Necromancer 2012 by Robert Blum

2012
Necromancer 2012 by Robert Blum
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (256 Pages)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

Plunged unwittingly into the events predicted by the ancient Mayan civilization, the thirteenth and final cycle in the aging of the Earth, preceded by great cataclysmic changes, David must solve the riddle of mankind’s demise before the sands of time run out on December 21, 2012. He is incredulous in learning that it was pre-ordained thousands of years ago, that he match wits against his ancestor’s enemies, the son of Og, the nephalim, wizards and witches. Aristopos, the ancient necromancer, is rivaled only by his arch enemy The Wizard of Irem, whose task it is to prevent the sealing of the netherworld.

David Kahane, an American Jewish archaeologist, suddenly finds himself in the middle of a riddle which he must solve in order to save all humankind. He has discovered Mayan artifacts in an Egyptian pyramid. Another scientist has discovered an Egyptian artifact in a Mayan pyramid. These discoveries are linked to the end of the Mayan calendar cycle on December 21, 2012, and unless the riddle is solved and acted upon, the world as we know it will end. David needs the help of a number of people so that he can defeat the son of Og, the nephalim, wizards and witches. He is aided by Aristopos, an ancient necromancer, and together they must fight The Wizard of Irem, who is determined to prevent the sealing of the netherworld.

This is an exciting and engaging story with a lot of historical background. David seems very human and real, and I enjoyed watching him wrestle with two girlfriends, Israeli and Egyptian agents, and other assorted characters. I also found a number of the secondary characters to be interesting and enjoyable, especially Dalia and Aristopos. Robert Blum’s knowledge of the history and mythologies of the Middle East, ancient Mayan civilization, Japan, and an assortment of major religions is amazing. His descriptions of the various locations in the book are so detailed that it is easy to feel a part of the action. I did find that the pace slowed slightly when Blum had to detail a lot of history, but overall, the plot was action packed and fast moving.

Blum vividly brings the past to life. I found it fascinating to read about the cyclical nature of the Mayan calendar. Having just witnessed all the speculations surrounding the end of the three thousand year old cycle, it was fun to read this story about just what might have been going on behind the scenes.

Readers of fantasy, especially those readers who like ancient history, will enjoy reading this account of why the Mayan calendar cycle was able to begin again without causing the end of humankind.

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