The only way to save the future is to decode the past. The only way to decode the past is to save the future.McRae does an excellent job of weaving together ancient myths and legends in 12-21-12. Sheppard Smyth is a wonderfully flawed character. While at one point in his life he would have been that perfect hero, his wife's death has caused him to become even more obsessed with his theory on Cleopatra, and also with alcohol. He on more than one occasion has found himself at the bottom of a bottle and wishing that the bottle was a bit bigger. The writer doesn't try to paint him as perfect, and I think this made him very likable. Victoria and Dmitiri are intriguing as well. Combine their individual goals with the twists and turns that the author has placed in the novel and up until the end it is very hard to see who is the villain and who isn't. While sometimes these twists and turns left me almost as confused as poor Shep. For the most part though, it was confused in a good way. It made me want to keep turning the pages to see where the author was taking me. However near the end it when some of the mysteries were revealed, the explanations weren't as thorough as I would have liked. ***spoiler alert*** I personally got confused over which bond was passed to which human and how. Plus I wasn't sure whether Shep was the descendant of royal Egyptians , or Alex, or Christine. I would have liked a little genealogy chart maybe to go along with it. Maybe added as an appendix?***end spoiler***
Archaeologist Sheppard Smyth has staked his career and the honorable memory of his wife and partner on proving his widely panned theory: Cleopatra VII, the last sovereign pharaoh of Egypt, was not a victim of suicide as history suggests, but of a well-concealed murder. When a statue of the doomed Queen is unearthed in a pre-Columbian excavation site in Mexico, Shep rushes to investigate and, hopefully, find the proof that has evaded him for so long. The statue, however, is only the first clue suggesting a mysterious connection between Mesopotamia and Mesoamerica, and possibly - beyond. Suddenly thrust into the heated rivalry between sexy and enigmatic antiquities thief Victoria Kent and the infamous Russian mafioso Dmitri Kronastia, Shep finds himself a common pawn played by forces working to see out a quest older than the pyramids and cloaked in the Mayan Doomsday prophecy of 12.21.12.
While the book is set perfectly to lead into a sequel, it did have a nice happy ending for more than one of it's main characters. I am a huge fan of Happy Ever After, so this wasn't an issue for me. Plus I think that after all the crap that Dmitri and Alex put Shep through, he definitely deserved it. The only other issue I had with the book, is that I wanted to find out more about Victoria, and her other proxies. (I love myths and legends and would have loved to see how the author weaved Victoria and her proxies into history) However this issue has been semi-resolved.
Melissa was kind enough to let me know about a side series the author is releasing called The Twelve. I was lucky enough to download a copy of the first part from Smashwords. The full title is The Twelve: Altunai Subset One, and it introduces the reader to the first three proxies of Victoria. The only problem I have with it is that it is too short. I think that each of the proxies, at least the ones I've read about so far, could easily deserve their own book. Not just a few pages. This however won't stop me from trying to get my hands on the next book to find out about the other proxies. And I definitely would be interested in reading more about Victoria and finding out what happens to her and Alex, and the rest of the world she's created for that matter. I think this book was really good and I definitely would recommend it.
Til next time
note from Melissa:
Giveaway is over!