The Joshua files : invisible city

by Harris, M. G.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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North Versailles Public Library Juvenile Fiction J FIC HARR
Location  North Versailles Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J FIC HARR

Joshua's life was pretty average until his archaeologist father was reported dead in a plane crash. Josh's dad had been searching for the Mayan Codex, said to contain key information about the 2012 Mayan prophecy foretelling the end of the world. Was the crash simply a tragic accident, or is there more to his father's death than the authorities are willing to tell him?
This first novel in the action-packed Joshua Files brings Josh to the depths of the Mexican jungle and into a secret society existing beneath an ancient Mayan Pyramid. Sucked into a vortex of intrigue, Josh becomes a target for danger as he learns that his father, grandfather, and Josh himself are the key to solving the mystery of the prophecy. Can Josh find the missing codex in time to save mankind?

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When Joshua's archaeologist father dies while searching for a Mayan codex that pertains to the 2012 end-of-times prophecy and his mother takes to her bed, the 13-year-old decides to go to Mexico (with two friends) to find out what happened. That's the first time readers will have to suspend disbelief, but hardly the last. There's an intriguing story buried in here, but if an action-propelled tale can have too much action, this one is it. As Joshua comes closer to learning about the link between his family and the missing codex, bullets fly, crocodiles snap, and friends and enemies alike drop, sometimes in ghoulish ways. All the carnage tends to take the focus off the best bits of the book, especially the exact nature of the codex and the ancient civilization that still protects it. Random blog entries are also a disruptive way to incorporate information. On the plus side, the end-of-the-world scenario is hard to resist, and appealing Josh makes a solid hero. His adventures will continue in succeeding books of the Joshua Files.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this exciting, somewhat farfetched first novel, a U.K. import that kicks off the Joshua Files series, 13-year-old Josh Garcia refuses to believe a police report claiming that his archeologist father is dead in Mexico, murdered by his lover's jealous husband. Josh knows that his father was on the trail of a lost Mayan artifact, the mysterious Ix Codex, and that he had been warned that "[t]hose who have sought it have so far disappeared without a trace." Heading to Mexico with two friends, both to clear his father's name and to take up the quest for the dangerous artifact, Josh is soon at the center of a deadly web of intrigue featuring CIA agents, secret Mayan technology, UFOs, and very possibly-when the ancient Mayan calendar winds down on December 22, 2012-the end of the world. He also discovers, naturally, that he may be the only one who can prevent said destruction. The novel isn't short on action and Josh is a likable protagonist, but some of Harris's secondary characters aren't especially believable and her convoluted plot feels dependent on coincidence. Ages 12-up. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Missing persons -- Juvenile fiction.
Alien abduction -- Juvenile fiction.
Unidentified flying objects -- Juvenile fiction.
Missing persons -- Fiction.
Alien abduction -- Fiction.
Unidentified flying objects -- Fiction.
Mayas -- Antiquities -- Fiction.
Indians of Central America -- Antiquities -- Fiction.
Science fiction.
Mexico -- Juvenile fiction.
Mexico -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Walker & Co.,2010
Other Titles Invisible city
Language English
Notes "Originally published in Great Britain in 2008."
Description 358 pages : map ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780802720849
9780802720955 (hbk.)
0802720951 (hbk.)
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