Stone of Kings: In Search of The Lost Jade of The Maya

By Gerard Helferich

A publication completely timed for the re-setting of the Maya calendar in 2012.... half background, well known technological know-how, armchair trip, and real-life treasure hunt, this can be the tale of pre-Columbian jade—the beneficial stone respected by way of historical Aztecs, Incans, and Maya—and the scientists, creditors, explorers and marketers who've been looking for the legendary jade mines for century.

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Within the 8 months that they had trudged during the arid hillsides prospecting for jade, Mary Lou had by no means misplaced religion, had continually felt she used to be residing a lifetime of “high event. ” yet nowadays, she used to be petrified of what the longer term could deliver. not able to marketplace the jade that they had, they gave no proposal to prospecting for brand new resources. The emerging violence did contact Antigua ultimately, now not with gun battles within the streets yet in additional insidious methods. sometimes, a resident who had performed whatever to offend one aspect or the opposite may discover a corpse on his doorstep, a touch that he should still depart city for some time. A gang threatened loss of life to greater than 100 neighborhood enterprise vendors, together with the Ridingers, in the event that they didn’t depart 10000 U. S. funds in money at a special position. The notes have been addressed to “Whom it might Concern,” and after consulting with their friends, so much recipients missed them. yet one service provider, the chinese language proprietor of a dry-goods enterprise, fled the rustic. Then, a few weeks later, the our bodies of 8 of the group participants have been stumbled on at the fringe of city, it seems that sufferers of an intramural dispute. one other incident, own and painful, touched the Ridingers deeply: Their driving force used to be abducted. Taking the corporate truck to Guatemala urban to choose up Mary Lou on the airport, he used to be intercepted by means of armed bandits, who blindfolded him, drove him to a hiding position, and pressed him to bare the whereabouts of his bosses’ mine. because of the Ridingers’ secrecy, the driving force didn’t recognize the site, and no more than an afternoon later, he was once published unhurt. yet he lower back with a message particularly for Mary Lou Ridinger: we'll get you, the thugs warned, and also you won’t have the capacity to cover even in San Miguel de Allende. it seems that, the abductors have been attempting to terrorize the Ridingers into leaving the rustic and ceding regulate in their mine. The assault appeared surprisingly timed, because first the earthquake after which the escalating civil conflict had made their jade nearly unmarketable. yet in Guatemala, much more than somewhere else, belief was once extra persuasive than fact, and obviously an individual with a jade mine needs to be a latter-day King Solomon. And to seem filthy rich in Guatemala used to be, Mary Lou Ridinger says, “to paint a goal at the facet of your automobile or front of your home. ” while within the States, the well-to-do may perhaps purchase a Mercedes to flaunt their luck, in Guatemala they might force a battered pickup in order to not allure envidia, “envy”—including that of presidency officers. Ever for the reason that they'd stumbled on jade, Jay Ridinger have been dreading guy in a military uniform may wrap an arm round his shoulder and inform him, “I’m Colonel So-and-So, and I’m your new enterprise companion. ” however it hadn’t occurred, most likely simply because they have been fish too small to tempt the heavily corrupt. The day after the abduction, the Ridingers employed a safety advisor, who suggested them to alter their routine—drive varied automobiles; go away the home at varied hours; continue their plans to themselves, even in small concerns resembling whether or not they might attend a friend’s social gathering.

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