Summary

A young girl called Tozi stands at the bottom of a pyramid, waiting to be led to the top where her heart will be cut out....
Pepillo, a Spanish orphan who serves a sadistic Dominican friar, is aboard the Spanish fleet as it sails towards Mexico.... This is the epic story of the clash of two empires, two armies and two gods of war.
Five hundred desperate adventurers are about to pit themselves against the most brutal armies of the ancient Americas, armies hundreds of thousands strong. This is a war of gods and men.
Dark powers that work behind the scenes of history show their hand as the prophecy of the return of Quetzalcoatl is fulfilled with the arrival of Cortes. The Aztec ruler Moctezuma fights to maintain the demands of the war god Huitzilopochtli for human sacrifice. The Spanish Inquisition is planning an even greater blood-letting.
Caught up in the headlong collision between two gods of war are Tozi, Pepillo and the beautiful sex slave Malinal whose hatred of Moctezuma runs so deep she will sell out her own land and people to destroy him.
©2013 Graham Hancock (P)2016 Audible, Ltd
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"[P]art historical fact, part fantasy, the effect is as intense as the events themselves. It's a fascinating read that will have you booking a flight to Mexico long before you finish the book." (Evening Standard)
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5 out of 5 stars
By ben on 04-07-16

Loved it.

Great story. Very well read. Endearing characters and despicable villains. Looking forward to book two.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jay on 03-07-17

Compelling Historical Fiction, Excellent Narration

This book, the first in what is currently a trilogy, is definitely in my top three of 'fictional books that I have ever had the pleasure of listening to' (No mean feat). You may not struggle too hard to guess the other two. Okay so it is not entirely fiction, a lot of it is based on historical fact, but all of the story lines of the people involved are compelling and as the stories evolve the author has allowed us to love and hate almost every character, in fact you may find yourself 'jumping ship' and siding with your original enemy on many occasions before 'jumping back' again and again. Each to his own. In my humble opinion this is a very clever, compelling and absorbing book, as is the rest of the series, written by a very intelligent human being. To add insult to injury the narrator is the perfect man for the job and again is one of the best that I have listened to. All in all the combination of Author and Narrator really does make this the next audiobook you must listen to.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dennis Lewis on 14-12-16

engaging story.

The historical fiction is filled with action and adventure. A really great story well performed and well read. makes one want to study again this time in history though the lens of this story-telling.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Chris Flickinger on 28-05-17

captivating

great read, thanks to Mr Hancock for this entertaining and informative piece. two thumbs up

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