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

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Every 25,800 the Sun makes a reverse cycle through the Zodiac and rests in the eye of Sagittarius (the archer). At this time the temporal and celestial planes touch creating a portal through which gods enter the temporal plane to battle for the elemental nature of the Earth.
Paperback, second, 274 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Deep Six (first published October 29th 2009)
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Nov 13, 2009 Jeffrey added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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.
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

It's important to begin this review by acknowledging immediately that reading page 1 of this book in
Emily S.
Jun 20, 2010 Emily S. rated it did not like it
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
Jul 17, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it
*review copied from original account to my new one here*

*Received from Author

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.

The history and myth in this book is really good and entertaining. It is a fascinating an
Dec 17, 2009 Aksana rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
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
Amanda J
Dec 16, 2009 Amanda J rated it liked it
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
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Mar 08, 2012 The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft rated it really liked it
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4 stars

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
Sep 17, 2012 Madonna rated it really liked it
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
Feb 09, 2010 julie rated it really liked it
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
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
May 03, 2010 Francine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
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
Jul 20, 2010 Deanna rated it it was ok
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
Apr 07, 2010 Carrie rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads
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.
Apr 08, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
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.
Farhana Faruq
Nov 18, 2009 Farhana Faruq rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, first-reads
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).
Apr 27, 2010 Cathy rated it really liked it
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!
Sep 17, 2012 Jakenv rated it really liked it
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.
Cynde mitchell
Mar 21, 2010 Cynde mitchell rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 17, 2010 Ricki rated it liked it
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!
Nov 17, 2009 Lissa rated it did not like it
Shelves: firstreads, read-2010
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 This novel is the first from the dozens I won, i absolutely disliked.
Jul 08, 2010 Nicole rated it it was ok
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.
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.
Sep 17, 2012 NVTony rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 21, 2012 Ken rated it really liked it
fun and interesting to read!
Fredrick Danysh
Feb 04, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Shelves: advance-read, e-pubs
A collection of related short tales relating to Quetzal and the Mayan calander set in Mexico. A gift from the author.
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