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War God [Paperback]

Graham Hancock
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Book Description

27 Mar 2014

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.

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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet (27 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444734407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444734409
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...part 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)

Interweaving historical fact and vivid fiction, Graham Hancock's War God is packed full of blood, guts, conflict, sacrifice and witchcraft in the last days of the Aztec empire. The story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico and the downfall of Moctezuma is the perfect (if very gory) distraction from modern life. (Wanderlust)

Five hundred years ago the old Mexican prophecy which announced the return of Quetzalcoatl came true. In an era dominated by human sacrifices and the decadence of a great culture, bearded men, white-faced, from beyond the sea, arrived to impose their law. In this fast-moving highly reccomended novel, Graham Hancock masterfully reconstructs the biggest clash of civilizations ever, revealing aspects that only a genius author could unveil. (Javier Sierra New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Supper and The Lost Angel)

The book offers up a heady mix of action, politics, spirituality and the supernatural and we learn a lot...Convincing fantasy elements and viscerally recreated details keep the narrative charging forward. (Daily Mail)

It will have you hyperventilating within minutes... Meets all the "thriller" criteria with gusto. (Newcastle Journal.)

Graham Hancock has, once again, produced a book that entertains as well as educates...War God is a rich and deeply involving novel that grips you from the very first page. If you can handle the gruesome detail, then you will devour every page and the end will come too soon, leaving you desperate for book two... (Sir Read-A-Lot Blog)

Reviews for Fingerprint of the Gods (Various)

Intriguing ( Sunday Times)

...his sweep through the ancient world is arresting and audacious. (Daily Mail)

...one of the intellectual landmarks of this decade. (Literary Review)

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The epic story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, exciting and enlightening! 31 May 2013
I don't think I've ever read such a massive book so fast but I really couldn't put this one down. I'm a big fan of Graham's non-fiction work and I didn't know what to expect about this one but it certainly exceeded expectations!

The characters are all very well developed and you get caught up in all of their stories, though I think Tozi is probably the real hero of the book. It also taught me a lot about the events surrounding the Spanish conquest of Mexico, which I didn't know much about before. War God has inspired me to research this fascinating period of history.

Well done Mr. Hancock!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Novel I read in a long time 31 May 2013
I was stunned by this book in many ways.

The author described the scenes so vividly that I sometimes felt like I was present.

The fact that it's a novel based on real historical events made it even more thrilling. I learned something about Cortez and his companions :)

The psychedelic aspect of War God, to me, was the topping of the whole package. It gave the book a mystical dimension that I loved.

It simply was one of the best books I have read in many years. I will definately recommend it to my friends and family.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
I have been following Hancock's work since he wrote Fingerprints of the Gods. For me, Fingerprints was akin to taking the "Red Pill", a la Matrix. It woke me up. Ever since, I have been following his research through books like Talisman, Sign and the Seal, and Supernatural. So, like many I suppose, I was slightly disappointed at first to learn that Mr. Hancock had ventured into fiction. Yet, given my interest in the Mayan and Aztec civilizations I gave it a shot and ordered War God. Boy, was I ever wrong. In short, I finished the book within 48 hours - a rarity for me. And, here I am, writing a review - another rarity.

War God is an epic piece of literature. The manner in which Hancock infuses fiction with fact is delicious. In my humble opinion, this is how some history books should be written. The magic that Hancock creates is in how he seamlessly manages to bring the reader into the very midst of the action in a way that the dry history book accounts of similar events are incapable of doing. I gained a deeper appreciation for Cortes' strategy to reach Mexico, the overwhelming odds that his team faced against the power and might of Moctezuma, and the politics between the various indigenous tribes. The fictional element of viewing history through the eyes of Tozi, the young teenage witch, Malinal, the courtesan, Pepillo, the young spanish orphan, Father Munoz, the Friar, Shikotenka, the warrior, and Alvarado, the talented swordsman - brings it all so incredibly alive. Hancock's detailed descriptions, imagery and conveyance of such varied emotions made me feel like I was an "observing" character in his book. This has the makings of a fantastic film.

