Flames of Glory Author:Patricia Matthews For the sleepy town of Tampa, Florida, the year 1898 is a time of patriotic fervor, as the streets fill with young men in uniform--American troops on their way to liberate Cuba from Spain. For lovely heiress Jessica Manning and Lieutenant Neil Dancer--one of Teddy Roosevelt's dashing Rough Riders--it is a time of magic...for falling in love, for... more » discovering passion.
But the lovers are torn apart, separated not only by war, but by tragic misunderstanding. The night before Neil departs for Cuba, Jessica suffers a head injury that leaves her with the dim memory of a brief ecstasy--but nothing of Neil himself. Unaware of her condition, Neil leaves Tampa believing that Jessica is faithless.
Meanwhile, Jessica finds comfort in the company of a galant young Cuban officer... while her beauty and wealth catch the attention of a a very different man--ruthless brill Kroger, a violent man of dangerously twisted appetites and relentless greed.
Returning from Cuba, determined to confront Jessica one last time, Neil learns the truth about her accident. But she has been abducted by Kroger--swept away to Mexico in a mad search for a treasure of Aztec gold!« less