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12.21.12: The Vessel (The Altunai Annals) by [McRae, Killian]
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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.

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  • File Size: 2265 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Tulipe Noire Press; 3 edition (January 16, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 16, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YN675A
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Format: Paperback
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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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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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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I looked forward to a tale of antiquity, but this adolescent, childishly concieved farce would still have been worth a quick read (again, for junior teens or younger ) if it were not for a travesty of misused and misspelled words, which sometimes took a few minutes to understand. Adults, don't waste your time.
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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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