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  • Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (21 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553817663
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553817669
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,182 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 "One of the boldest recent adventures in historical fiction" Independent "A fantastic tale of human struggle against the forces of evil and an attempt to avert the apocalypse" Soul & Spirit "Very much in the style of the epic thriller writers such as Wilbur Smith, Clive Cussler and Matthew Reilly, Scott has produced a veritable three course meal of a book in which every dish served up is superb" Shropshire Star

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Only when thirteen crystal skulls are reunited can the world be saved: ancient prophecy combines with modern zeitgeist in this gripping, high concept conspiracy thriller.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Ratcliffe on 15 Sep 2010
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Walki F Tinkanesh on 17 Jun 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Jan 2012
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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By myrydyn on 12 April 2008
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 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen on 12 April 2011
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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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Read Me on 21 May 2008
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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 By Nemesis on 16 Aug 2008
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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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By laura on 18 Oct 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. The story goes from past to present throughout which I thought would annoy me but I actually really liked it. I like the authors writing style and look forward to reading more of her books.
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