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.
12.21.12 was an interesting book. It has the Mayan myth of the world ending, and it had a whole ton load of history, and it was very interesting, and I really enjoyed reading it.
I loved the premise, I thought it was unique, and I loved how things kept being turned on us, our previous conceptions being turned on tail, and we learned something totally new that usually put something out of wack. I loved it, and it was fun to read.
I loved the history, it was well researched, and the myths and the legends, and Cleopatra, queen of Egypt, and other things that I won't mention so I don't spoil too badly or at all if I can help it.
The ending was amazing, and I was glad that everyone still alive, found happiness, or got to keep their happiness. It was just a really good ending!
This was a great book, so you guys should really read it!
Author: Killian McRae
Series: The Altunai Annals #1
Read: July 27th-28th, 2011
Source: I received a copy to read
Reason Why: Sounded like a really great book!
Published: December 19th 2010