Phobos: Mayan Fear [NOOK Book]

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A dazzling look at Mayan mythology incarnate from New York Times bestselling author Steve Alten

For two thousand years, the Mayan Calendar has prophesied the end of mankind on a date equating to December 21st, 2012. As that day approaches, greed, corruption, economic collapse, and violence seem to be pushing our species to the predicted brink of disaster. But there is another Doomsday threat looming in our near future, a very real threat that ...

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Overview


A dazzling look at Mayan mythology incarnate from New York Times bestselling author Steve Alten

For two thousand years, the Mayan Calendar has prophesied the end of mankind on a date equating to December 21st, 2012. As that day approaches, greed, corruption, economic collapse, and violence seem to be pushing our species to the predicted brink of disaster. But there is another Doomsday threat looming in our near future, a very real threat that can wipe-out not only humanity but our entire planet.

Phobos: Mayan Fear, Steve Alten’s third book in the Mayan Prophecy series, is a doomsday rollercoaster ride of adventure that follows Immanuel Gabriel to the end of the world and back again for one last shot at salvation.   During Immanuel’s journey with his deceased grandfather, archaeologist Julius Gabriel, Julius reveals everything the Mayans knew and feared—from the secrets of creation that predate the Big Bang to the existence of extraterrestrials that have come to Earth to save our species.

The universe is not what it seems, nor is human existence.  The ticking clock of physicality that begins at conception and terminates with our final breath is neither the end nor the beginning, but an elaborate ruse constructed as a test.

We are failing miserably.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Alten’s messy third Domain thriller (after Resurrection), a handful of genetically selected heroes, products of alien intervention, struggle to save humanity from its own hubris. A narrow escape from apocalypse in 2012 and a program to replace oil with sustainable energy sources may count for nothing, since misguided experiments by humans in particle physics have left Earth infested by an undetected but growing black hole, even now consuming our world from within. The salvation of humanity depends on the successful exploitation of a time loop and mastery of conflicts that in previous lives overwhelmed the would-be messiahs. A mélange of pop-science fearmongering and superstitious doomsday prognostication, this installment careens through its bloody plot with little coherence and huge body counts, appropriating misunderstood fragments from volcanology and physics as well as Mayan and Abrahamic mythology to construct a world of unending calamities where even heroes are reduced to mere puppets of off-stage alien forces. (Oct.)
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Praise for Domain:

“A chilling, deeply researched peek into our ancient past.  Jarring, frightening, thrilling.”
--James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Oracle

“An eye-bugging, white-knuckle flight of a book that hurtles along with the velocity of an asteroid from the ancient world to the twenty-first century on an unforgettable doomsday mission.”
--Rocky Mountain News

”Alten draws clever parallels with Mayan myths in this ripping space-age yarn.”
--Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429985635
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Series: Domain Trilogy , #3
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 261,419
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Steve Alten is the best-selling author of the Meg series, including Meg: Hell’s Aquarium. A native of Philadelphia, he earned a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State, a Masters from the University of Delaware, and a Doctorate from Temple University. He is the founder and director of Adopt-An-Author, a free nationwide teen reading program used in thousands of secondary school classrooms across the country to excite reluctant readers.
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Phobos
PART 2THE EFFECT 
 
The countdown to "D-day" has started. Our group has been preparing for LHC [Large Hadron Collider] data for many years now and we are all truly excited about the prospect of finally getting a glimpse of whatever surprises Nature has in store for us.--DR. PEDRO TEIXEIRA-DIAS, LEADER OF THE ATLAS GROUP AT ROYAL HOLLOWAY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDONThe Final Papers of Julius Gabriel, PhDCambridge University archives 
AUGUST 23, 2001 
Phobos: a Greek term, translated as "morbid fear."Fear: a state of mind, inducing anxiety. The trepidation preceding an unwanted outcome. Fear is the mind-killer that disrupts the higher aspects of brain activity, overruling common sense.It has been argued that modern man suffers from six basic phobias: Fear of poverty. Fear of old age. Loss of love. Criticism. Poor health. And, of course, our most overwhelming fear--fear of death. 
 
