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About the Author

Elle Marie's books are diverse but all have one thing in common—they reflect her passions. From maintaining a healthy lifestyle (Living the Thin Life) to unearthing mysteries (Chronicle of the Mound Builders) to visiting her daughter in Paris (contributor to the anthology That's Paris), she writes what she knows and loves. Her most recent book, Sales and Fails, is a humorous account of all the struggles she encountered marketing her first three books, peppered with a few success stories as well.

She's never far from her computer; by day she works in the IT field, by night she writes her latest inspiration. When she does step away from the screen, she enjoys spending time with her husband in their hometown of St. Louis.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479206652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479206650
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,110,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, the native cultures of the Americas being a little outside my regular stomping grounds, but Elle Marie managed to surprise me. Part history, part mystery, with just a touch of fantasy, Chronicle of the Mound Builders is a truly unique piece.

Not being at all familiar with the culture on which the story relies or even the locations in which it takes place, I was worried I would quickly feel overwhelmed with information and was pleasantly surprised to find Marie such careful writer. Facts are explained as the story unfolds, gently and appropriately introducing the readers to the material without making them suffer the agony of repeated fact dumps.

As to the characters, I would have difficulty pinpointing one I disliked, but Angela Hunter was by far my favorite. Her intelligence and dedication made her an exceedingly admirable heroine, but there is a spark and humor to that made her a very fun character to read.

I was also surprised by the intelligence and creativity of the plot. I mean no offense to Marie, but I'm not used to seeing such an addicting premise as her codex in a debut piece. It was a rather refreshing change of pace if I do say so myself.

Highly recommend it to anyone with a mind for fast-paced adventures.
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Being from St. Louis, our book club chose to read Chronicle of the Mound Builders because of the ties to the St. Louis area (The Villages of the Mississippian's and Cahokia Mounds).

The book has two stories that intertwine with each other. The story begins with a detailed history of the Aztec's daily lives, how they lived and worked. A father and his son must flee for their lives, and find themselves on a long journey ending in the Villages of the Mississippian's and Cahokia Mound Builders. At the same time, the story takes you to modern-day St. Louis where Angela, and her team of archaeologists find a jar containing a secret code from the Mississippian era. The mystery increases as several people will wish to obtain possession of that ancient jar.

Elle Marie, also being from the St. Louis area, was kind enough to attend our book club meeting. We were thrilled to have a "published author" attend our meeting!!! Elle described to us the tremendous amount of research that went into writing this book. The book is well written and it's sometimes difficult to tell which parts of the book are true and which are fiction (and Elle is not sharing that information!!) It's a book that holds your interest and is difficult to put down!

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I loved this book, it’s a pretty exciting story and a real page-turner. It kept my interest throughout the whole book. I am not at all familiar with the culture or the locations on which the story relies, Elle Marie appropriately introduced facts as the story unfolds that worked perfectly. The story goes back and forth from history to present times. The story is based on an Aztec father, son and a servant who must flee their village for their lives, while on their journey to find a new home they meet a merchant who takes them to his village, the Cahokia Mound Builders. In the present day archeologists find a Codex and this is how the two stories are intertwine with each other. I look forward to the author's next book. I highly recommend it to anyone with a mind for fast-paced adventures.
I was given this book free for an honest opinion.
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Format: Paperback
This is an intriguing novel that pivots back and forth from history to present times about the Aztec Indian culture and the Mississippian natives who left behind the fascinating Cahokia mounds in Illinois and many artifacts in the Chesterfield Valley of west-county St. Louis. The storylines are smart and the creative writing sparked my imagination. This was a captivating local-history novel that would make a thrilling movie!
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My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1301208636">4 of 5 stars</a>

Excerpt from the book:

Tizaapan, Mexica, Summer 1330 A.D.

"No woman could look more beautiful than you do today. Your groom will be very pleased. Patli was a bit envious of her younger sister."

"Ilancueitl was finally ready. The emperor's servants helped her into a litter and carried her onto the main avenue of Tizaapan. As the procession slowly made its way to the temple, crowds gathered. She felt all eyes on her, admiring her beauty and finery."

"At the foot of the pyramid, Ilancueitl stepped down from her carrying chair. The princess slowly made her way up the endless steps."

"The tlenamacac took Ilancueitl's arm and led her to the flat-topped pyramid stone."

"Suddenly she realized what was happening. This was no wedding - this was a sacrifice to the gods."

Near present day St. Louis. Chesterfield Valley, Missouri, July 6

Since I live in Kansas City, the St Louis area location of this novel attracted my attention. The story centers around an Indian archaeological dig site in present day Cahokia Mounds Park in Collinsville, Illinois. The natives were known as The Mississippians or Mound Builders. Many of the huge mounds were lost to the expansion of civilization. Some mounds were used as burial sites, but for other mounds, their use is still unknown. Also unknown is the sudden abandonment of the area by the native Americans. The Mound Builders had no written language to pass on their history to future generations.

A true historical mystery emerges when a small clay jar is found at the dig site.
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