The conquistador Hernán Cortés is dreaming of Tenochtitlan, the golden city of Aztecs. But in order to win the Aztecs' gold, Cortés and his small force of just 500 men will have to defeat the psychotic emperor Moctezuma and the armies of hundreds of thousands he commands.
Cortés expects that the Tlascalans, hereditary enemies of the Aztecs, will join him, but instead finds himself locked in a deadly struggle. As Cortés risks all against the Tlascalans, he plays mind games with Moctezuma, aiming to defeat the Aztec emperor psychologically before ever having to face him in battle.
In this he is aided by his lover Malinal, a beautiful Mayan princess. It is from Malinal that Cortés learns of the myth of Quetzalcoatl, 'The Plumed Serpent'. She shows him how to exploit the prophecy of the fabled god king's return to weaken Moctezuma's resolve and keep alive the suspicion that the conquistador might actually be Quetzalcoatl himself.
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By Alexei Dmitriev on 06-03-18
Captivating and filled with content.
The story takes you to a journey of adventure and fantasy in a grounded and well studied world by the author. You can learn quite a few things if you listen carefully and take the time to research the elements mentioned. Or you can just hop on the ride and let yourself be carried through the story well read by Barnaby.
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By Chris Hoffman on 26-03-17
I literally have not read a better book than this. It helps that I read the preceding book in the trilogy first of course, so that I was up to speed on what was happening at point in the story where this picks up. The sense of danger and adventure, the feeling of world-changing events evolving in front of my eyes (and ears), the horror of a culture that carried out mass human sacrifice, even the horror of the Conquistadors and their feeling of entitlement as they slaughtered the "Indians" in the name of their king and their god.
Graham Hancock is known for his tireless research in the area of nonfiction, now he proves his skill in the areas of story writing and character development. When these elements all combined, I felt as I was living this grand adventure alongside real people and wondering how anybody lived through it. The world would not be the same without the events that are so eloquently portrayed in War God, and the world of literature would not be the same without Graham Hancock. Bravo Graham!
And, what a cliffhanger at the end! I can't wait for the finale! I couldn't believe the book was over so soon- it just flew by! That feeling of: "Oh no. It's over." When the third installment comes out in Audible form, I'm sure I'll listen to the first two again as preparation. Something to look forward to, for sure! I'll be watching for it!
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By Anonymous User on 25-04-17
great narrator good story
I enjoyed the story, and the narration was amazing. top notch in my opinion
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