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A Scattering of Jades (original 2002; edition 2002)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0765340984, Mass Market Paperback)Alexander C. Irvine makes a strong debut with A Scattering of Jades, a novel that can be read with equal validity as fantasy, alternate history, or secret history. In 1835, an attempted human sacrifice goes awry, sparking a fire that consumes much of Manhattan and destroys journalist Archie Prescott's home and family. Stephen Bishop, a slave exploring a Kentucky cave system, discovers a peculiar Aztec mummy that seems, sometimes, to move. A complex conspiracy involving Aaron Burr, P.T. Barnum, Tammany Hall, Irish gangsters, and a traveling medicine man will bring together Archie, Stephen, an accursed girl who may be Archie's daughter, and ferocious Aztec deities in the underworld of Mammoth Cave, in an epic struggle that will determine the fate of the earth. --Cynthia Ward
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In 1835, with much of New York City's downtown destroyed by fire, Archie Prescott runs afoul of one of P.T. Barnum's ex-sideshow workers, who has resurrected a Mesoamerican god that plans to use the blood of Archie's daughter to bring about the end of the world.
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