Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Beautiful Sacrifice LP: A Novel [Large Print] [Paperback]

I've finished "Beautiful Sacrifice" by Elizabeth Lowell.

According to Maya legend, December 21, 2012, will mark the end of the world as we know it. Is it myth   or will their prediction become reality?

Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts, splitting her time between digs in South America and the classroom teaching college students. But the professor's structured, academic life is about to spin out of control. Some extremely valuable and important Maya artifacts have gone missing. Are the culprits fanatics determined to create chaos and usher in annihilation?

Helping out a friend, former immigration and customs enforcement officer Hunter Johnston is determined to recover the missing pieces and he needs Lina's help. A man used to calling the shots and working alone, he isn't comfortable letting anyone get close, especially a beautiful and brainy woman like Lina. His gift for reading people tells him there's a lot going on below that professional exterior, and he's more than a little curious to probe her depths.

About the Author

Elizabeth Lowell's acclaimed suspense novels include the New York Times bestsellers Death Echo, Blue Smoke and Murder, Innocent as Sin, The Wrong Hostage, Always Time to Die, The Color of Death, Die in Plain Sight, Running Scared, and Moving Target, as well as the four books featuring the Donovan family: Amber Beach, Jade Island, Pearl Cove, and Midnight in Ruby Bayou. Lowell has more than thirty million books in print. She lives in Nevada with her husband, with whom she writes mystery novels under a pseudonym.

Product Details
Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: HarperLuxe; Lgr edition (May 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062128302
ISBN-13: 978-0062128300

My Review:

Lina Taylor is an Archaeologist and college professor who has dedicated her life to studying ancient Mayan artifacts at South American digs.

Hunter Johnston is a former immigration and customs enforcement officer who helps his friend being accused of stealing some priceless and rare artifacts.  During a recent arrest some rare and priceless artifacts went missing that would guarantee it's owner a wealthy lifestyle and an importance in the social world.   If he can't locate the artifacts he will be fired but there is a complication he is married and his wife Ali is pregnant and they have five kids already.  Hunter enlists Lina's help in recovering the artifacts.

We learn these artifacts are used in a blood sacrifice ritual which revolves around the Mayan calendar prophecy.  As they investigate further blood sacrifices are being conducted and Lina becomes a target of a man named El Maya.  He will make sure nothing will stop him from bringing her to him.

This was a great action romantic suspense mystery with graphic violence and sexuality.  The author did a great job of researching the Mayan culture and it had a lot of edge of your seat suspense.


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