Phew! I just hit publish on Swords Versus Tanks 3 – PYRAMID OF BLOOD! It should be appearing shortly, but in the mean time here’s a link to my author page.
It was perhaps the hardest to edit because I didn’t want my authorial wrath to fall on the wrong target.
As you can tell from the cover, Ranulph and his Vikings end up in my quasi-Meso-American continent and get into a fight with the locals.
The snag was that since this was going out in an episode, rather than as a section of a longer book, it had to convey its theme without the context of the rest of the story.
Just to be clear, it’s not about “OMG Aztecs were awful they deserved to be conquered,” but rather, “The past was bloody awful everywhere and people are foolish to look to find a utopia in pre-modern times.”
Yes, the Aztecs, Mayans and Olmecs had amazing civilizations, but most of the evidence also points to an equally amazing number of human sacrifices, some of them too nasty to describe here. However, there’s no moral high ground here in the West either. We might not have thrown up pyramids and torn out people’s hearts, but we wiped out the Cathers, slaughtered suspected witches, massacred the “pagan”… Even when you remove religion as a motivator, our ancestors were pretty good at massacring innocents. The same goes for the Northmen. Wonderful ships, amazing wargear, exciting mythology… shame about the rape, pillage and slaving, not to mention the human sacrifice.
So line them up in a story, make them fight, admire their prowess and their culture. Just remember that though our ancestors may have been giants, they are giants on whose dead shoulders we stand so we can inhabit our own, fragile, moral high ground.