The 2012 Mayan doomsday prediction forms the mythological basis of a creative and intense new series, the Novels of the Final Prophecy. The struggles and self-doubt of the Mayan warrior-priest descendants layer the characters and make them believable. Intense action, sensuality and danger abound.
Miami detective Leah Daniels ends up on a stone altar, about to become a Mayan sacrifice. Strike senses a link to Leah, so he tries to keep her far away from the dangerous battle ahead. But fate has other things in mind, and Leah and Strike may be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.
(SIGNET ECLIPSE, Jun., 464 pp., $7.99)