Book 3 of Shadow Gods Saga
In old Mexico the gods were real, or so it was believed…and they left a terrible heritage.
Working on a remote dig, archaeologist Lauren Hopkins discovers an extraterrestrial craft buried in an ancient Comalcalco Mayan pyramid. Her career is made, but the knowledge throws Earth into social, religious and political turmoil. Instead of being a boon to mankind, opening new industries, the discovery triggers a global confrontation. A country that can seize and control the alien technology can control the world.
As a member of a UN scientific team studying the saucer, political differences set aside, Lauren is drawn into a romantic encounter from which she has no intention of extricating herself. Bill Faroway has filled something within her that has been empty for too long and she is relishing the experience.
The Serrll Combine, a conglomeration of 247 star systems split into two main factions: the Servatory and the Revisionist parties, embarrassed that one of their ancient scoutships somehow got mislaid, knows that it must act quickly to avert open warfare on Earth. After discovering the raider base that has been preying on Pizgor merchant shipping, the newly promoted First Scout Terrllss-rr, walking in the shadow of Death, on his first mission as a Diplomatic Branch agent, is sent to destroy the craft and avert a catastrophe on Earth. It should have been a simple assignment, but Terr was not warned that Lauren and Bill were in the ship when he planted the demolition charges—a deliberate oversight by a rival officer who sought to discredit Terr.
About to make his extraction, Terr and Lauren are shot by patrolling Comalcalco guards. Without expert medical treatment, Lauren will die. Faced with a cruel choice, Terr’s Wanderer brother Dharaklin ignores regulations and brings everyone to the Moon. Lauren recovers, but Terr faces disciplinary action for bringing the humans to the Serrll Base. For Lauren, the aliens turn out to be much more than the Mayan gods of old.