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The Crystal Skull by Manda Scott
Cover Artist: Jorge Martínez
Review by Beth Slater
Bantam Mass Market Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780440243212
Date: 24 February 2009 List Price $7.50 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Stella and Kit are newlyweds, and their gift to one another was unique. In fact, it was to die for.

Stella is studying archeology, and is a caver. She asks Kit for a cave no one else had ever seen – and he finds one that is very, very close to it. In it, they find the legendary crystal skull that once belonged to Cedric Owen, benefactor of Bede's College in Cambridge, hidden for over 400 years. But almost immediately their lives are in danger – and they must split up to save themselves and the skull. When the appointed time arrives, only one of them shows up…is the curse of the skull already in motion?

From official release/information:

Product Description: 12.21.12. The date is set. Time is running out.
In a spellbinding blend of history, myth, and science, bestselling novelist Manda Scott unleashes a thriller that sweeps from the secrets of the Mayans to the court of a sixteenth-century queen to a shattering end-times prophecy.

Ancient lore predicts the end of the world with chilling precision: 21 December 2012. But the prophecies provide the key to stopping Armageddon: a flawless sapphire carved into the perfect likeness of a human skull.

One woman has inherited the skull's legacy of deadly secrets, intrigue, and murder. Can she crack the only code that could save the world?

(Source: Bantam)

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