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Apocalypse 2012: A Novel (Gary Jennings's Apocalypse 2012 #1)

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In ancient Mexico, the “End-Time Codex”--prophesizing the world’s end in 2012--is entombed. A young Aztec-Mayan slave tells us its story.

Gifted in math and astronomy, Coyotl rises to king’s counselor in Tula, a golden city of milk and honey ruled by the brilliant god-king, Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent of lore. Gathering artists, scientists and craftsmen, this legen
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Hardcover, 382 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Forge Books (first published 2009)
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Gouty
Oct 24, 2009 Gouty added it
Shelves: absolute-crap
This has to be one of the worst books I have ever read. First off Gary Jennings has been dead for a decade. This is the literary equivalent of digging up his corpse urinating on it and reburying it face down. Some of he main characters are absolutely unbelievable, and I am very liberal about authors making far out characters. One of the main female character’s mom was “a full blooded india actually; natural born azteca-pura.” Her dad on the other hand was a dirt poor moonshiner living in the Ten ...more
Waven
I hate to condemn books, because I understand that many people put a lot of time and effort into getting one into print and onto the shelf. But I feel very sorry for them in this instance; Apocalypse 2012 was a 410-page waste.

Although it is attributed to Gary Jennings, this is a book written and published posthumously, a full decade after his death, with Robert Gleason and Junius Podrug as contributing authors/editors.

So, my complaints. Firstly, this book is full of plot holes, inconsistencies,
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Keith
I recall reading the Gary Jennings novel “Aztec” several years ago and although I remember it as being soft core “violence porn” it seemed well researched historically and was an entertaining read at the time. So, when I saw Jennings name splashed on the dust jacket of this one I did what was probably expected by the publisher and picked it up without really noticing that it was written by two other authors, since unbeknownst to me Jennings had died in 1999. Sometimes you just don’t get what you ...more
Liviu
Gary Jennings passed away in 1999 and he was a great writer with a masterpiece in Aztec and excellent novels in Raptor, Journeyer and even Spangle, while Aztec Autumn was uneven but worth reading. After his death "he continued" to publish ghost novels so to speak and some were decent, at least exciting but this one is truly, truly bad.

Just an unbelievably bad book and disgracing the memory of a great writer.

At least the Aztec sort-of-sequels were exciting despite the acceptable to bad prose, b
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Andrea Russo
Didn't even manage to finish this horrible novel. It is so slow-paced, boring, focused on useless and insignificant details that I don't how one could finish it. Kudos to those of you who have!
When I finished the first segment starring Coyotl, I was glad for the change, but the contemporary scenes were even worse than the other ones, if that's possible. First of all, the plot set in modern times was too sensationalistic, and maybe it was me but the explanations and the dialogues were confusing,
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Linda  Van Wert
In ancient Mexico, the “End-Time Codex”--prophesizing the world’s end in 2012--is entombed. A young Aztec-Mayan slave tells us its story.

Gifted in math and astronomy, Coyotl rises to king’s counselor in Tula, a golden city of milk and honey ruled by the brilliant god-king, Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent of lore. Gathering artists, scientists and craftsmen, this legendary ruler builds a city that will awe humanity for one thousand years. But he also faces war, catastrophic drought, betrayal
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Jason Golomb
Many familiar with Gary Jennings' "Aztec" series will enjoy this book. Expectations should be measured, however, because "2012" is only Gary Jennings 'Lite'. Since 'Lite' is all one can get, then one should go for it. At the end of the day the book is enjoyable.

The delight I find from Jennings' original two "Aztec" books (and to a lesser extent in his Marco Polo-based novel "Journeyer") is the emotional depth and range of the key characters. It's been almost two years since I first discovered "A
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Michael
This is another book supposedly written from the notes of the much missed Gary Jennings, one of my favorite writers of all time. And it is terrible. There is a guy who is doing this for a job, taking the notes of dead writers who still have a fan base and writing books under their names.

I have seen his name on the front of a Harold Robbins book, too? That guy has been gone for a LONG time. I call "Junius Podrug" the worst sort of hack, who should be thrown out a window before he does any more da
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Nyx Cole
This was the first book I read by this dead author, and I actually enjoyed the book very much so much that I ordered the second book so I could read it as well.

