12.21.12 [NOOK Book]

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The only way to save the future is to decode the past. The only way to decode the past is to save the future.

Archeaologist 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 ...
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12.21.12

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Overview

The only way to save the future is to decode the past. The only way to decode the past is to save the future.

Archeaologist 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 mofiosa 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.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013715639
  • Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press
  • Publication date: 12/21/2010
  • Series: Altunai Anthology, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 263
  • Sales rank: 748,910
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Killian McRae is a writer of speculative fiction, historical fiction, romance, and/or fantasy, depending on the day.
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  • Posted March 19, 2011

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    I'm not in the camp of believing in the idea that the world is going to end on 12.21.12. But, I admit that the basic idea behind this book had me really intrigued. It's hard not to when it includes Cleopatra, Mayan civilization, and the end of days. I wanted to know how the author couldn't possible manage to tie them together.


    I liked Sheppard from the opening pages. He's a man that's been dealt a hard blow, and I could see how he would blame himself for his wife's death. It seems like he's bent on self destruction, but I was pleased to see him get involved in the quest for the truth. I enjoyed the link he shares with Cleopatra, but it was one of the things I thought was too convenient for the story.


    My thoughts on Victoria and Dimitry changed throughout the story. But, I think it's suppose to be that way. They've both spent so long guarding each other's secrets, that it would only be natural to put one face forward while hiding the true self. I ended up really enjoying them both. Their characters had a lot on their shoulders and I can only imagine what they went though.


    I enjoyed how the author managed to piece the story together. It all made sense even if it's not true. At times though, the explanations could get a little heavy handed. I still really enjoyed it though!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    From the stunning cover to the jaw-dropping end, I was HOOKED!

    From the stunning cover to the jaw-dropping end, I was HOOKED!

    I won't reveal any spoilers, but I will say that the setting, characters, and plot are fantastic.
    This book is not what you'd expect from your typical "end of the world" story. Killian totally knocked it out of the ball park with 12.21.12 and left other authors who write similar books with BIG shoes to fill! It is fast paced, entertaining, completely unpredictable, all intertwined with Killian's awesome sense of humor.

    While history certainly plays a role in the book, it wasn't overwhelming. So if you're not a history buff, do not fear! It's spread throughout the book perfectly to give you a sense of historical perspective without inundating you with a history lesson

    This is definitely on my "to read again someday" list!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Fantastic Read

    Sheppard Smyth, driven in part by sorrow and in part by the derision of colleagues, desperately wants to uncover the truth about Cleopatra's death. Was it murder? Proving it would be more than a feather in the cap of this incredibly earnest archeologist and a more than appropriate memorial for his wife. The question was, after all, what they had been working on; in fact, she had discovered something he had still not. And - annoyingly - a couple other people seem to have uncovered facts about his (His!) find, as well. He's not only on a journey; he is in a race.

    In 12.21.12, alternative history twines with supernatural powers from the far distant past. Establishing Archeological ties between Cleopatra's dynasty in Egypt and the Olmec Civilization in Mexico's jungles will lead to the most important clue to the past - and possibly to the future. Sheppard is a stubborn man. He may also be a particularly clever and insightful archeologist, but stubbornness will help him most. He often falls back on that; in sorrow, in desperation, even in danger; when he doesn't know what to do, he keeps on and on, doing what he does. That very human failing keeps him real; makes his increasing desperation understandable. And, somehow, it helps him doggedly persevere.

    Others, on much the same quest, seem to have far less noble motivation. After all, archeological objects are often worth a small fortune. Just one of the people interested in his discoveries - a thief...or is the "assistant" named Victoria - is far too hot for him to handle, or so he continues to remind himself. He has to stay true to his task...but of course, their goals overlap and so do other rather more personal interests.

    Various other characters, like the ultimately wonderful Hector Gonzales, evil Dmitri and others are a shade stereotypical; part of the background, to some degree. However, there are really no 'hieroglyphics' on the wall here: unpredictable is the name of the game. Warnings about the future combine with the dramatic backdrop, from the rugged roads and hurricane shelters to the sand-encrusted dig sites. The overall complexity increases with of a number of characters and motives.

    Ultimately, everyone's fate might be in the hands long lost to the past. The quest may well uncover a future event, while trying to prove out what happened before.

    12.21.12 cleverly combines a powerful plot with strong main characters for a real page-turner, no matter what genre you prefer. It's the best of mystery, combined with that character-building sense of tragedy, all overlaid with the promise (or is that 'threat'?) of romance. Well done and incredibly readable.

    originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Tons of Conspiracies

    Before reading the synopsis, from the title, I thought it would tell me everything about Mayan prophecy. I prepared myself with all those ancient stuff . Many speculation was created. But all things that I put in my mind about this book were totally wrong.Everything that Killian wrote inside is new to me. I was so excited when I found out about what I was going to read. I did not know anything about Sekhmet or any theory behind the death of Cleopatra before I read this book. It was really nice to read such book. It looked like opening new book. I got many new things from it.

