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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (513 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brian D’Amato Narrator: Robertson Dean Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jed DeLanda Series Release Date:
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December 21, 2012, the day time stops. Jed DeLanda, a descendant of the Maya living in the year 2012, is a math prodigy who spends his time playing Go against his computer and raking in profits from online trading. His secret weapon? A Mayan divination game—once used for predicting corn-harvest cycles, now proving very useful in predicting corn futures—that his mother taught him. But Jed’s life is thrown into chaos when his former mentor, the game theorist Taro, and a mysterious woman named Marena Park invite him to give his opinion on a newly discovered Mayan codex.

Marena and Taro are looking for a volunteer to travel back to 664 AD to learn more about a “sacrifice game” described in the codex. Jed leaps at the chance, and soon scientists are replicating his brain waves and sending them through a wormhole, straight into the mind of a Mayan king.

Only something goes wrong. Instead of becoming a king, Jed arrives inside a ballplayer named Chacal who is seconds away from throwing himself down the temple steps as a human sacrifice. If Jed can live through the next few minutes, he might just save the world.

Bringing to mind Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon and Gary Jennings’s Aztec, yet entirely unique, In the Courts of the Sun takes you from the distant past to the near future in a brilliant kaleidoscope of ideas.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A remarkable, unique, stand-out book…In a word: awesome. Or brilliant. Make that two words: awesome and brilliant.”

    Raymond Khoury, New York Times bestselling author of The Sign

  • “Fans of the late Michael Crichton will welcome this engrossing SF thriller…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.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “End-of-the-world aficionados will find it compelling.”

    Library Journal

  • “This is the sort of novel that Robert Silverberg might write (and, in fact, it feels a bit like Silverberg’s classic Up the Line)—a richly detailed, intellectually stimulating adventure through time…[Jed] is an engaging narrator, telling his story in an easy, often humorous style.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kathyred | 2/12/2014

    " How often can you read a Maya sci fi? This one has lots of action and puzzles, w/ time travel and a dash of Mad Max. Narrated in a distinctive voice, this will appeal to Dan Brown fans, but is much better written. Also, possibly since I know a lot less about Maya history than Christian history, I didn't note any historical or cultural inaccuracies. I gave it a 4 rather than a 5 because in spite of the fact that it's door-stopper sized, it ended on a cliff hanger. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer | 2/6/2014

    " This book is a bizarre mix of the modern world and the ancient Mayans. It is an intriguing look into Mayan culture and "time travel." The characters are dynamic and you want to find out more about them! I definitely recommend it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Karen | 1/28/2014

    " I was really torn on how many stars to give this book. There were parts of it I really enjoyed. I hated the gory, torture, killing parts, but that wasn't unexpected given the culture, and I knd of expected them to be in there. I thought the concept of the book was excellent but it was hugely wordy. I felt as those it took pages for the characters to take 2 steps any where or to do one simple task. I found myself skimming over paragraphs of technical stuff and dates. I did like the parts when he was in Chacal's brain living in the Maya period and how he was learning to adapt and experiencing the culture firsthand. When I got to the end I about died when I say it said end of Book 1. Once I realized Jed2 hadn't been resolved I guess it only goes to follow, plus I am not to keen on what Jed1's plans are for the future of the world! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 1/4/2014

    " Wow. Wow. This book is brilliant, huge, and I cannot believe he's got two more coming in a series. Stay away if you don't like serious science and serious history, and then large-scale fiction about both. I like this so much I am getting the books of the other authors who wrote reviews on the back. And anything else BDA has done. "

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About the Author

Brian D’Amato, in addition to being a novelist, is an artist whose sculptures and installations have been shown in galleries and museums all over the world, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Wexner Center for the Arts, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1992, he co-organized a show at the Jack Tilton Gallery in New York that was the first gallery show to explore the then-new medium of “virtual reality,” the same year that his debut novel Beauty was published.