EL MANTO: A Dicey Flight Through Action, Romance and Adventure
In the late Eighties, Thousands of immigrants trampled our Mexican border to illegally enter the United States. Nicaragua under the communist Sandinistas was one of the prominent sources of this emigration to the United States. Franco Porec and Donna Bronsteen, El Manto's two protagonists, are reporters probing a plot by the Nicaraguan Sandinistas to shove their unwanted citizens to the United States. Franco, an Air Force Major in the U.S. Southern Command Intelligence Directorate, poses out of uniform as a reporter for a fictitious news service. Donna really is a rooky correspondent for a New York daily. They meet in Nicaraguas's neighbor, Costa Rica, but after a romantic encounter, they lose touch. Franco has fallen in love, but then, didn't Donna throw her luscious body at him?
Amid flying ordnance, the two chase each other, but also seek the full story on Juana, a pretty green-eyed Nicaraguan teenager with a reputed 'calling' to be the leader of the Descorazonados. The Comandantes, ruling Nicaragua, manipulate Juana, as they create clandestine aid for their unwanted dissidents to flee to the States. Unaware, Juana faithfully leads on. Franco and Donna, in their bullet-flying, peripatetic pursuit of Juana -- and each other -- find their paths crossing but promptly lose contact again. Within the Comandantes, they are plagued with conflict from their female Chief of Police, Dorotea Tijerillas. She is a U.S.-educated sexy communist firebrand who insists that Juana is a menace to be thrown deep in her filthy Tipitapa prison.
Latinos by the thousands -- sans weapons -- fleeing Central America's stumbling economies, continue to assemble on our border, but by design, are held from crossing into the States. Managed by the Comandantes and their Cuban and Soviet sponsors, a massive weaponless invasion is set up. Their objective is to create widespread havoc in the U.S., which will divert our attention from ongoing Communist expansions in Central America. However, Franco's intelligence reports are finally taken seriously by U.S. authorities. Washington belatedly rushes to create plans and scrape together forces. Franco and Donna continue in their efforts to rejoin, but also try to safeguard the beautiful Juana from both the Comandantes and Dorotea.
The Fates, however, have woven a complicated fabric which continues to counter the aims of all participants. Will Franco and the U.S. authorities succeed in frustrating the impending, en masse and unarmed invasion? Can Juana escape the Comandantes and the vengeance of the firey Police Chief Dorotea? How about Franco and Donna's love affair? Will Franco reveal his true USAF status to Donna? Where will it all lead? You'll discover tons of action in the air, plus rollicking romance and high-spirited adventure.