In the Courts of the Sun

In the Courts of the Sun

Audiobook CD - 2009 | Unabridged
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December 21, 2012. The day time stops. Jed DeLanda, a descendant of the Maya living in the year 2012, is a math prodigy who spends his time playing Go against his computer and raking in profits from online trading. His secret weapon? A Mayan divination game--once used for predicting corn-harvest cycles, now proving very useful in predicting corn futures--that his mother taught him. But Jed's life is thrown into chaos when his former mentor, the game theorist Taro, and a mysterious woman named Marena Park invite him to give his opinion on a newly discovered Mayan codex.

Marena and Taro are looking for a volunteer to travel back to 664 AD to learn more about a "sacrifice game" described in the codex. Jed leaps at the chance, and soon scientists are replicating his brain waves and sending them through a wormhole, straight into the mind of a Mayan king.

Only something goes wrong. Instead of becoming a king, Jed arrives inside a ballplayer named Chacal who is seconds away from throwing himself down the temple steps as a human sacrifice. If Jed can live through the next few minutes, he might just save the world.

Bringing to mind Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon and Gary Jennings's Aztec , yet entirely unique, In the Courts of the Sun takes you from the distant past to the near future in a brilliant kaleidoscope of ideas.
Publisher: Old Saybrook, CT : Tantor, c2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400161409
1400161401
Branch Call Number: DAM
Characteristics: 3 compact discs (ca. 27 hrs. 30 min.)

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Jan 12, 2010

I LOVED this CD. The main character is engaging, intelligent and has a mind that matches the way that I really think. The story is engaging and suspenseful, geeky and funny and by the end of it I felt warn out and satisfied. He does leave room for a sequel although I'm not sure I want to go down that road. If you read this book you'll know what I mean.

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