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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Viracocha, an ancient Inca deity, secretly mingles with a group of tourists in the Amazon after possessing a body of a man. He observes them, instigates some events and even grants them some of his power. But when one of the tourists commits a despicable act out of greed, the deity strands them in the jungle. They find themselves seeking refuge in an ancient Inca ruin while running away from armed drug-dealing bandits and their leader.
Set in the vividly described Peruvian jungle, the story introduces a diverse set of characters who are solidly individualized with believable personalities and complexities; brothers and tourist guides Sun and Miguel, former adventurer Leslie Kicklighter, radio personality Jessup, programmer AJ Bluehorse, celebrity Samantha Sorenson, writer Frederick, politician Devan, chef Cesario Gabriel, and John Holbrook, entrepreneur and captain of the Toy Of The Gods, a special boat that can hover over water. There’s already a silent tension among the members in the beginning. Several people seem to have some sort of secret, particularly Holbrook, who’s wary and hostile towards Simon Leverence, a co-owner of an eco-resort. I’m quite fond of Leslie, Jessup, and AJ. That said, Viracocha, who possessed Sun’s body, is quite the life of the party at times.
Toy of the Gods by Sonja Dewing is an adventure tale laced with mythology and legends. The fast-paced plot is executed through a straightforward but descriptive writing style, with a subtle flair that makes the narrative as intriguing as its premise; delightfully immersive. This story has the charm, the humor, and the thrills that readers will love. Dewing transports us to the beautiful but perilous jungle in the Peruvian Amazon, immersing us in an adventure without leaving the comforts of our home. It’s a swift but enjoyable and memorable read.