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Apocalypse 2012

Apocalypse 2012

A Novel

Gary Jennings; Robert Gleason and Junius Podrug

Forge Books

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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 legendary ruler builds a city that will awe humanity for one thousand years. But he also faces war, catastrophic drought, betrayal and the rise of an evil death-cult religion. Instituting the infamous "Blood Covenant," its priests drag thousands of people a year atop temple-pyramids and rip their hearts beating from their chests. To stop them Quetzalcoatl must defy the flames of bloody civil war.

A thousand years later scientists discover the End-Time Codex. While struggling to decipher it, they realize their own age mirrors Tula's. Can they crack the 2012 code and save their world from Tula's deadly fate?



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Chapter One



One-World, 1001 A. D.



I sat on a large rock on a hillside and fought my rope restraints. The task was next to hopeless. My captors had wrenched my elbows up behind my back, shoved a pole between...

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Praise for Apocalypse 2012

Apocalypse 2012 takes you on an enthralling and thrilling journey into the mysteries of the past and the dangers of the near future. I love to be swept away by a book, and this terrific novel carried me far, and will stay with me a long, long time.” —Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author of Critical Mass

“If you thought Revelation was a serious head trip, you are going to love this tale by the high priests of the apocalypse” —Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author of The Assassin

“With Apocalypse 2012, Gary Jennings' Aztec saga continues; thriller writing rises to a new, exalted all-time high.” —David Hagberg, bestselling author of The Expediter and threetime winner of the American Mystery Award

“Fascinating and frightening. Apocalypse 2012 is a saga that will make you think as well as chill you. Gary Jennings would be proud.” —Barbara D'Amato, Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Death of a Thousand Cuts

“Whatever you're reading this month, stop, because you simply have to read Apocalypse 2012, a fantastic and fantastical tale of curses and clues, of ancient prophesies and modern mayhem, of fabulous characters in a fast-moving plot that sweeps us back and forth across a millennium as easily as some books take us from Monday to Tuesday. It's the kind of book I love to read and aspire to write: a brilliant blending of history, mystery, and pulse-pounding suspense.” —William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Constitution and Back Bay

“Jennings' name was made by his well-researched, graphically detailed, and compellingly readable Aztec saga, which offered authentic pictures of how life was led in that both brutal and brilliant society . . . Jennings fans will savor the mix of ancient history and near-future apocalypse.” —Booklist

“The authors lovingly describe the world of their pre-Columbian characters.” —Publishers Weekly

About the author

Gary Jennings; Robert Gleason and Junius Podrug

GARY JENNINGS was known for the rigorous and intensive research behind his novels, which often included hazardous travel. He passed away in 1999, leaving behind a rich legacy of historical fiction and ideas for new novels.

ROBERT GLEASON was Gary Jennings' editor for a number of years. He lives in New York City.

JUNIUS PODRUG is an accomplished writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He lives on Cape Cod.

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