Item description for Mayan Equinox by Keith Jones...
According to several Maya calendars, time will end on December 27, 2012. A man discovers that if he performs human sacrifices at ancient Maya sites in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, the location of a valuable key to extend time beyond that date will be revealed. He must consummate the first offering under the full moon on a Mayan equinox. Russell Palmer, a Los Angeles professor of Central American civilizations, learns of the first sacrifice and rushes to Cancun to prevent future murders. Frustrated by dubious police officers and haunted by an unfortunate incident in his past, Russell must convince the wary authorities that he has well-founded intentions as the frantic search to prevent more sacrifices and to find the Maya key leads Russell and the police deep into the tropical jungles.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jul 15, 2006
Publisher Salvo Press
ISBN 1930486618 ISBN13 9781930486614
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More About Keith Jones
Keith Jones was born in Los Angeles, has taught in the Oakland Public Schools, and is currently completing a PhD in American and African American literature. He lives in Boston with his wife, Jennifer Brody.
Keith Jones currently resides in Shamong. Keith Jones was born in 1952 and has an academic affiliation as follows - School of Education, University of Southampton.
Reviews - What do customers think about Mayan Equinox?
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce Feb 10, 2007
Mayan Equinox is a debut mystery novel written by Keith Jones, and published by Salvo Press. The book, with its setting usually in Mexican tourist resorts or the Mayan ruins, is well written but not remarkable. The book's plot centers on the end of the Mayan calendars in December of 2012.
There is an ancient superstition about a hidden key that will extend time. There's one problem. It's not just a matter of finding the key. There are certain steps that must be taken to find it, steps that include two human sacrifices. This doesn't really bother Stuart Everly. He's working under orders from a man known only as the Professor, and all he knows is a story told to him by a tour guide at the Mayan ruins. Everly only sees the money he can earn if he can get this sure to be valuable key.
The first sacrifice, however, attracts the unwelcome attention of Brandon Sharpe, who calls his colleague, a professor of Central American civilizations at a Los Angeles university. Russell Palmer, haunted by a tragedy in his past, hops on a plane to Mexico to investigate the murder that was much more than a random killing. Even they, who only want to prevent more murders, are the focus of much unneeded attention. The authorities are wary of the two men from California who are much too interested in the gruesome murder of a young tourist whose heart has been cut out. Before the next sacrifice, Russell must convince the authorities of his good intentions, recall important half-remembered information about human sacrifices and the end of time, and find the killer deep in the tropical jungles.
Mayan Equinox has the flaw of having the answer to the mystery revealed at the very beginning. The reader knows so much more than Russell, Brandon, and those working with them and it takes away almost all of the suspense that might have made this novel more of a page-turner. It was still an interesting story, with a good, if uncomplicated, plot. There are no sudden twists, and what happens is fairly predictable. There is the fascinating story of the end of time, Mayan superstition, and the culture of Mexico's ancient people. It added a lot to what might have been an unoriginal mystery novel. The characters, while clearly well thought-out, are not very realistic. They are not unbelievable but the story doesn't take us deeply into their lives or what they're thinking. Of course, that's not necessary in a mystery novel which centers on the plot. The settings are the best part of this book. The jungles, small towns, and resorts of Mexico spice up what would have been a rather less interesting novel, had it taken place somewhere in the middle of Ohio. Some descriptions of the actions of the characters are very detailed while other parts are stated simply. The contrast is a little bit too much. There is a happy medium, but it's not always found in this book.
While not a must-read, Keith Jones' book was certainly worth the time it took to read. It kept me interested for the most part- in some parts, it really was a page-turner but in parts my mind tended to wander. I recommend it for fans of Central American culture or history, but not for those in love with suspense. On the whole, it was a good book, especially considering it is the author's first.
A very good read Nov 15, 2006
I enjoyed this book very much. but was very upset I reached the end. I am waiting with "baited breath" for Keith's next episode!
Mayan Equinox Oct 25, 2006
Fabulously written. Great descriptions allow one to feel you are walking in the characters' footsteps. Exciting from beginning to end. Strongly peaks one's interest to want to learn more about the Mayan culture. Anxious to read 2nd book by this author.
A riveting and original novel from beginning to end Jul 15, 2006
Mayan Equinox by novelist Keith Jones is the deftly crafted story of Russel Palmer, a Los Angeles-based professor whose field of study specialized in Central American Civilizations, and his pursuit to end the murders and human sacrifices based on Mayan calendars. Deftly intertwining the themes of ancient Mayan beliefs and calendars telling of the world's end on December 27, 2012, and a struggle to discover the key to prolonging the span of the world, Mayan Equinox reveals Palmer's determination as he must deal with skeptical policemen while haunted by a dark secret from his own past. A riveting and original novel from beginning to end, Mayan Equinox is very highly recommended reading, especially for mystery buffs with an interest in the historical culture of the Central American Mayans.