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2012: The Crystal Skull [Paperback]

Manda Scott
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Book Description

5 Nov 2009

2012. The date is set. Time is running out.

The ancient Mayans predicted the End of Days with uncanny precision.

But they also provided the key to staving off apocalypse: a flawless sapphire of incomparable beauty carved into the perfect likeness of a human skull.

For more than four centuries, the skull, and its legacy of dark intrigue and murder, have been hidden, protected by a code few can break.

Now it's about to be found.

But can we now uncover the secret that may yet save the world?


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Product details

  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (5 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553824457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553824452
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Author, columnist and screenwriter, Manda (M.C) Scott has written thirteen novels beginning with contemporary thrillers. Her first, 'Hen's Teeth; was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, 'No Good Deed' was nominated for an Edgar Award in the 'Best Thriller' category.

Having served her writing apprenticeship, she went back in time to write the bestselling Boudica:Dreaming series. Her latest 'Rome' series starts with Rome: The Emperor's Spy and continues with Rome: The Coming of the King, Rome: The Eagle of the Twelfth and Rome:The Art of War. Set from 54 - 69AD, the books feature Pantera, the spy whose name means leopard.

She is working on a dual time line novel of Jeanne d'Arc (who she really was: not the fainting visionary peasant girl) and a contemporary thriller.

She is Chair of the Historical Writers' Association (http://www.TheHWA.co.uk), Prize Chair of the HWA Debut Crown and Programming Chair of the Harrogate History Festival. She writes reviews and columns for the Independent, the Express, the Telegraph and the (Glasgow) Herald.

She is an avid reader. Her top picks of 2013, in no particular order, are: Robert Wilton: TREASON'S TIDE, Imogen Robertson, 'THE PARIS WINTER', Beatrice Hitchman: 'PETITE MORT' Robert Ryan, 'DEAD MAN'S LAND', Robert Low, 'THE LION RAMPANT', Neil Gaiman 'THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE' and Neal Stephenson, 'Reamde' (it's 2012, but it's still outstanding.

Further details can be found on her website: http://www.mandascott.co.uk

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"Original, scary, rooted in the past but as current as tomorrow's nightmare. An enthralling read." (Lee Child)

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A gripping race against time to save the world against certain disaster. Find out about 2012 before you see the film!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2012: The Crystal Skull 9 Jan 2012
By Ayse
Format:Paperback
Story is wonderful. Very captivating. Since my last amazing book was KATE MOSSE LABYRINTH this book is also amazing same style format page turner and very excited specially connection between the two century amazing.
Highly recommend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendously 17 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Manda Scott has a flowing style with a rhythm that captures my imagination and my attention. Her writing is poetic and detailed at the same time; each word bringing more understanding and more images. I enjoyed reading The Crystal Skull tremendously and I know that I will read more of Manda Scott's books. As a matter of fact, I am planning to read as many as possible this year. Manda Scott is a talented writer, who is not afraid of researching the backgrounds of her stories, and totally deserves her success and more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 12 April 2011
By Helen
Format:Paperback
If you like Manda Scott...you will deffinitly appeciate this one. Her female heroine is always a strong character and determined.
Very enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a good read 15 Sep 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
A very good book. A little similar in structure to Possession (AS Byatt), in that the story is set in 2007 and about the finding of a crystal skull, the next chapter is set in the 1500's and is about the crystal skull and how it got to where it was found in 2007.

A well written story and a good read. For the negatives I would only say that I got a little confused in reading the historical chapters as during the course of the book they span over thirty years whereas the modern story is set over a couple of years.

