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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (699 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Lowell Narrator: Richard Ferrone Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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According to Maya legend, December 21, 2012, will mark the end of the world as we know it. Is it myth... or will their prediction become reality?

Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts, splitting her time between digs in South America and the classroom teaching college students. But the professor's structured, academic life is about to spin out of control. Some extremely valuable and important Maya artifacts have gone missing. Are the culprits fanatics determined to create chaos and usher in annihilation?

Helping out a friend, former immigration and customs enforcement officer Hunter Johnston is determined to recover the missing pieces and he needs Lina's help. A man used to calling the shots and working alone, he isn't comfortable letting anyone get close, especially a beautiful and brainy woman like Lina. His gift for reading people tells him there's a lot going on below that professional exterior, and he's more than a little curious to probe her depths.

Burying herself in her work, Lina's had little experience handling men, especially one as fascinating and exasperating as the secretive, headstrong Hunter. A devoted archaeologist, she has the skill to excavate those protective layers all the way to his core.

But finding the missing artifacts is only the beginning of a mystery that will plunge these unlikely partners into adventure, romance, and danger more thrilling, sensual, and deadly than either of them knows....

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosaliie | 1/24/2014

    " I liked it a lot. Not as good as some of her others like Amber, but nevertheless a good read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda T | 1/19/2014

    " I like the writing in gneral, but the romance was so heavy handed that I quickly gave up and did not finish the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paraphrodite | 1/14/2014

    " Elizabeth Lowell never disappoints! She always does her homework to give her readers a good insight into the backdrop of her stories. This time around it's all about the ancient Mayan culture and the December 2012 predictions. A gripping and well-crafted suspense! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivy | 1/5/2014

    " This book was a little Indiana Jonesish. It was a fast paced adventure dealing with Mayan artifacts, and Dec 12, 2012. There was more language and sex than I cared for, but it somehow sucked me in. It was a super fast read. A fine way to spend a sleepless night. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Retta | 1/3/2014

    " Nice history on the Mayans.. Have alwyas liked Elizabeth Lowell.. Moves quickly... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 12/26/2013

    " Didn't enjoy it as much as some of her earlier ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita Fleming | 12/10/2013

    " You can always expect a good story from Elizabeth Lowell and with Beautiful Sacrifice, she delivers and then some. The story is about Lina, an archaeologist, whose family is from the old Mayan civilazation and Hunter, a former ICE agent dragged into an artifact smuggling ring by his best friend, Jase - still an ICE agent. As with all of Lowell's other books, you get a college level course of the subject at hand - in this case, Mayan artifacts, Mayan culture from the Tulum area of the Yucatan Pennisula of Mexico, related to a fictional nasty god named Kawa'il who loved the blood sacriface thing. Having been to the areas described in the book, I am just fascinated by the story and the the myths. The story is fast paced and the romance hot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth Parks | 12/6/2013

    " Read this while knitting, which probably made the socks turn out a little less well and the book actually get finished. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lauren | 12/1/2013

    " This had to be one of the worst books I've ever read, I didn't like or care for either of the characters. Not only that, but the plot was every where, it didn't seem to have a solid story. I won't be reading this author again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 11/25/2013

    " I had a little trouble getting into this one but by the middle, I was enjoying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 11/8/2013

    " Just didn't grab me with the heroine's story, especially as it related to the denouement of the story wrapping up loose ends so neatly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie | 11/3/2013

    " Did not enjoy this book at all..... Usually like this author. If this was the first book of hers I ever read wouldn't have read others. Really a bad book. Disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kellie Van | 10/21/2013

    " If this book didn't have completely irrelevant sexual innuendo tacked on to the story line it'd actually be a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judy | 10/7/2013

    " The best part of this book was the information provided about the Mayan culture. The characters were not that interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melanie | 9/16/2013

    " Love Elizabeth Lowell! I LOVE her Donovan books! And now this one too! Good read that moved along and had me hooked! The Maya setting and info is great! And with the Dec 2012 end of the world/Maya calendar, great time for this to be published! Definite recommend from me! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 3/20/2013

    " I was just disappointed in this predictable story. Least enjoyed one of hers I have read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda Salmon | 3/11/2013

    " Took me a while to read. Would I read again if I had to do it over? Probably NO. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bettyjeanyoungyahoo.com | 1/23/2013

    " What a disappointment. I have read several of Lowell's other books and found them very entertaining. This one is horrible. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Lorz | 12/6/2012

    " As always when you read a Elizabeth Lowell book you learn something new. She puts so much information into the wonderful stories that she creates. At times you might feel it's a little to much information but keep reading and you find the story. It's a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 12/6/2012

    " This book included a lot of interesting information about the Mayans. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 11/18/2012

    " A little too bizarre for my tastes, though an intriguing plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg Benjamin | 10/31/2012

    " Not great Lowell. The plot is pretty far-fetched, and the characters not as compelling as some of her others. Still, it moves right along. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicki | 8/17/2012

    " I love this author but this wasn't one of my favorite books. some of the mayan lore was interesting but story didn't seem to flow and just felt predictable. maybe just wasn't in the space for it, but I enjoyed her earlier books more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 8/3/2012

    " I enjoyed learning about the different Maya customs/ceremonies (not sure if they were fiction), but it kept me interested. An enjoyable story that I would recommend to those who enjoy a good mystery, with a little romance thrown in. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle Kasper hagerty | 5/26/2012

    " I have read almost all of her books and this by far was the most disappointing. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Lowell

Elizabeth Lowell’s acclaimed suspense novels include the New York Times bestsellers Blue Smoke and Murder, Innocent as Sin, The Wrong Hostage, Always Time to Die, The Color of Death, Die in Plain Sight, Running Scared, and Moving Target, as well as four books featuring the Donovan family: Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. She has more than thirty million books in print. She lives in Arizona and Seattle, Washington, with her husband, with whom she writes mystery novels under a pseudonym.

About the Narrator

Richard Ferrone has recorded over 150 audiobooks including thrillers, romances, science fiction, and inspirational novels. He has earned an Audie Award and four Audie nominations, including for Best Solo Male Narrator of 2003. He was also recognized as an AudioFile “Voice of the Last Century” and a “Rising and Shining Star.” He has earned nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards, including the 2011 Best Voice in Mystery and Suspense as well as the 2009 Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. A science fiction fan, he narrated Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. He has also narrated works by James Patterson, Walter Mosley, John Sandford, Eric Van Lustbader, and Stuart Woods.