This is more than a worthwhile read - it is a must. Kudos to you, Mr. Hancock. I want more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I found this book hard to put down, the authors creativity and historical knowledge gives an interesting insight into Cortés and his conquest of Mexico which is undoubtedly a very important moment in world/human history. The style of short chapters I found handy being able to read in short bursts, it helped entice me to always find time to read one more chapter. 5\5, well worth pre-ordering and the wait.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have read in long time 25 Jun 2013
My son lent me a copy of Graham Hancocks new book WAR GOD (Nights of the Witch) and as a prolific reader who enjoys fiction novels of ancient History from authers such as Simon Scarrow, Conn Igguldon, Anthony Riches, Douglas Jackson, Ben Kane, Harry Sidebottom and many more, I must rate this historic novel as one of the best I have read in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel about the ancient Aztecs as you can visualise the characters and how cruel and bloodthirsty the Aztecs were and also the bloodshed and carnage the Spanish inflicted on the population. I found the novel captivating and very hard to put down when i was reading it and am very much looking forward to the next novel in the series (Return of the plumed serpent).
Yours Sincerely and Fraternally
Peter C Wright
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. 31 July 2013
By gymjohn
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I have read, and re-read all of Graham Hancock's books. I listen to his podcasts regularly. his discussions with Joe Rogan are particularly enlightening. I rank Graham Hancock amongst my favourite authors, alongside Wilbur Smith and Ken Follett. His writings are inspirational and challenge me to question mainstream, conventional views. This book is utterly amazing, read from cover to cover in a day (the only other book to have kept my interest to do this was The Eagle Has Landed back in the 70's).

Mr Hancock is a serious researcher and eloquent storyteller. This is the best 'factional' book I have read in a long time. Let's hope the mainstream, 'don't disturb my eating trough' historians learn to respect those with alternative views and theories. Well done Graham...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1519 & the clash of civilizations 10 July 2013
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1519 and the Aztec Empire is at its zenith, their Empire is perhaps the most powerful in Americas, there `age' is dominated by human sacrifices. Although human sacrifice is practised throughout Mesoamerica, the Aztecs for their part took to this bloodthirsty practice to new levels of religious zeal. The architecture of the Aztec Empire is truly impressive, as can be seen by the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan. For the Aztecs their decadence saw no bounds, as they seemed to have conquered all in their wake.
When the Spanish appear on the scene, almost by magic, they appear in their fleet of strange looking sea faring vessels and land on the coast and begin their headlong journey into the Aztec hinterland. You get a feel for the way in which these, Europeans who are almost alien peoples to the Aztecs, sweep away all that oppose them. Cortés and the rest of his Spanish invaders wield carnage and inflect defeat after defeat on the Aztecs, as they destroy in a few months an Empire that had been around for nearly one hundred years. For me, Mr Hancock artfully recreates the biggest clash of civilizations, revealing aspects that only a scholar in the field would have the knowledge to put together, couple this with his skill as a great story teller. Then throw into the mix the `characters on the ground', minor players in the history of the time. However, in this weighty novel - they are main stay of the book- Tozi, Pepillo and the slave Malinal; these characters are the main ingredient in this historical fiction. They are brilliantly constructed characterizations and they bring this book to life, as they are caught in the events of the time and place.

This has been my first reading, and certainly will not my last, of a book written by Graham Hancock, War God is real sizzler of summer read. I am somewhat impatient to read his next novel and hope it is out soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I could not have read this book faster or enjoyed it more! Cannot wait for the next instalment!

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3.0 out of 5 stars Aztecs bite the dust
I have read the book, just after I had read three from the hand of the late Gary Jennings (Aztec, and others), so I had to adjust to the difference in style and approach of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Game changer..
This book is Amazing! Graham Hancock
Is a genius writer and I look forward to his sequel to fingerprints of the gods. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jake Bowman
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling story with plenty of passion!
I was gripped from the start.
I've known Graham for his meticulously-researched (and imaginative) factual books, but I feel his has really hit really his stride with this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ste
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Blend of Fact and Fiction
Full credit and five stars to Graham Hancock here for his first foray into the world of fiction. Following the hugely successful non-fiction back catalogue, it must have taken... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Saul Caldwell
3.0 out of 5 stars Well researched but by the numbers
I read Fingerprints of the Gods many years ago and thought then that Hancock was a great researcher and writer of fiction. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Gothorp
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic Aztec Adventure
The Aztec kingdom has survived and thrived away from European culture and interference. That is until Cortez plans his great campaign to convert the heathens and secure their gold... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. William Oxley
4.0 out of 5 stars good
Great book. Very interesting story. However didn't get author signature as Graham promise. Another two part of this story are on the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheila Ellison
Very griping story, can't wait for the next volume, would recommend without hesitation if you share a love of history
Published 3 months ago by Sheila Ellison
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