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Steve Alten
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3 Mar 2011 The Mayan Trilogy

On 21 December 2012 the ancient Mayan calendar will complete its thirteenth cycle. Archaeologist Julius Gabriel dies certain of one fact: that, on this date, the human race will cease to exist.

Mankind's salvation lies in a millennia-old code. Ancient legacies - from the pyramids of Mexico and Egypt to the Nazca desert drawings - are key to preventing the imminent global holocaust. Only Julius's son, Michael Gabriel, can decipher this puzzle.

Michael is incapable of action, locked in an asylum where he has been wrongly incarcerated for the past eleven years. But now he has been assigned a new psychiatrist, Dominique Vazquez, upon whose actions the fate of the world will soon rest.


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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857381695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857381699
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A chilling, deeply researched peek into our ancient past. Jarring, frightening, thrilling' James Rollins, bestselling author of The Doomsday Key.

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It is the beginning of the end. On 21 December 2012 the ancient Mayan calendar will complete its thirteenth cycle. Archaeologist Julius Gabriel dies certain of one fact: that, on this date, the human race will cease to exist. Mankind's salvation lies in a millennia-old code. Ancient legacies - from the pyramids of Mexico and Egypt to the Nazca desert drawings - are key to preventing the imminent global holocaust. Only Julius's son, Michael Gabriel, can decipher this puzzle. Michael is incapable of action, locked in an asylum where he has been wrongly incarcerated for the past eleven years. But now he has been assigned a new psychiatrist, Dominique Vazquez, upon whose actions the fate of the world will soon rest.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but be prepared to suspend your disbelief! 18 Mar 2011
By Becky
Format:Paperback
I know, I know, it's part sci-fi, part fantasy, so suspension of disbelief is a given. But I really had to exercise mine and consequently found the book so frustrating. I wanted to like it but it never really took off for me - all the bare bones are there; good idea for a plot, obviously well researched, potential for a well-paced story line...

The character of Dominique was a real problem; where the intention is for her to appear torn or confused she instead comes across as feeble. Where she is supposed to be strong-willed and feisty, she sounds whiny and annoying. The relationship between her and Mick has no chemistry and at times seemed completely unbelievable. One meeting and Dominique agrees that Mick is paranoid and mentally ill, the very next meeting she's back on his side again! Her constant prevarication throughout the book becomes quite tedious.

The pure sci-fi parts of the book were quite entertaining. The best parts were the excerpts from Mick's Father's journal, which demonstrates the excellent research that Steve Altern undertook for the story. I'd rate the book as average - a great idea for a story but the main characters weren't developed enough and there was a touch of 'James Patterson-itis' - i.e. trying to cram as much action and different plot-lines into the book and consequently only skating over each one, instead of focusing on quality rather than quantity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyably Flawed. 26 April 2011
By david
Format:Paperback
Four stars are generous for this, but it's a great plot. A very enjoyable romp, in the classic tradition of, fantasy thrillers.

It does however have its faults, for a start it could have been quite easily 100 or so pages shorter and would have been improved by a stricter editor.

The relationship between the two main protagonists is simply unbelievable, which is a shame as they are separately well drawn characters.

For its faults it does remain a cracking read and I shall look forward to the follow up, which I hope has a new editor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 16 April 2011
Format:Paperback
While reading this you can tell that the author has done his homework. Although granted I haven't been to many of the locations that take central stage in the book they do feel authentic. Overall, the writing was good it suited the story that it was telling, fast paced and entertaining. When reading this it does feel as thou the author has done he research on geology, ancient cultures and traditions as well as a whole host of other gadgets and military protocols that make the story come alive. However, there were a few moments that I thought that the research took centre stage over the flow of the story and although I did find it really interesting, it read a bit more like a section from a textbook than a novel.

The characters weren't all that well developed, but this was definitely more of a plot driven than character driven novel. At times I thought that the relationship between the two main characters, Mick and Dominique seemed a bit repetitive and rather than unrealistic. Dominique especially didn't really seem believable as an ambitious intelligent psychiatrist, she was more of a weak female character than I would have liked.

