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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:
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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.” 


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Wogc | 2/6/2014

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

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