The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology Reviewed By David W. Menefee of Bookpleasures.com
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: James A. O’Kon
Publisher: New Page Books; 1 edition (April 22, 2012)
As we inch closer to the cryptic December 21, 2012 date when the ancient Maya calendar seems to indicate that the civilization we’ve known will drastically change, The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology takes on newfound relevance.
Author James A. O'Kon, P.E. has earned renown as a professional engineer with decades of experience designing award-winning projects. For more than forty years, he investigated Maya engineering feats and lost Maya technology, journeying to more than fifty remote Maya sites. He amassed an incredible amount of material during his research, and much of that material overfills his new book. One wishes to experience him telling of his discoveries first-hand, but the next best thing is this superbly researched and well-written book that spreads his findings over more than 300 pages with nearly a hundred fascinating illustrations.
In 1995, O’Kon shocked
the archaeological world with the discovery of a massive, lost
landmark of Maya engineering, the long span suspension bridge at the
ancient city of Yaxchilan in Mexico. The thrilling realization of his
discovery and how he used modern methods to examine and prove the
existence of the spectacular bridge encompasses just one of the many
revelations in the book. O’Kon lifts the veil of mystery from this
mammoth creation, and reveals other startling facts that have been
lost beneath the sands of time
In 2012, why should we care? This and some of the other questions the author explores overfill the book with an amazing outlay of ideas and conclusions, including:
The Maya cosmic philosophy
The evolution of their scientific civilization
Their astronomical records
How the December 21, 2012 end of an era was calculated
From “The Mystery of the
Codices” to “The Collapse of the Maya Civilization,” the author
unfurls twelve splendidly written and informative chapters within a
beautifully designed interior, topped off with an Epilogue,
Bibliography, and Index, creating a must-have page turner that will
enhance anyone’s library for years to come. The depth of research
the author has compiled will enthrall history buffs and stimulate the
uninitiated to desire to know more about the civilization that holds
the record for the longest run in world history. The Maya had a long
time to contemplate the universe and to develop their civilization to
an unheard-of pinnacle, but then something happened that was so
simple and yet so destructive that they were virtually wiped off the
face of the earth, leaving behind little more than a few
archeological relics to testify to their existence. Earth’s current
inhabitants would do well to take note.
James O’Kon’s discoveries in Maya technology have been recognized by National Geographic Magazine and a production on The History Channel, among other publications, and readers of The Lost Secrets of Maya Technology will enjoy this entertaining and visually stunning presentation that’s available in both print and Kindle book editions. Whether you glean any life-changing ideas that will be of value to you on December 21, 2012 remains to be seen.