The newly-released novel The Winds of the Gods introduces Dr. Elena Juarez, a University of Texas professor who has broken the code for interpreting Mayan glyphs. But her system has come under attack and she can only validate her research by finding reliable samples of early Mayan writing in a virgin pre-classic Mayan site. Looking for the dig site, she begins having disturbing visions of a robed apparition. Clue by clue this spirit-guide draws her to Acatenango, an ancient mountain-volcano in Southern Guatemala. Elena was born in a small village in the shadows of Acatenango, whose name means “Where the God Lives.” Not just any Mayan god, but Itzamna—Father of all Gods.
When the archeology team from the University of Texas arrives on Acatenango, they uncover a small pre-classic Mayan village high on the mountain—possibly an outpost from Kaminaljuyu, the capitol city of the Mayans. In the village, they excavate several examples of early Mayan glyphs. Then, quite by accident, they discover a large structure built into the mountain, which was covered by lava from the eruption of Acatenango in 250 A.D. As the team begins uncovering the temple-like structure, Elena realizes that it couldn’t have been built by the Mayans because it was constructed with technology that didn’t exist—at any time in Mayan history. Yet, dating of the mortar places the structure in the village at the time of the eruption—a building out of time, out of place. Elena struggles to discover the secrets buried in the temple and to find out who could have possessed the knowledge and technology to build such a building in 240 A.D. She wonders if it could have something to do with Itzamna, the Father of the Gods, who according to legend, lived on this very mountain? What she finds will shake the very foundations of Christianity.
The character of Elena is loosely based on Dr. Linda Schele, a world-renowned scholar of Mayan art and writing from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Schele, along with others working in the field, actually broke the “code” in interpreting the Mayan glyphs. She traveled to Mexico and Guatemala countless times to interpret the glyphs on newly-discovered Mayan buildings