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The mind-bending, stunningly inventive sequel to Brian D'Amato's In Courts of the Sun, in which one man holds the key to saving the world from the 2012 apocalypse foretold by the Mayan Prophecy.

In Brian D’Amato’s cult classic, In the Courts of the Sun, a team of scientists sent math prodigy and Mayan descendant Jed DeLanda back in time to the year AD 664 to learn the "Sacrifice Game," a divination ritual that the ancient Maya used to predict the apocalypse on December 21, 2012....

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Overview

The mind-bending, stunningly inventive sequel to Brian D'Amato's In Courts of the Sun, in which one man holds the key to saving the world from the 2012 apocalypse foretold by the Mayan Prophecy.

In Brian D’Amato’s cult classic, In the Courts of the Sun, a team of scientists sent math prodigy and Mayan descendant Jed DeLanda back in time to the year AD 664 to learn the "Sacrifice Game," a divination ritual that the ancient Maya used to predict the apocalypse on December 21, 2012. But after arriving in the body of a willing human sacrifice instead of a Mayan king, Jed’s experiences led him to the fateful decision that rather than avert the apocalypse, he must ensure instead that the world ends.

Using his knowledge of the divination game, Jed sets in motion a series of events that will bring about the destruction of humanity, ending the world’s pain and suffering once and for all. But before the plan can be completed, the organization that sent him into the past discovers his intention and devotes every resource to stop him.

Taking readers back to the dizzying action of ancient times, The Sacrifice Game is a breathtaking odyssey in which Jed must survive bloody wars, ruthless leaders, shifting alliances, and unspeakable betrayal to learn about the Game, before his time in both the ancient Mayan empire and the present day runs out.

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The overly long second volume of D’Amato’s apocalyptic trilogy (after 2009’s In the Courts of the Sun) opens on a note of doom. Ethnic Mayan Joachim Carlos Xul Mixoc DeLanda, who’s able to use his expertise with an ancient divination game, the Sacrifice Game, to anticipate the future, describes his decision to end all human life in time to fulfill the Mayan prophecy that the world will end in December 2012. DeLanda believes that “over 99.8 percent of , now, in the future, and always, is and will be sheer unrelieved agony.” DeLanda’s justification for his horrific act and his description of what’s led up to it make compelling reading, but the initial momentum and tension peter out in the middle section set in seventh-century Mexico at the Mayan empire’s peak. While explicit descriptions of mutilation and cannibalism highlight the cultural differences between the Mayan civilization and our own, some readers may feel less would have been more. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency. (July)
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The world's going to end in 2012. It's not? Well, don't let the homicidal Maya who figures in the pages of D'Amato's (Beauty, 1992, etc.) latest futuristic/apocalyptic/sci-fi thriller know. Now, the Mayan calendar runs out in 2012--and even if it's lately been discovered that they cooked up a calendar that gives us a few thousand more years, said "ethnic Maya, a twenty-first-century descendant of those guys who built all those palaces in Mexico and Guatemala with the big wacko pyramids with the scary stairs," young Joachim "Jed" Carlos Xul Mixoc DeLanda really wouldn't mind if the crawling anthill that is the human world disappeared. "Life sucks," he sighs. He knows more about it than most, having been sent back in time to save the world from one prophecy, only to decide that the world may not deserve saving. World-weary Jed's got other world-savers on his trail, including a cool chick named Marena, who calls him as she sees him: "You're what shit would shit if it could shit." Never mind the scatological scurrilousness: everyone in D'Amato's sprawling, busy novel has a job to do in playing the big, elaborate game that will decide the world's fate. It helps to have a little knowledge of things Mayan to read it, and it helps to be a little geeky--geeky enough, for one thing, to be able to call up in your mind's eye what the board of the old game Kriegspiel looked like. D'Amato is both funny and brittle, often both at once, as when he remarks of one bright, young thing, "She could end up like Jesus and be dead for a hundred years before the franchise really got going." Hallucinatory and goofy, D'Amato's yarn is a kind of Game of Thrones for those who prize jungles more than castles, and if it's improbable in the extreme, it's a pleasing and well-thought-through epic. But not one without loose ends that'll take a sequel to tie up. Stay tuned for this literate end-of-the-world saga to continue--and well beyond 2012, come to think of it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525952411
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/5/2012
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 2.01 (d)

