This is an enthralling story of adventure and mysticism set in an alternate universe. In this universe the Japanese were driven from their islands by Mongol invaders and landed in South America before the Spanish did in our universe. Now, somewhere about 2500 CE, Aztecs rule Earth with the Japanese as their second in command. Europeans are definately third class citzens. Our heroine, Gretchen, is an archologist who specializes in alien ruins. Her employer is a company on the lookout for artifacts from an alien civilization from a billion years ago which are all worth an unbelivable fortune. Gretchen is sent to find out what happened to an expedition in search of such artifacts. The expedition has failed to report on schedule, and the company is worried. Together with one of the fabled Aztec Judges. Gretchen finds that the expedition has inadvertantly triggered the beginning of a terrible catastrophe for the whole of mankind.
This novel was engrossing and unique. At times a little confusing because the author's cliffhangers but he explains everything by the ned. Dr. Anderssen (not Anderson) is an interesting, strong character with depth and a believable history.
This book is full of unique and thrilling ideas that play out slowly, bit by bit, until they all come together at the end.
There are bits of refreshing humor and fright. The background characters are interesting and complete too.
I'm already looking for the next books in this series.
"In five short centuries, the mighty Empire of the Mexica, descendants of the ancient Aztec, spread out to conquer the Earth. Now they have left their homeworld and set their sightss on the stars. Now, on a desolate, barren world far fron the heart of civilizatieon, Gretchen Anderson, a young human xeno-archaeologist, is about to discover an awesome, long buried secret that could alter the galactic balance of power forever."