Dawn at Tepeyac recounts the crucial moments of stagnation and despair immediately following the Spanish conquest of Mexico, a catastrophe barely averted by the apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe on a mountain above the lake cities in December of 1531 and how a continuum was re-established to allow the indigeus people to survive. Through the eyes and minds of the Chichimec saint Juan Diego and the first Bishop of Mexico, Fray Juan de Zumarraga, the reader enters into the tumultuous and almost hopeless situation of the conquered and the conquerors alike with a personal glimpse into the good will and humanity that existed even within the brutal and violent confrontations of radically opposed cultures. A mix of historical fact, creative interpretation and imaginative description and dialogue, this artistically crafted vel re-creates the feelings and thoughts of the inhabitants of 16th century Mexico, as well as considerations of philosophical and theological concepts in context, and may be the only work on the subject which combines literary concerns, historical facts, and an intellectually acceptable understanding of the apparitions, correlating the seemingly antagonistic critiques.
Dexter Allen grew up in San Diego, California, and currently lives and writes in Ensenada, Baja California. His latest book, Dawn at Tepeyac, is the culmination of a lifetime of reading, writing and questioning; of traveling and of experiencing life in many different cultures. Over his lifetime, he has lived in many parts of the world, soaking up culture and wisdom from many different sources. In Seville and other regions of Spain, he gained a love and understanding of the Spanish soul; in Southern Mexico and Central America, he lived in villages among the indigenous peoples and spent extended periods of time in Benedictine and other monasteries, giving him deep and sympathetic insights into both indigenous and Catholic cultures. The aesthetic theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar and his own love of fine music have had a great impact on his thinking and writing. He has published published a trilogy of novels on pre-conquest Mexico and is currently readying his next work, a historical novel on the last day in the life of General Custer.