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Product Details

  • Series: Sacrifice Game Trilogy
  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1ST edition (July 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952411
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.4 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The prose style is highly entertaining … [The Sacrifice Game] moves like a well-oiled machine, carrying us along on Jed’s world-destroying adventure.”
Booklist


Praise for IN THE COURTS OF THE SUN:

"D'Amato's absolutely amazing thriller about the end of the world...takes over the late Michael Crichton's territory with a loud band...If you like historical thrillers, this one's for you."
Chicago Tribune 


"With a whirlwind plot and meticulous research and some downright giggly smartass comments by the narrator in both time frames, it really can't miss."
The San Diego Union-Tribune 


"Fans of the late Michael Crichton will welcome this engrossing SF thriller."
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

BRIAN D’AMATO is the author of Beauty and In the Courts of the Sun. He is also an artist whose work has been shown in galleries and museums, including the Whitney Museum and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. He divides his time among New York City, Chicago, and Michigan.

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The story was fast paced and kept your attention.
Maria Martinez
Descriptions of his views of the world as shaped by the Mayans and travels in that world are extremely well done in book one.
plane
If you havent read Courts yet--put this one down and read it first .
Eaglewood

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
INTRODUCTION: In 2009, Brian D'Amato published the superb In the Courts of the Sun first in an announced trilogy called The Sacrifice Game. The novel was a combination of near-future extrapolations, time travel and a wonderful recreation of the Maya world of the 7th century, all narrated by unlikely hero Jed de Landa, or more precisely by Jed 1 and Jed 2 as the novel uses a form of time travel which leads to an instance of the consciousness of Jed to be time shifted to the brain of Chacal, a star Maya ball player of the Harpy clan of Ix.

Here is my description of Jed in the FBC review linked above:

"born in 1974 and displaced from his native Guatemalan village by military action, Jed is taken as a young age to the US and grows up in foster care in Utah, exhibiting physical frailty since he suffers from hemophilia so any wound or cut is potentially fatal, while showing great mental agility especially in fast numerical computations and ability to play games of skill and chance".

I was entranced by the novel and its fascinating narrator and I kept looking for the second book in 2010, 2011 and then sort of forgot about it. Imagine my surprise to recently discover that the 2nd Jed de Landa novel that bears the trilogy title, The Sacrifice Game will be published on July 5.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Symonds on August 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This sequel certainly makes it clear that Brian D'Amato is truly a nonpareil author. Volume 2, like Volume 1 is story-telling at its best. It is a demanding read, incredibly well researched, far and away the most erudite read I've had...well, since Volume 1. I said it before and will say it again: This book is NOT for the faint of heart or shallow of mind. If you are up for the challenge, I guarantee that you will put it down reluctantly at night as you find yourself more and more immersed in a crazed-yet-deeply satisfying story that is filled with amazing historical revelations about Meso-America and has so many surprising plot twists. After finishing the Sacrifice Game, I can truly say my only regret is that it was too short; I could have easily read another 1,000 pages. D'Amato's works are a literary treasure. Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Rimanelli on September 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
With his latest novel, "The Sacrifice Game," Brian d'Amato further solidifies his reputation as one of the most brilliant and complex writers of science-"faction" and historical fiction we have today. If science fiction/"faction" sounds odd, well d'Amato brings to his narrative a depth of genuine scientific knowledge and provocative speculation that lifts his work far above the average examples of the sci-fi genre. If this makes "The Sacrifice Game" and its predecessor "In the Courts of the Sun" far more challenging and difficult than run-of -the-mill [and even quite inspired] specimens of this time-honored genre, well so be it: The intelligent and adventuresome reader will come away from these books with a heightened feeling of excitement and also artistic delectation. D'Amato doesn't just string words and snippets of "scientistese" [pardon the ugly neologism] together in order to sew up a ripping yarn; he provides far more compelling scientific speculation grounded in well-established as well as forward-looking thought than than most writers in this field--indeed, I've encountered none like it. The results are amazing. But "The Sacrifice Game" is more than another sci-fi novel; it is, once again like its predecessor, a staggering, stunningly realized, and absolutely terrifying journey into the distant past of Maya culture [recently so horribly vulgarized in monstrous films like the comical-but-unfunny "2012"]. "The Sacrifice Game" isn't a book for the squeamish, as it dwells on the blood-chilling horrors as well as the glittering spectacle of this fascinating, oft-misunderstood, and truly ALIEN culture. No need for three-eyed monsters from the Castratorum Nebula here: d'Amato evinces a remarkable, in-depth, and historically grounded vision of this ancient, gorgeous, savage world.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eaglewood on August 3, 2012
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This was a stellar follow up to The Courts of the Sun-- albeit long awaited, I conversed with Brian here and there about the progress, and being the masterful penman that he is, didnt want to rush on perfection. He picks up with Jed where the Courts left off, and plunges you headlong into the total immersion of the Mayan culture. You feel like you are there with Jed and Lady Koh, feeling all the excitement and adrenalin as they countdown to the epic culmination of their strategy. The use of the language is masterful as well as the compelling draw to see exactly what will happen next and what twist and turn the journey will take you on.
If you havent read Courts yet--put this one down and read it first . I havent quite finished it yet, but it is like a drug that is so addicting you only want more and more-- Anxiously awaiting the 3rd in the trilogy.
Brian has done it again, only with the icing on the cake as well. Well Done!
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