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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.
©2009 Brain D'Amato; (P)2009 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Melanie on 08-08-13

Top of the list for this book!

Where does In the Courts of the Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is an amazing book and read by Robertson Dean, it is perfection.

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I don't know why this book hasn't made a bigger splash. I stumbled across it and it is one of my all time favorite books. The writing is perfection, the style and story are both fun and fascinating and I think Brian D'amato is a great writer! He combines everything I love; history, facts, great storytelling, amazing character development, powerful storyline, criminal activity all wrapped up in a mystery sandwich...It's great from start to finish!

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4 out of 5 stars
By D. Powers on 10-04-09

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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