"An important novel about American heritage, part history and part mystery. Bill Hartmann tells a splendid tale of the first European expeditions into the American Southwest and links it to a modern adventure. He explores the uses of history in our often surreal world and dramatizes the inherent conflict between sense of place and the age-old American drive to get rich quick."--Stewart Udall, Secretary of the Interior under President John F. Kennedy "Hartmann is both a distinguished scientist and novelist; here, he draws parallel modern and ancient stories together with extraordinary flair and authority. He has a thorough knowledge of the documentary materials from the 1530s, and has traveled extensively in search of the Marcos route. The reader is left with the feeling, 'Yes, it could have happened just like that!'"--Carroll L. Riley Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University, author of" The Frontier People "and "Rio del Norte" ""Cities of Gold "is a well-rounded treatment of the mystery of Marcos de Niza. The book weaves together two stories, one modern and one 450 years old, playing them against each other in a way that gives more depth and life to both."--Richard Flint, lead editor of" The Coronado Expedition to Tierra Nueva: The 1540-1542 Route Across the Southwest"