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The Jaguar Prophecies (Matt Howard #2)

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When Matt accepts an invitation to a Mayan festival, she has no idea she's about to be plunged into a world of ancient secrets and impending doom. Now she'll have to warn the world of what's comingbefore it's too late. Full of action and suspense, this must-read will change the way you think about the past, the present, and the future.

Paperback, 195 pages
Published November 8th 2010 by Cedar Fort (first published November 2010)
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Tara Chevrestt
I won this on firstreads and was pleasantly surprised by it. It's full of fascinating facts about astronomy, ancient cultures and myths, secret underground goverment shelters, stuff about sun spots, Chinese calendars, and even geology. Imagine the gulf of Mexico suddenly covering all of Florida and half of the southern United States and even reaching Washington. Wow.

I couldn't make heads nor tails of half of it tho. I'm not a science oriented person. What I did understand tho, I found interestin
Jason Slovak
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this through the Goodreads First-reads giveaway. So, a big "Thank You" to goodreads and the publisher for this book.

Matt (short for Mathilda) Howard is an archaeologist who, due to a name mix up, gets an invitation to Chichen Itza to view the fall equinox at the pyramid of Kukulcan. Once there, she is told that she is the chosen one to be tasked with warning the world of the coming changes to the planet in the 2012 timeframe. Matt tries to explain that they got the wrong person but in the
Sep 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who fear the prophecies, this will ease your mind
Recommended to Jackie by: Jason
Shelves: mythology
I liked the way Gunderson told the story. Lots of information in an easily digestable way. She hit the mark where other fail in telling about the Mayan 2012 Prophecy, and other ancient prophecies. Gunderson gives the most important part of the message: there is hope for a better tomorrow. It is not the end of the world, just another change, one of many that humanity has faced. That's the message of this book, not gloom and doom prophecies. Well done, Ms. Gunderson.

People fear change. Though, I
Saleh MoonWalker
Jun 22, 2017 rated it liked it
داستانی تین ایجری با پس زمینه علمی-افسانه ای که باعث میشه جالب بشه. سیستم روایتیش بعضی جاها اصلا جلو نمیره و انگار داستان رو زوری داره پیش میبره و بعدش باز درست میشه. درکل داستان جالب و هشداردهنده ایه هستش. مخلوطی از علم-افسانه- دین، کمی امید و کمی هم درام تین ایجری.
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, mystery
Overall I really enjoyed this book, and I kind of knew I would. It's filled with things I personally enjoy a lot and practically jump at the chance to read about. You have archaeology, history, end of the world theories, and the Maya. I was practically squirming with anticipation when I got it in the mail.

At first look the topic might seem loaded, hard to understand, or even boring but it's surprisingly face paced and gripping. While some things of the science nature might go over some people's
Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-won
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads program.

I really found it hard to rate because I felt the author wrote it not as just a fictional story but also as a way to get her research and conclusions out to people. She makes it clear with a quote at the end of the book that that is her intention. So I didn't know whether to critique it as fiction or nonfiction.

Regardless, I found the subject matter interesting and a subject that I knew a little about before reading the book. She makes some
Okay, so...The Jaguar Prophecies...well first off I have to say that I won this book from Goodreads' through their Firstreads Giveaway. Secondly, I have to say that this book is very good. It's much better than I expected.

Basically the book just goes into depth about the origins of 2012. Y'know, the world's supposed to end and stuff on December 21, 2012. But according to this book the world's not gonna end, it's just gonna get turned upside on its friggin head.

I loved the main character, Matt Ho
Jason Golomb
I received "The Jaguar Prophecies" as part of the Goodreads First Read program.

Author Phyllis Gunderson's fictional "The Jaguar Prophecies" explores the Mayan 2012 mythology in an uneven, but at times extremely well written and enjoyable short novel.

The story takes place in the mid 2000s where Dr. Mathilda Howard, known as Matt, is mistakenly invited to a special event at the Mayan temple complex at Chichen Itza. Matt soon meets a mystical Mayan "Old One" and launches into a series of discoverie
Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
First, I am obligated to say that I won this through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway. So.. thanks guys! You cured by boredom for a day!

