Chronicle of the Mound Builders by Elle Marie

chronicle of the mound builders (1)Archaeologist Dr. Angela Hunter discovers an ancient codex at a Mississippian Indian dig site in the St. Louis area. Knowing the Mississippians, or Mound Builders, had no written language, she is determined to solve the mystery of the 700-year-old, perfectly preserved codex.

In the early 1300’s, an Aztec family is torn apart. A judge rebelling against the Aztec tradition of human sacrifice is cursed and escapes his enemies with his 12-year-old son. They travel from the Gulf of Mexico up the Mississippi River to settle in the thriving community of Migaduha, modern-day Cahokia Mounds, Illinois.

Angela recognizes the symbols as Aztec pictograms and begins to translate the story. However, other forces also want the codex and will do anything to get it. Can she learn the secrets of the chronicle before the tragic events of the past are repeated today?

~*~*~*~ The Review~*~*~*~

I love to read indie books because they give a new perspective in reading. However, this one was a little more than I had bargained for. And I mean that in the best possible  way.

Chronicle of the Mound Builders is a long book filled with a great many historical facts and details about archaeological digs all wrapped up in a complex story.The  book is told from two different time perspectives: the early 1300s and present day. The chapters go back and forth, present to past and back to present again all the while building the story of the Aztec-esque urn and the codex it contains.

As a former history major I discovered something about myself while  reading this book: ancient history is not my favorite. Not by a long shot. But in all fairness to Elle Marie and the undeniable work she put into this book, I went to amazon and read the reviews there.  Unorthodox, I know, but as a reviewer of indie books and an author for a small house, I know what kind of work goes into a novel of this length and I wanted to be as fair as possible. Elle Marie spent her time (and possibly money) to get this book out for others to read. She put her heart out there and that alone deserves commendation.

What discovered is that Chronicle of the Mound  Builders is just not my kind of book. That doesn’t mean that it’s not well  written, or poorly formatted. It was neither of those things. As I said before, it is very complex,almost too much so for my distracted brain. But…I know a great many people who would fall head first into such a detailed and intricate tale and not emerge until the very last page.

That said, if you love deep books, with involved plots cleverly woven through historyand fact, then this is the book for you!

~*~*~*~ Author Bio ~*~*~*~

elle marie (1)Elle Marie started writing at the urging of her husband, who always believed she was destined to be an author. After first publishing a nonfiction book, Living the Thin Life, she turned to fiction.

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.

By day, Elle 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 first novel.

 

  ~*~*~*~ Connect with Elle ~*~*~*~

Website: http://www.chronicleofthemoundbuilders.com

~*~*~*~ Buy the Book ~*~*~*~

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Chronicle-Mound-Builders-Elle-Marie/dp/1479206652

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chronicle-of-the-mound-builders-elle-marie/1113712738?ean=9781479206650

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009Z6MXPK

Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/chronicle-of-the-mound-builders-elle-marie/1113712738?ean=2940015914061

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/chronicle-mound-builders/id631871824?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

~*~*~*~ Elle Marie on Tour ~*~*~*~

http://www.clpblogtours.com/2013/03/chronicle-of-mound-builders-by-elle.html

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4 responses

  1. Thanks for being in the tour!

    1. Thanks for having me, Samantha!

  2. I like all sorts of books – from easy-reading chick lit to nerdy math-related books and everything in between. I liked this book because it was smart and interesting but you also cared about the characters and were interested in what was going to happen. As long as a story is well-written, I enjoy pretty much everything!

    1. It is a very intellectual book. There was a man in my critique group a few years back. I think he would have loved this book. Thanks for stopping in! It’s good to have another opinion. Like I said, this part of history is not my favorite and I feel woefully unqualified to comment. Still, I’m very glad that I got to read and review it!

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