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12: A Novel About the End of the Mayan Calendar (12 Series #1)

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The firsthand account of a god who comes to Earth to destroy mankind and ends up being its defender. When clouds suddenly envelop the globe and a ceaseless rain begins to fall on every continent, Du Moss, an amphibious teen, has only days to save the Age of Man from the Great Flood that will wash away the modern world.
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Published August 1st 2012 by Deep Six Publishers (first published February 10th 2012)
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Jeffrey
Sep 27, 2012 Jeffrey added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
AND WE SHALL PERISH, the sequel to 12: A NOVEL ABOUT THE END OF THE MAYAN CALENDAR, has been released as part of the countdown to 12-21-12.
Larry
Mar 13, 2012 Larry marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
**I won this book from Goodreads as a First Reads giveaway**

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4.0 out of 5 stars 2012 Mayan Civilization Meets Modern Culture, November 4, 2009
By Larry W. Oconnor "lwoconnor" (Lynden, WA United States) - See all my reviews
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It's important to begin this review by acknowledging immediately that reading page 1 of this book in
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Plot
The firsthand account of a god who comes to Earth to destroy mankind and ends up being its defender. When clouds suddenly envelop the globe and a ceaseless rain begins to fall on every continent, Du Moss, an amphibious teen, has only days to save the Age of Man from the Great Flood that will wash away the modern world.


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The history and myth in this book is really good and entertaining. It is a fascinating and brilliant readread. However the pace of the book w
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Emily S.
I tried to like this book, I really did. I just couldn't get into the story and I couldn't care about the characters. I yawned each time Du found himself in a new predicament, looked the other way when characters died, and found myself wishing that the bad guys would just get him and get it over with. I don't know if it was just that I couldn't relate at all to Du (the frog/boy hybrid) or if he was just not developed enough to engage the reader. I got annoyed with him rather than sympathetic. I ...more
Aksana
I received a copy of this book through FirstReads.
The book got me interested in the topic of Mayan calendar and its prediction of the end of the world. I am not really sure I believe about the imminent end of the world as we know it and this book seemed to be written more like a fantasy to me. Du, the main character, who is a god whose destiny is to resolve the conflicts between the gods of Water, Fire and Serpent, finds himself in doubt about his identity, family and abilities, reflective of hu
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Amanda J
May 30, 2010 Amanda J rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda J by: Goodreads Giveaway
This novel presents an interesting perspective on 2012, the year the ancient Mayan calendar ends, as it confronts the possibility of a new age and the end of our world as we know it. At times, Oshins is not only creative, but also captivating, bringing the South American landscape and ancient Mayan culture to life. Where 12 falls short, however, is in its awkward presentation of the cosmic confrontations as Du, the frog-like teenager destined to determine the fate of mankind, flees from his des ...more
Madonna
Surprised by the Water God being a Frog. Otherwise a great fantasy about the end of the world as we know it. Fast and Fun to read. I am used to longer books; but this was great as far as it went. Left me wanting to know what happens during the next two years til the end of the Mayan Calendar.

I only want to comment on proofreading. Page 44 stated that Du/Tatya-Masi left the box by the lake and ran home. Next page said Kare saw the box in Du's hands; and then told Du to take him to the box. Du did
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Mallory Heart Reviews
Nov 07, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mallory Heart by: Jeffrey Marcus Oshins
Review of 12 by Jeffrey Marcus Oshins
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If you’re looking for the standard doom-and-gloom world-ending catatrosphic calendar-end story—look somewhere else, this is not it. The subtitle is: “A Novel About the End of the Mayan Calendar” and that is what it is. If the Mayan Calendar ends at 12-21-12, why does it do so? According to this novel, it’s due to the ending of the Age of Man, which will be accomplished by a Mayan god through a Great Flood. But—what if that potential destructor does not
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Francine
With the months ticking down to 2012 and our supposed "doomsday", there are oodles of novels out there about 2012, fiction and non-fiction. This novel, 12 by Jeffrey Marcus Oshins, is fiction and really good fiction at that. I've read several 2012 novels and all of them have been much the same but this one took an entirely different road in the Mayan calendar story.
It involves Gods fighting for the world and when one won, he/she/it took over the world until the next one came along. We are on the
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Deanna
Jul 20, 2010 Deanna rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not recommended
I was so excited when I found out I had won a copy of 12 from Goodreads. I find the Mayan culture fascinating and was looking forward to seeing how Oshins would weave mythology into his story. I found the beginning of the story confusing and a bit disconnected but kept on. I hoped that as the story played out, it would become less confusing but it didn't. I realize that some of my difficulties arose from the unique way that Goshins told the story. I found it hard to emphasize with the main chara ...more
julie
As I began this book, I was a bit skeptical about the story line, but as I got further into the book, I found I was pulled into the story and into the Mayan mythology it brings to life. This is a timely book about the Mayan calendar's end of a 5,126-year era on December 21, 2012 (12-21-12).