I know nothing of those who actually wrote the book or of the attributed authors previous works, but in general the book is a good read if you have any interest in ancient south america. I wasn't a big fan of the modern parts of the book, they just didn't catch my attention as they could have but in general the book itself was a good rea
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Linda Munro
This was an awesome fictional account of the Mayan long count calander and the Quetzalcoatl Codex. I was intrigued every moment I read about the past; however, the book was ruined by bringing in modern day researchers. I felt that I was literally transformed in time as I read about Quetzalcoatl and Coyotl; but what started out as an intriging sub-plot of a modern day search for clues concerning the end date of the Mayan long count calander turned into unnecessary filler. It wasn't that I did not ...more
Marci Glasgow-Haire
The title is completely misleading. This is a story about the author of the Mayan calendar, NOT a story about the predicted apocalypse of 2012. The authors kept stringing me along, though, because there were occasional short cut-aways to the present day, where poorly drawn characters were either meeting in the Situation Room of the White House or avoiding drug lords in South America, but definitely NOT dealing with an apocalypse.

It took me a long time to finish because it was not very well writt
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Melisa
Good book, wrong title! A story about Coyotly, a aztec mayan who follows his destiny to finish the End world calender (that tells of our last days) and to uncover the story of his past and find out who he really is and where he came from! Not really much to do with the Apocalypse of 2012! It was mainly a story leading up to the destruction of the city of Tula and the finishing of the end world calender and the destiny of the mayan Coyotyl more then anything! I was expecting something leading up ...more
Ginny Purvis
Not sure what I expected from this book, but this wasn't it. If you like the Maya/Aztec history and time, this book is for you, as 3/4 of the book is set in this time. The other 1/4 is current time. Interesting, but it does not attempt to answer any questions people may have about what may or may not happen in 2012. This story is more about the individual(s) and their storeis, who wrote the books (codices) that predict what will happen in 2012.
Patricia
I love Gary Jenning's original works. I've been disappointed in his post-mortem-ghost-written books. Let's see how this one holds up...

OK, the answer is: It's an OK book as long as you are't expecting Gary Jennings. This title is written more like a spy-thriller-mystery and lacks the historical depth of Jenning's works. But - not a bad story, not a bad premise, just not what I was expecting from a "Gary Jennings" novel.
Edwina Hall Callan
Edge of your seat thriller.
I really enjoyed reading this.
Sonny
I read Aztec a few years ago and still remember the story. That is why it is hard for me to believe that Gary Jennings had anything to do with this drivel. Apparently Gleason and Podrug put his name on it to help sales. This was two days of my reading time I will never get back. Not worth the effort.
Lisa
Fun read...beach book, lazy summertime book, etc.
(Funny, just read a few comments...apparently every one else thought it was horrible! But they seemed to have read the authors books before and this is the first I read...but as I said before, I thought it was a fun read. :)
Barbara Andrews
I haven't really made a deciscion on how I feel about the book as of yet, I love the subject matter. It does seem extremely well researched but I don't know if I like the back and forth flow between what I assume is supposed to be the modern world and what is ancient.
Jordan arieno
Feb 12, 2010 Jordan arieno marked it as to-read
I realy wish the world doesnt end in 2012, I'm just kiden I know nothing is going to happen any time soon. But I've been wanting to read this because I've heard 1 coment about this book that makes me want to read it.
Erin Havelick
stupid book. I picked it up at the dollar store. Now I know why it was there! Ugh. This isn't even by Gary Jennings. reviews say that his actual works are much better. I might try one of those eventually.
Donna
I really enjoyed this book! It is told by both author and the persons searching for the codices. It starts in 1001 A.D. and ends.....? A wonderful story of what ifs and supposes.
Colleen Bousquet
Wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be..it was still OK though...and to think I actually climbed the Sun and the Moon pyramids when on a school trip to Mexico!!
Peter Roach
Worst book I have ever struggled through. I would have burnt this book, but the wife would have been mad at me. Maybe I will make paper mache out of it.
Liz Regenold
Who knew it could be possible to destroy a good idea so thoroughly? I finished it because it was like a train wreck you couldn't look away from.
Patrik
Well. The 2012 storyline is crap, the tula storyline is fine. Good description on the rise (aztecs) and fall (maya, tula) empires.
Greg Collver
A historical fiction novel about the Aztecs, Mayans and the Toltecs. Interesting, but I did not like the ending.
Stuart
Just kinda ended...but the Aztec stuff was cool, even if they left a lot without explanation.
Lisa
Mildly interesting back story of the people who created the Mayan calendar...misleading title
Patsy Chilson
good read different as i live in Cozumel and in the land of the mayans!
Linda  Branham Greenwell
A story about a current calamity and the return of Quetzalcoatl
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