In the Courts of the Sun

  • by Brian D'Amato
  • Narrated by Robertson Dean
  • 27 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

December 21, 2012. The day time stops. Jed DeLanda, a descendant of the Maya living in the year 2012, is a math prodigy who spends his time playing Go against his computer and raking in profits from online trading. His secret weapon? A Mayan divination game---once used for predicting corn-harvest cycles, now proving very useful in predicting corn futures---that his mother taught him. But Jed's life is thrown into chaos when his former mentor, the game theorist Taro, and a mysterious woman named Marena Park invite him to give his opinion on a newly discovered Mayan codex. Marena and Taro are looking for a volunteer to travel back to 664 AD to learn more about a "sacrifice game" described in the codex. Jed leaps at the chance, and soon scientists are replicating his brain waves and sending them through a wormhole, straight into the mind of a Mayan king. Only something goes wrong. Instead of becoming a king, Jed arrives inside a ballplayer named Chacal who is seconds away from throwing himself down the temple steps as a human sacrifice. If Jed can live through the next few minutes, he might just save the world.

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What the Critics Say

"A remarkable, unique, stand-out book.... In a word: awesome. Or brilliant. Make that two words: awesome and brilliant." (Raymond Khoury, author of The Last Templar and The Sanctuary)

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Unique and well constructed

There are some parts that are long and seem to have a bit more detail than necessary but its constant with the main character nature and, as he's the also narrator it fits very well and I found it enjoyable. The time travel scenario was unique and I enjoyed the authors take on the Maya game, the game in general. It's probably not for everyone but it kept interested and entertained. The book is better than the sample, so if you like the sample, you'll probably like the book. If you don't like the sample, I wouldn't recommend it.
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- Jeff Pitcher

Interesting but bleak

The narrator did a great job.
The story held my interest and provided a fascinating view of Maya culture. I got a real kick out of who the perpetrators of the Orland event turned out to be.
The cynicism was off-putting and the ending was cut-off and disappointing. Very bleak view of the world at the end.
In all I'm glad I listened to it and I'll just forget the last 15 minutes.
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- D. Powers

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-11-2009
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio