The Death Relic

The Death Relic

Book - 2013
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After being vanquished by the Spanish empire, little remains of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. From the ashes of their cities emerged a unified legend: their conquerors possessed a mysterious artifact so powerful, so deadly, that it was universally known as the "Death Relic." When archaeologist Maria Pelati's research team disappears in the rugged terrain of the Yucatan Peninsula, she contacts Jonathon Payne and David Jones to help track them down. As Payne and Jones embark on a perilous mission to find the lost archaeologists, they realize that Maria's research may be the key to solving one of the darkest mysteries of the world.
ISBN: 9780399158995
Characteristics: 456 pages :,map ;,24 cm.


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BeccaBB Feb 25, 2013

Maybe if I had some history with the characters I might have enjoyed this more. As it was I didn’t connect with them much. I liked the idea of the long standing relationship between the two friends with all sorts of history that leads to friendly banter. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. The banter was odd and forced and sounded awkward and ended up taking away from the story instead of adding to it. And unfortunately there were long passages of it. There is some good action and mystery with people who are not who they seem, plots and schemes, fire fights and ancient puzzles. And you get to learn something about the Maya. But after all the action and mystery, just when it seems to really be picking up, it just sort of ends. Abruptly. It felt like the book was leading us somewhere and then decided at the last moment not to go there. And I was left feeling that the ending didn’t really deliver what the rest of the book promised.

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