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