An ancient Mayan prophecy. A dangerous Nazi descendant. A passionate archaeologist. And an aristocrat desperate for cash.
Mayan legends tell of a location where the secret to surviving the end of the world may be found. One part of that legend is recorded on a stone tablet in the dusty attic of Lord 'Ratty' Ballashiels' crumbling manor. The other twin part disappeared from a Berlin museum when the Nazis took power. When Ratty seems about to sell his tablet to the adopted son of Josef Mengele, his friend, the archaeologist Ruby Towers, is appalled.
Soon it is clear that more than archaeology is at stake. The quest to rescue historic Central American artefacts becomes a race to prevent an apocalyptic threat when Ruby discovers that the ancients have set in motion something that will threaten the world today.
What disappointed you about The Sphinx Scrolls?
Straight paragraphs lifted from the best of the pyramadiots books... and transferred willy nilly to South America - very little to do with the title. Poor understanding of the Maya civilsation. Very bad plot, poor 2 dimensional characters, the obligatory nazis - and no saving graces.. bad relic hunters with a poor vocabulary and an embarrassing script.. an insult to the reader/ listeners intelligence
Has The Sphinx Scrolls put you off other books in this genre?
No, just it should be put to the bottom of the pile, there are many others better and more thought provoking. This had no redeeming features and was an insult to a genre that doesn't have much going for it.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
The deus ex machina reading of the Sphinx scrolls of the title in a crumbling mansion kitchen... the schrolls having been earlier destroyed, they are suddenly available in translation, much reduced, and edited and delivered by being selectively read out.. it encompasses both the best and the worst of the books.. and again, how on earth did it get by the editors? Shouldn't have been published/
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Does no one need an agent these days? Is there no such thing as an editor.. and how are book buyers supposed to distinguish between writing and pulp fiction ..I paid for this rubbish...
Any additional comments?
Does no one need an agent these days. Some stuff should not be published.. in defense of the waste of ink and trees, never mind the poor people who try and read it, in all innocence.
The narrator should get a medal for ploughing through and delivering, straight faced and not hamming up the audible version.. and making a very poor narrative a mediocre book.. on audible..I would not recommend reading it, or listening to it, in anything other than ironic mode., or as a how not to...
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Overall a good story but found it a little difficult to follow at times. A few loose ends but not sorry I bought it. Very interesting concept and ideas.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Good story but in places it’s to long so you tend to lose concentration.the storyteller was good.
Dreadful plot, annoying characters, irritating narration and hard work to get to the end of it. This one is being returned and it is the last time I take any notice of recommendations!!
I really enjoyed this. it has adventure, a little outdated conspiracy theory stuff, great characters (I particularly loves Ratty) and has that feel good factor. looking forward to the next one!