The Crystal Skull, Paperback Book

The Crystal Skull Paperback

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Fact: Five thousand years ago, the Mayans carved thirteen crystal skulls. Fact: To protect humankind, they sent them to the four corners of the globe. Fact: They gave a precise date for when they thought the world would end: 21 December 2012. Fact: They said that this time the destruction will be of man's making. Fact: Only when all thirteen skulls are reunited can the world be saved from its fate. For the last 500 years one skull has been missing.

Now it's about to be found ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9780553817669

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Hmm, a strange book which seemed at times to be trying to be the next "Da Vinci Code" and other times trying to be it's own book. Liked the crystal skulls and the the 16th century parts, but not so keen on the modern aspects.

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2012 So the Mayans believed is when the end of the 5th Age will happen, but more than that, there is also the possibility that the human race will cease to be, unless...So glad there is an "unless"! This book is an adventure against the clock. Stella Cody must find out the history of the 13 crystal skulls mentioned in the Dresden Codex in order for us humans and perhaps the world itself to have a chance.Dr Cody, whilst on a caving trip, finds a crystal skull that has been hidden since the time of Elizabeth I. We follow her as she attempts to decipher journals, maps and old tales in order to find the time, date and location that the artefact must be placed into the earth. We travel from 2007 back to the 16th century through the medium of the diaries of Cedric Owen the last keeper of the skull. Of course all the time Stella's attempts are hampered by the fact that someone is trying to stop her from finding the truth, murderously so.This was a good, solid story, well written and researched. The voices of the two main characters, 21st Century Stella and 16th Century Cedric are separate and distinct from each other, which is no mean feat. Perhaps the colourful and dangerous 1500s was slightly more believable and enjoyable than the lacklustre 2000s. After all how could 2007 compete with notable characters such as Nostradamus, Catherine de Medici, Sir Francis Walsingham the Spymaster and Fernandez de Aguilar (last is fictional and I'll leave it up to you to discover who he is and what he does).Yet it was still a good adventure mystery, with the whodunits not becoming completely clear until the last few chapters of the book. This was an enjoyable and easy read for me.