The Sixth World
Margaret Evans
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The Sixth World

Margaret Evans
400 pages
November 2003
rated 3 of 5 possible stars
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The Sixth World follows two anthropologists who, while caught in a web of international mystery and intrigue, lead an expeditionary force into the beautiful hills of California to explore the fascinating and mind-blowing possibility of finding the Mayan civilization. The Mayans vanished from the earth in Central America in the ninth century. What these explorers find is ancient Mayan hieroglyphics that foretell the coming end of the Mayan Fifth World, a remarkable treasure trove of gold and fantastic futuristic technology, hidden these long centuries to prepare for the coming of the new age. With the fateful time drawing near, ritual killings begin which suggest that the Maya may have survived to oversee the new age. So it is up to Amy Parrish and Joe Magee to try to halt the dastardly plot threatening to destroy the Maya and the even the earth itself.

For those who like history, this book is a treasure trove. There are fascinating tidbits about the Maya strewn like precious jewels throughout the story. The storyline itself is original and interesting. The two leading characters, Amy and Joe, are well-drawn, and their timid romance is true to life as people who have been burned before or are just too busy to come out of their shells. The secondary characters have sufficient nuance to be fleshed out. For the most part, the dialogue is as people really speak. The settings are described so well that the reader can almost see the beautiful California hills.

The Sixth World is a great book for anyone who is a history or archaeology nut, or for anyone who admires good fiction.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Camden Alexander, 2004

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