On the whole worth the effort and would recommend.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm sure Indiana Jones does it better.... 21 May 2008
By Read Me
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At face value this book should be a good adventure/thriller. Along the lines of find treasure, avoid killers, use treasure to save the world (a little bit Indiana Jones). It does start out like this. Husband and wife team Kit and Stella are searching Yorkshire caves for the legend that is the crystal skull - after finding the secret clues in Cedric Owens' diaries. All good so far, Stella finds the skull but shock horror there is someone with them in the cave who will stop at nothing to steal the treasure.
Interweaved with Stella's story is that of Cedric, keeper of the skull during the 1600s. His role is to protect the skull and find where its world saving end will be based. I have to admit that Cedric's adventures in Spain and the New World wore more gripping than Stella's self absorbed tale. However it is the armageddon averting ending that ended the book which was probably the main let down, if you blinked while reading the end you'll miss it - in fact I probably did because by then I'd just lost all interest in what was going on.
This book had all the potential and the writing style wasn't that bad so I just don't know what went wrong. Perhaps its the fact that there are 12 skulls and you just expect more things to happen. Obviously read it if you're a fan of the author as you probably will like it, but if you're looking for a good thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat reading into the darkness then I'm afraid this isn't it.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bland and tedious 16 Aug 2008
By Nemesis
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book promised so much, but sadly failed to deliver. The characters had very little depth, and the ending when it came was little more than a whimper, rather than the glorious finale it could've been. There was so much potential available: the twelve other skulls, which were hardly explored at all; and the apocalypse, which was all set up nicely for December 21st, 2012, but which seemed to lack any sort of urgency once the day finally arrived. Sadly, like the rest of the book, it was all very anti-climactic.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak and disappointing 12 April 2008
By myrydyn
Format:Hardcover
I read all four books of the Boudica series twice and was looking forward to thsi book coming out. I have to say that i am glad that this is not a series, It was pale in comparison to Boudicca. The only parts where characters came alive was in the medieval timeline. The characters there came alive but the modern characters were utterly lifeless, and the storyline their was poor. In my view if the book had concentrated on the ealrier period and only hinted at the future, it would have been a far better story.
The story topic looked as if it would be a rival to the Da Vinci Code and when written by an experienced author I expected more than was produced. I think it is a case of authors having to produce books to satisfy the publishers and catch sales, thus they are not able to give their hearts to the subjects.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not sure how it got published 24 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
ms scotts roman-era books are intelligent, well written and well researched, even if she does have some funny ideas about ancient druidism and how much of their ancient belief system can be understood or accurately reconstructed in the modern world (she believes most of it, i believe none).

crystal skull however is awful. its so bad that i was left wondering if was an early, previously rejected book, which her publisher has now printed to cash in on her subsequent successes.

this book is badly plotted,badly written, with characters that nobody could care about.

if like me you are a fan of ms scott's work i urge you to read her more recent stuff and ignore this fifth rate dross.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dubious
This started as quite a good story. I enjoyed the two timelines running parallel. But the ending seemed a little strange.
Published 9 months ago by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't finish it
I got to page 439 of 524 and gave up. I decided that I wasn't going to waste another hour on this drivel and wasn't even interested in how it ended. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Galning
2.0 out of 5 stars Less than Enthusiastic
I'm sure many people will like this book. Regardless, I would call it 'chiclit', both for it's lack of demands on the reader and it's gender agenda, and could not finish it.
Published 17 months ago by Pete J
3.0 out of 5 stars It sounded so promising but did not deliver
When I first discovered this book and read the description I was quite excited. I expected it to be along the lines of 'Discovery of Witches,' since it had a basis in academia and... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Catherine Green
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - especially as author could have done better
I picked this up because it mentioned Gaping Ghyll and because the author also has a Boudicca set, both of which are interests, and general reviews suggested a good thriller. Read more
Published 20 months ago by P. Cross
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing.
I read The Emperor's Spy and loved it, thought it was the best book I'd come across for a long time. Read more
Published on 30 April 2011 by Seedbell
3.0 out of 5 stars Great start...poor plot development
Readable but not great. Another Dan Brown wannabe, but much too long for the substance in the plot (not much).
Published on 30 July 2010 by Garden Goddess
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and highly recommended.
This book was a revelation - no one had ever mentioned to me that there is a distinct possibility that the world as we know it will end on 21st December 2012. Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2010 by Lizzie Hayes
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