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The Death Relic

Kuzneski, Chris (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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After being vanquished by the Spanish empire, little remains of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. From the ashes of their cities emerged a unified legend: Their conquerors possessed a mysterious artifact so powerful - so deadly - that it was universally known as the "Death Relic." When archaeologist Maria Pelati's research team disappears in the rugged terrain of the Yucatan Peninsula, she contacts Jonathon Payne and David Jones to help track them down. As Payne and Jones embark on a perilous mission to find the lost archaeologists, they realize that Maria's research may be the key to solving one of the darkest mysteries of the world.
Authors: Kuzneski, Chris
Title: The death relic
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2013
Characteristics: 456 p. :,map ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Chris Kuzneski
Summary: After being vanquished by the Spanish empire, little remains of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. From the ashes of their cities emerged a unified legend: Their conquerors possessed a mysterious artifact so powerful - so deadly - that it was universally known as the "Death Relic." When archaeologist Maria Pelati's research team disappears in the rugged terrain of the Yucatan Peninsula, she contacts Jonathon Payne and David Jones to help track them down. As Payne and Jones embark on a perilous mission to find the lost archaeologists, they realize that Maria's research may be the key to solving one of the darkest mysteries of the world.
ISBN: 0399158995
9780399158995
Branch Call Number: FICTION KUZNESKI 2013
Subject Headings: Yucatán Peninsula Antiquities Fiction Missing persons Fiction Treasure troves Fiction Archaeologists Fiction
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction
Suspense fiction
Topical Term: Missing persons
Treasure troves
Archaeologists
LCCN: 2012038476
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From the Mayan pyramids of Chichen Itza to the Caribbean ruins of Tulum, many lives will be lost while searching for The Death Relic. As researchers embarkon a perilous mission, they realize they might have the key to solving one of the darkest mysteries of the New World.


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Feb 25, 2013
  • BeccaBB rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Maybe if I had some history with the characters I might have enjoyed this more. As it was I didn’t connect with them much. I liked the idea of the long standing relationship between the two friends with all sorts of history that leads to friendly banter. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. The banter was odd and forced and sounded awkward and ended up taking away from the story instead of adding to it. And unfortunately there were long passages of it. There is some good action and mystery with people who are not who they seem, plots and schemes, fire fights and ancient puzzles. And you get to learn something about the Maya. But after all the action and mystery, just when it seems to really be picking up, it just sort of ends. Abruptly. It felt like the book was leading us somewhere and then decided at the last moment not to go there. And I was left feeling that the ending didn’t really deliver what the rest of the book promised.

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