When a mysterious envelope arrives for Jake Ransom, he and his older
sister, Kady are plunged into a gripping chain of events. An artifact
found by their parents—on the expedition from which they never
returned—leads Jake and Kady to a strange world inhabited by a peculiar
mix of long-lost civilizations, a world that may hold the key to their
But even as they enter the gate to this extraordinary place, savage
grackyls soar across the sky, diving to attack. Jake's new friends, the
pretty Mayan girl Marika and the Roman Pindor, say the grackyls were
created by an evil alchemist—the Skull King. And as Jake stuggles to
find a way home, it becomes obvious that what the Skull King wants most
is Jake and Kady—dead or alive.
Blockbuster author of THE JUDAS STRAIN and THE LAST ORACLE, James
Rollins brings all the twists and chills he's famous for to this
breathlessly paced adventure—his first book about Jake Ransom. Fans of
Indiana Jones, Alex Rider, and Maximum Ride will flock to this
explosively entertaining adventure.