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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (584 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Manda Scott Narrator: Susan Duerden Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a spellbinding blend of history, myth, and science, novelist Manda Scott unleashes a thriller that sweeps from the secrets of the Mayans to the court of a sixteenth-century queen to a shattering end-times prophecy. 

It’s a lump of rock, Stella; nothing more. No stone is worth dying for.” 

Except it’s not just a lump of rock. It’s a blue crystal skull made by the Maya to save the world from ruin; a sapphire so perfect that for centuries men have killed to own or destroy it.

Ancient prophecies say that if the thirteen skulls already in existence are not reunited, the world will end on December 21, 2012. Cedric Owen, the skull’s last keeper, died so that it might keep its secret for the next four centuries. Now Stella Cody has found it, and someone has already tried to kill her. Like Owen, she’s being hunted—but by whom?

Desperate to unravel the mystery of the crystal skull, Stella must decode Cedric Owen’s writings, sketches, and ciphers—a task that no scholar has been able to complete. What she discovers is astounding: a shocking secret prophecy and the staggering puzzle of four terrifying creatures, thirteen precious stones, and the terrifying future if Cedric Owen’s crystal skull falls into the wrong hands. But time is against Stella. She has only days—hours—left to uncover the only secret that may yet save the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Original, imaginative, scary, rooted in the past but as current as tomorrow’s nightmare.”

    Lee Child

  • “A nail-biting tour de force.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A life-threatening, heart-pounding battle between good and evil.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A compelling adventure novel.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Josee | 2/11/2014

    " Great book! I needed to polish my french and bought this book at a "used book" store. Loved the story, the characters, the plot and the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Rufsetufsa | 2/10/2014

    " Very boring but more review to come. Stay tuned... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colin | 2/1/2014

    " I got an Advance Readers' Copy of this one, and read it in a couple of days. It's quick and fun, but not great literature by any means. Still, it's nice junk food for the brain. Back to more serious books . . . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nathan | 1/24/2014

    " While I finished this book, ultimately I found it disappointing. Split between 2 time periods, the historical timeline was stronger than the contemporary timeline. I was unconvinced by the relationship between the contemporary protagonist and her new husband. Some good moments in the book, but the ending failed to deliver. "

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