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MARK OF THE JAGUAR: A Book of Mormon Adventure in the Land of the Maya by [Mark F. Cheney]
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About the Author

Mark F. Cheney received a BS in Psychology and was a post-graduate student at the University of Utah. He has written numerous articles about the ancient Maya online and in the IMS EXPLORER newsletter. Mark has traveled extensively in Mesoamerica and explored the ancient ruins including Teotihuacan, Palenque, Tulum, and Izapa, Mexico; Copan, Honduras; Tikal, Guatemala; and Lamanai, Belize, studying the glyphs, art, architecture and artifacts of the Ancient Maya. Mark was born in California and served an LDS mission in Florida, USA. He and his wife, Sally, currently reside in Oregon. They have six children and 15 grandchildren. Cheney has given presentations at firesides on Ancient America and the Book of Mormon, and college classes on the World of the Ancient Maya. He is currently an LDS Sunday School teacher. Mark can be reached by email at CheneyM@gmail.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 290 pages
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  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (1 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K71YI5A
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good fictional picture of the ancient Maya civilization 2 Jun. 2014
By melvin brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just finished reading Mark of the Jaguar and found it to be a great story. Although it is a fictional story it is done well. You can tell that the author has studied the Maya history extensively. It is about a young boy that must find his way in the world of the brutal Maya culture. With his quest for the truth he becomes a man of great principle. It is a great story about life, be it 1000 years ago or today. Thanks Mark for a good story, I would recommend reading this book because it has a good message for young boys to follow in todays world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mark of the Jaguar Review! 4 Jun. 2014
By Anika Ferguson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mark of the Jaguar starts out by throwing the reader right into the jungle of the Maya! The story starts in a small village where a young boy is preserved for greater things when he survives a jaguar attack, giving him the Mark of the Jaguar that will serve him well throughout his life. As Yax grows we see his inquisitive nature and questions grow inside him about the legends told him by his Shaman guardian about the “Descending God” Quetzalcoatl and the beliefs surrounding those legends. Yax takes on this man’s quest for more information about this legend and sets off on an adventure through the great cities of the Mesoamerica looking for more information. Yax visits Oaxaca, Teotihuacan, Comalcalco, Palenque, and Chichen Itza.

The excitement continues but what I think makes this novel amazing is not the action and great story, but the incredible amount of information found about the Maya. The author, Mark Cheney, has travelled throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and studied the history and artifacts of the ancient Maya civilization. So when Mark writes about the road his character Yax Kan travels on through the jungle he doesn’t just tell you it’s a road. He explains how the road was made, who travelled on the road, what trade was transported there and in what fashion. He takes you along that road for a while with him and his characters. This wealth of information comes when you study or carve the glyphs with Yax Kan or walk through the pyramids or visit the salt mines near Lubaantun. Because of Mark’s own testimony in the Book of Mormon and his studies of how these anthropologic finds support the Book of Mormon I found myself loving the way he seamlessly weaves the history and lives of his characters into what we know of the history of the book of Mormon. When Mark writes of spiritual things I got goose bumps! When Yax Kan receives answers to his prayers I understood the message of this book, “that if someone sincerely seeks after the truth, that child of God is going to be given some peace and assurance, even during times of apostasy on the earth.” - Mark Cheney

Like other fictional books and movies based on scriptural stories, this book is going to make others do their homework to find out where the facts end and the fiction begins! After reading Mark of the Jaguar I feel like I have been given a glimpse of a world where religion has become muddled and where practices like blood letting and human sacrifice are part of a confused culture being taken over by evil practices but where truth can be found if someone sincerely seeks! The story is well written, the characters are easy to love and as Yax Kan goes on his quest for truth about the one true God and the lost history of his people I thoroughly enjoyed being along for the ride! By the way, where can I get a pet jaguar?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Careful Scholarship 29 Sept. 2014
By Sonja Atkinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mark Cheney is a faithful scholar of the history of the Maya region, and has used it well in creating the world of Yax Kan, the principal character. Maya words and names are presented throughout the book. He is very familiar with the geography/topography of that region, as well as the culture of that time, and has used it as the setting for a great story. He has illuminated Yax Kan's circumstances and made the historical facts interesting by weaving them into the adventures the young hero experienced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good summer read 20 Jun. 2014
By Mark C Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a good coming-of-age story for anyone who has gone, or is going, through the challenges of growing up. Yes, it's set in ancient Yucatan, but the story could be about me. Or about you. Mark has done an exceptional job presenting how this young man thinks and feels about the challenges which surround him. There is a spiritual component for those who want that too. But it's not exclusive, and everyone can get something from Mark's well-rounded story. I look forward eagerly to his next publication!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't want to put it down! 20 Jun. 2014
By Suzanne Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I started reading the book 15 minutes before I had to go somewhere...what a mistake! The next day I read the book straight through, and loved it! The dialogue was comfortable, and the author's vocabulary was very impressive! I love it when I learn along with the entertainment. I know I will be reading it over again soon, because I can't absorb everything when I read it through fast.
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