- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Coronet (Sept. 16 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444734407
- ISBN-13: 978-1444734409
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.7 x 19.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 31 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
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
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Intriguing― Sunday Times
...his sweep through the ancient world is arresting and audacious.―Daily Mail
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
...one of the intellectual landmarks of this decade.―Literary Review
About the Author
As East Africa correspondent of The Economist in the early eighties Graham Hancock began to write a series of highly acclaimed books on economics, politics and foreign aid. His life took a whole new turn when he became fascinated by rumours that the Ark of the Covenant is real artefact, hidden somewhere in northern Africa. The story of his detective work, tracking it down to its supposed final resting place became the international bestseller The Sign and the Seal (now in production as a feature film.) More bestsellers in the field of 'alternative history' followed, including Fingerprints of the Gods, Keeper of Genesis (the latter co-authored with Robert Bauval) and Heaven's Mirror. In Supernatural he described his experiences journeying to experiment with hallucinogenic drugs amongst tribes people for whom they represent a gateway into supernatural realms. His ideas on exploring new dimensions in consciousness became the subject of his controversial TED talks.
Graham Hancock's books have been translated into twenty-seven languages and have sold over nine million copies worldwide. His public lectures and broadcasts, including two major TV series for Channel 4, Quest for the Lost Civilisation, and Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age, have further established his reputation as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity`s past.
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While I'm normally strictly a non-fiction reader, listening to Graham talk about the premise of the book was enough to get me interested, and I definitely was not disappointed!
The story and characters are very engaging and the inter-locking story-lines, multiple point-of-view characters, and generally short chapters make this 500+ page book a breeze to read.
The historical attention to detail (what Graham is mostly known for in the non-fiction world) is fascinating and I often found myself going online to read more about some of the characters and events. (be careful though, this could spoil the plot!)
It should be noted that this is not simply a historical fiction (of which it's a great one) but also a historical fantasy. The book contains elements and magic and mysticism which helps to round out the characters as these were important and commonly held beliefs of the cultures in question, however if you are a person who dismisses these things out of hand (even in a work of fiction) it could be a potential turn off. The book is also not for the squeamish as it's quite a bloody tale, but for anyone that has even basic knowledge of the events the book is based on this should come as no surprise.
I noticed the ink would slightly smear on numerous pages and the overall build quality makes me think the book could be in pretty rough shape after it gets back to me from all the people I'm sure it will be lent to, but I chose not to fault the author and base my rating entirely on the story itself.
In conclusion, I can hardly wait for the next book in the series and am thankful to Graham not only for a wonderfully entertaining book, but also for reigniting my interest in fiction in general.
Graham's writing style is usually short, fast-paced chapters that switch between various points of view of the story. This style makes for a very enjoyable read.
Finishing 'War God' has left me desperately wanting the next installment!
I highly recommend his other novel "Entangled", and non-fiction books "Fingerprints of the Gods", "Supernatural", etc.
That being said, I am now waiting for the third book in this amazingly detailed and fast paced series he has started here, with this first book, 'Nights of the Witch'. Graham certainly does not disappoint with the tapestry of rich character development woven around a brutal and often over-looked portion of our history, concerning the Spanish conquest of the Aztec. The elements of magic and spirituality and religion have been fine-tuned, put together and played against each other with amazing creativity and overall believability. If you like historical fact mixed with fiction, action, intrigue and suspense, (even some romance!) I would recommend this book to you without doubt.
I cannot believe I didn't review it earlier. The fact is, I am from the states, and had never before used Amazon.ca before. For some reason, Graham's publishers seem reluctant to admit he has a LOT of fans here in the US. I look forward to seeing this changing in the future!
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