The ancient Mayan calendar ends with 12-21-12. Will the world come crashing to an end on that date? This suspenseful novel explores what might occur when people believe such a fate awaits. Is there any means of escape? Can humans survive the apocalypse?
Andrew Morgan, a wealthy oil executive, buys into the movement headed by self-proclaimed Mayan priest Robert Quetzal. Lisa Campbell, a Christian reporter, continues to cross paths with Andrew while pursuing the story. Since he lost his wife and teen son in a plane crash the previous winter his present life doesn't hold much joy, but he doesn't want it to end.
Can Lisa convince the grieving widower to embrace the faith his son had? What if the dire predictions are true? And why are people being murderedâ€”is there some undercover plot?
Mark Hitchcock has written numerous books on the subject of Bible prophesy and is the author of 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World. His knowledge joins forces with Alton Gansky's award-winning fiction skills to create an intriguing novel. The book also includes questions for discussion.
With the year 2012 approaching the hype surrounding the Mayan prophecies surrounding the end of the world in December of that year is escalating. Despite being wealthy and intelligent, oil executive Andrew Morgan is drawn deeply into these prophecies of destruction following the loss of his family. Lisa Campbell on the other hand is a Christian reporter who remains skeptical of the theories at best.
Lisa's work to uncover the motivation of those funding the 2012 movement leads her into ongoing contact with Morgan, and despite their conflicting beliefs they are drawn into a caring relationship with one another.
Author Mark Hitchcock is the author of the non-fiction title 2012, the Bible, and the End of the World, and his extensive research into the subject forms the backbone of The Mayan Apocalypse. That functional backbone is however delivered in large chunks of background exposition rather than being smoothly spread out throughout the course of the novel. The 2012 details and â€˜evidence' are then rather difficult to remember, being delivered mainly in a single chunk in the novel's early portions.
A sixteen-month gap also results in a loss of cohesion of the storyline around 2/3 of the way through. While this can be handled effectively it seems like major questions that were driving the story up until that point were just left behind and as a reader I had to wait for some time to find out what had happened regarding certain situations. . Some final events in the story also seemed somewhat â€˜tagged on' rather than having inherent meaning in and of themselves.
Still, I found the romance between Lisa and Andrew to be sweet and appropriate. The first portions of the story were also exciting and filled with a certain amount of suspense. Finally, The Mayan Apocalypse left me interested in reading Hithcock's non-fiction work regarding the subject because it's apparent that he's done his research on this potentially confusing topic, the novel just doesn't quite manage to pull off the degree of flow I'd normally expect in a work of fiction.
Mark Hitchcock and Alton Gansky took a subject that is often presented with sensationalism and somehow brought a strong sense of realism to it. From the beginning, it's easy to see how a man like Andrew Morgan could be duped by a con artist like Quetzal, and it's not for lack of intelligence. Lisa, the Christian reporter is a breath of fresh air in Andrew's life, even though he's conflicted about her boldness and her worldviews.
As Andrew gets drawn deeper and deeper into the world of Quetzal, Lisa works diligently behind the scenes to unravel the mystery behind a murder and an attack on one of her coworkers. I don't normally go for romance stories but the romantic element in this story is godly and balanced, it fits perfectly, and it illustrates the story's point that love is more important than survival.
I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if something like this really does come to pass. Yet it wasn't predictable. The twists and turns in this book had me gasping out loud, even crying and cheering at times. Everything comes full circle seamlessly at the end and the moral of this story will break even the hardest heart. Truly a spiritually fulfilling read!
I was hooked from the beginning by this tale of Andrew Morgan, a wealthy oil executive who is either a major league sucker or a visionary. I'm a patient reader and sometimes will spend too much time "nibbling" on the bait presented by the author before I make the decision to bite or bolt. But I was caught up in this book from page uno and was not disappointed.
Morgan's relationship with Lisa, a Christian reporter, was both captivating and believable. The characters, good and bad, that surround them make for an exciting tale and fast paced read.
The Mayan Apocalypse was also a great introduction to all the hype and mystery surrounding 2012. I love when an author makes learning fun by overlaying a great story over well researched history.
If you're looking for a fairytale ending where everything is tied up in a neat little bow you'll be surprised. But Hitchcock and Gansky provide a great ending that makes you wonder--what will really happen just over two years from now.
I have never been disappointed to read a book authored or co-authored by Alton Gansky. Once again I was pulled into the book from the first chapter and turning pages to see what happens next. I so admire the Christian values of Lisa, a writer for a Christian publication, one of the main characters in this book.
I was not aware or the Mayan Apocalypse but I sure know what it is now. I think I'll hang on to this book and read it again in December 2012.