A man with no known past and no name has been dispatched to the deserts, ghost towns, and underbelly of drug-infested Mexico to uncover a secret that could forever change the scope and teachings of Christianity.
A DEA agent has written that he possesses the unmistakable and undeniable proof that Christ did indeed return to earth again and walk the land of the Aztecs almost fifteen hundred years after his crucifixion on the cross. But has the agent found a relic? An artifact? A long lost manuscript of the written Word? No one knows, and the agent dies before he can smuggle the secret out of an empty grave.
Ambrose Lincoln can’t dig past the charred fragments of his memory, but he must unravel the legend of Quetzalcoatl, the white-skinned, blue-eyed, god figure whose sixteenth century ministry, death, resurrection, and mystical promise to return someday to gather up his people closely parallels the Biblical story of the man called Christ. Is Quetzalcoatl merely a myth, or was he Christ himself?
Lincoln’s quest to find the answers, he becomes involved in a rogue CIA plot to invade Mexico and wage an unholy war on drugs, financed by operatives working for Hitler’s Germany. He finds himself pursued by the same mysterious assassin who struck down the DEA agent.
Does the artifact actually exist? Who possesses it now? Lincoln battles an unseen and unknown enemy in an effort to survive long enough to discover the truth. If he doesn’t, he knows that death awaits him on the desert sands of a land held sacred for centuries by the mysterious and holy ones.
This was a rather excellent surprise find for me. I had it on my kindle but couldn’t remember how it got there. Intrigued by the stylish cover and mysterious title I started to read and soon got myself dragged into the narrative. The writing is atmospheric and dry, to the point and very accomplished. I read the author has received several awards for it and I’m not surprised. Most compelling and well-done is the rivalry between some of the characters. With a hint of conspiracy lurking in the story behind the artefact the main suspense for me came from the personal. I could almost feel the anger and hate against the nemesis, enjoyed the action scenes and the suspense surrounding the mystery until the last page. Well maintained tension throughout make this a very readable and compelling read.
A great find.