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Clash of Star-Kings (Discovery)

3.13  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Set during the reign of the Aztecs in Mexico, two alien forces, dormant for centuries, enter a confrontation on a remote mountain that will decide Earth's fate. The Great Old Ones benevolently ruled before the cruel Aztecs were shaped by the Huitzil, who came from the Evil Stars and taught the Aztecs how to conquer and demanded endless human sacrifice.
paper, 156 pages
Published April 20th 2000 by Wildside Press (first published 1966)
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mark monday
Sturm und Drang! ancient god-aliens coming back to earth to raise the people up! it's a revolution, against the Mexican government and the terrible monster-god-aliens who come from the Evil Stars! the Aztecs rise again to commit bloody atrocities! hearts are pulled from chests! battles with lightning and thunder and rain! two mountains shall rise! original gangsters Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca and Huitzilopochitli battle it out with the kindly giants The Great Old Ones over the weaponized ...more
Fuzzy Gerdes
Nov 15, 2007 Fuzzy Gerdes rated it liked it
Both the title and back cover blurb of this slim novel rather overstate the excitement contained within ("they came from the Evil Stars!"). Which is not to say it was a disappointment, but rather than a grand adventure it's a short, tense tale of a small Mexican village where things are not as they seem (ala The Wicker Man ) and the few scifi elements mentioned (a brief mention of a "star ship") could easily be discarded to leave this a disturbing fantasy.

(The description listed on Goodreads an
Garry Morris
Jul 26, 2015 Garry Morris rated it liked it
I stuck with this but got half way through and realised nothing much had actually happened.
The author's knowledge of Mexico did, however, impress.
So I stuck at it and the story, such as it was, unfolded at what seemed a leisurely pace, and you never really got "into" the characters as you do in some books.
Anyway (spoiler alert!), the good guys (well, Gods actually) won and, if I'm honest, by the end, I wasn't sure I cared!
Toyed with a "2" rating, but was well written in parts, so a "3" it is.
Bob Rust
Jun 17, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clash of Star-Kings (1966) is set in a richly realized Mexico which becomes a venue for a game of war amongst returning alien "gods".
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