Author: Robert GilbertISBN 978-1-60264-052-8 (softcover)
ISBN 978-1-60264-053-5 (hardcover)
Rob, a surgeon, and June, a graduate student, are thrown together on an archeology dig in Belize. A frightening experience welds them in a romantic bond, which neither seems quite prepared for. They become friends with Phoebe, a beautiful and brainy archeology professor. She will play an unsuspected role in their lives. In a mysterious cave, the pair discovers a strange Mayan vase. Within it is hidden a rare Mayan codex. When George Avakian, a brilliant but out-of-luck and out-of-work professor translates the codex, he finds it answers much about the collapse of the ancient Mayan civilization. He then makes use of the codex in an ingenious but problematic manner. Phoebe reenters Rob's life and complicates both his and June's future. The book explains in a concise manner certain aspects of science and history while striving to resolve the problems of its characters.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author was born in W.VA and grew up in Ohio. He earned an M.D., and then became a general surgeon. He married, joined the Army, went to Korea and then to Viet Nam, where he was assigned as a medical officer to an airborne unit and learned to jump from airplanes. After twenty years in the Army and after seven children, he retired from the military and spent the next ten years teaching in a surgical residency program. He then retired to his horse farm in rural New Jersey, where he lives with his wife and where he breeds and trains thoroughbred racehorses. The bulk of his published material has been in medical journals and newspapers. This will be his first novel.
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