My name is Julius Gabriel. I am an archaeologist, a scientist who investigates humanity's past in search of the truth. Truth is the light that eliminates the darkness induced by fear. Conversely, lies are the weapons of darkness, designed to spread fear.What you are about to read is the culmination of more than half a century of research that reveals startling truths about man's existence, our intended purpose, and our prophesied demise. The evidence that follows has never been made public, for to do so wouldhave violated a dozen nondisclosure agreements that would have resulted in my incarceration and very likely a quiet execution made to look like a suicide--ramifications rendered moot following a recent visit to my cardiologist.In truth, my decision to finally go public with these papers was based more on anger than my own intended exit strategy. I am sickened by an illegal and unconstitutional black ops program that exists solely to empower and enrich members of the military industrial complex and the fossil fuel industry. These pseudo-emperors have committed high treason against our entire species. They have lied to Congress and continue to operate outside the bounds of the Constitution of the United States, thereby voiding the previously mentioned nondisclosure agreements. Worse, they have murdered one president, disrupted the administration of another, and have refused to be held accountable by any office, though they are funded with an annual budget that exceeds $100 billion. In order to preserve their secrets, they have killed people of fame and fortune and innocent bystanders alike, and have orchestrated false flag events that have led to wars. Of most importance to mankind's future, they covet and have bottlenecked advanced technologies in the field of energy and propulsion that would not only provide free endless power for all but avert a looming global catastrophe.To ensure the survival of their "Ivory Towers of Power" they are prepared to unleash a final false flag event that will lead to planetary fear and eventually the weaponization of space. Before that happens, or perhaps as a result, every living being on this planet shall die.Am I being overly dramatic? Keep reading and you too will know what real fear is.Within these pages I am going to reveal everything to you, the good, the bad, and the mind-boggling truth--from the very secrets of existence that predate the Big Bang to the big bang that shall eradicate our species. In the process, you will come to understand that the universe is not what it seems, nor is human existence, and that this ticking clock of physicality that begins at conception and terminates with our final breath is neither the end nor the beginning, but an elaborate ruse constructed by our Creator ... as a test.And we are failing miserably.Judgment Day is coming, and we have reaped this destruction upon ourselves. Greed, corruption, hatred, selfishness ... most of all sheer ignorance--all brought about by the one human weakness that continues to define and poison our species even as it lures us toward the precipice of our very demise: our ego.The pages you are about to read will unveil forty years of lies and deception, but do not covet the truth: enlightenment comes with a price. Seed the information to the four winds, be the cause of your own hard-won salvation. For what hangs in the balance is nothing less than a fate prophesied by every ancient civilization and every major religion ... the End of Days.Phobos: fear.Fear is the elephant in the living room. To overcome the mind paralysis of fear, you must master it, you must, in a sense, consume it. But how can one consume something as large as an elephant?The answer, of course, is one digestible bite at a time.To digest the Doomsday Event requires that I not only deliver the facts but that I do so in their proper context lest you dismiss this document as merely a work of fiction--a source of entertainment. It is neither! Question the author; take nothing within these pages for granted. Research every fact. Cross-reference any statement and every conclusion that draws your ire. Only then will your mind begin to accept the truth; only then will you realize that there are evil entities lurking in the shadows playing with matches, and unless you open your eyes and act they will incinerate the world.Like it or not, accept it or not, a Doomsday Event is coming. How can I be so sure? Because, dear reader, the event has already happened! Even more bizarre--some of you reading these very words were there to witness the end.Confused? So was I, until I stopped thinking like a third-dimensional creature trapped by my own perception of linear time and unraveled the truth.Before you render a verdict, allow me to present my case.As previously stated, I am an archaeologist. In 1969, having earned my doctorate degree from Cambridge University, I set out on a journey of discovery, motivated more by curiosity than fear. My inspiration was the Mayan calendar, a two-thousand-year-old instrument of time and space that predicted humanity's reign to end on December 21, 2012.Doomsday.Let us pause a quick moment and make that forkful of elephant meat more digestible. A calendar, by definition, is a device used to measure time, in this case the amount of time it takes for our planet to revolve once around the sun. Somehow a society of jungle-dwelling Indians managed to create an instrument of time and space that, despite being 1,500 years older than our modern-day Gregorian calendar, remains one tenthousandth of a day more accurate.The Mayan calendar is a device composed of three cogged wheels operating in a fashion similar to the gears of a clock, plus a fourth calendar--the Long Count--which details twenty-year epochs, called katuns. Each katun is a prophecy in its own right, detailing happenings on Earth in accordance with the astrological ebb and flow of the cosmos.The Doomsday Event is aligned with precession. Precession is the slow wobble of our planet on its axis. It takes the Earth 25,800 years to complete one cycle of precession--the exact amount of time that defines the Mayan calendar's five great cycles, the current and last one terminating on the day of 4 Ahau, 3 Kankin--the winter solstice of 2012.How were the Maya, a race of Indians who never mastered the wheel, able to create such an advanced scientific instrument that prophesied events over thousands,perhaps millions of katuns? How were they able to plot our precise position in the cosmos, comprehend concepts like dark matter, or fathom the existence of the black hole at the center of our galaxy? Most important: how were the ancient Maya able to describe events that had yet to happen?The simplistic answer is they couldn't. In reality, it was their two mysterious leaders who possessed the knowledge.The first was the great Mayan teacher, Kukulcan, who came to the Yucatan Peninsula a thousand years ago. Described as a tall Caucasian man with silky white hair, a matching beard, and intense azure-blue eyes, this "messenger of love" who preached against the blood sacrifice remains a paradox of existence, for not only does his knowledge of science and astronomy dwarf our own, but his presence in Mesoamerica predates the arrival of the first white explorers (invaders) to the Americas by five hundred years.Still convinced you are reading fiction? Travel to the Yucatan and visit Chichen Itza. Harbored within this long-lost Mayan city is the Kukulcan Pyramid, a perfect ziggurat of stone, stained with the blood of ten thousand human sacrifices intended to stave off doomsday in the wake of the great teacher's passing. Ninety-one steps adorn each of the temple's four sides; add the summit platform and you have three hundred sixty-five, as in the days of the year. Arrive on the fall or spring equinox and you'll witness the appearance of a serpent's shadow on the northern balustrade, a thousand-year-old special effect constructed to warn modern man of the cataclysm to come.The second mysterious Mayan was Chilam Balam, the greatest prophet in Mesoamerican history. Chilam is the title bestowed upon a priest who gives prophecies, Balam translates as jaguar. The Jaguar Prophet was born in the Yucatan in the late 1400s and is known for his nine books of prophecies--one of which foretold the coming of strangers from the east who would "establish a new religion."In 1519, Cortés and his invading Spanish armada arrived in the Yucatan, armed with guns, priests, and Bibles, just as Chilam Balam had prophesied.Though he is not credited for it, I strongly suspect Chilam Balam to be the author of the Mayan Popol Vuh, the Mesoamerican equivalent of the Bible, at the heart of which is the Mayan creation story. Much like the Old Testament, the Popol Vuh's stories contain historical mythology that strains the boundaries of credibility. Like our own Judeo-Christian Bible, the Mayan creation story was never intended to be taken literally (more on that later). Instead, it was encrypted with an ancient knowledge that unveils the truth about mankind's future and past.Following decades of work, I managed to decode the Mayan creation story. And therein lies yet another paradox, for the deciphered text reveals incredible details regarding Homo sapiens's mysterious ascension as an intelligent force of nature--only the evolutionary events described in the Popol Vuh took place millions of years ago!In archaeology, we call this a paradox. In layman's terms, one might call it a déjàvu. By definition, déjà vu is the uneasy feeling that one has witnessed or experienced a new situation previously--as if the event has already happened.It has.As incredible as it sounds, I have discovered that our physical universe is caught within a temporal time loop that begins and ends with our destruction on the winter solstice of 2012, and the very instrument that once more shall be responsible for the Doomsday Event has been constructed on our watch----funded by our tax dollars. 
--JG 
 
