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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,527 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dustin Thomason Narrator: Dustin Thomason, Fred Sanders, Noel R. Bearheart Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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For decades, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers worldwide. It is the date, they claim, when the ancient Maya calendar predicts the world will end.

In Los Angeles, two weeks before, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his usual morning bike ride, drops off the dog with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab where he studies incurable prion diseases for the CDC. His first phone call is from a hospital resident who has an urgent case she thinks he needs to see. Meanwhile, Chel Manu, a Guatemalan American researcher at the Getty Museum, is interrupted by a desperate, unwelcome visitor from the black market antiquities trade who thrusts a duffel bag into her hands.

By the end of the day, Stanton, the foremost expert on some of the rarest infections in the world, is grappling with a patient whose every symptom confounds and terrifies him. And Chel, the brightest young star in the field of Maya studies, has possession of an illegal artifact that has miraculously survived the centuries intact: a priceless codex from a lost city of her ancestors. This extraordinary record, written in secret by a royal scribe, seems to hold the answer to her life’s work and to one of history’s great riddles: why the Maya kingdoms vanished overnight. Suddenly it seems that our own civilization might suffer this same fate.

With only days remaining until December 21, 2012, Stanton and Chel must join forces before time runs out.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I truly could not put this book down.”

    Nelson DeMille

  • “Fast, suspenseful…Michael Crichton fans will find a lot to like.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A winning book.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Robert | 2/16/2014

    " Disappointing. Crichton-like, but not at all exciting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris | 1/21/2014

    " Reminded me of late-period Crichton in that the protagonist espoused a rather fringe belief ("OMG! Everyone who eats meat will someday get mad cow disease!") that at least partially came true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debbie | 1/20/2014

    " A good summer read type of a book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Mike | 1/20/2014

    " Just ok... Felt the ending lacked the flair the story had throughout. It was building towards a great ending and then went into the boring and typical. Not sure i would read another book from this author if this is how he ends his stories. Just sayin! "

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