“This audio was read by Fred Sanders and Noel r Bearheart, both readers were fine but Bearheart's voice really conveyed what I think his character would sound like. I enjoyed this story but I felt like there were some places where the story line jumped and I missed the connection. The basic idea of the story is based on the Mayan prediction that the world would end on 12-21-12. When Dr. Gabriel Stanton, who is an expert regarding rare infections, is presented with a patient whose symptoms resemble those of mad cow disease, he has no idea what it will eventually lead to or where he will finally find the answers that he seeks. He and Chel Manu, a rising star in Mayan history team up and attempt to track down the reasons for this sudden epidemic and just exactly how it ties in with the ancient story of how the Mayan culture vanished practically overnight. Again, I liked the idea and the story line kept me interested but I just kept feeling like I was missing some connecting pieces.”Beverly R. wrote this review Tuesday, October 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Entertaining. I'm learning a bit about Maya culture. I'll rate it when I'm done.”Dennis OConnor wrote this review Wednesday, August 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
A rather lame take on the passing of the end of the Mayan long count calendar last year. Fictionally, it appears modern man is suffering a similar fate to that which killed off the Maya. The premise is that the Maya got sick by cannibalising diseased human brains and now much of the USA is affected by a resurgence of this incurable disease which originated in Guatemala. There is a parallel in the sickness Variant CJD in modern man.
An intrepid female researcher leads a team of two to deep into the Guatamalan jungle and finds a cure for the Mayan sickness. She and her partner cure themselves and bring the cure back to the USA.
Badly and lazily written this was a wasted opportunity. How can you write 'bits of sweat' and 'bits of foliage' and expect to be taken seriously?”
“It's a great book, but the ending disappoints. What a shame ”Carol W wrote this review Wednesday, May 15, 2013. ( 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