12.21: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 7, 2012 - Fiction - 336 pages
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From the co-author of the two-million copy mega-bestseller The Rule of Four comes a riveting thriller with a brilliant premise based on the 2012 apocalypse phenomenon—perfect for readers of Steve Berry, Preston and Child, and Dan Brown.
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For decades, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers worldwide. It is the date, they claim, when the ancient Maya calendar predicts the world will end.
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In Los Angeles, two weeks before, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his usual morning bike ride, drops off the dog with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab where he studies incurable prion diseases for the CDC. His first phone call is from a hospital resident who has an urgent case she thinks he needs to see. Meanwhile, Chel Manu, a Guatemalan American researcher at the Getty Museum, is interrupted by a desperate, unwelcome visitor from the black market antiquities trade who thrusts a duffel bag into her hands.
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By the end of the day, Stanton, the foremost expert on some of the rarest infections in the world, is grappling with a patient whose every symptom confounds and terrifies him. And Chel, the brightest young star in the field of Maya studies, has possession of an illegal artifact that has miraculously survived the centuries intact: a priceless codex from a lost city of her ancestors. This extraordinary record, written in secret by a royal scribe, seems to hold the answer to her life’s work and to one of history’s great riddles: why the Maya kingdoms vanished overnight. Suddenly it seems that our own civilization might suffer this same fate.
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With only days remaining until December 21, 2012, Stanton and Chel must join forces before time runs out.
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Advance praise for 12.21
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“Dustin Thomason, M.D., will invariably be compared to Michael Crichton, M.D., andá12.21áwill be favorably compared toáThe Andromeda Strain. Both authors have written first-rate medical thrillers, the kind of fact-based fiction that isáveryáscary but alsoáveryáentertaining. Thomason knows his stuff, and it shows on every page. I truly could not put this book down.”—Nelson DeMille

“The most exciting novel of its kind since the days of Michael Crichton, 12.21 takes us from the frontiers of modern neuroscience to the riddles of ancient Maya texts, with nothing less than the future of our civilization at stake.”—Vince Flynn

“A fast-moving tale . . . Thomason displays an impressive depth of knowledge of both science and the ancient Mayan way of life. Along the way, he skillfully ramps up the action, one notch at a time. A winning book.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fascinating, terrifying for its potential realism. I loved how tightly everything fit together. I had to keep reading.”—Taylor Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of The Informationist

“Fast, suspenseful . . . Michael Crichton fans will find a lot to like.”—Publishers Weekly


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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
9
Section 3
19
Section 4
30
Section 5
39
Section 6
55
Section 7
63
Section 8
75
Section 21
192
Section 22
197
Section 23
209
Section 24
214
Section 25
219
Section 26
225
Section 27
228
Section 28
232

Section 9
82
Section 10
86
Section 11
97
Section 12
100
Section 13
109
Section 14
119
Section 15
134
Section 16
143
Section 17
153
Section 18
161
Section 19
171
Section 20
185
Section 29
245
Section 30
251
Section 31
254
Section 32
265
Section 33
272
Section 34
281
Section 35
288
Section 36
294
Section 37
299
Section 38
321
Section 39
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Dustin Thomason graduated from Harvard College and received his M.D. from Columbia University. He is the co-author of the international bestseller The Rule of Four, and has written and produced several television series, including Lie to Me. He lives in Venice Beach, California.

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