In the Time of the Americans
by Oswald Rivera.
In 1898, during the Spanish American War, Naval Lieutenant Emile Walker lands with a small party of marines to secure the southeastern coastal town of Ponce in the Caribbean. He does not encounter the anticipated Spanish enemy garrison—since they’ve all deserted to the hills to propagate mixed-blood children of all races and types. Instead he encounters an indolent, lethargic town mired in myths, superstitions and traditions of a by-gone era. The town and its inhabitants had lived secured from the outside world. But now must contend with the coming of the American empire with its ideals of free markets, rugged individualism and ten cent cigars.
Presentation introducing my new book:
by Oswald Rivera.
“It is the first century of the Common Era. Imperial Rome is at the height of its power, with an empire stretching from the moors of Scotland to the sands of Arabia.
It is at this time that in Judea, a remote backwater of the empire. Marcus Valerianus of the tenth legion, is sent on a scouting mission seeking Jewish rebels. Instead, he encounters a young boy from nearby Nazareth, wandering in the desert.
The boy talks of a “Father” who rules over all, and how he is doing his “Father’s work.” Thus begins the Tale of The Centurion, and the startling secret that will change his life forever . . . . . . . ”
About Oswald Rivera
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in 1945, Mr. Rivera is a product of the New York City public school system and a graduate of City College of the City University of New York.
He is also a US Marine Corp Combat Veteran.
( Semper Fi )
Oswald resides in New York City and is the author of many books: Fire and Rain , a novel about the Vietnam War; a second novel, The Proud and the Immortal , about the daily lives of the underground homeless people and homelessness in America.
All of Mr. Rivera’s books can be found online, or ask for them at your local bookseller.
Master Oswald Rivera has been a member of the Chinese Kung-Fu Wu-Su Association since 1973. He has been instrumental in bringing attention to the Association through his editorial and advertising efforts; writing for various publications, such as Black Belt Magazine and Inside Kung-Fu.
The Chinese Kung-Fu Wu-Su Association is located on
The phone number is 212-725-0535
Oswald teaches his official class on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6pm-8pm. He also teaches in the Sunday class.
See Master Oswald Riveras’, Kungfu, Wushu photo gallery