Second, I just finished the book. And I must say that whoever edited the book did a bogus job when it comes to punctuation. I will now list all of the pages where punctuation errors were found:
6, 18, 30, 44, 48, 57, 63, 68, 69, 82, 83, 92, 98, 99, 108, 109, 117, 118, 124, 125, 134, 136, 137, 163, 166, 177, 179, and 189.
Some of these pages had multiple errors o
Linda Orvis
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
I loved this book! Here's why:
It is written in the style that an archeologist would write (the main character is an older woman, Matt, who is a college professor in archeology).
It's funny. I love Matt's sarcastic, sometimes self deprecating, humor. I laughed aloud many times.
Jaguar gives a different slant on the 2012 gloom and doom prophesies we've heard so much about.
Gunderson has a quick, journalistic style of writing that keeps you turning the pages.
... and, it is informative. The author fed
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Phyllis, the author, is my dad's amazing and delightful cousin. The main character (called Matt Howard) IS Phyllis...her sense of humor, her self-effacing personality. This story brings together all of the 2012 prophecies made by different ancient civilizations, which really are fascinating. Phyllis weaves them into the story of an archaeology professor and her daughter. The book was fun and interesting, but my favorite part was the reference to a wise old lady named Hazel that the main characte ...more
LeeAnn G
Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway
I just got this through the mail from the First Reads Giveaway at I am estatic to read it and hope to give more info as I read it.

I have finished this book. As a history buff, I was enthralled with the ancient cultures and myths that were in the book. From secret covert operations to the calendars that foretells futures of our world. Everything that is needed for an action pack book you have.

I am thankful for the opportunity to be allowed the honor of given my opinion for this boo
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
YEA!! I was lucky enough to have my name drawn to receive a copy of this book through Goodreads giveaway program. This is a new author for me and I can't wait to read this book. Thank you!!

What a great thriller..I was hooked immediately and couldn't turn the pages fast enough!! I loved the story of Matt and her adopted daughter and how their trip to China to find the biological mother ends up providing Matt with more background into her search for the truth. Would have liked the book to be a bit
Sep 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, first-look
This was an amazing book. First of all, it was refreshing to read a book written by a contemporary author who can use proper grammar and has a strong vocabulary. Writing style excluded, even if you do not believe the whole 2012 thing, The Jaguar Prophecies gives you a lot of extremely interesting information - with a bibliography to support it. The plot is great and keeps moving while being incorporated with information from anthropology, mythology, astronomy, and geology. It is a great read for ...more
Aug 18, 2010 rated it liked it
I won this book on Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I read YA fiction mostly so I wasn't sure if I was going to like The Jaguar Prophecies but I was won over in the first few chapters. The pace was steady for most of the book, only slowing down a few times, and I found myself easily drawn into the story. Gunderson has created compelling web of different prophecies that will leave you wondering if they really are connected.
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
A fascinating read. It's not perfect, but it was very compelling. Whether you believe in this kind of "thing" or not, it makes for great story-telling.
This book has an interesting premise--that ancient civilizations knew more than we in the scientific age are willing to admit to ourselves, and that a lot of that knowledge points to the same thing: something big is going to happen around, on, or starting on December 21st, 2012. It tells the story of Matt Howard, an archaeologist who, despite her doubts, is thrust into an investigation of this prophecy when she is given the job of warning her people, while simultaneously trying to survive as a s ...more
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
I'm sure that as we get closer to the winter solstice of 2012, a date commonly thought of as the "end of the world" based on ancient Mayan calendars, we will be inundated by even more books and movies depicting the destruction of the world.

The Jaguar Prophecies by Phyllis Gunderson is a novel about an archaeology professor, Matt Howard, who through mistaken identity receives an invitation to a solar show during the fall equinox in Mexico. She misses the show but does have an encounter with a shr
Julie F.
Aug 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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Jun 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I got this book as a part of First Reads, but unfortunately it took me about 7 months to get to it. It seemed like an interesting premise (apocalyptic circumstances) but also borderline out there. I rarely read things that I'm not sure I'll like, so this was a good exercise for me.

