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True Jaguar Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1988

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As Lana's Comet streaks through the sky on a collision course with Earth, U.S. government worker Jesus O'Hara Martinez enters the Mayan underworld to do battle with the Lords of Death in a reenactment of an ancient legend, the outcome of which could saveor destroythe world. Despite its weak premise, Norwood's retelling of a classic Central American legend features strong characters and a richly detailed setting. JC
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Spectra (January 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055327127X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553271270
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,487,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 11, 2010
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Another sci-fi author who had his heyday in the 1980s was the late Warren C. Norwood. He didn't write too many novels but what he did produce became part of my childhood, and notably the fantastical Mayan adventure TRUE JAGUAR. The plot premise breaks down to this: One man, to save Earth from a destructive comet, must journey thru the mystical Mayan underworld and battle the ancient lords of the dead.

Norwood has several nifty series under his belt: the Windhover Tapes and the Time Police, and he also wrote the post-apocalyptic SHUDDERCHILD. But TRUE JAGUAR was the one which really struck a chord with me and the one which I go back to and re-read every couple of years. And I'm not even that big a fan of Mayan folklore or of the Popol Vuh mythology. But Norwood injects his story with sly humor and whimsy and a sense of grand adventure. The central character is Mexican-Irish Martin O'Hara - Americanized from his real name "Jesus O'Hara Martinez" - and O'Hara starts out dismissing the odd Guatemalan stranger who interrupts his holiday and discloses that O'Hara is the sole descendant of the Mayan god, the Great True Jaguar, and that only he can save the world. O'Hara isn't that familiar with his family tree, anyway, but learning that his roots go all the way back to the gods, well, you can't blame him for scoffing. Except that one cannot feud with fate and, as O'Hara learns in time, when the blood of the True Jaguar courses thru your veins, great things are expected from you.

This is a wild and terrific read, but don't get too comfy because the writer plucks you out of your comfort zone, throws you off-balanced. The genre is adventure fantasy and that's familiar enough, right? But, in applying Mayan mythology into the plot, Warren C.
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I love this book! The other reviewers speak truth. "How foolish of you to think otherwise." (that's a catch-phrase from the book. When you've read the book, my review will make you chuckle, or roll your eyes...)

Really good read.
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I just bought the book 2 days ago, and as soon as I came back to the hotel room I started it. I couldn't put it down! The detailed and at times humerous encounters with the Rulers of the Mayan underworld were thrilling! Many recognizable dieties are featured (Huitzopotchl & Quetzalcoatl) as well as many interesting and disgusting lords of the realm. A great book to look into for mythological entertainment.
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This is a book I have reread many times. The premise is original, the characters are interesting, and the mythological ties work believably. It's one of the better stories using the ancient Central American Indian mythology. It reads almost more like a mystery to me than SF.

If you are lucky enough to find a copy of this book, you will most likely keep it forever.
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And it includes the immortal line: "How foolish of me to think otherwise"!
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