Review 1 – www.americanegypt.com, ej Albright
Review 2 – www.goodreads.com, Jane
Review 3 – Moon Publications blog, Josh Berman
1. October 28th, 2010 by ejalbright, American Egypt
Ripped from the pages of the Maya calendar, 2012: Deadly Awakening is a mystery novel by Beryl Gorbman set in Yucatan during the apocalyptic date of December 21, 2012.
Beryl splits her time between Seattle and Merida, and writes a delightful (if not controversial) blog about her experiences on the Yucatan Peninsula called “Yucatan Yenta.” Now she’s turned her hand to fiction, and published the first of what should be a series of mystery novels about her new homeland. The only thing that will prevent her success is if the world ends when the Maya calendar runs out on Dec. 21, 2012. All the more reason to buy her book now.
Here’s a blurb about her book:
Hundreds of thousands of spiritual travelers have converged in Yucatan to witness the end of the Maya calendar. Some think that the world is about to end; others think humanity will evolve to a higher form of consciousness. Against the exotic backdrops of Chichen Itza and Merida, all things are possible.
Then, in the chaos of the night before the fateful date, the unthinkable happens. People die, and die very badly. New York investigator Miriam Glass teams up with Yucatecan police chief J.L. Contreras to solve the bizarre and dramatic murders.
There is a parade of colorful characters –- local and imported mystics, police, expats, prophets and charlatans –- to round out the plot of this well-researched murder mystery. It’s gory and fun!
The book explains the various theories on 12/21/2012 according Jose Arguelles, Daniel Pinchbeck, and others. A good read for an insight into what December 21, 2012, might bring.
2. From Goodreads
Jane’s Reviews > 2012: Deadly Awakening
by Beryl Gorbman
2012 Deadly Awakening: Crackling story set in Mérida and Chichen Itza
I met writer Beryl Gorbman over a taco lunch in the Chichen Itza Salon in the conference center in Mérida, Mexico, and I admit, I was skeptical when she handed me a copy of her mystery novel, 2012 Deadly Awakening(Intelligent Life, 2010). I’d just completed a self-guided crash course on Maya studies, plowing through a pile of non-fiction books, most fairly fascinating, regarding 2012 and Maya time-keeping, but also fairly dry and dense. There are hundreds of such titles out there, but never had I seen a fictional treatment.
When I finally cracked open 2012 Deadly Awakening a few months later, I was drawn in and swept back to the Yucatan. “The scene in Merida is chaotic and tense,” reads the description. “People think that the world is about to end, as it is the end of the Maya long-count calendar. Other people think humanity will evolve to a higher form of consciousness. You wouldn’t think these are ideals people would kill to protect, but they do. Thousands of spiritual tourists have descended upon this once-peaceful city, creating chaos. People die, and die very badly.”
Enter a New York City detective and the plot starts thickening by the page. What I most enjoyed about Gorbman’s treatment of the subject is her ability to find a nice balance between fact and funny, as she presents an accurate picture of all the types of people interested in 2012, from scientists to loonies to scam artists and beyond. At the same time, she maintains a tongue-in-cheekness that captures the lighter side of all the hype.
More importantly, she does not forget the Maya themselves — something that happens all too often in stories about 2012 (see the movie by the same name) — nor delicate social problems presented by the presence of foreigners in the Maya region. For example, one Maya character grumbles, “This is what the Maya have come to, he thought, getting angrier and more depressed by the moment. Servants to fucking tourists who think our history is fascinating and that although we modern Maya are for shit, our ancestors long ago were incredible.”
2012 Deadly Awakening is a fun book. Period. The bonus is that is also teaches you about Mérida, Mexico, the people who live there, and some of the remarkable facts surrounding the Maya 2012 story. My only complaint is that the black and white images included in this self-published book do nothing to illustrate the action and even take away from the crackling prose. Warning: Reading this book might make you curious enough to book a flight to Mérida.
It also might make you want to read Gorbman’s sequel, called Madrugada, about the theft of sacred objects from an archaeological site. “The site,” she writes, “is isolated and when the archaeologists move in, their cultures and the culture of the villagers collide in odd ways….”
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