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Tears of the Jaguar: A Novel | [A. J. Hartley]

Tears of the Jaguar: A Novel

When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.
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Publisher's Summary

When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.

And so she sets out to trace the stones’ complex history across four centuries and two continents, from Mexico to northern England, where the rubies once played a harrowing role in the Lancashire witch trials of 1612. But she is not the only one obsessed with the jewels; close on her heels is a notorious arms dealer who will stop at nothing, not even murder, to claim the prize for himself.

©2012 A. J. Hartley (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Kate Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-13-14
    Kate Philadelphia, PA, United States 05-13-14 Member Since 2002
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    "Don't waste a credit"
    Any additional comments?

    I bought this as a "deal of the day" and I regret the purchase. The plot is needlessly complicated and far fetched. The narrator is a slow speaker, combined with the glacial pace of the plot, I actually moved the narration speed on my ipod up to 2x to muscle through the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. Edwards New York USA 05-16-14
    D. Edwards New York USA 05-16-14 Member Since 2012

    Bookworm

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    "Light Hearted unoriginal Adventure"
    What did you love best about Tears of the Jaguar?

    I can't say I loved anything. The pace was pretty good and the storyline kept me mostly engaged although it felt like other stories of its type and not at all original. There was nothing to love.


    What other book might you compare Tears of the Jaguar to and why?

    The Nosferatu Scrolls.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The accents were appalling which made any parts of the story not involving Americans hard to stomach. Couldn't figure out why the British MI5 agent sometimes sounded slightly Scottish, other times Irish and then slipped into Dick Van Dyke cockney from time to time. This was the same for the Lancaster accent, ARRRGGHHH! The Spanish accents were off too.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a light Adventure story, fairly well paced, but a bit too interwoven in places and lacking something, I went with the flow and was entertained though annoyed by the narrators accents. I was surprised not to like the main character more, in fact, there aren't any really strong or likeable characters in this book. Perhaps that's what is missing?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Genevieve United States 05-04-14
    Genevieve United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I give up"

    This was on sale, and looked like a good $3.95 fun time. I quit. I thought at least it would get me through the weekend chores, but it is just too dumb. I give it 2 stars for effort.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-04-14
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 05-04-14 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "The Most Delightful Potsticker"

    This is not great literature. Any time I try to describe the plot everyone in the room bursts out laughing. But it is one of the most fun reads I've had in quite a while. It strings together'
    Mayan Digs
    Charles the 1st
    Brittish Witches
    Serbian Gun men
    Women grieving for dead teenage daughers
    Brittish secret agent men disguised as camera men
    Drugged archeologists
    Lost crown jewels
    I'm not making fun. I loved this book. It was an over the top delight.
    It reminds me strongly of the Prendergast books. The same very improbable world view, but just so much fun. I can't wait for the next book. Or for the movie. Whichever comes first.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wilson St. Petersburg, FL, United States 05-02-14
    Wilson St. Petersburg, FL, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Couldn't finish it."

    I bought this on the "Daily Deal" I figured it cost $3 so why not try it. It wasn't worth what I paid. I listened to about half of it and finally gave up. I don't know if it was the story, the writing or the narrator but I can say the combination was not good. Save your money and find something else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 04-28-14
    cindy Gypsum, CO, United States 04-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Just couldn't keep listening"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator! I couldn't make it past a half hour - I couldn't take it.


    What could A. J. Hartley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I may try reading it on my Kindle so I can give the story a chance


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Tanya Eby?

    Anyone


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't know I couldn't keep listening


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alice Bethesda, MD, United States 04-24-14
    Alice Bethesda, MD, United States 04-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good narrator, but not for this book"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Mostly. I wouldn't re-listen though, because of the accent issue. I would instead find the paper book or eBook to re-experience it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tanya Eby’s performances?

    Probably, but not one with British characters. Her overall style and pace are great, but she has an underlying accent--I think Midwest or maybe Canada--which doesn't work for a main character who is supposedly from Boston. The characters from northern England sound like either confused cockneys or in one case, like a man from Northern Ireland.
    Also, the pronunciation of some of the Mayan/Mexican names and places didn't sound quite right. My knowledge on the Mayan/Mexican is from a couple brief visits to the area, so it is real, but slight. On the other hand, though I am American, my father was English and from the north--Lancashire, and I watch tons of British TV including things set in Yorkshire (James Herriot series for one) so I have pretty darn good sense of those accents.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. The book is interesting and fairly well paced. I like the combination of locales.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall a good mystery/thriller. Some aspects a bit far fetched.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Zulu Cedar Park, TX 11-11-13
    Zulu Cedar Park, TX 11-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Archaelogical Thriller"

    The story starts out on an archaeological dig in the Yucatan. A new discovery is made and soon the problems start. Artifacts are stolen, people are killed. Deborah wants to learn more about what was found in the tomb so she follows the trail from Yucatan, to England, back to Mexico. There's plots and subplots that come together at the end. You learn about different places in both Mexico and England that were quite interesting.

    The narrator was pretty good, although I was thinking Nick was English but at least half the time it sounded like she gave him a Scottish accent.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    KATRINA Benton, KY, United States 01-03-13
    KATRINA Benton, KY, United States 01-03-13
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    "fantastic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes....fascinating, kept me on edge of seat


    What other book might you compare Tears of the Jaguar to and why?

    Prey of the eagle, much accurate history as well as a plot


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

    the heroine


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    would like to listen to another by this author

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler Tanner Los Angeles, CA United States 06-02-14
    Tyler Tanner Los Angeles, CA United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A Decent Airport Reader lowered by Vocal Perf."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    That's tricky. I knew what type of book I was getting into. Meaning that I got it on a Daily Deal and it seemed like a fun "leave your mind at the door" adventure. If the author comes up on sale again, I probably get him. Full price? Most likely not.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Sure, the logic was strained and there were a lot of subplots going on at the same time. But the history was interesting and the pace kept moving. It's an airport reader less sophisticated than Crichton, Brown or Preston & Child.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tanya Eby’s performances?

    Absolutely not. I'm sure that Ms. Eby's voice lends itself well to the YA and romance genre but she was out of her element in this story. Her delivery is remedial and juvenile, particularly reading the men. I could almost see her puffing her chest, tucking in her chin and squaring her arms as she delivered those lines. And her British.....oh boy. I've read other reviews where they said that they could not finish the book because of the performance and I can understand why. I paid for it, so I finished it. After a while, I just learned to accept her voice. But I think Samantha Power would have been a much better choice.


    Could you see Tears of the Jaguar being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    If it was made into a movie, I would probably check it out, yeah. Mireille Enos type being the Deborah miller and Mae Whitman as the punky student.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can punch through the vocal performance, and I'm glad I did, it's a pretty fun book. It seems like it may be trying a bit too hard at times, but at least it's trying. C+ to B-

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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