In Belize a Mayan woman locates a hidden entryway into a mountain. The entryway has a panel with four colored buttons. Hit the right button and the portal opens and the wrong one and a kind of death ray emanates. Inside the mountain she finds a sceptre. The sceptre has a lot of power and can be used for healing. She writes a diary about the location and all its wonders. This diary is written on scrolls that are of a material "unkown" to man.
Flash ahead many hundred years to the present. An archeologist has deciphered the scrolls and goes looking for the secret entrance into the mountain and locates it. He goes in and finds the healing sceptre but also hits the wrong combination of buttons and kills his companions.
An agency of the United Nations becomes very interested in the Belize site and sends an archeologist John Henry Morgan and his female assistant to investigate and work with UN Security to secure the site. A Chinese operative in Belize also gets very interested after learning about the site and he starts to plan his own strategy for protecting China's interest before the UN takes over.
The book evolves into a "slow" action thriller where there is way too much narrative while the reader is waiting for something to happen. John Henry is a good character and I would have liked to see his history developed more. The book has several parts where it seems like it will take off and the reader's curiousity is prodded but it never seems to deliver the big moment. There is some interesting new technology introduced by the author and he does a good job of describing some of the glitches that would occur with that technology.
There are several parts that take place in New York and the descriptions of New York are very flawed. The author constantly has international flights going in and out of La Guardia airport (only JFK is international) and then he describes John Henry walking around Manhattan where he is at places like Central Park and then walking a few blocks to get to the United Nations.
The opening to the mountain is from a tree that was described in the Mayan scroll about 1,300 years earlier and is still there and apparently unchanged as it is easily still recognized. I find it hard to believe that even if the tree were still there, it would look the same.
A good first try but the author needs to really hone up if he is planning a sequel to this book.
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