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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,172 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Rollins Narrator: Pedro Pascal Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jake Ransom Series Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780061805967
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When a mysterious envelope arrives for Jake Ransom, he and his older sister, Kady, are plunged into a gripping chain of events. An artifact found by their parents—on the expedition from which they never returned—leads Jake and Kady to a strange world inhabited by a peculiar mix of long-lost civilizations, a world that may hold the key to their parents' disappearance.

But even as they enter the gate to this extraordinary place, savage grackyls soar across the sky, diving to attack. Jake's new friends, the pretty Mayan girl Marika and the Roman Pindor, say the grackyls were created by an evil alchemist—the Skull King. And as Jake struggles to find a way home, it becomes obvious that what the Skull King wants most is Jake and Kady—dead or alive.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This rollicking adventure story is a wonderfully startling mix of ancient Mayan culture, archeologists, prehistoric animals, and evil personified in the form of the Skull King...This...will definitely be a favorite with younger readers.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “A quick, fun read.” 

    VOYA

  • “A rollicking good story.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers...will be caught up in the adventure, particularly those who are interested in Mayan culture. The characters are likable, especially Jake and Pindor, who experience the insecurities of most teens. Unanswered questions surrounding their parents’ disappearance and the connection between Jake and the Skull King will have readers eagerly looking for the next installment in the series.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “The author’s first for children starts out as a realistic thriller but takes a big left turn into fantasy without abandoning the thrills...An author of science-fiction-tinged adventures for adults, Rollins has created a page-turning first volume in a series that will have readers with elastic suspension of disbelief clamoring for the next volume.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Annie | 2/17/2014

    " Finally finished reading this book. Took me ages! It's a fascinating book actually and the genre is really my type. The thing I am not really satisfied with is the ending. It doesn't give me this 'oomph' feeling and I don't really feel like reading it again if I have to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paulo Carvalho | 2/17/2014

    " Review to come. I think it's 3,5 stars but since I cannot give halves.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 2/15/2014

    " A book my 11 yr old and my husband were reading with me -- yes, juvenile in parts, but full of action and fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wogc | 2/6/2014

    " Nice YA adventure story. (rather for boys I think, though) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 1/19/2014

    " At first this book didn't look like much. It actually looked like an unoriginal but still slightly original story. But no. This book was absolutely amazing. The creative power it must take to create this be world of Calypso or something like that is completely amazing. Now I've never actually read the other James Rollins series but this series on its own is wonderful. I didn't really see a down side to this book. It was pretty straightforward like any other mythical fantasy book. Main character(s) come across some interesting info or something leading up to the turning point where they are thrown onto the path of adventure and usually ending with a cliffhanger leading into the next story. So, great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Breanna Morgan | 1/16/2014

    " Simply put: This is the book that never ends... it just goes on and on my friends... I started reading it... not knowing what it was... haha, yeah, this felt like the longest book ever... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wind | 1/16/2014

    " Definitely a kids book, but I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Erhardt | 1/10/2014

    " This is a fun book for young fans of Indiana Jones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/28/2013

    " Not great, but good. I think I might recommend this one to fans of the Fablehaven series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/10/2013

    " Great book. I read it aloud to a group of students and we were all amazed at the author's imagination! Also, the vocabulary in the book was fantastic. I was constantly impressed with word choice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Seely | 10/20/2013

    " I think it is a really good book. I am listening to it on audio and it has me hooked. I am looking forward to the sequel. I am a sucker for a seriesz. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carson Schubert | 9/24/2013

    " pretty good, although kind of odd. I felt confused throughout, until it all came together at the end "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suz | 8/17/2013

    " This was an adventure romp with something for everyone: Mayans, Roman legions, Vikings, dinosaurs, archaeology, alchemy, science... I can't wait to read more of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanna Chan | 7/8/2013

    " Time travel, adventure, lost world, lost civilization.... An interesting adventure. May put it on the Percy Jackson read-alike list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/20/2013

    " Interesting combination of multiple cultures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/2/2013

    " A very enjoyable read. There were a lot of fun surprises. I look forward to more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 2/8/2013

    " This was really well written. There are lots of interesting archeological history things going on and a lot of fantasy mixed in. I liked the combination. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dushyant Ahuja | 11/3/2012

    " Amazing book - fast paced - easy to read - just loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 2/18/2012

    " A good adventure for kids AND adults. Thank you, Dr. Rollins. May I see your mammoth tusk? What is the story behind that? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linsey | 8/4/2011

    " Very interesting, will keep you reading on the edge of your seat!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dean Kutzler | 5/15/2011

    " I absolutely love this book! I recommend it to any and all ages. I read it in one day! It is quite the adventure and I cannot wait to read the next. I'm getting it right now! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 5/13/2011

    " Great book. I read it aloud to a group of students and we were all amazed at the author's imagination! Also, the vocabulary in the book was fantastic. I was constantly impressed with word choice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 4/24/2011

    " A very enjoyable read. There were a lot of fun surprises. I look forward to more in this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judith | 3/30/2011

    " Similar to Lightning Thief, Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp. Book you can hand to almost anyone. Already had two copies stolen from my library. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/30/2011

    " Rollins' first young adult novel. It is a great adventure, I'd suggest it to anyone who likes a good adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 3/6/2011

    " This is a very enjoyable fantasy story. Good for anyone! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 2/19/2011

    " really interesting, full of action, mystery and adventure. a big mystery is still not solved, but I guess that's why there's another book? kept me wanting to read more each time I finished a chapter! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennie | 2/11/2011

    " This book was OK. I read it because it was a Texas Bluebonnet award nominee. It ripped off a bit too much from "Harry Potter" for my taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trish | 1/26/2011

    " I think the story in this book would make a great family adventure movie. The story was definitely imaginative,adventurous and action packed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/22/2011

    " I was very surprised to see that James Rollins had delved into the young adult genre. I throughly enjoyed the story and the character of Jake Ransom. I look forward to more in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 1/3/2011

    " I think it is a really good book. I am listening to it on audio and it has me hooked. I am looking forward to the sequel. I am a sucker for a seriesz. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 12/17/2010

    " Not great, but good. I think I might recommend this one to fans of the Fablehaven series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 12/9/2010

    " Very readable. Reminded me somewhat of Cryptid Hunters. Easier to read for a younger audience. lots of action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 12/6/2010

    " This story intriques me. It reminds me of Peter Pan and the Star Catchers with out the Disney story behind it. I will read the next book in the series. It is ideal for any young boy that seeks adventure on your Christmas list. "

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About the Author
Author James Rollins

James Rollins is the New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers that have been translated into more than forty languages. Known for unveiling unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets, he has a knack for breakneck pacing and stunning originality that has been hailed by critics and embraced by millions of readers around the world.