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By Dustin Thomason
From the co-author of the two-million replica mega-bestseller The Rule of 4 comes a riveting mystery with an excellent premise according to the 2012 apocalypse phenomenon—perfect for readers of Steve Berry, Preston and baby, and Dan Brown.
for many years, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers around the globe. it's the date, they declare, whilst the traditional Maya calendar predicts the area will end.
In la, weeks prior to, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his traditional morning motorcycle journey, drops off the puppy together with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab the place he reports incurable prion illnesses for the CDC. His first telephone name is from a medical institution resident who has an pressing case she thinks he must see. in the meantime, Chel Manu, a Guatemalan American researcher on the Getty Museum, is interrupted by means of a determined, unwelcome customer from the black industry antiquities alternate who thrusts a duffel bag into her hands.
by way of the tip of the day, Stanton, the most important professional on a few of the rarest infections on the planet, is grappling with a sufferer whose each symptom confounds and terrifies him. And Chel, the brightest younger superstar within the box of Maya stories, has ownership of an unlawful artifact that has miraculously survived the centuries intact: a necessary codex from a misplaced urban of her ancestors. This remarkable list, written in mystery by means of a royal scribe, turns out to carry the reply to her life’s paintings and to at least one of history’s nice riddles: why the Maya kingdoms vanished in a single day. unexpectedly it appears our personal civilization may well undergo this similar destiny.
With purely days final till December 21, 2012, Stanton and Chel needs to sign up for forces ahead of time runs out.
Advance compliment for 12.21
“Dustin Thomason, M.D., will consistently be in comparison to Michael Crichton, M.D., and 12.21 will be favorably in comparison to The Andromeda Strain. either authors have written satisfactory clinical thrillers, the type of fact-based fiction that is very scary yet also very entertaining. Thomason is aware his stuff, and it exhibits on each web page. i really couldn't placed this ebook down.”—Nelson DeMille
“The most fun novel of its variety because the days of Michael Crichton, 12.21 takes us from the frontiers of contemporary neuroscience to the riddles of historical Maya texts, with not anything below the way forward for our civilization at stake.”—Vince Flynn
“A fast-moving story . . . Thomason screens a magnificent intensity of information of either technology and the traditional Mayan lifestyle. alongside the best way, he skillfully ramps up the motion, one notch at a time. A profitable book.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Fascinating, terrifying for its strength realism. I enjoyed how tightly every little thing healthy jointly. I needed to continue reading.”—Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling writer of The Informationist
“Fast, suspenseful . . . Michael Crichton lovers will discover a lot to like.”—Publishers Weekly
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Yet he understood precisely what she used to be asserting. “How are you aware the traditional tongue? ” he requested, staring as though she have been a ghost. “I am descended of a royal scribe,” Chel acknowledged, her voice commanding. “And he has informed me in a dream that if we don't achieve El Petén, the fourth race of guy may be wiped from the earth. ” numerous mobile calls later, their new good friend had procured a decommissioned U. S. army airplane in from Guadalajara to take them south. days after leaving L. A. , they have been headed into the jungle. 12. 19. 19. 17. 18 DECEMBER 19, 2012 THIRTY-ONE THE MAYA HIGHLANDS ARE ANCHORED NORTH TO SOUTH by way of A backbone of volcanoes which have been energetic for thousands of years. Early highlanders worshipped the volcanoes, yet their robust eruptions, which may swallow a whole tribe right away, ultimately drove the Maya south to the Land of the Trees—as they referred to as it in Qu’iche—Guatemala. 4 hours into the flight, with the C-2 Greyhound flying at below thousand toes, Stanton and Chel appeared down on the eco-friendly cover that gave the rustic its identify. Uranam, the pilot, used to be utilizing a radar procedure to go looking for the right kind coordinates, yet from the window all they can see have been forested hills in all instructions. the colours of the foliage darkened as they rotated the fringe of the world, and Chel anxious they may not locate Kiaqix sooner than dusk. If her assumptions have been right, Kanuataba needed to be someplace among sixty and 100 miles from her village, at a bearing of 230 to 235 levels southwest. Volcy had discovered the town in 3 days’ stroll, so the whole diversity couldn’t be more than approximately 300 sq. miles. They’d scour each inch. “Are we looking ahead to to work out macaws? ” Stanton referred to as above the roar of the engine. “Only within the migration season,” she advised him, adjusting her eye safeguard. “The village is some degree at the migratory course, and within the fall there are millions, yet by means of now they’ve moved on. ” She endured her look for the cypress-covered hills that might sign they have been close to the village touchdown strip. prior to they can locate Kanuataba, they'd to discover Kiaqix. “Hold on! ” Uranam yelled out. each time they made the transition from the mountains to the valleys and again back, the airplane bucked up and down, and simply then the port-side wing stuck a present and used to be kicked upward, jostling the full airplane. For a minute it felt as though the aircraft could snap in . whilst it righted itself, Chel observed the floor less than. They flew over alternating patches of thick wooded area and cleared farmlands, the place North americans’ urge for food for corn and pork had stripped the earth. A minute later, she observed the large cypress-covered mountain abutting the valley. right here, fifty generations of her ancestors had lived, worshipped, and raised households. She pointed Stanton towards the valley her father had given his existence for. Beya Kiaqix. “There. ” THE wet SEASON HAD made the earth smooth, yet there have been part a dozen mahogany and cedar trunks and big branches blown over within the direction of Kiaqix’s touchdown strip.