The only way to save the future is to decode the past. The only way to decode the past is to save the future.
Archeaologist Sheppard Smyth has staked his career and the honorable memory of his wife and partner on proving his widely panned theory: Cleopatra VII, the last sovereign pharaoh of Egypt, was not a victim of suicide as history suggests, but of a well-concealed murder. When a statue of the doomed Queen is unearthed in a pre-Columbian excavation site in Mexico, Shep rushes to investigate and, hopefully, find the proof that has evaded him for so long. The statue, however, is only the first clue suggesting a mysterious connection between Mesopotamia and Mesoamerica, and possibly – beyond. Suddenly thrust into the heated rivalry between sexy and enigmatic antiquities thief Victoria Kent and the infamous Russian mofiosa Dmitri Kronastia, Shep finds himself a common pawn played by forces working to see out a quest older than the pyramids and cloaked in the Mayan Doomsday prophecy of 12.21.12.
Have you ever added a book to your TBR list and then took so long to get to it that you couldn’t remember what it was about? And then when you went to read it, didn’t re-read the summary, just dove right in? This is what I did with this book, and I was thoroughly surprised and entertained.
Based on the title, I expected the book to be focused on Mayan mythology about the end of the world. This is so much more than that though. There is a whole world of Egyptian mythology hidden in this book, well, not so hidden if you read the summary.
The story had an intricate plot, featuring complex characters indulging in complicated relationships. Yet it was overall easy to read, follow and enjoy. This is the type of book I don’t want to review, I just want to enjoy, without trying to disect how I feel about everything.
One of my favourite aspects of the story was how hard it was to decide who was good and who was evil. First impressions were overturned by second impressions, were overturned by third scenes. It was exciting and kept me guessing all the way through.
If you’re a fan on Eygptian mythology, mystery or conspiracy theories, or just stories with intricate details, I’d recommend you pick this book up. It has a lot of offer to multiple audiences.
Challenges read for:
2012 Ebook Challenge