Caravan of Specters

By Carlos García Saúl

It is 1898, the Spanish-American War is raging in the Caribbean, and the US Army is in the process of seizing Puerto Rico from the Spanish Empire. 24-year-old medical graduate Lieutenant Bailey Ashford has just been assigned to the invasion force’s Medical Corps. Lieutenant Ashford quickly realizes that an ugly and utterly mysterious force is hard at work against an idyllic backdrop of majestic mountains and breathtaking tropical beauty. A bizarre malady is mercilessly affecting an overwhelming majority of the native jibaro people and slowly robbing them of their lives.

Faced with an urgent, pervasive medical emergency, the charismatic and resourceful Ashford must draw upon all his cunning and medical knowledge to conquer the pandemic before it completely devastates the island. Based on true events, this is a tale of medical mystery, the tireless struggle to decipher the riddle, and the final restoration of an island nation to its lost destiny.





Meet the Author

Carlos García Saúl


Carlos García Saúl is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in Biology in 1985. His medical degree is from Yale University and his surgical training in Head and Neck Surgery was completed at the Harvard Medical School. He practiced medicine for 28 years in Massachusetts and Kansas. Dr Garcia Saúl’s academic interests include the history of medicine and its responses to the political climate of the 19th and 20th centuries. The story of the conquest of the parasitic anemia in Puerto Rico has been of particular personal and professional interest. He considered the defeat of the infectious anemia agent in Puerto Rico to be socially and economically on par with the remarkable advances of the 1940s and 1950s and the economic miracle of Operation Bootstrap. Dr. García Saúl’s other interests include art history, traveling, and collecting rare orchids and Taino artifacts. Since retiring, he has resided in Saint Petersburg, Florida with with his wife, Lisa.

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