Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel

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Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel

by Elizabeth Lowell

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | May 22, 2012 | Hardcover

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According to Maya legend, December 21, 2012, will mark the end of the world as we know it. Is it myth . . . or will their prediction become reality?

Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts, splitting her time between digs in South America and the classroom teaching college students. But the professor''s structured, academic life is about to spin out of control. Some extremely valuable and important Maya artifacts have gone missing. Are the culprits fanatics determined to create chaos and usher in annihilation?

Helping out a friend, former immigration and customs enforcement officer Hunter Johnston is determined to recover the missing pieces and he needs Lina''s help. A man used to calling the shots and working alone, he isn''t comfortable letting anyone get close, especially a beautiful and brainy woman like Lina. His gift for reading people tells him there''s a lot going on below that professional exterior, and he''s more than a little curious to probe her depths.

Burying herself in her work, Lina''s had little experience handling men, especially one as fascinating and exasperating as the secretive, headstrong Hunter. A devoted archaeologist, she has the skill to excavate those protective layers all the way to his core.

But finding the missing artifacts is only the beginning of a mystery that will plunge these unlikely partners into adventure, romance, and danger more thrilling, sensual, and deadly than either of them knows. . . .

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.69 × 2.51 × 0.49 in

Published: May 22, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061629863

ISBN - 13: 9780061629860

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Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel

by Elizabeth Lowell

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 384 pages, 3.69 × 2.51 × 0.49 in

Published: May 22, 2012

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0061629863

ISBN - 13: 9780061629860

About the Book

Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Mayan artifacts, splitting her time between South America and the classroom. But the professor's studious life is about to spin out of control in this story of passion, intrigue, and ancient legends.

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According to Maya legend, December 21, 2012, will mark the end of the world as we know it. Is it myth . . . or will their prediction become reality?

Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts, splitting her time between digs in South America and the classroom teaching college students. But the professor''s structured, academic life is about to spin out of control. Some extremely valuable and important Maya artifacts have gone missing. Are the culprits fanatics determined to create chaos and usher in annihilation?

Helping out a friend, former immigration and customs enforcement officer Hunter Johnston is determined to recover the missing pieces and he needs Lina''s help. A man used to calling the shots and working alone, he isn''t comfortable letting anyone get close, especially a beautiful and brainy woman like Lina. His gift for reading people tells him there''s a lot going on below that professional exterior, and he''s more than a little curious to probe her depths.

Burying herself in her work, Lina''s had little experience handling men, especially one as fascinating and exasperating as the secretive, headstrong Hunter. A devoted archaeologist, she has the skill to excavate those protective layers all the way to his core.

But finding the missing artifacts is only the beginning of a mystery that will plunge these unlikely partners into adventure, romance, and danger more thrilling, sensual, and deadly than either of them knows. . . .

About the Author

Ann Maxwell was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1944. She was educated at the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Riverside, where she received a B.A. in 1966. She married Evan Maxwell, a journalist, on September 4, 1966. They have published numerous novels together including The Silk Strategy, The Ruby, Steal the Sun, Redwood Empire, and The Golden Mountain. She started her writing career in 1975 with the science fiction novel Change. She has written over 60 novels and one non-fiction book. The novels range from science fiction to historical fiction, from romance to mystery to suspense. She has written under numerous pen names including A. E. Maxwell, Annalise Sun, and Lowell Charters. In 1982, she began publishing romance novels as Elizabeth Lowell. She was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in 1994, Romance Writers of America Best Historical Romance in 1994, and the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.

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?As Lina and Hunter dodge bullets and trade wisecracks across the Southwest, Lowell (Death Echo) deftly incorporates creepy basement corpse discoveries, sleazy antiquities dealers, crumbling jungle tombs, charmingly sinister relatives, fascinating archeological elements, and a well-realized, completely invented Mayan god.? (Publishers Weekly)
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