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The sacrifice game, Brian D'Amato

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The sacrifice game
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The sacrifice game
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Brian D'Amato
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sacrifice game
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  • It’s not often you find a novel in which the hero is a guy who says right upfront that he is planning to destroy all of humanity. Jed DeLanda, who in 2009’s In the Courts of the Sun was sent back to the seventh-century Mayan Empire to learn the secrets of the Maya’s ability to predict future events, has a brilliant plan to wipe out humanity—not out of malice but to end our immense suffering—and it sure sounds like he knows what he’s doing, so much so that the people who originally recruited him to travel into the past are now determined to shut him down. The prose style is highly entertaining, and the pacing is much better than it was in the previous book. Where that one was occasionally slow, this one moves like a well-oiled machine, carrying us along on Jed’s world-destroying adventure. How does it all turn out? It won’t blow any surprises to say that the book ends with the door wide open for episode three. Expect that one to be eagerly awaited. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Dutton smells a big one here; the Mayan connection brought extra attention to volume one in the series, and this follow-up will draw on that, plus the fact that it’s a better book. Will it help that Hilary Clinton was one of D’Amato’s babysitters when he was a boy? Can’t hurt. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 05-15-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 18, p31)
  • The overly long second volume of D’Amato’s apocalyptic trilogy (after 2009’s In the Courts of the Sun) opens on a note of doom. Ethnic Mayan Joachim Carlos Xul Mixoc DeLanda, who’s able to use his expertise with an ancient divination game, the Sacrifice Game, to anticipate the future, describes his decision to end all human life in time to fulfill the Mayan prophecy that the world will end in December 2012. DeLanda believes that “over 99.8 percent of , now, in the future, and always, is and will be sheer unrelieved agony.” DeLanda’s justification for his horrific act and his description of what’s led up to it make compelling reading, but the initial momentum and tension peter out in the middle section set in seventh-century Mexico at the Mayan empire’s peak. While explicit descriptions of mutilation and cannibalism highlight the cultural differences between the Mayan civilization and our own, some readers may feel less would have been more. Agent: Deborah Schneider, Gelfman Schneider Literary Agency. (July) --Staff (Reviewed May 28, 2012) (Publishers Weekly, vol 259, issue 22, p)
  • The world's going to end in 2012. It's not? Well, don't let the homicidal Maya who figures in the pages of D'Amato's (Beauty, 1992, etc.) latest futuristic/apocalyptic/sci-fi thriller know. Now, the Mayan calendar runs out in 2012--and even if it's lately been discovered that they cooked up a calendar that gives us a few thousand more years, said "ethnic Maya, a twenty-first-century descendant of those guys who built all those palaces in Mexico and Guatemala with the big wacko pyramids with the scary stairs," young Joachim "Jed" Carlos Xul Mixoc DeLanda really wouldn't mind if the crawling anthill that is the human world disappeared. "Life sucks," he sighs. He knows more about it than most, having been sent back in time to save the world from one prophecy, only to decide that the world may not deserve saving. World-weary Jed's got other world-savers on his trail, including a cool chick named Marena, who calls him as she sees him: "You're what shit would shit if it could shit." Never mind the scatological scurrilousness: everyone in D'Amato's sprawling, busy novel has a job to do in playing the big, elaborate game that will decide the world's fate. It helps to have a little knowledge of things Mayan to read it, and it helps to be a little geeky--geeky enough, for one thing, to be able to call up in your mind's eye what the board of the old game Kriegspiel looked like. D'Amato is both funny and brittle, often both at once, as when he remarks of one bright, young thing, "She could end up like Jesus and be dead for a hundred years before the franchise really got going." Hallucinatory and goofy, D'Amato's yarn is a kind of Game of Thrones for those who prize jungles more than castles, and if it's improbable in the extreme, it's a pleasing and well-thought-through epic. But not one without loose ends that'll take a sequel to tie up. Stay tuned for this literate end-of-the-world saga to continue--and well beyond 2012, come to think of it.(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2012)
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10115904
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D'Amato, Brian
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3554.A4675
LC item number
S24 2012
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fiction
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True
Series statement
The sacrifice game trilogy
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bk. 2
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Mayas
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The sacrifice game, Brian D'Amato
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