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WAR GOD: Nights of the Witch by [Hancock, Graham]
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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 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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***See WAR GOD'S FANTASTIC REVIEWS on Amazon.co.uk*** 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. 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 Cortés. 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. Yet, in the midst of the brutal and bloody battles, deep friendship and love survive through the massacres. Tozi, a young girl, who has seen many deaths inflicted in many ingenious and horrible ways, uses her magical gifts to save those she loves. Pepillo, a Spanish orphan who serves a sadistic Dominican friar, is taken under the wing of Cortés, and begins to learn what it takes to be a conquistador. They are caught up in the headlong collision between two gods of war, along with Malinal, a beautiful sex slave, whose hatred of Moctezuma runs so deep she will sell out her own land and people to destroy him. Praise for WAR GOD: Nights of the Witch ‘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 recommended 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. ‘. . . 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.’ London 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 ‘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

Product Details

  • File Size: 2622 KB
  • Print Length: 545 pages
  • Publisher: Peach Publishing (July 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E1CL5HA
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By Michael Harris on July 24, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Graham Hancock is a non fiction writer; this was the opinion I heard from some, the idea being he SHOULD not navigate the great ocean that is between non-fiction & fiction.

Of course War God is not his first venture into fiction, his book Entangled was his first. As a teenager I read The Sign & the Seal followed by Fingerprints of the Gods which changed my entire worldview as I am sure it did for many. I can say without reservation that War God had me turning the pages as quickly as did any of Hancock's non fiction and any other novels that I have read from any author over the last half dozen years.

Hancock has an amazing writing style that enables the reader to literally feel like you are there, and this is part of the reason he has been so successful in his earlier works.

Conclusion:
War God is fantastic. Both wonderful and in parts brutal, just like the period and the events described therein. War God deserves a chance and I am here to tell any reader that this book is worth every penny which will have you mesmerised as it did me. BUY IT NOW.
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I really enjoyed this book, I like well researched historical novels that are long enough to give you a sense of being there, not feeling let down by being so sort you feel like you just read a movie script.

I especially liked the weaving of the known history with the Supernatural in a way that is totally in keeping with the cultures in question. It took me awhile to realize what was going on with "The" War God - and I won't say anymore and be a spoiler but lets just say once I did figure it out I think I understood things a lot better.

The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is that I was a little overwhelmed by extremely detailed battle scenes which I'm sure my husband would love (we've both done a lot of historical re-enactment and he does fighting) but eventually just made me feel a bit lost and like I wanted my story back. I think this is a personal preference in reading styles, so those who like military fiction are likely to really enjoy these pages, but I just can't handle them after while (and I feel the same way about the long battle scenes that are sometimes in my husband's own novels).

I also felt just a tiny bit unconnected having so many point of view personages to follow, again I realize this is a popular modern style of writing and useful when you have multiple stories to tie together. But I couldn't help remember how gripped I felt reading the novel AZTEC years ago, which is done as an "autobiography" of the view point personage; and while I thought Mr. Jennings went way over the top in his descriptions of some of the darker stuff, I did feel very connected to his point of view Character; whereas in War God I felt most connected to Tozi the young "witch" girl and Pepito (a young boy of similar age).
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I did not get enough sleep as I devoured this epic late into the night until it was finished. I became completely immersed in the scenes & story, and now have an understanding of the culture and times it was set. Highly recommended!
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I held off reading this as I've been a fan of Grahams work for many years but had no interest in south american history at all and didn't think I'd enjoy it. It turned out to be one of the best action adventure novels I've read.

The characters are extremely well written and easy to relate to, the plot is very engaging and makes it difficult to put the book down. It is written in such a way that you actually feel sorry for some of the darker characters at times and makes you feel that there are positive and negative aspects on both sides of the conflict. There are no good guys and bad guys here, just many shades of red and gold.

I'm sure this book will one day find it's way into the national curriculum as one of the most accurate and in depth portrayals of a previously forgotton period of history.

This is a very important book for the way it captures a perfect snapshot of a brutal moment in america's history and also because it shows that Mr Hancock is set to become one of the heavy hitters in the world of fiction.

I patiently await the sequel to this and also entanglement which has some strong thematic connections to war god.
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The story starts off at cumbersome pace but quickly picks up. The narrative is awkward at first, but Graham Hancock soon hits his pace and the style becomes quite readable. Good sense of tension and suspense. Not crazy by the abrupt close, but now can't wait for the next installment. All in all a good, worthwhile read. This is a good lead into Graham Hancock, his thinking and other work. Glad to see he is getting into fiction. Definitely worth the price. Reading was enjoyable time well spent.
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I pre-ordered War God from the UK when I first heard about it, and could not pass up the opportunity the purchase the U.S. Kindle version so I could take it with me on the go. I was familiar with Graham Hancock's nonfiction work on ancient civilizations, and started War God not really knowing what to expect. I was not disappointed. As a work of historical fiction Graham takes you on an epic journey through ancient Mexico as seen through the eyes of multiple characters, each who let you experience the story as it unfolds from their own perspective and social background, from the highest rulers of that era to the lowest classes of slaves.

War God is a hefty book, but the story is exceptionally well written, and each chapter ends with a cliffhanger making you want to continue reading more.

When I initially opened the book I was a bit skeptical, and afraid that the story was going to densely overwritten with heavy handed amounts of unnecessary details and historical minutia. This was not at all the case. War God has a large cast of characters, but Graham proves himself to be a remarkable story-teller with a talent and understanding of how to write an epic historical novel without boring the reader.

The amount of historical research that must of went into the writing of War God is impressive, and Graham uses his knowledge of ancient Mexico to bring that era alive for the reader. War God pulls no punches when it comes to depicting the cruelty and violence of the historical setting, the battles and action sequences are brutal and fast-paced. There is also a fascinating thread of the supernatural and exotic magic woven throughout the story, which I'm sure those interested in the paranormal will no doubt enjoy.
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