Reviewer David W. Menefee: David is a Pulitzer nominated American author, ghost writer, screenwriter, book editor, and film historian. David’s career began as a writer and marketing representative for the Dallas Times Herald and the Dallas Morning News. His books have appeared under various imprints and in a variety of categories, such as biography, travel, historical fiction, mysteries, and romance. Two books by David were named among the 2011 Top 10 Silent Film Books of the Year: Wally: The True Wallace Reid Story, and The Rise and Fall of Lou-Tellegen. His most recent releases include Sweet Memories and the 1950s romance trilogy, Can't Help Falling in Love, Come Away to Paradise, and Catch a Falling Star (with co-author Carol Dunitz). David lives in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Author: Steve Alten
Author: Steve Alten
Phobos: Mayan Fear joins his body of work as his eleventh novel, a dazzling look at Mayan mythology and how historic facts may affect life as we know it in the near future. For 2,000 years, the Mayan Calendar has prophesied the end of mankind on a date equating to December 21st, 2012. As that day approaches, greed, corruption, economic collapse, and violence seem to be pushing our species to the predicted brink of disaster—but another Doomsday threat looms in our near future that could wipe out our entire planet.
Phobos: Mayan Fear, Steve’s third book in the Mayan Prophecy series, takes the reader on a doomsday roller coaster ride with Immanuel Gabriel on his journey to the end of the world and back again for one last shot at salvation. His deceased grandfather, archaeologist Julius Gabriel, reveals everything the Mayans knew and feared—from the secrets of creation that predate the Big Bang to the existence of extraterrestrials that have come to Earth to save our species.
Steve maintains that the universe and human existence are not what they seem. The ticking clock of physicality that begins at conception and terminates with our final breath marks neither the end nor the beginning, but outlays an elaborate ruse constructed as a test, and he believes that we are failing miserably.
“Phobos simply scares me,” he writes. So who or what is Phobos? In this Mayan doomsday thriller, the large Hadron Collider accidentally created a miniature black hole that has been causing seismic disturbances such as those that appeared recently in Haiti, Japan, Turkey, and Washington, DC, as it grows larger. Coincidence? Let's pray that as our planet enters the Photon belt at the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, these and other strange occurrences are mere products of the imagination. If not, we’re all in for a deadly ride on a rocky road to destruction.
you buy Phobos: Mayan Fear, brace yourself for a roller coaster ride
for many weeks. You will want to savor the highly detailed book that
spans 384 pages rife with multiple narratives, a cast of characters
that would make a Hollywood casting director envious, intricate
details, and absorbing situations. Each chapter kicks off with
thought-provoking quotes from Robert Kennedy, Albert Einstein, and
other real life sources that springboard the reader on uncomfortable
journeys that blend fact and fiction into a boiling cauldron of
adventure. The book offers a number of meticulous illustrations to
further edge the reader to a gnawing awareness that frightening
realities, such as Yellowstone’s impending eruption into a super
volcano, are about to alter the destiny of mankind.
“Reality is merely an illusion . . . .” Albert Einstein said. At the end of the day on December 21, 2012, we will either exhale a sigh of relief, remain fearful that the much prophesied doomsday remains still to come because our calendar is off by several days or weeks, or brush off the brilliantly ballyhooed predictions of disaster with a laugh the way we quickly forgot Y2K. One ends up wishing that Phobos: Mayan Fear was not about events connected with the highly advertised End of Times forecast to befall mankind on that date because the splendidly-written thriller stands as one of the major books to come out in the new millennium, and deserves to be read and shared, not eventually discarded like so many of the 2012 books may be, or forgotten as just another relic of one of the foibles of the 21st century like Y2K. Until then, stockpile your water, canned soup, and flashlight batteries, and enjoy Phobos: Mayan Fear while we still have the power grid up and running.
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