Sunday, March 20, 2011
REVIEW - "12.21.12"
Archaeologist Sheppard Smyth has staked his career and the honorable memory of his deceased wife and partner on proving his widely-panned theory: Cleopatra VII, last ruler of Ancient Egypt, was murdered. When a statue of the doomed Queen is discovered in an Olmec excavation site in Mexico, Shep rushes to investigate and, hopefully, find the proof that has evaded him for so long. Soon, he finds himself in the middle of the rivalry between the sexy, enigmatic international thief, Victoria Kent, and infamous rumored Russian mobster, Dmitri Kronastia. Both hold pieces to the puzzle that will finally shed light on Cleopatras death, as they vie for Shep's trust and assistance. As he is drawn further into their world of ancient gods, supernatural powers, and alternative history, little does Shep know that the fate of all humanity may hinge on his ability to discover the truth in between Victoria and Dmitris' fragmented claims and hidden identities. Working to decode the ancient past while attempting to save the future, Shep becomes a common pawn played by forces working to see out a quest older than the pyramids themselves and cloaked by the Mayan prophecy of 12.21.12. Description from GoodReads.
Shep has a theory that Cleopatra was murdered, that she did not die by natural means. He is hot in his pursuit of this theory when his wife tragically dies copying some hieroglyphs for him. He gives up on his passion and settles into teaching at a University. He is surprised when an old school mate calls and requests that he come to a dig. They have just unearthed Egyptian artifacts in Latin America.
Shep hustles to the site. He barely glances at them before the artifacts disappear under mysterious circumstances. This begins a fast paced adventure taking place in Latin America, London and Egypt.
I enjoyed the Egyptian mythology. I enjoyed the conspiracy theories. I enjoyed that this book deals with the harsh effects of secrets, the devastation that occurs when secrets are kept for far too long.
This book will keep you guessing. You will wonder what Killian could possibly pull out of her hat next. Believe me, she has a lot of tricks waiting in that magic hat of her imagination. You will not be bored if you read this book. There is a little something for everyone in it: adventure, conspiracy, romance, mystery, mafia, and historical fiction.
You may be wondering what would Egyptian mythology have to do with the end of the Mayan calendar? Ha, ha, I'm not going to tell. You will just have to read the book and find out for yourself! Just like I did.
My only caution would be that there is profanity, violence and adult situations. I am giving this book four stars. This is an adult book.
Posted by Lisa Faber at 11:59 PM