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Beautiful Sacrifice

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Archeologist Dr. Lina Taylor knows a thing or two about Maya art

Archeologist Dr. Lina Taylor knows a thing or two about Maya artifacts her family can trace their Maya roots back to before the Spanish set foot in Mexico and her family compound in the Yucatan has produced many Maya artifacts so it’s no wonder when Maya artifacts...
Archeologist Dr. Lina Taylor knows a thing or two about Maya artifacts her family can trace their Maya roots back to before the Spanish set foot in Mexico and her family compound in the Yucatan has produced many Maya artifacts so it’s no wonder when Maya artifacts are stolen from a government ICE warehouse security expert and former ICE agent Hunter Johnston seeks Lina’s advice, it also gives him a chance to get to know her a little better. Lina Taylor has enjoyed the maybe dates that she and Hunter have shared over coffee so she’s more than willing to help him figure out the provenance of certain Maya items that went missing while in government custody, it also lets her spend more time with the sexy and a bit mysterious man. Lina and Hunter begin their investigation while also exploring the intense attraction they have for one another, but before the case even gets off the ground bullets start flying, bodies start showing up looking like human sacrifices of long ago Maya rituals. Does it have to do with drug trafficking like they first thought or does it have some more ominous meaning, is it just circumstance the end of the current Maya millennium is a few days away on 12-21-12, that it marks the Fourteenth Baktun or as the Maya call it the end of a Long Count and the beginning of another. Lina and Hunter will soon find themselves knee deep in danger, they’ll find out what real sacrifice means when survival is only a slim possibility and the newfound feelings they’ve discovered may never get a chance to grow.
Ms. Lowell has delivered another page turner, can’t put it down romantic suspense novel and this time she’s given this fan yet another twist to her multi-level storyline, the Maya connection, and yes I said Maya and you’ll see why I refer to it that way if you read the novel, which I’m sure you won’t be able to put down either. Her hero Hunter and Heroine Lina are the real rock stars of the piece but don’t count out the minor players in Ms. Lowell’s imaginative novel either because whether evil or good they all rock the pages. Her narrative is a bilingual mix of Spanish, English with a little Mayan thrown in for good measure and her words transported me from the dry heat of Texas to the humid sea air of the Yucatan while her descriptions of the many ruins and artifacts let me see in my mind what she described on the page. Her romance was absolutely amazing and I felt every emotion through her characters as they went from friends to lovers to much, much more.
If you’re a lover of romantic suspense, mystery, drama, the Maya end of days novels or just a great story to take you on a journey, this is your next Must Read.
Thank you Ms Lowell for an amazing trip and I can’t wait to see where you take me to next.

posted by dhaupt on May 22, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing....

This book is NOT Elizabeth Lowell at her best. The first third of the book is chaotic...moving from non sequitor to confusion. The usually fine characterization to be found in Lowell's novels is completely missing here. The reader has no handle on the characters and ...
This book is NOT Elizabeth Lowell at her best. The first third of the book is chaotic...moving from non sequitor to confusion. The usually fine characterization to be found in Lowell's novels is completely missing here. The reader has no handle on the characters and so is less invested in their actions and their feelings. Whoever the editor was needs to find another job! This book should never have gone to press as it is. The only redeeming quality is the fine research done on the central subject. The final two thirds of the book are more in keeping with Lowell's fine writing style, but still lacks the basis of good characterization that makes a story like this worth reading. Pass this one by and wait for Ms. Lowell to come back.

posted by GmaWA on May 23, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Disappointing....

    This book is NOT Elizabeth Lowell at her best. The first third of the book is chaotic...moving from non sequitor to confusion. The usually fine characterization to be found in Lowell's novels is completely missing here. The reader has no handle on the characters and so is less invested in their actions and their feelings. Whoever the editor was needs to find another job! This book should never have gone to press as it is. The only redeeming quality is the fine research done on the central subject. The final two thirds of the book are more in keeping with Lowell's fine writing style, but still lacks the basis of good characterization that makes a story like this worth reading. Pass this one by and wait for Ms. Lowell to come back.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Disappointed - only decent not great

    Huge fan of E. Lowell. But this is not a "keeper". I've reread almost all her books, but this one didn't have the same quality. Really dragged and that is unusual. Give her other books a try, but wait for the library loaner on this one.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Great topic interestingly presented

    But i just didnt dig the characters they felt a little trite.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

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    Wonderful

    As always when you read a Elizabeth Lowell book you learn something new. She puts so much information into the wonderful stories that she creates. At times you might feel it's a little to much information but keep reading and you find the story. It's a must read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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