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Interesting ideas and beginning, terrible writing.
am 26. Juli 1999
Starts out interestingly enough, espcially with the Mayan angle and coincidental calendars, but gets bogged down with trying to unravel number codes based on their numbering system. It may be clever, but it gets old fast. Many number grids throughout the book, Crichton-style, but of no use, especially the many binary grids, which seem more like filler - all you can do with them is wait till the computer figures it out at the end.
Other annoyances: Constant "Mayans good, Europeans bad" theme (it's hard to reconcile the book's almost nauseating fawning over the supposed advanced civilization of the Mayas with their barbaric, bloodthirsty rituals); the simplistic, heavy-handed characterization and stereotyping, which ultimately makes the characters seem one-dimensional and cartoonish; the overuse of pet phrases ("He was angry"; "blood pooled on the ground/between his legs"). Of course, the usual (required) "tough" heroine, who quickly falls head over heels for ... you get the idea. Reading the "thought processes" of the two hero(ine)s as they fall for each other was quite sickening for its cookie-cutteredness. See, I've had to invent a word.
Oh, and does "Antonio" sound like a KGB name?
And, unfortunately, the Mayan angle ultimately flops, climaxing to a whimper, sort of like the ending to "Highlander."