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Beautiful sacrifice / Elizabeth Lowell.

By: Lowell, Elizabeth, 1944-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : William Morrow, c2012Edition: First edition.Description: 390 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780061629860; 0061629863.Subject(s): Women archaeologists -- Fiction | Indians of South America -- Antiquities -- Fiction | Mayas -- Antiquities -- Fiction | Man-woman relationships -- Fiction | Antiquities -- Fiction | Indians of South America Antiquities Fiction | Mayas Antiquities Fiction | Antiquities Fiction | South America -- Fiction | Romantic suspense fictionGenre/Form: Romantic suspense fiction. | Romantic suspense fiction.DDC classification: 813/.54 Summary: A dedicated female archaeologist and a former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officer must recover priceless South American artifacts that could bring deadly chaos into the world.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"This author delivers pure, undiluted excitement."
--Jayne Ann Krentz

"Romantic suspense is her true forte."
--Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"Elizabeth Lowell's keen ear for dialogue and intuitive characterizations consistently place her a cut above most writers in this genre."
--Charlotte News & Observer

Perennial New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell boldly puts the romance back into romantic suspense with Beautiful Sacrifice--a story of passion and intrigue centered around the ancient Mayan prediction of the apocalyptic end of everything. Lowell's thrillingly imaginative tale unites a dedicated female archaeologist with a former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officer on a mission to recover priceless South American artifacts that could bring deadly chaos into our world. Beautiful Sacrifice is action, suspense, and love on a bestselling par with Lisa Gardner, Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Nora Roberts...and exactly the sort of romantic adventure that inspired Johanna Lindsey to declare, "Lowell is great!"

A dedicated female archaeologist and a former Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officer must recover priceless South American artifacts that could bring deadly chaos into the world.

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Library Journal Review

When some Maya artifacts go missing, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Hunter Johnston agrees to help a friend with the search. But he needs assistance from Lina Taylor, a college professor, archaeologist, and Maya antiquities expert. A violent attack soon has them both on the run, but it isn't until they arrive at her family's estate in Quintana Roo that the pieces fall into place and the couple are faced with an ancient, bloody tradition and a diabolical villain who is as deadly as he is deranged. VERDICT Tuning in to the current interest in the Maya prediction of the world's end on December 21, 2012, Lowell has crafted a suspenseful, sexy, and chillingly eerie tale that takes readers on a perilous journey from academia to the lush, humid jungles of the Yucatan where old gods still hold sway and only death will satisfy them. Lowell (Death Echo) lives in Arizona. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Houston-based archeologist Lina Taylor and former Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Hunter Johnson join forces to locate four ancient Mayan artifacts that turned up during a drug bust and then vanished. Clues point variously to grave robbers trying to sell the valuable pieces on the black market, narco lords using them in ritual killings, the revival of an ancient cult, and Lina's own shady aristocratic family in Mexico. 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. Less deftly handled is the attraction between Lina and Hunter; their turgid ruminations often read like an awkward second skin stretched tightly over the primary story. But these moments are scarce as Lowell quickly and smartly returns to the breakneck pace of her intriguing narrative. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary Agency. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Lowell (Death Echo, 2010) explores ancient Mayan prophecy and one cult's interpretation of the end of the Mayan calendar in a suspenseful tale that contains nearly as much art and history as romance. Hunter Thompson gets a panicky call from his friend Jase, a former coworker at the Border Patrol in Texas, who tells him that some Mayan artifacts are missing from evidence and Jase is being blamed. If he can't find them, he will lose his job. Hunter agrees to help his friend and calls on Dr. Lina Taylor, an expert at Houston's Museum of the Maya, to identify the photos Jase gave him and, hopefully, give him some idea of who might have stolen the artifacts. Lina is shocked to see such a trove of heretofore undiscovered art, which could only have come from her family's estate in the Yucatan. As she helps Hunter unravel the facts about the theft of artifacts, they run up against a deadly god cult preparing for the December 2012 Mayan doomsday and the culture's rebirth.--Henshaw, Pat Copyright 2010 Booklist