Revised Edition 2010
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When a twentieth-century archeologist discovers a sacred altar at the abandoned, overgrown ruins of Machu Picchu in 1920, he vanishes from the site just as the solstice sun strikes the altar at a precise moment—activating an ageless gateway into another time. Joseph Bennett is never seen again. Seventy-two years later, Bennett’s disappearance sparks the interest of his great-grandson, Christopher Giordano. Equipped only with Joseph’s journal, Christopher travels to Machu Picchu, determined to solve the mystery that has plagued his family for three generations. In retracing his great-grandfather’s last steps, Christopher discovers the ancient altar and finds himself hurled back five hundred years to an Inca civilization on the brink of annihilation. Yet it is here that he meets Shama, an extraordinary Inca Priestess; together they discover a love so powerful that he is torn between his two worlds in two infinitely different centuries. As Christopher and Shama find themselves caught up in the rituals, power plays, and the disintegration of Inca society, Christopher must decide whether to stay in the sixteenth century or return to his family in present time. But is it even possible to return? His choice will determine whether he and Shama live or die.
- iUniverse, August 2010
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