Note:Professor Gabriel's final papers were subsequently banned from publication or public review as per ruling of the Massachusetts superior court (Borgia v. Gabriel estate; Hon. Judge Thomas Cubit presiding). The Cambridge University archaeology department petitioned and received the papers following Professor Gabriel's death on August 24, 2001, and his son Michael's incarceration at the Bridgewater State mental facility for the criminally insane. The Pentagon successfully appealed the ruling to the British courts, who ordered the papers sealed and not to be reviewed. They remained archived until 2032.Copyright © 2011 by Steve Alten
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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    the third Domain thriller is an exciting fast-paced cautionary tale.

    Five centuries ago the Mayan Popul Vul predicted that Michael Gabriel will sacrifice himself to save Earth from an alien invasion in December 2012. The Mayan forecast also included that Michael would sire twin supermen (Jacob and Immanuel) and a third super person Lilith Eve Robinson born at about the same time as the twins. All three come true by 2013 as the female confronted the twins for the souls of mankind (see Domain and Resurrection).

    However, just like greed almost led to the extinction of humanity on December 12, 2012, a new threat is caused by scientists reaching for the Tree of Knowledge with particle physics experiments. By 2047, a black hole expanding from within poses a planetary extinction. To prevent the end of the earth, a reluctant Immanuel must go back to the time of his late grandfather Julius at a time when the aliens are coming in order to stop the Big Bang as predicted by the Mayans centuries ago.

    Although the death count is overkilled, the third Domain thriller is an exciting fast-paced cautionary tale. That warning also carries a second edge as the supportive science interwoven into the plot along with the zillion disasters lacks depth to defend the dire predictions. Still readers will enjoy this doomsday countdown.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

    An exciting read that demands your full attention!

    This book is extremely complex in terms of the sheer number of characters and situations. It is a challenge to keep everything straight. Thorough comprehension would mandate at least a second read. However, it is well written enough that the basic concepts can be understood apart from the details. The author has a hell of an imagination and really takes the reader on an exciting ride. Do yourself a favor and keep a pen and pad handy to keep track of all the characters. You'll be glad you did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Another great read!!

    Steve does it again the twists snd turns in this book are mind blowing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2011

    Where am I? What just happened?

    I like Domain and though Ressurection was pretty good. I was looking foward to the final installment with Phobos. After reading it im so confused. Alten should write up a visual line graph similar in Back to the Future for readers to fully grasp everything that is going on. There was a lot in that 380 page book. I feel that it could gave been longer but at the same time it may have gotten boring if he tried to explain everything in more detail. I will definitely be thinking about this book for weeks to come.

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