The Death Relic

The Death Relic

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The New World, 1545 : Vanquished by the Spanish Empire, little remained of the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. From the ashes of their cities, a unified legend emerged: their conquerors possessed a mysterious object, an artifact so powerful--so deadly--that it came to be known as "the Death Relic."

Yucatan Peninsula, present day : When Maria Pelati's research team disappears in Mexico, she calls Jonathon Payne and David Jones, who embark on a perilous mission to find the missing archaeologists. They soon realize that Maria's research may hold the key to solving one of the darkest mysteries of the New World. But their quest to learn the truth about the Death Relic may end up costing them their lives.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, c2013
ISBN: 9780425264676
Branch Call Number: FIC KUZNE
Characteristics: 502 p

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BeccaBB Feb 25, 2013

Maybe if I had some history with the characters I might have enjoyed this more. As it was I didn’t connect with them much. I liked the idea of the long standing relationship between the two friends with all sorts of history that leads to friendly banter. Unfortunately it didn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. The banter was odd and forced and sounded awkward and ended up taking away from the story instead of adding to it. And unfortunately there were long passages of it. There is some good action and mystery with people who are not who they seem, plots and schemes, fire fights and ancient puzzles. And you get to learn something about the Maya. But after all the action and mystery, just when it seems to really be picking up, it just sort of ends. Abruptly. It felt like the book was leading us somewhere and then decided at the last moment not to go there. And I was left feeling that the ending didn’t really deliver what the rest of the book promised.

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