“As I see it,” said Max, “all that stands between humankind and the end of the world is two talking monkeys, a crazy archaeologist covered in red paint, and a couple of kids with blowguns. Am I right?”
Fourteen-year-old Max Murphy, video-gamer extraordinaire, is furious when his archaeologist parents cancel the family vacation to go on a dig in Central America. But things go from bad to worse when Max is summoned to join them, only to discover that his parents have vanished. With the help of Lola, a fast-talking, quick-thinking Maya girl, Max embarks on a quest to find out just what’s going on. Soon Max and Lola are running for their lives in the perilous rainforest, as they unlock ancient secrets, meet mysterious strangers, and begin to understand that, in San Xavier, nothing is ever as it seems.
Fate has delivered a challenge of epic proportions to Max Murphy. But can a teen whose biggest talent is for video games rescue his parents from the Maya Underworld and save himself from the villainous Lords of Death?
A fun adventure about Mayan Myths, expertly narrated by Scott Brick.
I had a problem with skipping at the middle point of this book. This happened on my iPhone. My attempts with Apple customer service to get a correctly working replacement did not pan out. However, I caught up to the short missing part by reading the book at a bookstore. Then the rest of the audio book played correctly without problems. Hopefully the book won't even skip for you!
All that aside, I am generally favorable about this book. A great plus is that it is read by Scott Brick who is one of the best audio book narrators that I have found to date. I recommend searching under Scott Brick's name to check out other books he's narrated (there are a lot).
If you are fond of reading young adult fiction, and you have already read Harry Potter and the Keys to the Kingdom series, then this book may be acceptable to you as well. I like that it is about ancient Maya mythology. The story itself is good enough, though it has some awkwardness in how ancient people's reactions seem not to be "period correct" but I think that is somewhat intentional on the author's part.
Generally its a fun story to listen to, so I'd give it a favorable review. I have just downloaded the second book in the series.