The 2012 Codex
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The 2012 Codex

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by Gary Jennings, Robert Gleason, Junius Podrug
     
 

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In the arid canyonlands of Mexico the race is on for the ultimate end-of-the-world codex--the final 1000-year-old prophesy of the god-king, Quetzalcoatl, who ruled Mexico 1000 years ago. Rita Critchlow and Cooper Jones hunt for that sacred codex in those scorching desert canyons, while 500 years ago, Pacal, a young slave-scholar, sets out on the same deadly quest.

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In the arid canyonlands of Mexico the race is on for the ultimate end-of-the-world codex--the final 1000-year-old prophesy of the god-king, Quetzalcoatl, who ruled Mexico 1000 years ago. Rita Critchlow and Cooper Jones hunt for that sacred codex in those scorching desert canyons, while 500 years ago, Pacal, a young slave-scholar, sets out on the same deadly quest. He too must find those apocalyptic writings, knowing that his era--the Age of the Aztecs--may well come to an end if he does not find them.

For Pacal, the End-Time is at hand. Montezuma has built a vast empire based in what will one day be Mexico City. Now, however, he faces war, disastrous drought, death-cult priests, who rip the hearts out of thousands of people atop their pyramids...and the arrival of red-bearded horse-borne conquistador, bearing preternaturally powerful weapons and catastrophic plagues, sowing pandemic death wherever he goes.

America's leaders are also staring into an apocalyptic abyss. Their own time mirrors that of Quetzacoatl's and the Aztec's in shocking detail. Convinced that Quetzalcoatl's codex holds the key to humanity's survival--that he is warning them of a global, planet-killing threat--the two women battle broiling desert canyons and drug-cartel warlords to track it down and decipher it.

Moreover, earlier glimpses of his prophesy foreshadow uncanny similarities to those of John's Book of Revelation. Are Quetzalcoatl's and Revelation's prophesies one and the same? Can they crack the 2012 code and save their world from their deadly fate? The countdown is on.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The authors do an imaginative job of interweaving the dual narrative threads without sacrificing either pacing or timing."--Booklist

Praise for Apocalypse 2012:

 “Jennings’ name was made by his well-researched, graphically detailed, and compellingly readable Aztec saga, which offered authentic pictures of how life was led in that both brutal and brilliant society…. Jennings fans will savor the mix of ancient history and near-future apocalypse.”
Booklist
Apocalypse 2012 takes you on an enthralling and thrilling journey into the mysteries of the past and the dangers of the near future. I love to be swept away by a book, and this terrific novel carried me far, and will stay with me a long, long time.”
—Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author of 2012: The War for Souls

Publishers Weekly
In Gleason and Podrug's undistinguished fourth entry in the Jennings franchise (after Apocalypse 2012), set mostly in 16th-century Mexico, Pakal the Storyteller saves the life of the king's architect by killing a rare white jaguar. This heroic act leads to Pakal's getting an assignment to track down the Dark Rift Codex, a document crucial to the survival of Mayan society. In the present, covert U.S. operatives search for the codex, believed to contain details about how the world will end in 2012. At tedious length, the American president receives lectures on the growing signs of ecological catastrophe. Overwrought prose doesn't help (e.g., "Reets... took out a fleeing bandit herself, Coop still doing the heavy work, the hard precision shooting, firing that weapon like she and the PDW were born together, conceived together in the same uterus, her eyes unblinking over its iron sights, empty and expressionless as the Martian moons, cold and compassionless as her violent moonshiner youth"). (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765362469
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Series:
Aztec Series
Pages:
518
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.12(d)

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