Gringo Revolutionary The Amazing Adventures of Carel Ap Rhys Pryce

Gringo Revolutionary The Amazing Adventures of Carel Ap Rhys Pryce

Gringo Revolutionary:
The Amazing Adventures of Carel Ap Rhys Pryce

by John Humphries

Paperback, 270 pages, ISBN 9781903529188

Price £9.99

John Humphries unearths the amazing story of Carel ap Rhys Pryce from his origins in south Wales, through his adventures in South Africa and America, where he eventually becomes generalissimo of the Magonista revolutionaries in Mexico.

"John Humphries (no, not that one) obviously has a love for both untold history and swashbuckling adventure. Gringo Revolutionary is his second book in a genre that could be described as docu-adventure. His first, The Man from the Alamo Why the Welsh Chartist Uprising of 1939 Ended in a Massacre, had a title which really said it all. Gringo Revolutionary leaves a little more to the imagination, even with its promising subtitle, The Amazing Adventures of Carel ap Rhys Pryce.

Apparently almost called 'General Scallywag', the book is based on five years of personal research by Humphries that began after hearing an intriguing comment whilst on a visit to Alabama about a Welsh guy . . . who caused a lot of trouble around the (Mexican) border. The Welsh guy (and Scallywag) in question was Carel ap Rhys Pryce, a distant descendent of none other than Owain Glyndŵr. Like his more famous ancestor, Pryce also had revolutionary tendencies. Humphries pieced together the story of how he lead a socialist army of mercenaries across the Sonoran dessert in 1911 to capture the border town of Tijuana, so alarming the US authorities that they sent 20,000 troops to the border to contain the uprising.

Exciting stuff, and an adventure too for the author. In a recent interview he described a close call with some Mexican quicksand, being mistaken for drug smugglers by armed Mexican Indians, and paying $50 to an aged informant for information about Pryce that he was unable to understand. John Humphries, who in less adventurous days was editor of The Western Mail, is willing to go to extraordinary lengths for a story."

Michael Nobbs

A review from, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Glyndŵr Publishing (Wales Books)