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The Aquarians: An Ancient Mayan Prophecy - A Modern Phenomenon Paperback – December 28, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (December 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595443028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595443024
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,553,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric Rankin has traveled the world studying and swimming with dolphins, both wild and tame. Rankin lives in Southern California with his wife, Elena, and son, Ryan.


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Eric Rankin grew up in the yachting industry in Southern California. Drawing from his experience as a licensed boat captain, stunt-boat operator for television and film, SCUBA diver and freelance writer, Eric creates a lush and scenic backdrop for his first novel "The Aquarians." Eric has also traveled the world swimming with dolphins and exploring Mayan ruins of the Yucatan. These experiences led him on a path that directed his attention to the end of the Mayan calendar in the year 2012 - a moment in time that seems to be serving as a spiritual wake-up call to all humanity.

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Great characters as well!
J. Weisgerber
He deftly weaves through each character's story, sharing their journeys with us in such a magical way that the reader doesn't want the book to end.
C. Forth
You won't be able to put the book down once you start reading.
Gloria McMullen

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
Eric Rankin's close communication with dolphins resulting from his swimming with these ancient and intelligent beings around the oceans of the world helps to explain one reason why this brief book is so addicting to read. But since THE AQUARIANS is his first novel the reader will not only be absorbed in the very fine story line of the book, but will also be impressed with the amount of research Rankin so obviously accomplished in the fields of Astrology, Mayan intelligence, and computer technology as applied to animal studies. First and foremost, this is a novel that will capture the attention of anyone who is fortunate enough to pick up a copy - an adventure filled with intrigue, investigation, criminal underpinnings, and a fine love story: it is also a warmly informative approach to the mysteries of the Mayan Calendar, Dolphin communications, and philosophical line of thought about the state of the world and the future of the human species.

Wisely weaving several stories, each with a set of characters we get to know, to a braid of story in which all of the events and characters of the novel become intricately connected, Rankin begins his story with a prelude in 1946 and an important incident occurring just after the atomic bomb devastation of Japan that sets the tone of the novel. The reader encounters crusty old scientists who are determined to understand the ultrasonic holograms dolphins transmit, archeologists who gaze in wonder at the findings of a hidden Mayan temple on whose ceiling is painted the famous Mayan Calendar referenced in the 800 year old Dresden Codex, and to keep the story contemporary, young people are added to not only provide the requisite love interest but also provide the tie with the past that gives the book such an uplifting ending.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Candi Sary on March 5, 2008
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The Aquarians is one of those rare books that has the magic to really pull you into the story. I kept wanting to pick it back up even when I didn't have time to read--I couldn't stop thinking about it. I liked the characters and the entertaining storyline, but I think the real pull for me was the message. The Mayan calendar end-date coinciding with the age of aquarius, the 11:11 phenomenon being a wake-up call (I am one of those who has been seeing 11:11 for years), and the new perspective it offered me about dolphins left me with such optimism. I realize it is just a work of fiction, but the facts woven through the story were so inspiring. I am looking forward to the new direction humanity can take in the year 2012.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bookdynamo VINE VOICE on February 8, 2010
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As the author of a best-selling non-fiction book about the "11:11" phenomenon, I was so excited and curious to read Eric Rankin's novel, which tied in the 11:11 enigma and the coming prophetic year of 2012 with a beautiful storyline about the amazing bonds between humans and dolphins, and humans and humans to boot. How could a novel quite pull off such a big order? But Rankin not only did pull it off, he did it with a lush, emotionally moving story that perfectly introduces so many concepts, all the while telling a great love story between a man and a woman, and humanity and the greater good. That the greater good is symbolized here in the form of dolphins is so fitting, as this book is like an introduction into the fascinating world of these underwater angels. The story centers on three people, all of whom in the end find their own personal transformation through their close encounters with these delightful and brilliant creatures.

Dr. Troy Wallace is trying to prove an incredible theory of his involving echolocation and 3-D sonogram imaging; Rebecca Larson is a dolphin behaviorist at Sea World with a profound theory of her own involving dolphins and how humans can learn from and integrate dolphin behavior and hopefully mimic their long evolutionary presence; and Ryan Ericson, a hot stud So Cal celebrity who, despite his fame and success, feels an emptiness inside that serves as the catalyst to an incredible journey of change and growth and helps him find a love that goes beyond one night stands. The characters are fully realized and totally relatable, and their journeys, both separate and collective, ring true and provide plenty of lessons for the reader to embrace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NLMPT on May 17, 2009
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The first page draws you into the water, and each page following buoys you along like a swell on the ocean. Wave by wave, you are carried into the seemingly disconnected lives of captivating people. You join the thread of each character's past, and the author invites you along for the enlightening journey that brings them all together. With them you are transported to many intriguing locales, and left feeling as though you have walked in these places and shared their experiences. Along the odyssey, fascinating, true facts about dolphins, science, and Mayan culture will lead you to search for more. This is not a doomsday prophecy, rather a tale of possibilities for the future, and the hope of human potential.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria Olson on October 5, 2008
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There are few things that will make you feel this good! I could not put this book down once I started reading! I usually get bored with books, BUT this one was mesmerizing! It is a wonderful story of how people from different parts of life come together by a common fascination and experience with dolphins. As their relationships develop they discover their connection to the Mayan calendar, and how dolphins research can realize the beginning of a peaceful world rather than the end of the current chaotic one. Your stress will ease as you fall into this book and you will be inspired to appreciate the beauty around you and how important it is to work together to love one another and all that is living around us!
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