Molloy business professor pens sequel

By Gary Herron of the Rio Rancho Observer

No, Dan Cillis's new book "Water Damage" isn't about last weekend's rains in Rio Rancho.

It's the sequel to his first foray into writing, "Statehood of Affairs," which came out in time for New Mexico's centennial in 2012.

Back home in Rio Rancho for a few months before his college days amp up again, Cillis expects "Water Damage" to be complete and off to the publisher before he's back on the campus of Molloy College in New York.

Dan CillisProtagonist Adobe Centori is back and Cillis says he doesn't know how many more books he'll be writing, but Centori will be in all of them.

"There's no way I'm going to 'off' my alter-ego," he vowed.

In 1911, the unjust commitment of a woman to an insane asylum reveals a plot to find the Revert Document in "Statehood of Affairs." If it could be found before Arizona and New Mexico statehood in 1912, Old Mexico could recover the lost border territories and change history.

So, with Mexico and the U.S. on an apparent collision course, Centori becomes embroiled in the conspiracy. 

Affairs of the heart complicate those affairs of state, as Centori shares love, but on different sides of the border, with Gabriella Zena, "La Guerrillera."

With his lover dead after a fall at Chaco Canyon in pursuit of the document, Centori, a hero of the Spanish-American War who later becomes a delegate when New Mexico seeks statehood, is back in his native New York to heal his broken heart. Read More.

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