As odd as some of the characters in the book appear, they are uncannily believable, and I found myself cheering (and fearing) for the protagonist throughout my reading. While the gods battle to rule the next
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Elden
When I won this book from a goodreads giveaway, I was excited as I thought it sounded like a great story, and it dealt with mythology which I always enjoy learning about. Unfortunatly the book did not live up to my expectations. In fact, I only read the first 130 pages and then gave up on reading it.

The story just did not grab my attention. The first two chapters of it jumped through time too much and really should have been shortened and considered a prologue. When the story did start, I did n
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Carrie
I won this book from a Goodreads First Reads contest, and sadly, it didn't live up to my expectations at all.

I read half of it before I just couldn't continue, skimming through the rest. I found the characters uninspired, the premise a little too much for my tastes, and really, Jerry Garcia? Really? And the novel itself moved at a very slow pace, I could never get pulled into the book how I wanted to.
Cathy
May 24, 2010 Cathy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like history and fantasy
This was a great book! I won it through the First Reads draws. It is a good mix of the mythology of the Mayans, the end of their calendar/age of fire in 2012, suspense, and a little humour. The main character struggles with the choice of becoming a god (his destiny) or remaining a boy. The world faces total flooding. A fight between the forces of fire and water. Give it a read!
Farhana Faruq
I received 12 through Goodreads Giveaways, thank you so much Jeffrey.

A fascinating read indeed. It starts of interesting and continues throughout - no 'wasted words' - my kind of book! :D

It's very well written. The author did an amazing job weaving the ancient and the modern world together.

I look forward to reading the sequel (And We Shall Perish).
Debbie
I got this book through the Goodreads giveaway and was glad that I did. I love a book that opens up a whole area that I've never learned much about before. It contained beautiful and vivid descriptions as well as engaging action. The characters were unique and believable. A different and enjoyable read.
Ricki
This is a great book for the right reader. It teaches a lot about the Mayan calendar. I received it in a FirstReads giveaway and was very excited. Out of my hundred students, I think I could pick one or two who might enjoy it, but those students would love it. I look forward to reading Volume 2!
Lissa
After two weeks of reading this SLOW novel. I dropped it half way through the novel. I could not get into it whatsoever.

Absolute boredom.

Not recommended.

I won this novel through goodreads.com. This novel is the first from the dozens I won, i absolutely disliked.
Cynde mitchell
When I entered for this book I thought it was entirely something else-then I started to read it and was pleasantly surprised to see that it was actually a superbly written book that keeps you in suspense in the first few pages.
I eagerly await the second part!
Jakenv
Enjoyed premise of story. Found novel characters & plot line which kept my attention. Author has easy style which weaves story in interesting manner. Historical facts are provided. Recommend to anyone seeking good read.
NVTony
Really enjoyed author's writing style. Well researched and presented end of world scenario. Kept my attention with ease. This one will keep you guessing to end.
Sharon A.
Having viewed the exhibit of Mayans and water at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem two weeks ago, I have an even stronger desire to read this book.
Nicole
I won this book through First Reads and it wasn't really what I was expecting. I was a bit disappointed and I didn't finish.
Fredrick Danysh
A collection of related short tales relating to Quetzal and the Mayan calander set in Mexico. A gift from the author.
Eileen
Aug 07, 2011 Eileen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Just found out that I won this on First Reads. Can't wait to receive it. Thanks!
Ken
fun and interesting to read!
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