This is perhaps a book more aimed at the male gender, but I definitely wouldn't say it doesn't have appeal to everyone. I enjoyed this, but at least in my household I know that this would be something that my husband would get more from than myself. However, this is also from a genre that I don't often dip into.

The ending of the book wasn't as satisfying as I would have liked and instead of being left feeling like the story was finished it has a big 'TO BE CONTINUED' feel to it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good 29 May 2013
By lizzy25
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very good book , all the things i love about historical fiction with all the action and the love throne in
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Mayan Prophesy 6 Mar 2013
By Andy
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A thoroghly good read with a lot of twists and turns. It takes you to all of the old Mayan historic sights with a nysterious feel
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I read this whilst on holiday and found it impossible to put down, a mixture of fact and fiction, I cant wait to read the next two,just hope they are just as good and dont stray too much into the realms of fantasy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
It took me just two days to read this book, it was that good. I must admit though, on reading the first entry of the journel by Michael's dad I was thinking Oh no this is just going to slow down the momentum of the story. Later on though, I realised that without the journel, the story would have been difficult to understand properly. I grew to look forward to the journel entries as they fleshed out the novel and actually made the reading of it more interesting. I am now nearly finished the second book and really looking forward to reading The Mayan Destiny. I haven't read any of Steve Alten's books before but will now be on the lookout for any other books by him. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
As a big fan of Steve Alten's Meg series Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror I had left his "Domain" Mayan trilogy to read at a later date, Domain being the original name for this novel as the 2012 subject didn't appeal to me back in 2001 when this was first published.
There is a massive clue in the first few pages as to what to expect here as it starts with the impact in the Yucatan peninsula, Mexico 65 million years ago that killed off the dinosaurs and re-shaped the land masses of the Earth.
Skip forward 65 million years and archaeologist Julius Gabriel makes a discovery in Nazca that challenges world views and leads him to believe the Mayan prophecy that thw world will end on 21 December 2012 is true. However the shame of his being ridiculed in public leads to his death and his son Michael Gabriel ends up in a psychiatric hospital for attacking the man responsible.
That's just the first few chapters of his 600 page plus novel.
September 2012 and psychology intern Dominique Vazquez is brought in to evaluate Michael and listens to his warnings and is persuaded to read his father's journal.
When a series of strange events occur just as Michael predicted she realises he may not be as crazy as she has been told but if the world is in danger and the only one who can help is in an asylum what can she do?
The book turns into a fast moving race against time as doomsday approaches against a backdrop of American Presidential elections with a new Vice-Presidential vacancy contested between a Hawk and a Dove and impending nuclear war as Russian, China, Iran and others respond defiantly to what they perceive as a threat from America's nuclear defence system.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy masquerading as Science Fiction and written, for the ...
Fantasy masquerading as Science Fiction and written, for the most part, in the present tense which is not my personal preference.
Published 2 days ago by Alan Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Part 1
I have read all 3 now good read gets a bit tedious on last book but still wanted to know outcome.
Published 2 months ago by Goldie
4.0 out of 5 stars ok
ok as good as expected not sure if i will read any more of his work tho, I will try mother
Published 3 months ago by Larry Fogg
3.0 out of 5 stars A PYRAMID THAT FALLS FLAT
BOOK ONE STARTED VERY GOOD. EDGE OF SEAT STUFF. THEN IT ALL BECAME COMPLICATED AND FINAL BOOK BECAME TOO MUCH IN SO MUCH THAT IT WAS HARD TTO FOLLOW AND A BIT SILLY. Read more
Published 4 months ago by geoffrey holt
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first book
Just the same as the second book I felt the third one failed to reach the standard of the first one.
Published 16 months ago by Mr. G. V. Ennis
3.0 out of 5 stars Just about worth reading
This novel is unusual in slipping between genres. I don't like fantasy, and on occasions thought this book was edging in that direction, happily not going the whole hog and indeed... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Parthianshot
3.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn.
I quite enjoyed this book, and will probably read the others in the trilogy at some point. However some parts of the storyline were a little unbelievable and tricky to follows at... Read more
Published 21 months ago by MarkandEm
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
The summary as written on line prepared one for this book. No great surprises. Enjoyable to read if this is your taste in literature
Published 22 months ago by pat neale
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