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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
The Crystal Skull is awesome!
My favorite chapter is chapter 6. I like this chapter because it brings you back in history to one of the main characters, before he was dead. Cedric Owen was a professor who discovered the big cave where the crystal skull was hidden.
I thought what the author did with quotes was cool. At the beginning of each chapter she put in a quote from one of the people who foretold the future, like Nostradamus. I also liked how she switched back and forth between current time and ancient time. At the beginning of each chapter there is a heading that tells you the date the chapter is set in.
This book is really good. There was nothing in it that I didn't like. I think this book is appropriate for age 15 through adult. I really liked this book because it has a blend of history, mystery and mythology and science.
posted by san_carlos_skaterAR on May 13, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.
Stay away from this book
posted by 1574322 on July 9, 2009Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 7, 2009
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Interesting But Somewhat Unsatisfying
This book follows two story lines. The first is a somewhat frustrating read about an unsympathetic professor who, with the help of her professor husband, finds a crystal skull (know as the blue 'heartstone') originally kept by Cedric Owen, the benefactor of a fictitious Bede College in Cambridge. She becomes the skull's keeper and is plagued by an amorphous 'hunter'. With assistance from her husband and scholarly allies, she deciphers a code hidden within Cedric's journals. The other parallel story is an engaging historical tale of Cedric Owen who inherits the skull in the 16th century and is advised by Nostradamus to sail to the New World to uncover its mystery. Cedric befriends and forms a lifelong bond with a very likable Spanish captain/swordsman along the way. The mystical premise of both stories, (that the skull supernaturally influences its caretaker and will somehow save the world), is credible as told within the historical context but becomes somewhat ridiculous and strained within a contemporary setting. Furthermore, the skull's method of preventing Armageddon is never satisfactorily explained rendering the conclusion anticlimactic and unsatisfactory. If you like mystical mysteries which are left slightly unresolved at book's end then perhaps you'll like this tale. If not, I suggest you skip it.
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Posted April 13, 2011
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