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Feathered Serpent 2012 by Junius Podrug
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765308351
Date: 16 March 2010 List Price $24.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Approximately two-thousand years ago, an alien crash landed in Mexico, destroying the city of Cuicuilco. The surviving natives worshipped the alien as a god-king and named it Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent. With its help, they built Teotihuacan (Tay-oh-tee-wah-kahn), a large, technologically advanced city with sacrificial pyramids and mutant manbeasts known as Jaguar Knights. An earthquake traps the alien inside a volcano.

In the present, an earthquake releases the Feathered Serpent from its tomb. The alien creates a virus that kills the methane eating archaea bacteria. The unchecked methane begins poisoning water supplies in the Gulf of Mexico and spreading outward, killing millions. Caden Montez (famed astrobiologist and archaeologist), Allen Hunt (former CIA director) and Tah-Han (a two-thousand-year-old athlete from Teotihuacan) must work together to destroy the Feathered Serpent before it murders all of mankind.

From official release/information:

From back of book: December 21, 2012: The fabled Feathered Serpent begins his relentless ascent out of the bowels of the earth, escaping thousands of years of torturous confinement. Controversial astrobiologist and archaeologist Caden Montez--who believes Teotihuacan is the best site on earth to find alien life forms--is on his trail. While exploring this so-called "City of the Gods," a place so eerie it terrified even the most ferocious Aztecs, she discovers that the Serpent has broken free.

(Source: Tor Books)

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