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 parents' disappearance.
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 struggles to find a way home, it becomes obvious that what the Skull King wants most is Jake and Kady, dead or alive.
With his Jake Ransom series James Rollins uses his adeptness at exploring the mysterious and thrilling and gears it towards a younger audience. Jake and his sister, Kady, are drawn into a fantastic adventure prompted by a letter and an artifact from one of their long-missing parent's expeditions. But when they discover a strange and savage land that may have been the cause of their parents' disappearance they find that the evil Skul King wants to make sure that they also disappear. Pedro Pascal gives a steady performance of this audiobook, hushed and intense, that accentuates the enigmatic tone of the story making it palpable to young or old listeners.
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