A team of archeologists find a jar with a codex buried at the Cahokia Mounds near St. Louis. Knowing that the Mound Builders had no written language, Angela Hunter begins the daunting task of translating the codex. She finds a story, and a warning contained on the deerskin pages.
The story is that of Totol, and his father. Cursed by an Mexica priest, they flee their home near Ancient Veracruz and journey North. They assimilate with the Mound Builders and try to live a peaceful life. But the gods have different ideas.
The codex and artifacts create a battle, with many forces trying to claim the secrets.
Elle Marie's Chronicle of the Mound Builders is an historically detailed story. Starting off in Mexico, the scenes are precise and stunning. I enjoyed reading as Totol and his father traveled up the Mississippi. I wish I could say that I connected with the archeologist, Dr. Angela Hunter, but I found myself looking forward to Totol's narrations. The present day dialogue seemed unnatural and brief. Granted, there is a lot more drama going on in the present world with the different parties all wanting the codex. The present day ending will stretch the imagination and seemed rushed. I did enjoy getting to read about the Mound Builders and the Mexica family.
About the Author
from a large family of readers, Elle Marie grew up with a love of
reading. Her passion for reading led to a desire to write. After first
publishing a nonfiction book, Living the Thin Life, she turned to
A visit to Cahokia Mounds sparked a fascination with
the mysterious Mound Builders, about whom so little is known. What was
their culture like? How did ordinary people live in the 14th century?
What caused the civilization to vanish, seemingly overnight? She put her
imagination to work and came up with a story line that put it all
together. Extensive research enabled her to create a believable,
By day, she works in the information
technology field at a large financial services firm. She is a graduate
of the Missouri University of Science & Technology and lives in the
St. Louis area with her husband. Chronicle of the Mound Builders is her
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