Carlos T. Mock, M.D. Mosaic Virus. ISBN: 9780915745798. $23.95.
By It is 1983. In Rome, Cardinal Siri, the most powerful Cardinal in the Vatican, summons a young Jesuit priest and assigns him a grave and urgent task. The Vatican has been keeping secret an epidemic of deaths among priests in the northeastern United States. Father Javier Barraza must determine how and why they are dying-and whether a suspected international conspiracy against the Holy Roman Church is coming to fruition. Barraza is an Argentinean who has risen swiftly through the ranks to the post of Devil's Advocate--an investigator of candidates for sainthood. In his new assignment, his path immediately intersects with Lillian Davis-Lodge, a special agent with the FBI, and a compelling figure from Barraza's past. The reappearance of Lillian is more than mere coincidence; she is far from the "special agent" she claims to be. She occupies the highest echelons of power in the United States, with full access to information and influence. Secrets and spies inhabit the subterranean world of the Church just as they do the government of the United States, and a disturbing trail of evidence strongly indicates to Barraza that his Church may be complicit in what he has been assigned to investigate. Set in the arcane, yet alluring world of the Vatican, The Mosaic Virus will grip you in its terrifyingly-true-to-life tale of secrets, sex and violence. At the end, you'll pray that it's only fiction. Carlos Mock's maiden voyage proves he is already a master storyteller. Laura S. Washington Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor, DePaul University; Columnist, Chicago Sun-Times
A virus, man-made and swiftly lethal, has killed the priests, and a Cardinal in the United States is involved. As Barraza uncovers more about the role of his Church and the true origin of its laws about celibacy and its gay priests, he begins to fundamentally question his allegiance to Rome and to the doctrines of his faith. When he and Lillian find the creators of the virus, they find themselves in a desperate game of wits with faceless, mysterious, all-powerful institutions looking to protect their public image at all costs. Javier and Lillian are expendable, and even Lillian cannot protect them.).
Other titles by the Author:
Carlos T. Mock, M.D. Borrowing Time: A Latino Sexual Odyssey. ISBN 0-915745-54-2. $24.95.
Borrowing Time: A Latino Sexual Odyssey - Floricanto Press 2003. My memoir, the struggle with coming out in a Latino Culture ruled by machismo, religion, and close family ties and then confronting AIDS.
Carlos T. Mock. Papi Chulo. ISBN: 978-0-9796457-0-9. $24.95.
"If self-identity is a crucial issue in this literature, then national identity is what Carlos Mock addresses; and Papi Chulo, actually is the story of a country as seen through the eyes and lives of three strong women of several generations. For Carlos Mock, the theme is felt so strongly that it must be openly expressed. "To Puerto Ricans, I've become an American. But to Americans of Puerto Rican descent, I'm insufficiently Puerto Rican because I've not undergone the years of prejudice they have." So the question becomes, who are any of these characters, these authors, these people?
Carlos T. Mock Infinitas. ISBN: 978-1-888205-38-1. $19.95.
As a Puerto Rican living in the US, I no longer fit into my homeland. Every time I travel there, I'm considered un Americano. I'm always addressed in the English language. What's worse, my Puerto Rican friends who live on the Island don't seem to care about me anymore. I guess we've gone our separate ways-I've become too public with my homosexuality, while they endure best by living within the closet. On this side of the pond, in the United States, there are Puerto Ricans who have never been to Puerto Rico.
Carlos T. Mock. Cuba Libre. Mentirita! ISBN 978-1-888205-16-9. $25.95.
The Cuba Libre ("Free Cuba") is a cocktail made of Cola, lime, and rum. This cocktail is often referred to as a Rum and Coke in the United States and Canada, where the lime juice is optional. Bacardi claims ownership of the original, while some have also claimed it for Havana Club. It seems unlikely, however, that anyone could safely identify the first individual to combine rum and Coca-Cola-when seven or eight individuals lay claim to the creation of the Margarita, a far more complex drink-let alone identify the brand. Both the cocktail and its name remain politically loaded due to the history and current status of Cuba-United States relations.
Cuba Libre: "Mentirita," Cuba's history from the Afro Cuban point of view. Released by Floricanto Press on October.
Carlos T. Mock. Historias. ISBN 978-1499582642. $13.99.
Historias is Carlos Mock’s latest musings on his past seen through his imagination. A setof short stories ranging from childhood jokes to life and deathsituations. Carlos was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and migrated north in his twenties. He has been active in the LGBT community for many years primarily in Chicago. In addition to his books, he has written op-ed pieces for Chicago Tribune and Windy City Times among others.
Carlos Mock adds a new title to his growing bookshelf of unforgettable stories from his Puerto Rican roots – his gallery of relatives, his personal coming-out. This one is skillfully sutured together with vivid historias from his career as an obstetrician.” – Patricia Nell Warren, Author.