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“I know I read this sometime in 2012 (before the infamous 12/21) and while I enjoyed reading about how legends can have some roots in fact, this End Times fantasy seemed rushed and written only to cash in on the "Mayan Apocalypse." Now that we've survived - don't bother with this one.”see full review » see other reviews »
“It's a great book, but the ending disappoints. What a shame ”Carol W wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I know I read this sometime in 2012 (before the infamous 12/21) and while I enjoyed reading about how legends can have some roots in fact, this End Times fantasy seemed rushed and written only to cash in on the "Mayan Apocalypse." Now that we've survived - don't bother with this one.”humbledaisy wrote this review Saturday, March 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Robin cook meets Dan brown with a flair of Indiana Jones.. good effort by the author, but just missed the mark. The anticipation tried to build up everytime, but fell flat almost immediately.
“This is a very well written piece of fiction. Very dense, this novel brings all the elements to make this book an instant success. A thriller that goes from Los Angeles to the jungles in Guatemala in 10 days. The plot is simple and interesting. Doctor Gabriel Stanton is a specialist in prion diseases and Chel Manu is a star in the field of Maya studies. Dr. Stanton receives a call from a resident in a hospital saying that they have a patient that he needs to see. Problem is that the patient only speaks a language they figure out to be a Mayan dialect, and Chel , as a Guatemalan American and Maya specialist, is called to be the interpreter. She is a researcher at the Getty Museum and she receives an artifact in a bag from a black market agent, that happen to be a book with the story of her ancestors written by a royal scribe. That story ended up being the key to solve the variation of the prion epidemic that start to happen initially in LA, but then starts spreading fast all over the USA.
I recommend this book to the permanent library of all book lovers that wants to be entertained with a story that will hook you from the beginning and you will read it on the edge of your chair. It took me around 12 hours to read the whole book.
This book was written by Dustin Thomason and it was published by The Dial Press on August of 2012. Amazon.com was kind enough to provide this product for me through their Vine Program for reviewing and I was not requested to provide a positive review. Opinions expressed here are my own.”
“ Really good book! Had to get in at least one of my 2012 end of the world books in and this one is much better than the other one I am slogging through. This is part medical thriller and part archeology Indiana Jones type action. The author made it so that it could be a believable scenario. Really cool book!
“Really great book about Mayan history and culture and mass pandemic in reference to 12/21/2012”Danielle Howard wrote this review Saturday, November 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i thought there would be more hype/craziness around 12/21/12 - being the end of the world and all - but there has been very little and when i heard about this book, thought i'd give it a read. yes, the premise is set around the possible end of the world according to the Mayan calendar with an outbreak of a contagion akin to mad cow's a few weeks before the 12/21. the book is part medical thriller part Mayan historical lesson with a CDC doctor and curator who happens to be Mayan as the central characters - there are a couple of other "coincidences" that are hard to buy into (patient zero happens to nicely tie into the two stories). A good fast paced read nonetheless.”Randy S wrote this review Friday, November 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Great historical context, okay character development
unoriginal dialogue, boring narration.
People who graduate from Columbia with their MD just aren't meant to be writers.”
By Dustin Thomason
Chel, a young Guatemalan American researcher of Maya studies, is soon called upon by Dr. Gabriel Stanton the foremost expert of the incurable prion diseases after a priceless codex is brought to America unleashing a powerful disease. The two must band together before it becomes too late and the entire population is wiped out.
I am not quite a believer of the Mayan end of the world craze that is going around lately; to me it’s another millennium scare if you were around for that one you know what I mean. But this novel is an interesting take on the idea of the world coming to an end. It reminds me of the quote from T.S. Elliot “This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.” Everyone keeps thinking something extraordinary is going to happen but what if it is the same thing we all fear, a new form of sickness that cannot be stopped. With every turn of the page you keep your fingers crossed as the story goes on that they will soon find a cure. If you are into the medical suspense/drama genre I would definitely recommend checking this one out.
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“Don't be fooled by the title or description. This is not an end of the world, Mayan apocalyptic book. It's a pot-boiler, medical mystery a la Robin Cook... dressing a Mayan, feather ceremonial cloak.”Greg wrote this review Wednesday, October 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No