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The 2012 Codex (Gary Jennings's Apocalypse 2012 #2)

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In the arid canyonlands of Mexico the race is on for the ultimate end-of-the-world codex—the final 1000-year-old prophesy of the god-king, Quetzalcoatl, who ruled Mexico 1000 years ago. Rita Critchlow and Cooper Jones hunt for that sacred codex in those scorching desert canyons, while 500 years ago, Pacal, a young slave-scholar, sets out on the same deadly quest. He too

Paperback, 528 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Tor Books (first published August 17th 2010)
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Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring and dragging and just couldn't get into it
I think this is part of a series, but there's no indication anywhere in the book that's the case. But they've written another book with 2012 in the title and the modern parts feel like part of a series.

The book tells two stories, one story is that of Pacal, a Mayan in the time of Montezuma. The other is set in the modern day.

Pacal's story is interesting and comprises the bulk of the book. There are different cultures to explore and political intrigue. (view spoiler)
Jan 15, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Few "Part Two's" seem to measure up to the expectations of the successful first production in any medium. In this particular case, Gary Jennings has hit another home run! Building upon the vastly entertaining first book, Jennings brings us a new saga in the dual-universe historical adventure. On the one hand, we read of the ancient's quest to locate the long-hidden codex, to unravel the prophecy of Mayan destruction (the destruction of the ancient One World) then on the other hand we read modern ...more
Jason Golomb
I love Gary Jennings, and I very much wanted to like this book. I just couldn't. I had to stop about 1/3 through for fear of muddying my memories of Gary Jennings' great work (Aztec, Journeyer) with this merest shadow that stakes a claim on his name.

This is the newest of several books written by his former editor and another author. These new books state that the stories come from extensive notes and treatments that were found after Jennings' death. The first book in this "Codex" series, isn't a
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
There are two parts to this book... One part in Mayan Times..The other in Modern times.

The Mayan portion is a pretty decent story that is not too bad. If the whole book had followed the Jaguar Oracle though his journey it would have been a 4 star book...

Sadly tho.. there is the parallel Modern Story, and oh my word was that ever such a poorly written, constructed, and paced price of rubbish. Fight scenes written by some one that has never seen or read anything about guns..a plot line with no con
Nyx Cole
Apr 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone reading anything to do with the 2012 stuff
Well I am new to this authors writings, what I had read of the two books (that apparently where written by other's in his name after his death) make me wish to actually read more of the authors orginal works.

The 2012 Codex was not as good as the first one, but it had me caught up enough within the writing to actually get though it from start to finish, though I do admit not to reading most of the modern day parts of the book and only really reading the ancient parts (I just didn't get into the
Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh come ON. stupid ending. The Gary Jennings part is wonderful, though it could have used some editing, and it no way near compares to his masterpiece Aztec. The modern parts (very likely not a Jennings creation) are interesting, especially the global climate analysis, though the writing is a little annoyingly intense as are the characters. Also, I've never seen the word scintillate used that many times in a book. Seriously. Instead of Jack Phoenix and women whose names are shortened to make the ...more
Kyle West
Aug 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some glimpses of what would have been if Gary Jennings had lived to finish it, but overall a barely readable book. Shame that the legacy of Aztec, one of the best historical novels ever written, is being exploited by those who would make money off the author's good name.
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Author could have made stronger and more interesting ties between the ancient story and the modern story. The characters in the modern story were wafer-thin and totally uninteresting, and they ended up not doing anything! The ancient story was a fun read
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The book is written in two points of view; ancient and modern. The ancient style wasn't bad, but the modern was not interesting and didn't seem very fleshed out. I would have preferred to read a book just from the ancient side.
Cori North
Certainly wasn't really Gary Jennings in any way. Global warming scarey sum-up, however, enough to compete with his nightmare images in Aztec and all.
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mayan history interspersed with present day search for codex of last times. A great read.
Manish Katyal
Fast-paced entertainment.
Essentially, given a catalyst (war/terrorism, disease, drought/climate change, asteroids, etc.) society/civilization will collapse like a house-of-cards (Mad-max style).
Sep 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gevera Bert
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oct 29, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Don't waste your time. : (
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Gary Jennings led a paradoxically picaresque life. On one hand, he was a man of acknowledged intellect and erudition. His novels were international best sellers, praised around the world for their stylish prose, lively wit and adventurously bawdy spirit. They were also massive - often topping 500,000 words - and widely acclaimed for the years of research he put into each one, both in libraries and ...more
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