A high-spirited tale for readers interested in archaeology and sustainable living.




From the The Millennia Series series , Vol. 1

An archaeological fantasy adventure that brings one of the world’s greatest mysteries into the modern political milieu.

Self-professed archaeology geek Bob Wallace has written a controversial new book, The Impossible Mayan. In it, he posits that the ancient Mayan civilization, rather than dying out, made contact with and joined the “People of the Sea” from the lost city of Atlantis. He and his 13-year-old daughter, Tara, are on a flight back to the United States from a conference in England when the plane’s electronics fail and it crash-lands in the ocean. Meanwhile, Bob’s ex-wife, Jenn Wallace, awaits them at Playa del Carmen in Mexico. She’s set to lead a tour of the Mayan ruins beneath Tulum, where recently discovered images and artifacts lend credence to Bob’s theory. The same phenomenon that downed the plane—an electromagnetic pulse—causes fog to cover the beach, followed by a small-scale tsunami. Bob, Tara, and other conference attendees, including the insufferable Evan Masters, survive the plane crash only to encounter low, wooden ships powered by oars. Aboard them is a contingent that Bob recognizes as ancient Mayan. The rescuers bring the survivors to an island formed by “Three rings of water, and three of land”—Atlantis itself. In this opener to a new series, author Enock (Doc Christmas and the Magic of Trains, 2016) soon shows what happens when a large nation of benevolent visionaries, who believe that “no single voice must...be allowed to speak for all,” is thrust into the chaotic 21st century. The book is both playful and politically savvy; for example, the Atlanteans appear superficially primitive, but they know enough to use their force-field technology to protect the island from scrambling world powers, such as China. However, they also trust in the visions of the mysterious Diachrome, who foresaw the world’s end in 2012. Although this plot thread leads to moments of humor, another one about global elites reaping technological benefits while humanity suffers is frightfully consequential. By the end, Bob’s and Tara’s lives are changed forever, urging readers toward the next volume in the series.

A high-spirited tale for readers interested in archaeology and sustainable living.

Pub Date: Oct. 10, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-988108-01-8

Page Count: 440

Publisher: iTinkr Inc.

Review Posted Online: Feb. 27, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2017

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Kin “[find] each other’s lives inscrutable” in this rich, sharp story about the way identity is formed.

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Inseparable identical twin sisters ditch home together, and then one decides to vanish.

The talented Bennett fuels her fiction with secrets—first in her lauded debut, The Mothers (2016), and now in the assured and magnetic story of the Vignes sisters, light-skinned women parked on opposite sides of the color line. Desiree, the “fidgety twin,” and Stella, “a smart, careful girl,” make their break from stultifying rural Mallard, Louisiana, becoming 16-year-old runaways in 1954 New Orleans. The novel opens 14 years later as Desiree, fleeing a violent marriage in D.C., returns home with a different relative: her 8-year-old daughter, Jude. The gossips are agog: “In Mallard, nobody married dark....Marrying a dark man and dragging his blueblack child all over town was one step too far.” Desiree's decision seals Jude’s misery in this “colorstruck” place and propels a new generation of flight: Jude escapes on a track scholarship to UCLA. Tending bar as a side job in Beverly Hills, she catches a glimpse of her mother’s doppelgänger. Stella, ensconced in white society, is shedding her fur coat. Jude, so black that strangers routinely stare, is unrecognizable to her aunt. All this is expertly paced, unfurling before the book is half finished; a reader can guess what is coming. Bennett is deeply engaged in the unknowability of other people and the scourge of colorism. The scene in which Stella adopts her white persona is a tour de force of doubling and confusion. It calls up Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, the book's 50-year-old antecedent. Bennett's novel plays with its characters' nagging feelings of being incomplete—for the twins without each other; for Jude’s boyfriend, Reese, who is trans and seeks surgery; for their friend Barry, who performs in drag as Bianca. Bennett keeps all these plot threads thrumming and her social commentary crisp. In the second half, Jude spars with her cousin Kennedy, Stella's daughter, a spoiled actress.

Kin “[find] each other’s lives inscrutable” in this rich, sharp story about the way identity is formed.

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-525-53629-1

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Riverhead

Review Posted Online: March 15, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2020

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More Hallmarkiana, from a shameless expert in the genre.


High-stakes weepmeister Sparks (A Walk to Remember, 1999, etc.) opts for a happy ending his fourth time out. His writing has improved—though it's still the equivalent of paint-by-numbers—and he makes use this time of at least a vestige of credible psychology.

That vestige involves the deep dark secret—it has something to do with his father's death when son Taylor was nine—that haunts kind, good 36-year-old local contractor Taylor McAden and makes him withdraw from relationships whenever they start getting serious enough to maybe get permanent. He's done this twice before, and now he does it again with pretty and sweet single mother Denise Holton, age 29, who's moved from Atlanta to Taylor's town of Edenton, North Carolina, in order to devote her time more fully to training her four-year-old son Kyle to overcome the peculiar impediment he has that keeps him from achieving normal language acquisition. Okay? When Denise has a car accident in a bad storm, she's rescued by volunteer fireman Taylor—who also rescues little Kyle after he wanders away from his injured mom in the storm. Love blooms in the weeks that follow—until Taylor suddenly begins putting on the brakes. What is it that holds him back, when there just isn't any question but that he loves Denise and vice versa-not to mention that he's "great" with Kyle, just like a father? It will require a couple of near-death experiences (as fireman Taylor bravely risks his life to save others); emotional steadiness from the intelligent, good, true Denise; and the terrible death of a dear and devoted friend before Taylor will come to the point at last of confiding to Denise the terrible memory of how his father died—and the guilt that's been its legacy to Taylor. The psychological dam broken, love will at last be able to flow.

More Hallmarkiana, from a shameless expert in the genre.

Pub Date: Sept. 19, 2000

ISBN: 0-446-52550-2

Page Count: 352

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2000

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