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Graham Hancock, an expert in ancient civilisations and author of the nine million selling Fingerprints of the Gods, and expert too, on the use of hallucinogens to achieve higher states of consciousness, brings these two interests together in the second volume of the War God trilogy.

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.

©2016 Graham Hancock (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Just Fantastic

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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great narrator good story

I enjoyed the story, and the narration was amazing. top notch in my opinion

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A Must Read Trilogy!

Absolute loved it!
Incredible second book to a fantastic trilogy!
Can't wait for the Third book!

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cant wait to get on the next book

love part two getting ready for the next booki know its going to be good

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Amazing!

This is such a great and epic tale! I can not recommend it enough! It has renewed my interest in history, and gotten me over my slump on forever waiting for the next book of game of thrones. Give this series a shot, it's well worth it.

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addicting

too good, im ready for the 3rd book already. ill be reading all of Hancocks fiction

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Cascadian heathen

Graham Hancock brought this historical event to life. I could not stop listening. Narrated perfectly as well.

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Graham Hancock is the man

this story is freaking awesome anybody who likes a good novel would love this book I love this whole series seriously my favorite novel series that I have ever read

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Well done! I loved it

I can't wait for the third book. thank you for an amazing story! Teonanàcatl time!

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Fantastic!!

loved it and just like the first book I find my self searching to see when the 3rd one will be released. hoping to find out what happens and At the same time not wanting the story to end. also I must say the narration performance was so good the characters were brought to life.

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  • Golden girl
  • 10-08-18

Return of the plummed serpent

Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book I found it to be a bit repetitive. I am looking forward to the next book which concludes the story.

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  • Plamen
  • 10-06-18

It's getting worse.

I think the quality of the book is deteriorating. The characters are becoming more and more steretypical. The story on itself as a historical pice is fascinating, but the details of the journey, which should have been the main contribution of the author, are not intriguing, entertaining, enlightning, or nothing of the sort. Th characters are as one dimensional as possible. Like in a cheesy Hollywood action production. And th constant reminding of the backstory of the characters and their "virtues" and so on, is really annoying, and for me personally, a sure indicator of poor writing.

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  • Alexei Dmitriev
  • 03-06-18

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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  • Brett Gary Jackson
  • 01-29-18

Bloody brilliant!

A fantastic second installment of Graham Hancock's War God's. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

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  • Ilona
  • 01-06-17

Masterpiece!

Perfect plot set on historical events. Brilliantly read ! Very entertaining AWSOME audio book ! Thank you!

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  • Drew
  • 01-05-17

another fantastic book by Graham Hancock

loved it , can't wait for the third book in the series. Very well narrated by Barnaby Edwards.

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  • Paul
  • 10-21-16

Grwleat novel, thoroughly enjoyed

Great listen. Graham Hancock has put together an exciti NH and complrx novel in a historical setting. I would happily recommend this book.

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  • Thomas
  • 08-29-16

Flawless! A masterpiece of historical fiction.

Flawless! A masterpiece of historical fiction. Action packed and emotive, passionate and heartfelt. Perfect from start to finish.