• Return of the Plumed Serpent

  • War God, Book 2
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (470 ratings)

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Return of the Plumed Serpent

By: Graham Hancock
Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
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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.

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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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Time Travel 😀

I wept when the young lad defeated his bully. I sweated through each battle. Graham and Barnaby are masterful Duo.

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A Great Listen! Gripping, hard to turn off.

It's Unbelievable, amazing, cruel, & funny! Graham Hancock is the best!! I can't believe this actually happened 500 years ago

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love this

what a wonderfully written and preformed book.

can't recommend this series more. two down 1 to go.

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It was a little slow, but still good

There were a few chapters that were really repetitive and there was a lot of talking without any point, but things eventually came together.

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An exquisite adventure

Another masterwork from Graham Hancock. Stupendously written, beautifully narrated, worth listening to over and over again!

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A quick summary

"Cortez and his invincible army progress towards the aztec capital committing warcrimes the whole way there and desimating anything in their way". I understand that historical relevance of what actually happened but this book actually become quite boring once you see the Spaniards absolutely destroy anything that comes into their path over and over. There's no element of danger to any of the Conquistador characters and because of this their chapters become quite dull.

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like a harry Potter for grown ups

loving this!
the layers of history
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  • ASHISH SINHA
  • 02-28-22

Amazing storyline continues

Having visited Latin America, I was always fascinated by the ancient culture and history. Though this is a fictional account, it still shows how wrong Religious practices can destroy cultures and civilisations. The European colonists in the name of religion plundered these ancient cultures. However they also contributed to their ruin by their shameful practices and inner turmoil. Brilliant narration and writing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-30-20

Fantastic

Well written ,well performed , great characters and story. Highly recommended. If you've enjoyed any of Grahams books this trilogy is a must .

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  • Graham
  • 11-03-22

really enjoying the series as it progresses

took a while to get into the story, but really enjoying how the story is evolving

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  • One foot forward
  • 08-14-22

Is Cuauhtémoc’s accent Prince Charles?

Once you’ve heard it, you’ll never unhear it.

Great story, great book, and great narrator.

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  • Jeanne Jearls
  • 01-16-22

Breathtaking!

I have never thought that the story of the Spanish conquest of Mexico can be told with such verve, energy and excitement. I had myself totally captivated by the magic of the world that Graham Hancock has created. The story is so beautifully and seamlessly written that I could imagine myself being there and observing it all. I absolutely loved the performance of Barnaby Edwards who brought all of the characters to life and made this an astounding and thoroughly entertaining performance! Thank you Audible for this mesmerising listen.

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  • chris shaw
  • 12-14-21

this series is fantastic

enjoying these books immensely highly recommend. so looking forward to the last installment. excellent mix of history magic and action

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  • David Hughes
  • 11-14-20

The second epic the War God series

Having read all 3 books in this series I am still amazed that a factual writer such as Hancock has the talent for such enjoyable epics.

It is a continuation of the first book and also a continuation of the brutality by both sides. The arrogance and greed of the conquistadors in the name of God and King is only matched by the hypocrisy of challenging human sacrifices by the wanton slaughtering of those they considered to be subhuman, despite the incredible achievements by the indigenous people. The reader will obviously conclude that the spread of Christianity should have been that of living with these people, earning their trust where possible and living by example, rather than the slaughter of many thousands. Of course, human sacrifices are horrific, but to attempt to stop this through violence, fear and oppression was only ever going to have one outcome.

Barnaby Edwards with with his repertoire of 'English accents' is superb. His talent for narration is demonstrated by the number of audiobooks he has been asked to narrate. And again, this book can interfere with your sleep and work as you feel compelled to keep listening. This is every bit as good as the first book and I can very highly recommend it.

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  • stan
  • 10-01-19

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Bit slow paced in the middle & starts to feel a bit repetitive.
But once the battles begin somewhere mid way you are in the fascinating world of the Mexica & conquistadors again!!

I would recommend upping the speed to 2 or 2.5x. especially if you do multiple books in a day..

Mr. Hancock has me riveted . Onwards to the 3rd book!

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  • mark
  • 03-04-19

Fantastic

Graham has such a gift for writing coupled with the talented narration from Barnaby made this just a joy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-19

Great Story !

Amazing historic details showing us that reality can be a lot more crazy than ficcion. Graham Hancock´s at its best!
I Really loved this book ... couldn´t sleep for weeks with this story pounding in my head, in my dreams.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-22

amazing

War god is a masterpiece in my opinion. The narration is expressive and brings each of the characters to life. Such an amazing story, especially considering it is based on real events.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-15-20

Far out bro, mean book!recomond to anyone in NZ

mate love the 2nd more then the first!

MyMaori ancestors couldtakeout the Spanish conquistadors! cometo Aotearoa Graham

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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.