In the Courts of the Sun

In the Courts of the Sun

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by Brian D'Amato
     
 

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"Jed DeLanda, a descendant of the Maya living in the year 2012, is a math prodigy who spends his time playing abstract strategy games on his computer and raking in profits from online trading. His secret weapon is something called the "Sacrifice Game" - a divination ritual that the ancient Maya used to predict the birth and death of civilizations. But Jed's life is

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"Jed DeLanda, a descendant of the Maya living in the year 2012, is a math prodigy who spends his time playing abstract strategy games on his computer and raking in profits from online trading. His secret weapon is something called the "Sacrifice Game" - a divination ritual that the ancient Maya used to predict the birth and death of civilizations. But Jed's life is thrown into chaos when his former mentor, the game-theory scientist Taro Mora, and a mysterious game designer named Marena Park, ask him for his opinion on a newly discovered Mayan codex - an ancient book that contains an account of a Game predicting the end of the world." For thousands of years the fate of mankind has been etched into the fabric of history, and not even the greatest advancements in modern science and technology have been able to thwart it. Now at the brink of the end of time, Marena and Taro need someone to travel back to AD 664, to learn to play the original version of the Sacrifice Game, and Jed, who has spent his whole life hungering to retrieve his lost heritage, convinces them that he should be the one to go. With the future of humanity in his hands, the scientists replicate Jed's brainwaves and send them through a "desktop wormhole" straight into the mind of a Mayan king. Only something goes wrong. Instead of becoming the Lord of the ancient Maya city of Ix, Jed arrives inside a Maya ballplayer named Chacal, who is seconds away from throwing himself down the temple steps as a human sacrifice. If Jed can survive the next few minutes, he might just save the world.

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Publishers Weekly

Fans of the late Michael Crichton will welcome this engrossing SF thriller, the first in a projected trilogy by D'Amato (Beauty). As December 12, 2012, the date the Maya predicted would mark the end of the world, approaches, the Warren Group, a shadowy conglomerate, seeks to use technological advances to forestall disaster. One way is to send the mind of Jed DeLanda, a savant skilled at a contemporary version of the Mayas' sacrifice game, into the body of a seventh-century Mayan hip-ball player to learn more about why the apocalyptic prediction was made. DeLanda's time-travel comes just as a devastating calamity, possibly triggered by biological weapons, hits Orlando, Fla. The action shifts easily between the near-future and the past. While the use of modern idiom in the historical scenes may take some getting used to, the period details are as convincing as those in Simon Levack's superb Aztec mysteries (The Demon of the Air, etc.). (Mar.)

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Library Journal

The Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012, and many wonder what will happen on that fateful day. That is the question D'Amato (Beauty) examines in this sprawling tome. Familiar with a game that the Mayans used to predict the future, Jed Deland successfully makes money on the stock market using the same methods. He ends up helping an organization with access to time-travel technology so that he can travel back at the height of the Mayan civilization, interact with these ancient people, and find out what the world can expect when the calendar ends. Not a thriller, a work of science fiction, or a historical, this novel is hard to define. End-of-the-world aficionados will find it compelling, but librarians will have a hard time booktalking it. It also ends with the dreaded four words: End of Book One. Will the entire series be published before the apocalypse? For larger collections only. [See Prepub Alert, LJ11/1/08.]
—Jeff Ayers

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"A remarkable, unique, stand-out book…. In a word: awesome. Or brilliant. Make that two words: awesome and brilliant." —Raymond Khoury, author of The Last Templar and The Sanctuary

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451229069
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
842,388
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in most every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010.

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