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12.21.12: The Vessel (The Altunai Annals) [Kindle Edition]

Killian McRae
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Book Description

The only way to save the future is to decode the past. The only way to decode the past is to save the future.

Archaeologist Sheppard Smyth has staked his career and the honorable memory of his wife and partner on proving his widely panned theory: Cleopatra, 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 find, 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.

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"I was hooked on 12.21.12 in the first 10 sentences.  It has humor, intrigue & just enough romance to make you curious.  The prologue alone is captivating.  It doesn't allow you to stop reading." -Bookish Novelties

"This book was a non-stop roller coaster ride from beginning to end! Take a bit of The DaVinci Code, mix in some Indiana Jones, a good dose of Egyptian mythology, a pinch of Mayan mythology, a bit of history and a lot of mystery and you've got ... a fun, rollicking, can't-tear-yourself-away-from-it read!" -Into the Mystic

"One hell of a great book! Honestly, guys, if any of you liked Stargate, Lara Croft, The Mummy and stories about gods and godlike creatures, this book is for you." - Nocturnal Book Reviews

About the Author

Killian McRae considers herself a fan of history, and this love is often reflected in her work. First published in 2010, she has two works in print, with a Fantasy YA work due out in 2012.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3224 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494766787
  • Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press; 3 edition (January 16, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YN675A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,936 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Promising concept wasted by mediocre execution March 10, 2013
By J. Cora
12.21.12 by Killian McRae is a speculative fiction novel, which takes place over the final days before the alleged date of the end of the world. The premise, although not particularly original, could have been developed into an interesting story. Unfortunately the plot of 12.21.12 lost momentum after the first couple of chapters, and then the book became simply boring. Subsequently depicted events and slowly revealed facts were constantly greeted with shock and awe by the protagonists, but I as the reader found it hard to care about them, and in some cases they were easily predictable.

In my opinion this novel is a case of a promising concept wasted by mediocre execution.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 out of 5 stars! A uniquely blended mystery July 18, 2013
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was an interesting variety of genres. Mystery, mythology, science fiction with an 'end of the world' twist. Killian McRae blended many concepts, both new and old and created an original story worthy of some praise.

The book centers around several characters.W e have Sheppard Smythe (known as Shep) an archeologist who lost his wife in a traffic accident in Egypt and is called in to assist on a dig site yet gets caught up in some trouble beyond what he could imagine. Victoria who seems to be an assistant at the site but may be a criminal, and even rumored to be a goddess. Then there is Dmitri, a supposed Russian mob lord who knows more than what one might think. Each character is closely intertwined to one another, along with other characters in more ways than any of them realize. Each of them hold a piece of a puzzle that leaves the reader guessing until the end.

The book is written from different perspectives as the story moves along. Sometimes this added to the story. However it also left questions to the characters themselves at times and why they thought or acted the way they did. Certain behaviors, especially Victoria's feelings, seem awkward or inaccurate at times. I also wish there was more detail to the surroundings, such as the dig site and other places the characters stayed. While the book is enjoyable one major thing lacking is a lasting effect. When I finished the book I was quickly able to move on to the next story on my shelf. I like wanting to take the time to think on the characters and plot. This one didn't have me doing that much for some reason. I cannot say why. Yet regardless of these desires I truly enjoyed the story in and of itself.

*I received this book as a Free copy from the Goodreads First Reads giveaway program. Special thanks to the author for offering up a copy of her book!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly intriguing read! December 22, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading 12.21.12. Killian McRae presents an intriguing take on the Mayan "end of the world" concept. It is hard to classify this book, but it has elements of mystery, suspense, ancient mythology, fantasy, sci-fi, and romance. If you like ancient Roman and Greek mythology, you will love how Killian places a new spin on the origins of these deities. The characters all felt very well-developed, and each had their own talents and flaws. There were no flat caricatures here. If you are looking to read something different by a new and promising author, give 12.21.12 a read.

Disclaimer: I'm the graphic designer for this book, but I also read it. No one asked me to write this review, nor was I required to do so. I just really enjoyed reading it, and I think you will too!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars End of the World Conspiracy? February 28, 2011
12.21.12 is a cryptic date that some believe will be the end of the world. They get this theory from the Mayan calendar, which ends on this date for no apparent reason. If you are one of the many people in the world that likes puzzles, mythology, twists, conspiracies, Egyptology, or anything mysterious and unexplained in the ancient world, this book will be right up your alley.

This is an ensemble cast of characters that includes an archeologist, a Russian mob boss, a Vessel, an Order of Dan Brown proportions, and various gods and goddesses from Egyptian mythology. I will only give one spoiler in this review: no one is what they appear to be on the surface. In very basic terms and without additional spoilers, this ensemble takes the reader through explanations of who the gods/goddesses are, their role in history, explanations for things such as the real cause of Vesuvius' eruption, the truth behind Cleopatra's death, and even proof for the Bible's story of how woman was created from a man's rib. There are many more not listed that just slide into the plot. Yep, this book really has something for every conspiracy theorist out there. Just HOW these things are explained and interconnected are well done and formulated by the author.

What I enjoyed about this book is how the author brings various theories and conspiracies throughout human history and ties them together to explain how mankind will be saved or destroyed on 12.21.12. It is absolutely nothing like I have ever heard or thought about...truly unique. The feel of this book reminds me some of Preston and Child's books that include Pendergast, the very intelligent agent that seems to solve all kinds of impossible mysteries. It's not quite the same, but when looking for comparison, this is closest.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story June 22, 2011
By HolJo
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Sheppard Smyth is an archaeologist whose professional goal has always been to prove that Cleopatra was murdered - going against common belief amongst his peers. He has focused his entire life on this goal until the day his beloved wife is killed in an archaeological accident.

In the years after Christine's death, Shep has mostly lost his will to live, drowning himself in alcohol to help him forget his pain. Finally, the day comes when Shep is drawn back into the archaeological world again by the discovery of a Cleo relic by one of his colleagues. without knowing that the dig site is owned and operated by dangerous man named Dmitri, he agrees to help his friend identify the legitimacy of the find. When he reaches the site in Mexico, he meets the beautiful Victoria Kent, an intern on the dig. Although he is drawn to her immediately, he senses that she is not exactly who she says she is.

Within 24 hours, Shep finds himself neck deep in a mystery that reaches outside the human world and extends thousands of years back into human history. Although he puts the pieces of the puzzle together slowly, he becomes increasingly aware that the two keys to learning the truth are Victoria and Dmitri. He also becomes very aware that the fate of the entire world is at stake, just as was described in the Mayan prophecy that the world would end on 12.21.12.

There were parts of this book that were quite captivating. However, I found myself vacillating between being really absorbed in the story and really bored by the story. Part of the issue was that the same scenes were often retold by more than one person. The second telling of the scene would give me a new POV of what had occurred, but the scene itself was the same and therefore was dull compared to the first perspective.
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