Meet the Author

BRIAN D’AMATO is the author of Beauty and In the Courts of the Sun. He is also an artist whose work has been shown in galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. He divides his time among New York City, Chicago, and Michigan.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

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    When Jed was a small boy, as depicted in D'Amato's first novel (

    When Jed was a small boy, as depicted in D'Amato's first novel (In The Courts of the Sun) in this planned trilogy, his mother taught him a game that turned out to be a Mayan divination ritual, a game in which one could predict the future and even time-travel. Now in this second novel, it turns out there are two Jed characters, one who is living in the Mayan civilization in the year 664 and the other who is living in 21st Century America. The first puzzle the reader finds in this newer novel is understanding how this divided person can be so different. For with the help of education and the financial backing of a research institution, Jed has learned so much more about this "Sacrifice Game." He and others have refined it so that the world can truly understand the Mayan civilization that is so often misunderstood by our century's citizens, too often confused with other parallel civilizations existing during and after the time of the Mayans. But what Jed learns in that civilization is so decadent, cruel, and so much more that is devastating to him that the Jed living in our world has decided he will fulfill the Mayan calendar prediction of ending the world in December of 2012!!!

    The style of this sci-fi, gaming novel is unique - not quite stream of consciousness but a type of random and linear writing that takes us into the mind, heart, and even body of Jed and others with whom he interacts. Allusions to history, mythology, current events, religion, power-mongering, and so much more fill these pages so that if one is attentive one gets a fascinating education in the connection between supposedly unrelated events and personalities. We also see the baser aspects of humanity in the way it seeks to destroy anyone who gets in the way of its motives and plans - from the leaders of the Mayan society who practice cannibalism, suicide, and murder without batting an eye and so much more for the reader to explore. It's not much different in American a la 2012.

    The central conflict is a battle between Jed who has figured out a way to make every living human vanish in a second, even less, so fast indeed that they won't realize it happened and those who earlier supported Jed and his skills and who discover his intentions. They desperately begin to attempt to stop him from carrying out his "righteous" task, one he believes he is inspired to by the sacrifice game. His alter-ego, on the other hand, in Mayan society has found a way to save those people from the extinction we know actually occurred. There's quite a bit of craziness like having chili enemas or taking mind-altering drugs (that helps one go "deeper" in the game), etc., etc.

    This novel will stretch your imagination and focus beyond where it's been; it's like a mind-altering drug in itself in a way. It will, however, leave readers thinking about the role of humans never learning from history or culture and the underlying tension between destruction and salvation that is constantly going on despite the oblivious lack of attention of most of us. It's a read you definitely won't forget. If you love classic and non-classic sci-fi and relish an "offbeat," novel approach to stories, this is your book. Amazing job, Brian D'Amato.

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  • Posted August 17, 2012

    Great read!

    As a seasoned graphic artist and designer viewing this book at first glance, I could not help but to marvel at the cover art! The book's illustrations are overall very creative and awe-inspiring. If you're like me, all about the art, then you'll enjoy reading this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2012

    Just bad

    Disjointed and a bad read. Lots of plot holes and loose ends.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    What a waste of 637 pages. Tied for ALL TIME WORST BOOK I EVER

    What a waste of 637 pages. Tied for ALL TIME WORST BOOK I EVER READ. (Tied with End of Days by Robert Gleason). 200 pages of babbling. Some sections he just glosses over important details in a paragraph. Worst of all, he ties in his irrelevant strongly held political views into part of the story that really don't even fit into the story. This guy is strongly Anti-Conservative, Anti-Republican, and throws in jabs at Bush, Cheney and Reagan every chance he can get, even when writing in Mayan time. Then of coarse he basically blames the possibility of the end of the world, not on events from the Mayan calendar, but a Mormon, who am sure he is trying to portray as Mitt Romney. Just a sill book that was a complete waste of time. Read "12/21" by Dustin Tomlinson for a great Sci-Fi Thriller with a Mayan Twist!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Not yet released

    I look forward to reading this. It has not yet been released.

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