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Reviews for War God (Various)
...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)
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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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Graham Hancock’s epic novelisation of the Spanish invasion and conquest of Mexico is a masterwork in all respects: it melds historical factuality and levelled appraisals of its real personalities with an enveloping fictional narrative, bolstered by an informed nod to the supernatural, which is never to the deficit of the non-fictional event sequence, though minor tweaks are made and referred to in the afterword.
The historical setting of the story is half a millennia ago, when a cavalier captain, Hernán Cortés, set off to the ‘New Lands’ of South America from recently Spanish-conquered Cuba, against the will of his Governor. Cortés is driven by fame and fortune in this life and the next. He has a close communion with his patron saint and sees the attempt to conquer newer lands as destined to succeed for it is deigned by, and in the name of, God.
The empire dominating the New Lands are known to us as the Aztecs, to themselves the Mexica: a grand and ghastly, proud and excessive empire—as all tend—which exerts its power well beyond its own borders, extracting tribute from many other much weaker peoples. The leader of the Mexica, its ‘Great Speaker’, is Moctezuma, essentially a king whose privilege it is to commune with the War God, Hummingbird, and who commands total respect and subservience from his subjects.
The Spanish are set on finding the fabled city of gold in Tenochtitlan, modern-day Mexico City.Read more ›
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.
1519 and the Aztec Empire is at its zenith, their Empire is perhaps the most powerful in the America's, their `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.
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!
This is an ambitious novel, over 250 pages devoted to the next twenty four hours alone. The book itself runs to 500+ pages of small print, and is but the first of a trilogy.
Historical facts and characters have been thoroughly researched, scholarship evident throughout. Here, though, is a fantasy incorporating visions, superstitions, much magic, interventions On High from Hummingbird, the Mexica War God, and St. Peter (the latter considerably more warlike than many might expect).
It perhaps all sounds rather daunting, but the telling is brisk and involving, exciting cliffhangers a speciality. With so much so bloody, this is not a work for the squeamish - human sacrifices and battles described at length, some may claim with disconcerting relish. (Apparently thighs of human victims went down most agreeably with chillies and beans.)
Particularly appealing are the largely invented younger ones caught up in it all: the beautiful slave Malinal; Cortes' little scribe Pepillo and his friend Melchior; most of all, fourteen year old Tozi, she a witch with ever-increasing awesome powers. Especially chilling is perverted Friar Munoz of the Inquisition, unspeakable atrocities perpetrated in God's name (approved of by St. Peter, we are led to believe).
A demanding read, the scale of it all somewhat overwhelming. Recommended to those interested in the period and who welcome a challenge. Some will find, though, it leaves a nasty taste in the mouth, neither side emerging with credit. The Mexica Empire is diabolically so cruel, the Spanish invaders with doubtful motives - religion their excuse, but gold the reason.
Most recent customer reviews
This first book in the series immediately grips the reader, and gives fascinating insights into the thoughts and actions of both Spaniards and Aztec cultures. Unputdownable.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent historical novel about the conquistidors and their adventures in Central America and the Caribbean, there are some thoroughly nasty characters , plenty of murders and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sawney Beane
I'm not much of a fan of fiction, but I bought this book simply because Graham wrote it. I have followed much of his other work and so I decided to give War God a try. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Higgins
Really good. Enjoyed this thoroughly, learnt quite a lot of detail about what the conquests were about, the weapons used and the relationships with the indigenous peoples that I... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Unusual storyline but very absorbing highly recommended will definitely read next episodePublished 15 months ago by keith