Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Review: 12.21.12

The time is finally here for my review of 12.21.12


“Archaeologist Shepard Smyth has staked his career, as well as the memory of his deceased wife and partner, on proving his widely panned theory: Cleopatra VII, the last ruler of ancient Egypt, was murdered. When a statue of the doomed Queen is discovered in an Olmec excavation site, Smyth is drawn to Mexico to investigate and, hopefully, find the proof that has evaded him for so long. Soon, he finds himself in the middle of the rivalry between the sexy, bewitching international thief, Victoria Kent, and commanding ruthless Russian mobster, Dmitri Kronastia.

Both Dmitri and Victoria hold pieces to the puzzle that will finally shed light on Cleopatra’s death. As Shep is drawn further into their world of ancient gods, supernatural powers, and alternative history. Little does he know the fate of all, even humanity itself, may hinge on his ability to discover the truth among their fragmented claims. Working to decode the true past while attempting to save the future, Shep becomes a pawn in the hand of forces working out a quest older than the pyramids- a quest that may lead to the end of everything when it all comes together on 12.21.12.”
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Killian McRae brings us a story that rivals Dan Brown on conspiracy theories and secret societies, but is totally original. She manages to bridge two civilizations that were continents apart into one seamless tale of murder and history retold. It takes a strong story teller to bridge two cultures, the Egyptian empire and the Olmec civilization, into this believable tale. And Killian does it more than well. She is extraordinary!

12.21.12 is the long toted end of the world in the Olmec archaeological world. Dr. Shepard Smyth, a tortured Harvard professor in Egyptology, is summoned by a former college friend to Mexico to examine a startling find. A assortment of historic relics from other civilizations in a centuries old dig site. When he learns a statue of Cleopatra is among them he flies out without a second thought. The loss of his wife in a tragic accident in a Egyptian dig site some five years before has left Shep a alcoholic former shell of himself. His arrival in Mexico sets into motion the path for him to discover the truth he has always searched for, and to find out his wife’s death was no accident.

With alien gods conducting century long experiments on earth, and ties to a goddess, this book is not short on twists and turns. And a wonderful cast of characters.

I loved the character of Shepard Smyth. He was just the right mix of grieving lost husband and great academic mind. Victoria and Dmitri, as the other two main characters, were as well written and believable as century old aliens can be.

The one thought I had was that some of the connections to Shep and the family ties were too convenient. It allowed for a very tied up ending. I also felt the ending was a little to neat, I would have liked a little more drama, not so tidy. But I loved this book. I was sad to see it end, and in fact could not put it down. I had to finish it in one sitting. Which is extremely hard in my busy world, but I was glad to go without sleep for Shep! This one is defiantly staying on my shelf. Can not wait to read more from Killian!

Killian McRae holds a BA in Near Eastern History and lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay area. You can find out more about her on her web site Also check out Omnific Publishing at Killian’s books are available on

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