By Dustin Thomason
From the co-author of the two-million replica mega-bestseller The Rule of 4 comes a riveting mystery with a super premise in line with the 2012 apocalypse phenomenon—perfect for readers of Steve Berry, Preston and baby, and Dan Brown.
for many years, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers world wide. it's the date, they declare, while the traditional Maya calendar predicts the area will end.
In l. a., weeks prior to, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his ordinary morning motorbike journey, drops off the puppy together with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab the place he experiences incurable prion illnesses for the CDC. His first cell name is from a health facility resident who has an pressing case she thinks he must see. in the meantime, Chel Manu, a Guatemalan American researcher on the Getty Museum, is interrupted by means of a determined, unwelcome customer from the black marketplace antiquities alternate who thrusts a duffel bag into her hands.
by way of the tip of the day, Stanton, the main specialist on a number of the rarest infections on the planet, is grappling with a sufferer whose each symptom confounds and terrifies him. And Chel, the brightest younger celebrity within the box of Maya reviews, has ownership of an unlawful artifact that has miraculously survived the centuries intact: a useful codex from a misplaced urban of her ancestors. This remarkable list, written in mystery through a royal scribe, turns out to carry the reply to her life’s paintings and to 1 of history’s nice riddles: why the Maya kingdoms vanished in a single day. unexpectedly apparently our personal civilization may undergo this similar destiny.
With purely days closing till December 21, 2012, Stanton and Chel needs to subscribe to forces sooner than time runs out.
Advance compliment for 12.21
“Dustin Thomason, M.D., will always be in comparison to Michael Crichton, M.D., and 12.21 will be favorably in comparison to The Andromeda Strain. either authors have written first-class scientific thrillers, the type of fact-based fiction that is very scary yet also very entertaining. Thomason is familiar with his stuff, and it exhibits on each web page. i actually couldn't placed this publication down.”—Nelson DeMille
“The most enjoyable novel of its sort because the days of Michael Crichton, 12.21 takes us from the frontiers of contemporary neuroscience to the riddles of old Maya texts, with not anything below the way forward for our civilization at stake.”—Vince Flynn
“A fast-moving story . . . Thomason screens a magnificent intensity of data of either technology and the traditional Mayan lifestyle. alongside the best way, he skillfully ramps up the motion, one notch at a time. A successful book.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Fascinating, terrifying for its strength realism. I enjoyed how tightly every thing healthy jointly. I needed to retain reading.”—Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling writer of The Informationist
“Fast, suspenseful . . . Michael Crichton lovers will discover a lot to like.”—Publishers Weekly
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The least you could have done was wash them. ” They’re all sticky and gross from eating up all my circus peanuts. I grab the safety pin from her grubby fingers and run the point under the flame a few seconds. “Make sure you don’t touch me with those. ” I hand Sadie back the pin and she points the tip into my skin. “Worthless,” I sing. ” Her eyebrows stitch together and her mouth forms a tiny frown, her cheeks all extra red and puffy. ” she finally fumes. “I can’t. ” She throws the pin down and turns away from me on the bed.
I held the safely pin out to her. She hesitated, then took it. ” she asked. ” She held the point up to my flesh and scratched like a cat. ” “No,” I said. ” She didn’t do it right then. It took more than five full months of psyching her out, glaring at her in gym class, and throwing her impossible-to-read smiles—sometimes evil, sometimes delirious, mostly sheer cunning—as I passed her in the hallway. And so began my mission, making sure I was home on collection day, making sure I was the one to answer the door, to harass her, to try and make deals with her, to take her money.
I feel my insides light up like birthday candles, even though this is evil, even though we shouldn’t be talking this way. And suddenly I feel sort of … free. Like, I know I’ve known all along, but it suddenly hits me. Kelly isn’t here. It’s just me. And Sean. “Maybe,” I say. He edges in closer and I can smell the heat of his breath, like freshly cut grass. ” His lips are too close to mine to speak, like they might bump together by forming words. And before I know it, they are kissing mine and I’m feeling this tiny, tingling sensation in my right pinky.
12.21: A Novel by Dustin Thomason