The only way to save the future is to decode the past. The only way to decode the past is to save the future.
Archaeologist Sheppard Smyth has staked his career and the honorable memory of his wife and partner on proving his widely panned theory: Cleopatra VII, the last sovereign pharaoh of Egypt, was not a victim of suicide as history suggests, but of a well-concealed murder. When a statue of the doomed Queen is unearthed in a pre-Columbian excavation site in Mexico, Shep rushes to investigate and, hopefully, find the proof that has evaded him for so long. The statue, however, is only the first clue suggesting a mysterious connection between Mesopotamia and Mesoamerica, and possibly - beyond. Suddenly thrust into the heated rivalry between sexy and enigmatic antiquities thief Victoria Kent and the infamous Russian mafioso Dmitri Kronastia, Shep finds himself a common pawn played by forces working to see out a quest older than the pyramids and cloaked in the Mayan Doomsday prophecy of 12.21.12.
A solid beginning to a story that will expand over more than one novel.
Well crafted in its structure, pacing and characters, the story starts with a jolt and keeps moving steadily. occasionally predictable, and more often jarringa nd complex, with staedy reveals and intermixed back story, the characters move the story forward. Where I found her turns of phrase and vocabulary stilted or forced, her writing is good. She likes her characters and has learned how to give them life and veracity in thier separate personalities.
An enjoyable summer read. Have fun!
The narrator kept pronouncing you're as your but otherwise had good, different sounding voices and was very clear and easy to understand. The story overall was well written though didn't captivate me enough to rate 5 stars.