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#25: 12.21.12 - Killian McRae


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.

Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press (November 1, 2011)
ISBN: 9780983979722

Author Bio:
Killian McRae considers herself a fan of history, and tries to reflect this love in her fiction writing. In her debut novel, 12.21.12, she combined Ancient Mesoamerican and Egyptian history with hints of romance, suspense, and science fiction. Her current release, "A Love by Any Measure," is a historical romance set in the 1860's against the backdrop of English-Irish tensions and the uprising of the Fenian Brotherhood.
Killian holds a BA in Near Eastern History from the University of Michigan. She makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.


My Opinion:
I know people are going to see the title of the book and immediately think of the buzz surrounding the event of the Mayan calendar. However, look past the title and delve into a sci-fi mystery with a twist.
It was a great story! It pulled me right into this world, our world, but felt unlike our world. The characters were fun to read while interacting with each other, you really get a sense of the chemistry.
Great writing and story telling! Fans of all types will like this one.


3.5/5


Recommend? Yes.


~I received a copy from the author. I was not compensated for my opinion.~

Comments

  1. This is very cool. I was wondering if it would have a lot to do with the Mayan Calendar but am glad to know that it's about more than that. I'm interested in checking out some more sci-fi anyway especially if it has a mystery element to it!

    -La Toya (La Toya, Literally.)

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  2. I really like Archaeological mysteries. Always interested in Cleopatra too. Would luv to read it. Enjoyed your review.

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  3. Sounds like a great mystery! Glad that it is not just about Mayan calendar and Would love to read it.

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  4. Sounds like a great book! Thank you for doing the review :)

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