    In the middle of the book,I got confused. Especially when it narrated about all those god and goddess. It is all because of the lack of knowledge about the ancient history. I was just not ready with all those conspiracies that Killian brought. I could not distinguish between fact and fiction. Luckily, the book still gave me the answer that I was looking for in the beginning of the book.

    Each character has their own uniqueness. From the beginning till the last pages, Victoria Kent grabbed my attention. She kept give me surprises. In every chapters I was looking forward to it. I also like Alex with all of his thought.

    Unpredictable ending become a point to be remarked

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    Love this book!!

    Killian works her magic of combing facts with fiction and I love the way she works little tidbits of true history into the world she creates. I think it's great when an author draws a story out so good that you can picture what's going on in your mind. Like a movie playing in your head. 12-21-12 is a great read! Can't wait for her next book!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 15, 2013

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    I¿m glad I checked out 12.21.12. It was a great change of pace f

    I’m glad I checked out 12.21.12. It was a great change of pace from what I’ve been reading and put a nice twist on a doomsday myth popular in today’s culture, even after the passing of the December 21st date.

    Even though I read this book after the prophesied “end of the world” date, I still felt the suspense and thrill held within the story. I’m always a fan of a fast-paced book filled with action and peril. That’s what 12.21.12 gave me. It also had some great characters in there to help the story along.

    Along with the story itself was a twist on the way one can look at the mythology of various world cultures and in the same sense, ancient religions…or religion in general. This is something of great interest to me, and seeing it in a book, while I can’t get too into detail due to spoilers, made it that much more of a better read for me.

    If you’re looking for a fast read, with an end-of-the-world premise, maybe 12.21.12 is a book you’d like to check out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2013

    Absolutely loved this book. Can't wait to read more from the aut

    Absolutely loved this book. Can't wait to read more from the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Awesome Twist

    Not the ending I expected. Wonderful weaving of history with fantasy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    A nice read

    An interesting book to read

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    A new twist on the Mayan thought about the ending of the world

    I couldn't put it down. Loved Ms. McRae's imagination and the plot was so smooth that I wished it hadn't ended!

    thanks and hope to read lots more of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2012

    Grammar errors too distracting

    This is a fun, easy read! I enjoy reading historical fiction, Dan Brown-esque novels, but this nook book contains so many grammar and spelling errors that it distracts the reader from the story. On more than one occasion the wrong your/you're was used. The book even misspells the name of that famous guy who painted the Mona Lisa! If you can get past the constant butchering of the English language, then it is a fairly decent read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2012

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    good read

    Starts a little solw but picks up nicely. I recommend it

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    A fascinating and enjoyable read

    Sheppard Smyth is struggling to come to terms with the accidental death of his wife, Christine and throws himself into his work as an archaeologist. Christine, had worked with him to try and prove his theory that the death of Cleopatra V11 was not the suicide history relates, but murder. He is driven to relentlessly continue with his investigations, not only to uphold his reputation but to ensure that his beloved wife had not died in vain. When an incredible find is made - the discovery of a statue of Cleopatra, in an Olmec excavation site - he immediately travels to Mexico - and embarks on an adventure that is even more amazing than the theory he is trying to prove. Egyptian mythology merges with Olmec history, and the shadow of the Mayan prophesy of the end of the world order on 12-21-12. The thrilling and complex plot of this novel moves swiftly and inexorably toward its surprising conclusion. Along the way, Shep becomes involved with some of the most interesting and memorable characters I have come across in a long while. In addition to his old friend, Hector Gonzales, there is Victoria Kent, the beautiful and charismatic collector of archaeological 'souvenirs' with whom Shep immediately feels a 'connection.' Then there is the sinister Dmitri Kronastia, a rather untypical Russian Gang Leader, and Christine's brother, Alex, who turns up unexpectedly. Few of the main characters in this novel are what they seem, and are all extremely well drawn and memorable. As Shep becomes drawn into the mysterious web of ancient powers, prophesy and an alien civilization he finds his own quest is just a small piece of an age old plan which is about to reach its amazing finale. I was gripped by this story from Page 1, and was immediately drawn to the characters, Shep is easy to empathize with, dedicated and enthusiastic, although dealing with a broken heart, and even the characters who seem to be on the 'wrong side' have a charisma about them which makes one want to find out more. I was keen to read 12-21-12 because I have a fascination for the civilizations of Ancient Egypt and South America, and I was not disappointed, but there is something for everyone in this novel, whether one enjoys romance, suspense, Science Fiction/Fantasy, the paranormal or just an entertaining and thought-provoking read. I can thoroughly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2011

    Thrilling, can't put down

    A balance of real history, outstanding original plot, and fully-fleshed characters.

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