Official history dictates that Panama City was founded by the Spanish Empire to serve as a command center for its expansion across the entire coast of the American Pacific. But what if there was another reason? What if, beyond geopolitical objectives, there was a mystical intention, an attempt by secret societies to establish a utopia in a new world? With this disturbing speculation, Milton Henríquez entrances readers with his re-imagining of the vilified (or to some, misunderstood) founder of the city, Pedro Arias de Ávila, or Pedrarias Dávila. Rarely has the story of the Panamanian capital’s history been bathed with such a patina of mystery and metaphysics, earning II Los cuadernos a place alongside such books as The Da Vinci Code, Foucault’s Pendulum, and The Dante Club.