The novel starts off a little slow, and it seems apparent that this is Gunderson's first book. The narrator (Matt) is rather playful, but I think she is supposed to be more feisty than she turned out to be. The story b
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Dr. Howard flies to Chichen Itsa to see a tourist attraction and ends up drugged, tattooed, and charged with warning America about the impending destruction about to overtake America somewhere around 2012, we aren't sure exactly. She wasn't supposed to be there. The original invitation was supposed to go to astronomer Dr. Hovard.

Dr. Howard is a middle aged archeology professor who hated her given name Mathilda and legally changed it to Matt. She has an adopted daughter from China who is not onl
Nov 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, lds
Dr. Matt Howard is invited to visit Mexico and while there is given "the mark" by the Mayan's and also the charge to warn her people. We find that Ms. Howard - Matt, an archeologist, was mistaken for Dr. Matt Hovard, an astronomer, from the same university. As the story progresses, we find that Matt was actually chosen for her role in warning the people in the United States about what has been foretold for years by the Hopi, Mayan's, Aztecs, and Chinese about an impending disaster that could cau ...more
April Fear
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and loved the sarcasm of the main character, Matt. Matt is an archaeology professor who receives an invitation to a Mayan festival by mistake. She is led to people and places that instill the same message to her, 'that she needs to warn the people of the US of the coming disasters'. She learns that Sumerian legends, Mayan calendars, the Chinese I Ching, and Hopi predictions all warn of the same future disasters. Matt's job is to warn others to prepare by storing food and wate ...more
Aug 31, 2010 rated it did not like it
Got this book as a Goodreads giveaway, wanted to like it, just couldn't. Thought I might get a female Indiana Jones, solving the great mysteries surrounding the 2012 prophecy...Instead, got a whiny teacher who was more concerned with getting rid of a mystical ceremonial tattoo (or finding sleeves to cover it) and her non-relationship with another instructor than actually performing her job to inform the world of it's impending destruction. Then got clubbed in the head with the authors message at ...more
Melanie Coombes
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a really interesting and fascinating story. The author used this novel to bring together the warning of astronomers, Hopi prophets, geologists, etc to explain why 2010 is the end date of ancient Mayan and I Ching Chinese calenders. The main character, Matt Howard was a very likeable character. Her sarcastic humor left me grinning through out the story. She travels to the Yucatan Peninsula where she receives a Jaguar tattoo. From this point on, Matt is marked and has become the chosen on ...more
Rebecca McKinnon
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this on firstreads, but it looked like something I might pick up at the store/library. I have to say, it was not what I was expecting. From the blurb I expected a fast-paced, character-driven, female-Indiana-Jones kind of a story. That wasn't exactly what I got.

The opening was fun, and promised what I'd hoped from the story. After that it became more of a fact-driven book. Don't get me wrong, it was interesting, and it was done pretty well--unlike some other novels used to portray a lot of
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
The following is a Firstreads winner review:
This is a short book that covers the end time prophecies centered around the year 2012. According to the story there are several ancient cultures that tracked the planetary alignments and arrived at this date as the end time. The story was good however character development was thin and some of the prophecy theories were a bit overloaded. Not necessarily a bad book yet.... Also be mindful that this book only deals with the prophecies end of the overal
Etta Mcquade
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Did I understand this book? No, not entirely, but it's a page turner, despite the technicalities. Phyllis Gunderson, whom I served a mission to Thailand with, has linked prophecies from Sumerian legends, Mayan calendars, the Chinese I Ching, and Hopi predictions, with jaguar prophecies, all revolving around the year 2012, to describe disasters, such as toronados, tsunamis, earthquakes, climate change, yet to come. So, guess what? I'm checking on my food and water storage, just to make sure I'm c ...more
I won this book in the Goodreads giveaways and my interest was piqued by the topic. The background information and scientific/mythology explanations were very interesting, although the narrative seemed a bit forced in places. All in all, this story is a lot alarmist, a big mixture of science/mythology/religion, a little bit hopeful, and a little bit off-center, with a smattering of mid-life mom/teenage daughter drama.

Thanks again for the Giveaway win!

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