'illustrated story' based upon the New World television series starring Duncan Regehr)
Don Diego de la Vega, son of a wealthy landowner, returns to Alta California to find Los Angeles citizens being crushed by oppression. Oppression from the money-hungry Alcalde Luis Ramone; oppression from the sadistic Capitán de Soto; oppression from the inept Sergeant Mendoza. When seizing money and land no longer satisfies him, Ramone begins selling the poor citizens into slavery to fill his coffers. Then, from out of the night, a hero in black appears to clash blades with the oppressors — Señor Zorro, whose sword is a flame to right every wrong!
Available in color trade paperback or glossy, color case-laminate hardcover.
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While this book is geared toward younger readers, I, as an adult Zorro fan, really enjoyed it as well. Daryl McCullough has done an excellent job of 'tweaking' the New World Zorro story in a few places to make it more believable and add even more adventure to an already adventure filled genre. His love of the Zorro franchise is obvious. The characters stay true to form, which I really appreciate. As a horse lover, I was pleased by Mr. McCullough's handling of the horse "Toronado" and his origin. No matter your age, if you like any characterization of "Zorro", you will want to read this book. And the illustrations are gorgeous. I can only hope, and recommend, that there are more books like this in the planning stages!
This is a great introduction to Zorro for young people, and is sure to gain fans for the Masked Man. It's well written and pertinent to young people's reading interests. and abilities. I enjoyed it immensely.